Questions tagged [virtual-desktop]

A virtual desktop is a way to expand the space of the computer's desktop environment beyond the physical limits of the screen's display area. For question related the virtualized environment between the computer platform and its operating system use the tag [virtual-machine]. For question related simply to the part of a graphical user interface upon which other elements like icons, windows, toolbars or widgets are placed refer to the tag [desktop].

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Number(Name) of Virtual Desktop that I'm currently using

I'm using Virtual Desktops in Windows 10 a lot. Surprisingly it works nicely even with large number of them open. Only thing that is bordering me is that there is no way to see which Virtual Desktop I'...
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Windows Centralize all User Accounts and Data

I am looking for a centralized way to manage user accounts and data. Each of our employee should have the ability to log into any work station within the company using his account and also will see ...
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Clone one/several windows inside another window for streaming (GNOME)

The need : I am live coding using OBS. I often need to show different windows on the live stream. I also have sensible windows that I absolutely don't want to appear there by mistake, even for a ...
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Split wide monitor into multiple displays?

There are many similar questions but most of the answers mention a tool that splits a single desktop into different areas and make it easy to move windows from one area to another, maximize in an area ...
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Using keyboard shortcuts on multliple machines using VM & RDP

We're a bit late to the working-from-home party, but making an effort. I got the following situation: RDP Hyper-V SSL VPN RDP RDP Ordinarily I connect from my workstation (bottom left) to the server ...
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Application cannot be started virtual desktop error

Having a bit of trouble. Recently our company switched to virtual desktops, and I'm currently testing them out. An application we developed doesn't seem to be installing on these desktops however (see ...
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Separate Workplaces in Windows 10

I'm looking for a way to seperate my work and home desktops on windows without a minute long switch each time I move back and forth. That is, seperate desktop folders, seperate open windows and ...
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How can I mark additional virtual desktops to differentiate them easily?

It is really awesome that I can use multiple virtual desktops with Windows. However, I often confuse the different desktops with each other and open programs multiple times on both desktops and so on. ...
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Windows Individual Virtual Desktop

I am using Windows 10 with the double monitor and I am using multiple virtual desktops. In the Mac/Macbook you can move each virtual desktop separately by each monitor but with Windows when you use ...
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I'm trying to get two different virtual desktops on two different monitors

I'm trying to get two different virtual desktops on two different monitors, when I right click one of them, it doesn't show up with the options of "Show windows from this app on all desktops"...
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Possible to have different taskbars on different windows 10 desktops?

When creating different desktops in Windows 10 (WIN+tab) it seems you can only have one taskbar across all desktops. Ideally I want to have a personal desktop and a work one which have different items ...
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How to open PDF in a new window if Firefox is not on the current desktop?

I open PDFs with Firefox. If I open one on an empty Windows 10 desktop, but some other desktop has a Firefox window open, that window will open a new tab for my PDF and Windows will switch to it ...
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Windows 10--laptop + External EXTENDED monitor: virtual desktops don't behave independently

Returning to Windows from macOS after a long hiatus. I have a laptop with an external monitor. I use virtual desktops heavily and have virtual desktops on both. However when I switch to desktop 3 (for ...
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Windows desktop: open new app in current desktop instead of switching to a desktop where the app is opened

When I open a pdf file, if I already have a pdf app opened in another virtual desktop, the system will bring me to that desktop and open the file in the same app. Is there a way for me to open a new ...
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How to force a program to launch on current desktop, using sysinternals desktops

Some programs appear on Desktop 1 although they are launched when a different Desktop is active. One example is Zotero, another is Microsoft Teams (which is launched indirectly by pasting a link into ...
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How to launch a program on different desktop, using sysinternals desktops

Is there a way to start a program on a different desktop? Say if Desktop 2 is currently displayed, how could I open Notepad on Desktop 4?
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Virtual Desktop Customization in Windows 10

Are there any tools or settings for Customization of Virtual Desktops in Windows 10 Home? I tried searching many pre existing articles on Stack, but all of these seem not to work on current Windows 10 ...
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Chrome behaviour with virtual desktops after last update

Chrome 86.0.4240.111 Win10 x64 1709 After last Chrome update, there's a new, quite annoying issue. Reproduce: open Chrome in virtual desktop 1 and any website in it open any other app in virtual ...
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launchin programs on windows 10 on different virtual desktops, position them on startup, automatically. How?

