Is there a way to assign a virtual desktop to a monitor in Windows 10 (i.e. have every monitor show a different VD)?

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    I wish I had this feature... – Mahdi Alkhatib Mar 30 '16 at 13:12
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    Did you find a solution since then? – Jo Colina Mar 26 '17 at 19:40
  • @JoColina there is no solution - see the accepted answer – Traveling Tech Guy Mar 31 '17 at 18:55

Unfortunately not with the windows 10 feature. Each virtual desktop contains all of your monitors. So when you switch to another virtual desktop you are switching to a new virtual desktop that spans all of your monitors.

Maybe one of the third party solutions can do this and run on Windows 10.

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    This is to be expected. A desktop is a single entity in Windows. You cannot connect a monitor and NOT display the desktop on it. So to expect it to display different desktops is out of character for the "desktop" feature itself. – Ramhound Aug 31 '15 at 17:55
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    Just because it's "out of character" doesn't mean it wouldn't make an awesome feature. This is how spaces work on Mac OS X. It's a pain working with an external monitor on a laptop and having all your programs move to your laptop monitor when you disconnect your second display. – cornflakes24 Dec 12 '15 at 20:46
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    This is also how many tiling windows managers work on Linux like Xmonad, in fact often the only way it works. Every workspace is projected to a monitor (if there's no monitor available, it just acts like a virtual monitor), and you can switch the layout mapping between workspace to monitor very easily. – CMCDragonkai Jan 26 '17 at 6:16

I may be late to the party, but there is a workaround that can get near what you want to do:

Type Win + Tab to show up the Multiple Desktops panel also showing windows of the current desktop. Right click on one of them and you can choose either "Show this window on all desktops" or "Show windows from this app on all desktops". You can now switch desktop and they'll stick to the screen.
Afaik, if you choose the 2nd option, it will remember your choice even if you close all windows from the app at one point.

hope it helps

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    +1 nice hack :) – Doc Oct 21 '18 at 4:26
  • You should tell everyone about this feature, nice one. – Yami Odymel Mar 6 at 23:20
  • While this is useful information I don't see how it helps getting every monitor to show a different virtual desktop. – Miserable Variable May 21 at 18:08
  • This does exactly what I need. Thank you. – Lan Aug 30 at 14:36

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