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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
  • It's been a few years since the last answer on this thread. Any change? If native Windows functionality still doesn't do this, are there any 3rd-party utilities that could be mentioned by name? – Eiríkr Útlendi Nov 9 '20 at 18:34
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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
  • As a developer for several systems I usually have aprox 40-70windows open at any time and to try to unclutter that mess I started to use windows virtual desktop about 12 month ago and while it improved the situation a little, it's still a horror to work with. Worst is the office suite that behave absolutely in sane when used in multiple virtual desktops (YES I do need relelevant mail and excel sheets on each virtual desktop). The option to assign a desktop, and a program to a desktop would improve this alot, currently I don't even recommend Virtual desktops unless you REALLY need it – Griffin Feb 24 at 8:46
  • I am also a Developer and a Financial Analyst, and this is the reason I left Windows, because it is so smooth to work on a Mac where you just use your 4 fingers to move on whichever active monitor you are working and regardless of how many windows are open, you just focus on the window full screen in front of you. However, I must remain on Windows for developing, but this feature is lacking, when I move to another desktop on my 38'' monitor, it also moves it from my Retina Display. How frustrating to swap always back and forth ... Yes we need Virtual Desktop to improve. Please! – Tsiriniaina Rakotonirina Mar 15 at 4:40
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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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    You should tell everyone about this feature, nice one. – Yami Odymel Mar 6 '19 at 23:20
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    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 '19 at 18:08
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    This is definitely a useful middle ground I wasn't aware of when I first answered. Keeping your chat app permanently on your laptop screen regardless of virtual desktop used for instance is a nice use case. I still wish the windows team could re-architect it a bit to work more like Mac spaces though... – IronSean Jan 22 '20 at 21:11
  • That's weird. This is how mine behaves all the time. Everything on my secondary monitor stays there no matter what workspace I go to. It slides away when switching (as though the transition happens), but it's still there on the next workspace. It doesn't matter what window it is, only which screen it's on. – Thor84no Apr 28 '20 at 13:56
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    @Thor84no are you using DisplayFusion? In some cases (I forget after changing some setting or only when using default settings) the windows on secondary monitory show up on all desktops for me – Miserable Variable Jun 28 '20 at 19:53

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