When Windows starts I want programs A,B,C running on Desktop 1 and they should be positioned in a apecific way like A in Fullscreen on Monitor 1, B and C on Monitor 2 splitted. On Desktop 2 there ...
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How can I show the desktop name when I'm switching virtual desktops in Windows 10?

Now that renaming windows desktops is possible in the latest Windows 10 build, it leaves me looking for an overlay of the name when I am switching desktops, or some other indication (custom wallpaper, ...
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folder sharing between different users of windows virtual desktop

Is it possible to have different users of windows virtual desktop (WVD) share content through a shared folder: Ie create in windows virtual desktop the equivalent of folder sharing between local ...
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Is there a way I can associate an Edge Chromium profile to a specific virtual desktop in Windows 10?

I'm a consultant running multiple projects concurrently. I use virtual desktops for each project, and have multiple Edge Chromium user profiles. How can I associate these profiles with a virtual ...
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Every firefox window defaults to 'show on all desktops' with windows 10 after trying the 'show this window on all desktops' feature once

I tried Windows 10 'show this window on all desktops' once with Firefox -- now all new Firefox windows are pinned to all my desktops. Cannot find anything on google due to the words 'pinning' and '...
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Avoid automatically switching to other virtual desktop when opening a file

I have been using virtual desktops in Windows 10 for a while. It works fine, the only issue I found and would love to solve is as the following scenario: I have Virtual Desktop 1 with Microsoft Excel ...
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Use four finger swipe for mouse shortcuts

When working with multiple remote machine in full screen (with windows key shortcuts applied to remote machines) it's very convenient to have the possibility to switch between your local machine ...
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Disable specific shortcut in hyper-v virtual macine

I am using Windows as my main os and also running a certain version of Windows as virtual machine in hyper-v. I want to run the vm connection in full screen in a specific virtual desktop while having ...
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What could've stolen my Dexpot's system-wide(?) hotkeys

I'm using Windows 7 with Dexpot virtual window manager and DexGrid plugin and LOVE it! I had set ALT-CTRL-arrow to switch desktops (and ALT-CTRL-SHIFT-arrow to move active window and switch). This was ...
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How to restrict my screen share only to Virtual Machine Desktop and do not show Host desktop?

In an interview where screen share is must. I have few code things on my Windows 7 laptop (Host). Sometimes I would use few copy paste which I don't want to be seen. So I want to -- > open another ...
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Virtual Desktop for multiple monitors

I am currently on windows 10 version 1909 (Build 18363) and I have a setup - Main Laptop External Monitor My goal is to have virtual desktops for each screen. (two virtual desktop, two screens) As ...
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Automatically pausing a Virtualbox VM if it receives no KB/mouse input

I am running a Windows 10 guest on my Macbook Pro MacOS 10.12. In order to conserve the resources and battery of the host, I'd like to be able to pause the guest if the guest receives no keyboard or ...
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How to run Windows 10 at much higher resolution than my monitor supports? Virtual desktop?

