Leverage the Enhanced Virtual Desktops in Windows 11

Windows 11 brings a plethora of improvements, with the virtual desktop feature receiving significant upgrades. Virtual desktops allow multiple desktop environments on a single monitor, enhancing multitasking and organization capabilities.

Understanding Virtual Desktop Terminology

  • Virtual Desktop: A simulated desktop environment, allowing multiple workspaces on a single computer.
  • Task View: Windows' built-in tool that displays all open applications and virtual desktops.
  • Desktop Snap Layouts: Pre-defined layouts that help in organizing open windows within the virtual desktop.
  • Desktop Wallpapers: Unique backgrounds for each virtual desktop, aiding in quick identification.

Why Use Enhanced Virtual Desktops

Virtual desktops are indispensable for those who frequently multitask. With distinct environments for work, leisure, or specific projects, it becomes easier to organize and switch between tasks without cluttering a single desktop. The enhancements in Windows 11 cater to both aesthetics and functionality, making the virtual desktop experience seamless.

Setting Up Virtual Desktops in Windows 11

  1. Right-click on the taskbar and select Task View.
  2. In the Task View interface, click on the + New Desktop option, located at the top-left.
  3. Name the virtual desktop appropriately for easy recognition.
  4. To switch between desktops, use the Task View or press:

    Alt + Tab

Customizing Each Virtual Desktop

Windows 11 allows customization for each virtual desktop, enhancing the user experience.

  1. Open the desired virtual desktop.
  2. Right-click on the desktop and select Personalize.
  3. Choose a unique wallpaper or theme for that particular virtual desktop.

Using Snap Layouts in Virtual Desktops

Desktop Snap Layouts optimize space usage, providing an organized look.

  1. Within a virtual desktop, hover over the maximize button of an open window.
  2. Select the desired layout from the presented options.
  3. Drag other windows into the defined spaces to snap them accordingly.


The enhanced virtual desktops in Windows 11 are a testament to the operating system's commitment to productivity and multitasking. Leveraging these features can profoundly impact work efficiency and desktop organization.