Add New Virtual Desktop in Windows 10

How to Create a New Virtual Desktop in Windows 10

Windows 10 comes with a useful feature called Task View. It allows the user to have virtual desktops, which the user can use to manage apps and open windows. It is possible to move windows between virtual desktops to arrange them in a useful way. Finally, Windows 10 has received an option to rename a virtual desktop.


Starting in Windows 10 build 18963. Prior to this update, virtual desktops were simply named "Desktop 1", "Desktop 2", and so on. Finally, you can give them  meaningful names like "Office", "Browsers", etc. See

Rename a Virtual Desktop in Windows 10

Windows 10 includes the virtual desktops feature, also known as Task View. For users of Mac OS X or Linux, this feature is not spectacular or exciting, but for casual PC users who have used Windows only since eternity, it is a step forward. The ability to have multiple desktops exists in Windows since Windows 2000 at the API level. Several third party apps have used those APIs to provide virtual desktops, but Windows 10 has made this feature available out-of-the-box in a useful way.

You can create a new virtual desktop using the Task View user interface or with a global keyboard shortcut (hotkey). Let's review these methods.

To Add a New Virtual Desktop in Windows 10,

  1. Click on the Task View button in the taskbar.Windows 10 Task View Button
  2. Alternatively, press Win + Tab to open the Task View.
  3. Click on the New Desktop button to create a new virtual desktop.Windows 10 Create New Virtual Desktop
  4. Now you can click on any virtual desktop thumbnail preview to switch to it.

You are done!

Alternatively, you can use a global keyboard shortcut.

Create a New Virtual Desktop with a Keyboard Shortcut

  1. While in any app or on Desktop, press Win + Ctrl + D together on the keyboard.
  2. This will create a new virtual desktop and will make it your active virtual desktop.
  3. Alternatively, you can open Task View ( Win + Tab ) and press Win + Ctrl + D. This will create a new virtual desktop, so you can switch to it or select any other virtual desktop available in the Task View.Windows 10 Create New Virtual Desktop With Hotkey

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

2 thoughts on “Add New Virtual Desktop in Windows 10”

  1. Task view in Windows 10 does not have Virtual Desktops, what Microsoft calls virtual desktops really they should be called task groups,
    in my humble opinion a virtual desktop has 2 basic attributes:

    1- it’s very own wallpaper so you can easily distinguish it from other Virtual Desktops when clicking the task view button

    2- it’s very own set of desktop shortcuts, so that when you have a ton of shortcuts at your desktop you just add a new virtual desktop and move or create shortcuts over there to unclutter your main desktop, or have an office virtual desktop and a gaming virtual desktop each with its own set of shortcuts

    If Winaero implements the above two suggestions it would be super-duper amazing!

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