Is there a way to run Windows with a very large desktop (equivalent of 3 screens) and then scroll around to view the parts that I want to see. Put another way, is there a way to recreate having a PC ...
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Windows 10 - Can't move window to other virtual desktop

Usually I was able to move a window to another virtual desktop by pressing Windows+TAB and then moving the window to the target virtual desktop. But now if I press Windows+TAB then nothing happens ...
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Switch windows to different virtual space with a keyboard shortcut

How to achieve it? In the best case with native shortcut, otherwise looking for at least AHK solution
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Windows 10: Move 2nd monitor windows on disconnect to 2nd virtual desktop

At work my laptop is connected to an external monitor which I use as secondary monitor (i.e. extended desktop). When attending meetings in other rooms with my laptop and I have to disconnect the ...
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Naming Windows 10 virtual Desktops

Since we know that in Windows 10: Different Backgrounds for virtual desktops are not supported, what about at least naming them, and display a small "overlay" text at switch time, or in the task bar ...
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NVidia's nView Desktop Manager keeps disabling itself

I'm running the latest version (149.77) of nView Desktop Manager on Windows 10 x64. For reference I have NVidia Quadro P3000 notebook card. I open the nView Desktop Mananger and Enable. It runs ...
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Create a virtual resolution like on Matrox cards?

Back then on a Matrox G400 one was able to create a virtual resolution. Example: screen is 800x600 virtual resolution is set to 1600x600 then when moving horizontally with the mouse, you 'scroll' to ...
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Virtual Machine how to use your installed Windows programs on VMware or VirtualBox

When you have Windows 10 and want to use a VM like VMware or VirtualBox (VM is also Windows 10), do you have to install your existing applications a second time on the drive of that new VM you created?...
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Change virtual Windows desktop without the Windows Key

I have a PC with Windows 10 installed. For some reasons I use a keyboard without the Windows key. The default keystrokes is Ctrl + Win + Right Arrow (or Left). But since my keyboard doesn't have the ...
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Virtualbox guest(winXP32bit) registry value reset on every boot

I have software installed on my guest system which won't run when it detects it is running on virtual os. I need to change the following registry entries in the guest. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/HARDWARE/...
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What determines which virtual desktop programs or windows open on?

When there are multiple virtual desktops (VDs) open in Windows 10 and a new program is launched or window is opened, what determines where the window goes? Does Windows try to place the window on the ...
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How to let a VirtualBox environment replace your Windows?

I have a virtual environment in VirtualBox which I use so much that I would like it to replace my Windows. Is it possible to make a bootable USB to install this environment on my PC, or is there ...
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How to hide Application's loading screen/window

I use a program (Controller Editor from Native Instruments) on Windows 10 that I don't want to see when it's running (preferably on windows startup). Now I've seen apps that can minimize to tray (...
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Windows: remote desktop into a virtual desktop

Windows 10 finally added virtual desktops as a built-in feature. Would Windows 10 remote desktop tool be able to RDP into a designated virtual desktop? The reason I'm asking is that if I ever do ...
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Windows 10: Run virtual desktop on one monitor only?

I currently have an external monitor connected to my laptop. I have four virtual desktops that span both screens. I would like to have my external monitor have the four virtual desktops, but only ...
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Virtualbox - Turn off one interface using nat network. .

I've a problem. . . I need to connect several VM to the network, the problem is I have less free IP adresses than VM. So the solution I figured out was to create a NAT network, but also in this ...
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Can I install WINE as a desktop environment on Ubuntu to mimic Windows?

So I installed WINE on my machine and I think it would be cool to run it as a desktop environment on my device that would mimic the appearance and functionality of Windows by using windows' explorer....
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Switch between windows on only one virtual desktop with Autohotkey - with alt+tab working as-is

I'm looking for a autohotkey function, system shortcut or dll call to cycle between all windows on the current virtual desktop. Windows 10 has this option (Pressing Alt+Tab shows windows that are ...
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How to disable this sound?

I hear this sound when I am scrolling through multiple virtual desktops in windows 10. This specifically happens if I use my laptop's touchpad (Elan-touchpad). However, the same is not true for ...
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Way to reset application after Windows 10 shrinks the virtual desktop?

We have a LG 4k TV connected to a laptop, to be used as a second monitor connected via HDMI. Generally speaking, it works well. The only issues arise when the monitors shut off to save power (this ...

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