Windows 11 DesktopsSource: Windows Central

On Windows 11, "Desktops" is the new name for "Virtual Desktops," a feature that lets you organize and group your tasks in a more meaningful way to help you be a little more productive. Usually, this is a handy feature to expand the screen's real state when you only have one monitor. However, even if you have a multiple-monitor setup, you can use Desktops to create different virtual spaces to separate your work, personal, and gaming areas.

In this Windows 11 guide, we will walk you through the steps to get started with Desktops to group your tasks on different virtual spaces to be more organized and productive.

How to create desktop on Windows 11

To create a new desktop on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Click the Task View button.

    Quick note: You can also hover over the Task View button to access the view, or you can use Windows key + Tab keyboard shortcut.

  2. Click the New desktop (+) button on the right side.

    Create new Windows 11 desktopSource: Windows Central

  3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 to create as many desktops as you need.

Once you complete the steps, you can start grouping your work into different spaces. On Windows 11, you can create as many desktops as you need. They will remain active (even after restarting the computer) until you close them.

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How to customize desktops on Windows 11

On Windows 11, you can customize Desktops in a few ways. You can rename the desktop to anything that makes sense to you. It's possible to change the image background per virtual desktop. And you can arrange the Desktops in any order.

Rename

To rename a Windows 11 Desktop, use these steps:

  1. Click the Task View button.
  2. Right-click the desktop and select the Rename option.

    Windows 11 rename desktopSource: Windows Central

  3. Confirm the new name and press Enter.

After you complete the steps, the virtual space will refresh the new name.

Change background

To apply a different background image to each desktop, use these steps:

  1. Click the Task View button.
  2. Right-click the desktop and select the Change background option.

    Choose backgroundSource: Windows Central

  3. In the "Background" page, use the Personalize your desktop drop-down menu to select a background option — for example, Picture.

    Select desktop backgroundSource: Windows Central

  4. Select the image to set as background.

Once you complete the steps, each desktop will reflect the background image you specified.

Organize desktops

To rearrange the desktops, use these steps:

  1. Click the Task View button.
  2. Right-click the desktop and select the Move left or Move right option.

    Windows 11 rearrange desktopsSource: Windows Central

Alternatively, you can always drag and drop the desktop in the order you want.

How to navigate desktops on Windows 11

You also have different ways to interact with your desktops. You can switch between desktops, move apps to another space, and you can replicate a window for an app on all the desktops.

Jump to a different desktop

To move to a different desktop, use these steps:

  1. Click the Task View button.
  2. Select the desktop you want to switch to.

    Windows 11 switch desktopsSource: Windows Central

You can also use the Windows key + Ctrl + Left or Windows key + Ctrl + Right to switch between desktops.

Move apps to a different desktop

To move apps to another desktop, use these steps:

  1. Click the Task View button.
  2. Right-click the app and select the Move to submenu.

    Move app to another virtual desktopSource: Windows Central

  3. Choose the desktop to send the application.

While in Task View, you can also drag and drop the app to the desktop you want.

Show app on all desktops

To show an app on all desktops, use these steps:

  1. Click the Task View button.
  2. Right-click the app and select the Show this window on all desktops option.

    Show this window on all desktopsSource: Windows Central

  3. (Optional) Right-click the app and select the Show windows from this app on all desktops option.

After you complete the steps, the app will appear on all the desktops.

How to close desktop on Windows 11

To close or remove a Windows 11 desktop, use these steps:

  1. Click the Task View button.
  2. Right-click the desktop and select the Close option or Close button.

    Close desktop optionSource: Windows Central

  3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 to close any remaining desktop.

Once you complete the steps, the desktop will be removed from the system. If you don't close the apps, they will be moved to the next available virtual desktop.

More Windows resources

For more helpful articles, coverage, and answers to common questions about Windows 10 and Windows 11, visit the following resources: