Steps to Add and Remove Virtual Desktop in Windows 10

Steps to Add and Remove Virtual Desktop in Windows 10

In this blog, we will show you the Steps to Add and remove Virtual Desktop using Hotkeys, Scripts and Manual process.

 

REQUIREMENT

  • Windows 10 OS Installed machine

CREATE VIRTUAL DESKTOP USING HOT KEYS

Windows Key + Ctrl + D

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CREATE VIRTUAL DESKTOP USING SCRIPTS (POWER SHELL)

Download the script from: https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/scriptcenter/Powershell-commands-to-d0e79cc5

Kindly refer the usage of the script on the same page.

 

CREATE VIRTUAL DESKTOP MANUALLY

  • From the Task-bar click on Task View

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  • Click or tap the + New desktop button found on the top-left corner of the screen

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OR

  •  Press Windows Key + Tab
  •  Click or tap the + New desktop button found on the screen

Note:

  • If you want to create more virtual desktops, repeat the procedure above: click or tap again on + New desktop
  • New desktops are always created on the right side of the line
  • There’s no limit to how many desktops you can create

CLOSING VIRTUAL DESKTOP USING HOT KEYS

Windows Key + Ctrl +F4

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CLOSING ALL VIRTUAL DESKTOP USING SCRIPTS (POWER SHELL)

Download the script from: https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/scriptcenter/How-to-close-all-Virtual-b7eb8269

Kindly refer the usage of the script on the same page

 

CLOSING VIRTUAL DESKTOP MANUALLY

  • From the Task-bar click on Task View

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  •  You will get all virtual desktops which are created

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  • Click on X mark Right-top coroner the virtual desktop

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Note:

  • Any application running in the virtual desktop, if that Virtual desktop is closed, that application will be moved to active desktop

NAVIGATE BETWEEN VIRTUAL DESKTOPS

  • To shift between the desktops, use the Windows key + Ctrl and the left or right arrow keys

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  •  You can also Change the orientation of your display by pressing Ctrl + Alt + Arrow Keys
  • If your desk top is in portrait mode, you can change it back to normal mode by pressing Ctrl + Alt + UP arrow key

Note:

  • Windows key + Ctrl + Alt + Arrow Keys, works if two are more virtual desktops are created

DISABLING HOT KEYS IN WINDOWS

Windows does not include a built-in switch to activate or deactivate a key combination. You might want to use a 3rd-party software to block the key combination (i.e. Shift+F2)

Referring to:

Keyboard Filter Driver
http://www.elbacom.com/embedded/products/tools/kbfd

Advanced Internet Kiosk
http://www.softstack.com/faq/advink/disablekey/disable_f2_key.html

NOTE: They are not Microsoft products

 

Thanks for reading this blog. We hope it was useful for you to learn to Add and Remove Virtual Desktop in Windows 10.



Author: Gopinath Karthikeyan
Gopinath Karthikeyan holds 4+ Years of experience in Windows Data Center Operations. At AssistanZ, Gopinath Karthikeyan Supports Microsoft based core technologies to Enterprise clients.

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