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Is there any utility on Windows 7, which gives me virtual/multiple desktops like on some Linux distributions?

Is there anything better than Sysinternals Desktops?

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Have you tried the one you linked to? If so, what did you not like about it? –  Sasha Chedygov Nov 4 '09 at 7:32
    
The problem with this is, i cannot send a particular window to other desktop i have to open it again the new desktop. –  Vivek Sharma Nov 4 '09 at 7:42
    
How is it done in Linux? I need it; if it is there. –  Lakshman Prasad Nov 4 '09 at 7:51
    
right-click on the window, and select send-to-desktop-2,3,4... in GDM, i havent used kdm. I am so used to linux, but i am liking windows7, and strange i am looking for productivity replacements of linux on windows. :(. –  Vivek Sharma Nov 4 '09 at 7:52
    
you are not using gdm/kdm to do windowmanagement but as loginmanagers, what you use is metacity,sawfish (gnome) or kwin (kde). but any decent windowmanager is able to provide virtual desktops or workspaces. –  akira Mar 30 '10 at 4:48
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Dexpot turns your monitor into up to 20. It creates and manages virtual desktops and enables you to work far more efficiently and comfortably with many simultaneously opened windows on Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/2008/7 (incl. x64).

Dexpot is free for personal use.

Sysinternal's Desktops allows you to organize your applications on up to four virtual desktops. Read email on one, browse the web on the second, and do work in your productivity software on the third, without the clutter of the windows you’re not using. After you configure hotkeys for switching desktops, you can create and switch desktops either by clicking on the tray icon to open a desktop preview and switching window, or by using the hotkeys.

Desktops is freware and portable.

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I've been using Dexpot since I found it, and it pretty much just works, which is the best recomendation one can have for a software –  Bruno Lopes Nov 4 '09 at 11:59
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Dexpot is much better than Desktops, IMO. With Desktops, you can't send windows to another desktop, and Dexpot has a nice Windows 7 plugin that previews desktops in the task bar. However, Desktops requires extremely little memory in comparison. –  Christian Davén Feb 16 '10 at 7:27
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In the end of 2013 i´ve tested some of the options. I usualy work with lots of windows (hundreds or more).

Dexpot

  • Slow desktop switching when using lots of windows.
  • Big download
  • Buggy: sometimes windows appears on more then one desktop.

VirtualWin

  • Slow desktop switching when using lots of windows.
  • Small download

Virtual Dimensions

  • Faster then others when handling lots of windows (but not as faster as linux desktop switching)
  • Small download

By now Virtual Dimensions is the best solution for me, because of the desktop switch speed. Running with 24GB RAM memory i can´t consider that memory is the speed limitation factor. Next try is Windows Pager

EDIT: Virtual dimension is a little buggy too. If the program crash i can´t access anymore the programs that was in the others virtual desktops.

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I think the best are: Dexpot (many options, free for personal) and VirtuaWin (open source)

Dexpot
http://www.dexpot.de/

VirtuaWin
http://virtuawin.sourceforge.net/

Others:

Desktops
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/cc817881.aspx

MultiTabber
http://multitabber.codeplex.com/

Windows Pager
http://windowspager.sourceforge.net/

Finestra Virtual Desktops
http://vdm.codeplex.com/

DeskSpace
http://www.otakusoftware.com/deskspace/

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I' using Windows pager which is free/open source, highly configurable (keyboard shortcuts, 'sticky' applications), actively developed and which runs very well on my two monitors.

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+1, just knew such a well thought tool by your reply. I like many ideas in this tool: config by ini file - keep the program not bloated; different options for the secondary monitor; green - no installation –  Codism Sep 6 '11 at 16:26
    
best tool for me :) –  Matthias Jan 6 '12 at 9:01
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nvidia and ati have both virtual desktop components as part of their driver-packages:

both free to use.

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As far as I know nview is now limited to the quadro series, targeted at professional users. –  deepc Sep 7 '10 at 17:11
    
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Have a look at this thread in Seven Forums which mentions utlities like

Deskspace's solution is not free, comes with a 14 day trial.

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Would be nice to copy the essential information from it, to have a useful answer here. –  Gnoupi Nov 4 '09 at 8:52
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+1 for VirtualWin –  Matthew Lock Mar 30 '10 at 4:40
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