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Move Window From One Virtual Desktop to Another in Windows 10

How to Move a Window From One Virtual Desktop to Another in Windows 10

Windows 10 comes with a useful feature called Task View. It allows having virtual desktops, which the user can use to organize apps and open windows. It is possible to move windows between virtual desktops to arrange them in a useful way. In this post, we will review two methods you can use to move an open app window between your virtual desktops 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.

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

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

To Move a Window From One Virtual Desktop to Another in Windows 10,

  1. Click on the Task View button in the taskbar.
  2. Alternatively, press Win + Tab to open the Task View.
  3. Create a new virtual desktop if required.
  4. In the Task View, hover over the virtual desktop thumbnail preview you want to move a window from. You will see a preview of that desktop.
  5. Click on the app window thumbnail preview and drag it to the desired (destination) desktop.
  6. Repeat the procedure for all windows you want to move, and then click on a desktop you want to switch to.

You are done.

Also, you can switch to another virtual desktop with a window context menu command.

Move a Window From One Virtual Desktop to Another using Context Menu

  1. Click on the Task View button in the taskbar.
  2. Alternatively, press Win + Tab to open the Task View.
  3. Create a new virtual desktop if required.
  4. Right-click on a window thumbnail preview you want to move to a different virtual desktop.
  5. Select Move 2 > 'Desktop name' and select the desired desktop from the drop-down menu.

You are done!

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1 thought on “Move Window From One Virtual Desktop to Another in Windows 10

  1. JillJJ

    Can I create a desktop shortcut to double-click and it will move between my 2 virtual desktops?
    (I don’t want to memorize a bunch of multi-hold-keys. Ugh.)

    Reply

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