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Is there any solution on how I could rearrange my virtual desktops in the task-view (WIN+TAB)?

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    Could 7+ Taskbar Tweaker help perhaps? Or if not, something similar? That app allows to rearrange taskbar preview windows, something that is non-rearrangeable by default. – Wizek Jun 2 '16 at 10:40
  • this is the most needed new feature for windows, if they haven't done it yet - I doubt they ever will. Probably they decided it is too confusing for their non-power users – Mikey Mar 12 '18 at 4:01
  • Didn't there used to be shortcuts to go to a specific desktop? Like Win + Shift + 3. That would certainly help. Doesn't seem to be listed so maybe I'm thinking of something else support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/12445/… – Simon Sep 1 '19 at 6:50
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This is not possible in the current version of Windows 10 (20H2) or earlier versions.

However, the recent Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 21337 mentions this feature.

We can only hope that this feature will be rolled out to Windows 10 in an upcoming update.

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  • Your howtogeek.com link seems to indicate that it can and includes a solution. – fixer1234 Nov 24 '15 at 16:06
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    How I hate micro.... Desktops can not **be rearranged, windows placement is **not saved (place windows to each virtual desktops after restart again and again), windows sizes are not saved, desktops are not cycled (press 10 time and reach last one) and of course navigation supports only -> and <- no up, down or corners. More key strokes, more waste of time. :( – Cherry Dec 18 '17 at 5:50
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    The virtual desktops and the applications residing within them are, of course, available through an API which is significantly inconvenient for most user-focused applications. That said, it should be possible to entirely rearrange a set of applications via this API: blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/winsdk/2015/09/10/… – cazzer Mar 1 '18 at 9:14
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    Can we all give props to this guy for updating this answer for 5 years from 2015? – NoName Apr 21 '20 at 23:52
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    @NoName for some, StackExchange is a way of life. – CenterOrbit May 3 '20 at 21:40
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This is not yet possible on Windows 10, but the best way to encourage the feature change would be to vote for it on Microsoft's Feedback Hub:

https://aka.ms/Kpdo3c (link should open the Feedback Hub)

(at the time of this posting, 2018-02-22, it had 1,188 upvotes)

There are also a few related virtual desktop enhancement requests in there as well. It never hurts to voice what's important to you for a feature.

Update: As of the 2018 April Update ("Spring Creators", and introduction of timeline) there is still no way to rearrange the virtual desktops.

Update: 2018-07-31, still a no-go, but Feedback Hub now has 1,517 Upvotes for this feature.

Update: 2019-07-31, still a no-go for Windows 1809 (Oct 2018 update, aka "Fall Creators, 2018"), but Feedback Hub now has 1,710 Upvotes for this feature.

Update: 2020-02-24, I'm currently running the Microsoft insider preview slow-channel and it's still not a feature. This implies it'll be doubtful to see this appear for the "Sprint Creators, 2020" (do they even still call it 'creators update'??)

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    How hard would it be from them... ridiculous. – wintercounter Jun 4 '18 at 14:43
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    Still not possible. – Marco Florian Jul 9 '18 at 15:20
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    > Update: 2019-07-31 welcome back from the future – hjpotter92 Jun 7 '19 at 17:16
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    Huh, I wonder what date I actually updated it on? ... all the same, it's still not possible on 2019-07-28, so future me is probably still right. – CenterOrbit Jul 29 '19 at 1:19
  • 2020 version of me looks back on the future-dwelling past-me and confirms that this is indeed still not a feature in Win 10. I'm also running the Windows Insider (slow-channel), so it most likely won't be a feature that exists in spring's 2020 update. – CenterOrbit Feb 5 '20 at 4:31
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A workaround :

Say you have 6 desktops and you want to switch 2 and 4.

What do you do ?

  1. You create a 7th desktop, put the content of the 4th into the 7th by moving all windows from the 4th into the 7th, one by one, manually, by hand.
  2. Now you move the content of the 2nd into the 4th
  3. Finally you move the content of the 7th into the 2nd.

Enjoy !

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    :facepalm: 🤦‍♂️ – CenterOrbit Aug 1 '18 at 4:09
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    Are you kidding my friend!!! – Munim Munna Aug 30 '18 at 20:20
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    Thanks for the workaround, but I wouldnt end it with > Enjoy :) – Korayem Sep 13 '18 at 12:35
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    A simple 'swap' implemented with a O(3*n) algorithm. Nice ;) – johan d Oct 9 '18 at 18:58
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    @johand. that was actually a really funny comment :) nice ! :) – user1198559 Oct 16 '18 at 21:06
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You can do this (and a lot more) with the following third-party app: https://github.com/ViRb3/SylphyHornEx

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    Please quote the essential parts of the answer from the reference link(s), as the answer can become invalid if the linked page(s) change. – DavidPostill Jan 27 '20 at 20:34
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    Please read How do I recommend software for some tips as to how you should go about recommending software. You should provide at least a link, some additional information about the software itself, and how it can be used to solve the problem in the question. – DavidPostill Jan 27 '20 at 20:34
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    This works. It'd be nice if you could do this through by dragging the desktop instead of using shortcuts. – user2233706 Aug 11 '20 at 20:48
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It is now possible in Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 21337:

Reorder and customize your Virtual Desktops

Reorder Virtual Desktops:

  1. Enter Task View (via Win + Tab), create multiple new Virtual Desktops.
  2. Drag and drop a Virtual Desktop to another position in the list in Task View.
  3. Right click a Virtual Desktop thumbnail in task view and select “Move left” or “Move right” in the context menu to move the desktop to another position.
  4. Use keyboard navigation to set focus to the desired Virtual Desktop in Task View, and then press ALT + Shift + Left / Right Arrow to move it in either direction in the list.

https://blogs.windows.com/windows-insider/2021/03/17/announcing-windows-10-insider-preview-build-21337/

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  • But its only available via the "Dev channel", which is especially unstable and not recommended for most people. "There will be some rough edges and low stability". – Chris D Apr 13 at 6:52
  • Yes, but it will be eventually available in stable channel, so still worth mentioning. – Paul Apr 13 at 8:02

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