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  • VirtuaWin is free and is very simple, but it isn't the best approach to virtual desktops that I've seen

    • by protoboard

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      Back on 2000 when I first got in touch with Linux I saw that it had more than one desktop. Almost all window managers on Linux have that feature (and they had it long before 2000). Mac OS X have the same option, at least since version 10.6, known as “Spaces”. On Windows there’s nothing like that, at least nothing that comes bundled with the operating system. VirtuaWin is a software that enables the use of virtual desktops on Windows. It works on Win9x, XP, Vista and 7, with no noticeable footprint to the system. Version 4.3 of VirtuaWin can manage

      up to twenty desktops so you can have different applications on each desktop and switch between them easily by using key combinations on your keyboard.

      I use VirtuaWin on my Windows 7 system and having multiple desktops is great when working with multiple applications. Imagine you launch two or three instances of the web browser, you also are working with 4 or 5 excel documents and another number of word ones. Imagine you keep opening documents and need to work with all them at the time. It can be a real mess to switch between all your open windows. Now, by having ...

      • multiple desktops you can have some applications on one desktop, and the rest of them among you other desktops. Now, by switching desktops you can change between one application and another more easily as you have less applications on each desktop. I have never had more than 4 virtual desktops, maybe having 20 desktops can get messy too.

        Back on Windows XP days Microsoft released a virtual desktop manager along with their “PowerToys” utilities but they discontinued it on Vista. It’s a good thing there is VirtuaWin, and it is very easy to use. You just install it and it runs silently

        on Windows startup. It places just one tray icon that shows the current desktop. The key combinations or hot keys are easy to define through the options menu. Its features can be extended by installing modules but I haven’t tried that since I just wanted to have multiple desktops on my Windows system.

        VirtuaWin is free and is very simple, but it isn’t the best approach to virtual desktops that I’ve seen. Almost all Linux distributions have something better, and the virtual desktops approach on Mac OS X Lion is just superb but still is great to have multiple desktops on Windows.

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