By Delia / Last update January 4, 2022

It has been six years since the release of Windows 10, so the Windows 11 newly released by Microsoft at the end of June this year has attracted a lot of attention. Although Windows 11 has been constantly coming up with bugs since its official launch, it does have great improvements in various aspects, s such as a new Mac OS-like interface style, a centered bottom taskbar, and a new material (Mica) added to the Fluent design language.

Of course, in addition to a better-looking UI, various new features are also very impressive, such as the new version of the virtual desktops feature.

This is not a new feature, as it is also available in Windows 10, and they serve the same purpose, but the operation is very different.

windows 11 virtual desktops

Windows 11 Virtual Desktops

Windows 11 has an exclusive icon for virtual desktops in the taskbar, so you can click on it to enter the desktop task view and create or delete a desktop, all very easily. With the virtual desktop function, users can do the same/different things on different desktops, and the operations between desktops are not interfering with each other.

For example, you can open a browser and search for Microsoft on your work desktop, or open a browser and search for Windows 10 on your entertainment desktop; or use one desktop for your work and another desktop for your personal applications.

Users can also set different desktop backgrounds by simply right-clicking on the desktop and selecting Background, which will automatically jump to its settings page, followed by picking the desktop background of their choice. Setting different backgrounds makes it easier to distinguish between desktops.

windows 11 new desktop

In addition, the programs between different desktops can be moved to each other. In the main interface of the virtual desktop, right-click the application store, select another desktop, or move to the new desktop.

Let's say we open the app store on this desktop, but later want to use it on another desktop.

Windows 11 Virtual Desktops Keyboard Shortcuts

When using this feature, you can make the operation easier with the help of these shortcuts.

win + tab - Opens the virtual desktop task view;

win + ctrl - With the left and right arrow keys you can quickly switch between desktops;

Win + Ctrl + D - Create a new desktop directly;

Win + Ctrl + F4 - Delete the current desktop.