How to quickly switch between virtual desktops on Windows 10

How to quickly switch between virtual desktops on Windows 10

Virtual desktops are a handy way to incorporate lots of workspaces in Windows 10. There are a number of ways to quickly switch between virtual desktops, including some lesser known shortcuts. Quantrimang.com will present all in the following article.

Shortcut to switch between virtual desktops

To quickly switch between virtual desktops in Windows 10 using a keyboard shortcut, press Windows + Ctrl + Left arrow to switch to a lower numbered desktop or Windows + Ctrl + Right arrow for a higher numbered desktop. If there is a virtual desktop set in the “direction” that you specify with the arrow keys, the workspace will immediately switch there.

To quickly see the virtual desktops you have, press Windows + Tab . You will then see a screen called Task View , listing available virtual desktops with their thumbnails.

The screen named Task View lists the available virtual desktops with their thumbnails

To use the keyboard and switch between virtual desktops on this desktop, press Tab until one of the thumbnails in the top row is highlighted. Then navigate between them by pressing the arrow keys, then press Enter. Task View will close and you will see the selected screen.

If you want to add a new virtual desktop via your keyboard, press Windows + Ctrl + D or just press Windows + Tab to reopen Task View . Using Tab and the arrow keys, select New Desktop , and then press Enter.

Add a new virtual desktop via the keyboard

A new virtual desktop will appear. When you’re done managing desktops, choose one and press Enter or just press Escape to return to the desktop.

Use the Taskbar to switch between virtual desktops

If you want to quickly switch between virtual desktops via the Taskbar, click the Task View button or press Windows + Tab .

Task View button

Next, click on the desktop you want to switch to.

If you don’t see the Task View button on the taskbar, right-click the Taskbar, and then click Show Task View Button . Now it will have a check mark next to this option.

Select Show Task View Button to display the Task View button

Once Task View is displayed, you can click this button at any time to manage your virtual desktop, which is certainly very helpful!

Use trackpad gestures to switch between virtual desktops

By default, Windows 10 reserves a handful of four-finger touchpad gestures for switching between virtual desktops. To use them, place four fingers on the touchpad at the same time and swipe them in a specific direction. As follows:

  • 4-finger swipe upwards : Open Task View (like pressing Windows + Tab ).
  • 4-finger swipe left: Switch to virtual desktop with lower numbering.
  • 4-finger swipe right : Switch to a virtual desktop with higher numbers.
  • 4-finger swipe down : Display current desktop.

If these gestures don’t work, you may have turned them off in Settings. To enable them, click the Windows button on the taskbar and then select the gear icon to open the Settings menu. Next, navigate to Devices> Touchpad . Scroll down until you see options for Four-Fingered Gestures .

In the Swipes drop-down menu, choose Switch desktops and show desktop .

Select Switch desktops and show desktop

Alternatively, you can also assign these functions to three-finger gestures on the same Touchpad settings screen .

Then, close the Settings window . If your device supports multi-touch touchpad gestures, you can now use these swipe gestures to control the virtual desktop.

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