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I am unable to find a way to setup my 2nd monitor to remain static with the open desktop/app when I am swapping virtual desktop on the main monitor. Seems the official support thread was also not able to find a native solution: https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_10-start/multiple-monitors-and-virtual-desktops-in-windows/6dfff267-ede5-474a-a0bc-ea868eafaeb7

The question from 3 years ago only has 1 answer with a third party non-free solution: Windows 10 second screen shared across all virtual desktops The product recommended seems dated, last news post in sidebar is form early 2016.

Is there no built-in way to do this by now?

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While I don't believe it's natively possible to make one display static, you can make windows static across all virtual desktops, which is an effective work-around if you just dedicate one display to a few apps. The following works for me as of Windows 10 version 20H2.

  • Press Windows + Tab to open Task View
  • Right-Click on the desired window
  • Select Show this window on all desktops

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