Windows Keyboard Shortcuts: Managing Virtual Desktops

Using Windows keyboard shortcuts can go a long way toward ensuring that you have the tools you need to streamline your workday and stay efficient behind your keyboard. Today’s lesson: using a virtual desktop.

To Create a Virtual Desktop, Use the Windows Key + Ctrl + D

The screen will scroll, and you will be presented with a clean desktop, from which you can enjoy enhanced overall security or appreciate the convenience of different desktops for various users or purposes. Your hardware is inaccessible to other users and hackers while you use this virtual desktop, since you’re using a virtual setting. You can also use your virtual desktop to isolate specific, potentially hazardous activities, keeping yourself safer online.

Create Multiple Virtual Desktops and Scroll Between Them

By using the Windows key + Ctrl + Left or Right, you can easily switch between the virtual desktops you have created, keeping each of your activities separate. You can have multiple virtual desktops on a single machine at the same time or swap between them as needed for your specific needs.

Manage Existing Desktops

Use the Windows key + Tab to manage your existing desktops. It will pull up a separate screen that you can use to check your existing virtual desktops. Then, click “new desktop” to create a new virtual desktop directly from that location, or click the X on an existing virtual desktop to close it.

Virtual desktops can have a number of advantages. Many people choose to use a separate one for each project. Others  may choose to have one virtual desktop for work and another for play. No matter what need you have, this simple strategy will allow you to easily create, toggle between, and manage your virtual desktops. Want to learn more tips and tricks? Contact us today.