In windows 10, are there keyboard short cut keys to move an application window between virtual windows desktop?

For example, I remember in Ubuntu, I can press CTRL+SHIFT+RIGHT and that will move the active windows to the virtual desktop on the right.

I want to be able move windows between virtual desktops without a mouse or touch screen.

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The functionality of moving an existing application to another virtual desktop exists but isn't mapped to a keyboard shortcut and there seems to be no way, yet, to map it.

That said,

Move to the next Virtual Desktop: Ctrl + Win + Right Arrow

Move to the previous Virtual Desktop: Ctrl + Win + Left Arrow

Create a new Virtual Desktop (always created to the right of the last desktop): Ctrl + Win + D

Show existing Desktops and their overview: Win + Tab

Some general tips to make you more productive

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    None of these moved my ACTIVE APPLICATION into the next virtual desktop
    – John
    Jan 24, 2016 at 13:25
  • Hmmm, seems like Windows doesn't have that builtin. Jan 24, 2016 at 13:26
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    If you change your answer to "This functionality does not exist", then I'll accept your answer.
    – John
    Jan 24, 2016 at 20:40

If you don't mind using AutoHotkey for the purpose, the project VirtualDesktopAccessor comes with an example which does exactly that:

hVirtualDesktopAccessor := DllCall("LoadLibrary", Str, "C:\Path\To\VirtualDesktopAccessor.dll", "Ptr")
MoveWindowToDesktopNumberProc := DllCall("GetProcAddress", Ptr, hVirtualDesktopAccessor, AStr, "MoveWindowToDesktopNumber", "Ptr")
GoToDesktopNumberProc := DllCall("GetProcAddress", Ptr, hVirtualDesktopAccessor, AStr, "GoToDesktopNumber", "Ptr")

MoveCurrentWindowToDesktop(number) {
    global MoveWindowToDesktopNumberProc, GoToDesktopNumberProc, activeWindowByDesktop
    WinGet, activeHwnd, ID, A
    DllCall(MoveWindowToDesktopNumberProc, UInt, activeHwnd, UInt, number)
    DllCall(GoToDesktopNumberProc, UInt, number)


A collection of nice defaults that makes use of this library is available in https://github.com/yalibian/i3-windows:

Switch to virtual desktops 1-9 using ⊞-# and backfill # of desktops if needed

Move active windows to virtual desktops 1-9 using ⊞-shift-# and backfill desktops if needed

Close windows with ⊞-shift-q


There seems to be no short cut key but you can google it. Check to see https://www.howtogeek.com/688224/how-to-move-a-window-to-another-virtual-desktop-on-windows-10/

Here goes descriptions:

  1. Open the Task View window (Win + Tab). It will show your all virtual desktops and application windows in thumbnail icons.
  2. In Task View, Find your application thumbnail then right click on the thumbnail and select 'Move to'.
  3. Select the destination desktop.

That's all folks!


I know this thread has been dead a while now, but thought I'd mention that Michael Zomparelli has created an app called zVirtualDesktop that has a ton of functionality including the feature of a hotkey to move windows between virtual desktops. It has a free ten day trial but then is paid unfortunately. You can find the app here: https://github.com/mzomparelli/zVirtualDesktop

Here's an example of this in the app.

  • 2
    Please provide screenshots in support of your answer That will make the answer useful.
    – Viral Jain
    May 18, 2019 at 12:38
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    @ViralJain Just added one. May 20, 2019 at 15:58
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    should mention it is commercial
    – Mikey
    Dec 30, 2019 at 16:03
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    Just added a note to that effect. Thanks. Dec 31, 2019 at 23:38

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