I just installed Windows 10 developer preview but can't figure out how to cycle through the new virtual desktops with the keyboard.

I'm looking for the following shortcuts if they exist:

  • Switch to the next/previous desktop
  • Go to desktop number N
  • Close the current desktop
  • Open a new desktop

Are these controls implemented yet?


4 Answers 4


- Switch to the next/previous desktop:


The Windows-Tab shortcut lets you switch between multiple virtual desktops with different arrangements of applications


You can switch between your open virtual desktops using Ctrl+Windows+Left or Right arrow keys.


- Go to desktop number N:

Currently unknown, or not implemented.

- Close the current desktop:



- Open a new desktop:



  • Thanks, after trying for 5 minutes, i finally figured out that after having brought this UI with Windows+Tab to the screen, you still have to press Tab once more before being able to use the arrows keys to select the desired desktop. It is pretty confusing.
    – Khopa
    Commented Oct 1, 2014 at 18:38
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    If I figure out any of the others you're requesting I'll post them, but so far I think they just don't exist. Commented Oct 1, 2014 at 18:51
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    Microsoft just made a blog post about it : blogs.windows.com/bloggingwindows/2014/10/03/… I edited the answer accordingly.
    – Khopa
    Commented Oct 3, 2014 at 21:51
  • So no shortcuts to move windows from one to another virtual desktop (yet)? Commented Oct 3, 2014 at 23:59
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    Is there a shortcut for sending a Window to a desktop? Like Shift+Win+Left (might work to use Ctl+Shift+Win+Left). (this doesn't work for WTP9860)
    – axon
    Commented Oct 28, 2014 at 0:56

You can switch between your open virtual desktops using Ctrl+Windows+Left or Right arrow keys.


Snapping window: WIN + LEFT or RIGHT (can be used with UP or DOWN to get into quadrants)

Switch to recent window: ALT + TAB (unchanged) – Hold shows new Task view window view, let go and switches to app.

Task view: WIN + TAB – New Task view opens up and stays open.

Create new virtual desktop: WIN + CTRL + D

Close current virtual desktop: WIN + CTRL + F4

Switch virtual desktop: WIN + CTRL + LEFT or RIGHT

source : microsoft blog post


You can also use the keyboard combination: "CTRL + WIN + ARROW-KEY LEFT/RIGHT" in order to switch between your virtual desktops.

Edit: Just saw that someone else answered with the above. My bad for "double post".

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