How to move windows across Virtual Desktops on Windows 10

Windows 10 introduced built-in functionality for Virtual Desktops. Even if you don’t use multiple monitors, virtual desktops can be very handy when you want to switch from work to play or vice versa. You can create many virtual desktops and enjoy multitasking at another level. But most of the people are unaware of the fact that opened windows in one desktop can be moved other desktops as well. In this post, we’ve discussed how to move windows and apps across Virtual Desktops on Windows 10. Towards the end of the post, we’ve reviewed a tool called MoveToDesktop that lets you do so in a better way.

Move windows across Virtual Desktops

The process is pretty basic and simple. You will be able to it very easily by following these steps:

Open a few programs which you want to move to some other virtual desktop.

Move windows across Virtual Desktops

Hit the ‘Task View’ button beside the Cortana icon in the taskbar.

Next, click on the ‘New Desktop’ button to add as many virtual desktops as you want.

Now right-click a window and then select ‘Move to’ and then from the options offered, select the desired desktop.

Alternatively, you can simply drag the window and drop it on the desired desktop.

There are a few other options also available. You can right-click a window and then select ‘Show this window on all desktops’. Selecting this option will show a particular window on all virtual desktops. This feature comes handy when you have an application that you want on the screen irrespective of virtual desktops.

There is also another option available that lets you show all windows from an app on all the desktops. This option offers a more consistent setup across all the virtual desktops. These settings can be similarly reverted back anytime.

MoveToDesktop tool

Why bother to even open Task View? MoveToDesktop is a small utility that moves windows from one virtual desktop to another. Once the application is running, you can right-click the title bar of any window and then select ‘Move to’. And then choose the desktop you want to move this window to.

This tool makes it simple to move applications and even looks like as if it was built into Windows OS by default. You can move all the applications and even create new desktop with just a few clicks. This tool offers a faster method and if you want to skip using Task View.

Click here to download MoveToDesktop from GitHub.

We would have loved this tool even more if there was a provision to create hotkeys to move applications.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.