Is there a way to preserve the taskbar order while switching between virtual desktops in Windows 10? The order resets on my PC every time, and that's very annoying.

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New answer for Win11

Use this Windhawk mod from the same author: https://windhawk.net/mods/virtual-desktop-taskbar-order

Install Windhawk, then install the mod.

Original answer for Win10

7+ Taskbar Tweaker v5.2 has an option to fix this.


Simply install the utility, and change the advanced option 'virtual_desktop_order_fix' from 0 to 1. (The advanced options are accessible via the context menu on the 7TT icon in the tray.)

  • Looks like that as of 5.2.1, this works with a quirk: the pinned icons have "priority" over non pinned icons, so don't mix pinned/non-pinned icons to make this work correctly Feb 6, 2017 at 16:09
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    @Erandros the limitation is described here
    – Paul
    Feb 7, 2017 at 8:39
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    Darn, this doesn't seem to work anymore with v5.7.1 and Windows 10 1803.
    – Cameron
    Oct 10, 2019 at 13:39
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    thank you! I wonder why this wouldn't be on by default...
    – Morgan T.
    May 17, 2020 at 15:11
  • Awesome solution! , That option is also available with v5.13. Sep 8, 2022 at 15:16

Since I don't have enough reputation (yet), to comment on Cameron's answer above: In addition to ensuring you have the latest version installed (>=v5.2), to access 'Advanced Options' you have to actually first right-click on the 7TT icon to see it. Then you can tweak the virtual_desktop_order_fix option.

Stumped me for a little while because I assumed you could get to it through the regular interface.

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    You saved my day! Couldnt find it too! :)
    – Kozuch
    Jan 6, 2021 at 15:54
  • Glad I could help :) Jan 12, 2021 at 20:35

Go to Settings--> System --> Multitasking and under 'Virtual desktops' change the option 'On the taskbar, show windows that are open on' to 'All desktops'.

I'm not exactly sure what your problem is as it's very vaguely described in your question, but if it's only showing taskbar items on a certain desktop, this should fix it.

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    Thanks, but that's not what I meant. What I meant is that if I reorder the items, go to a different Virtual Desktop, and then come back, the reordering resets to the previous order (probably the order the programs were opened).
    – Paul
    Dec 23, 2015 at 17:07
  • oh, that's odd. My computer does not display this behavior
    – Blaine
    Dec 24, 2015 at 3:18
  • Issue still occurs 2023... The "All desktops" setting is at least a workaround. Not allowed to install 3rd party stuff from unknown source... I am just wondering that MS is not able to solve that issue within almost 8 years.
    – hfrmobile
    Jul 21, 2023 at 7:58

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