I make much use of Ctrl-arrows to new virtual desktops on my MacBook to get more real estate, organize like-applications and windows, and help focus on a task at a time.

How can I get the same or similar feature to work in Windows 7?

The Ctrl-arrows behavior on Mac that I'm talking about include stuff like:

  • Keyboard shortcuts to slide to a new desktop

  • Sliding a window/app to an edge activates/moves the app to that virtual desktop

  • Zoom-out view allows you to see position and location of all windows on all desktops

  • Taskbar icon/view allows for easy two-click jump to any desktop

  • Remembers which apps open in which virtual desktop, on re-launch moves you to that desktop for app launch

(And, no, 'install Mac OS X' is not what I'm looking for.)


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Yes, you can use virtual desktops in Windows utilizing the Sysinternals tools. Desktops is the module you want to use.


Check with your video card vendor.

Nvidia had a "virtual desktop" utility that worked like my KDE Workspaces functionality.


Windows 10 now does that through the "virtual desktop" features.

You can see the virtual desktops via holding [Windows]+[Tab], and add a virtual desktop via clicking on "Add desktop" from there. Then, you can move from a virtual desktop to another with the [Windows]+[Control]+[Right or Left arrow].

One thing that prevents me from using it as I would on a Linux or a Mac is that, on a multi-monitor set-up, switching virtual desktops will switch the desktop on all the monitors at the same time.

Windows 7 being no longer supported by Microsoft, I would suppose that you have moved to Windows 10.

  • 1
    +1 and it's entirely frustrating and sort of makes the feature useless. Jan 25, 2021 at 16:40
  • What linux desktop is providing those separate desktops on different monitors? I cant find one
    – John
    Mar 15, 2022 at 17:14
  • @salcoin please tell me i need to know lol
    – John
    Mar 15, 2022 at 17:14
  • I haven't used Linux in forever, but I know it's possible. Don't remember if it's out of the box, or if you need to tweak stuff first though
    – salcoin
    Mar 18, 2022 at 13:36

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