11-02-2016 02:08 AM
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  1. cgk's Avatar
    I understand what a virtual desktop is but I cannot think of a reason I'd use one - what am I missing out on?

    What ways are you using virtual desktops?
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    08-18-2015 05:14 AM
  2. gpobernardo's Avatar
    For me, it makes it easier to split my "worlds", e.g. first desktop is for general web browsing; second desktop is for my online work; third desktop is for my dissertation; and fourth desktop is for my personal space. This way, I could easily take a break from "work" by simply switching desktops, or if I decide to read something heavy or edit some photos I've taken I simply move to desktop four.

    Categorization and organization.
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    08-18-2015 07:50 AM
  3. Don Geronimo's Avatar
    I use mine to separate areas: 1 has Wunderlist, OneNote, Skype, and Outlook for quick idea capture, task management, and communication; 2+ are dedicated work areas, like for research in browsers, graphics programs (need to be very particular on open windows and positions), etc..

    Plus, the separation of concerns protects you from the unproductivity caused by staring at 7+ windows at a time.
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    08-18-2015 08:49 AM
  4. anon(9424572)'s Avatar
    To me it sounded great to be able to has multiple desktops each with their own programs on the desktopbut imo that's not the case, it's just a way to have various programs or files open & you can already do that on one desktop. Unless I have a problem with my installation it's useless.
    08-19-2015 06:14 AM
  5. Stun3i's Avatar
    play games on one desktop and quickly change to the other desktop containing work apps when your boss get close :p
    08-22-2015 11:34 AM
  6. ven07's Avatar
    Honestly I think the virtual desktops won't be sth everyone will use or even love. Nonetheless those who do use it, love it :) It allows me to do schoolwork, work work, personal work and anything else separated :)

    Yes it is possible to do all of this with just one desktop, but with that many programs running in just one desktop and cluttering my taskbar, I tend to get cranky and want to go through everything just so I can close them off -_- but that's just me
    gpobernardo and cgk like this.
    08-24-2015 02:23 PM
  7. walcolm's Avatar
    i have not started using virtual windows but I am impressed with how easy it is to get to the virtual desktop
    avengerxp, gpobernardo and ven07 like this.
    08-26-2015 10:54 AM
  8. Przemyslaw Pacocha's Avatar
    For me it works perfect
    gpobernardo and ven07 like this.
    08-27-2015 10:18 AM
  9. ven07's Avatar
    For me it works perfect
    Lol the point is, what do you use it for?
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    08-28-2015 04:29 PM
  10. kriz225's Avatar
    I'm not using them at all, but that may just be because I have multiple monitors and generally have enough real-estate as it is.

    I like the concept of separation that they provide, but I think there's too much work involved in setting them up as they are now. I'd probably use them regularly if they maintained their state after reboots. I'd love to keep a totally separate desktop for work/school, gaming and casual use. Different icons and taskbar shortcuts on each to help keep me focused. Maybe even different start tile setups?

    Could be pretty cool.

    One other use case I can think of, though I haven't gotten around to doing it yet - when working with multiple virtual machines it's easy for the workspace to get very crowded, even with multiple monitors. Might be good to throw the VMs in a separate desktop...
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    08-29-2015 11:37 PM
  11. ven07's Avatar
    if they maintained their state after reboots
    Wouldn't that slowdown the startup process (Also depends on your hardware lol)
    08-30-2015 11:26 AM
  12. michail71's Avatar
    I've always tried to use virtual desktops but in practice I don't find it very natural/intuitive.

    But I love multiple monitors!
    ven07 and Great deal like this.
    08-30-2015 10:06 PM
  13. jlzimmerman's Avatar
    I understand what a virtual desktop is but I cannot think of a reason I'd use one - what am I missing out on?

    What ways are you using virtual desktops?
    I'm in the same boat. Over the past week I've been thinking about how I could use virtual desktops, and what benefit it would provide for me. I cannot think of anything it would provide for me that I simply couldn't do with Alt+Tab between programs/screens. It isn't that hard to separate what I'm doing even if I'm working on multiple work tasks, or have a mix of work and play. IMO this feature is redundant and not useful *shrug*
    nekkedrunner likes this.
    09-04-2015 08:47 AM
  14. marlman's Avatar
    I love virtual desktops I normally have three going. My groove music app is always running on my main screen which is where I do my normal everyday computing.

    On my second screen I have the news app and the money app I like to keep an eye on the markets.

    Then on my third screen I have my Facebook and Twitter apps

    If you go to settings then multi tasking and set virtual desktops to show widows open to all desktops you can easily move between then all by clicking on the icons in the taskbar. So it can all be done by using the mouse no having to press anything on the keyboard.

    The three desktops are always there when I boot up so no need to add them when I boot up.
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    09-08-2015 12:23 PM
  15. Suq Madiq Lel's Avatar
    To sort out gaming and school work lel
    10-13-2015 06:50 AM
  16. randcd's Avatar
    I use mine to keep my tasks separate and also to keep environments separate. I develop applications that use databases across multiple instances, but those instances are replicated into a DEV, UAT, and PROD scheme. I have on desktop set that I dedicate to accessing the Production instances to fix production DB bugs and do data analysis on production data. My other desktops have their assigned task and they generally have a connection to the DEV/UAT instance. My only gripe with them so far is that I wish there was a middle ground on what is shown in the task bar. There are situations where I would like to share apps between desktops, but not all of them (Skype for Business, Outlook, Music, etc.). I would love to go to task view and see an option to show on all (or even selected) desktops as well as the option to move to desktop X. I would also like to name them, but that's not necessarily a need.
    10-26-2015 10:33 AM
  17. georgedougless's Avatar
    I love this vittual desktops even I am not using this.Really I impressed how it easy.
    10-27-2015 11:21 AM
  18. _Emi_'s Avatar
    I have multi-monitors, and I have never found virtual desktop that useful... not even on laptops, but maybe it's because I got used to the way Windows works, so I like having everything at my sight.
    But since on this desktop I have monitors, there is no reason to use virtual desktop because it wouldn't make sense. maybe on a small tablet I would use virtual desktops, but I really don't see much gain of it when I can minimize and maximize windows easy and fast.
    Maybe I should make a challenge and force myself to use virtual desktops, but I haven't tried it, maybe I would get used to them. but I don't even use Alt-tab much, sometimes I use win+tab but not really often either, but more than alt-tab since it's easier to see and select windows.
    10-27-2015 11:50 AM
  19. Chris Clayton1's Avatar
    "The three desktops are always there when I boot up so no need to add them when I boot up."

    How do you achieve that? My desktops are there when I re-start from Sleep mode which is useful, but not if I have closed down / re-booted --- which would be even more useful.
    10-28-2015 07:06 PM
  20. jojoe42's Avatar
    What I have on mine at the moment:

    Desktop 1: Photoshop, LR5
    Desktop 2: All files and folders dedicated to the above
    Desktop 3: Edge windows
    Desktop 4: Groove Music
    Desktop 5: Task Manager, Steam and Skype

    I use virtual desktops for writing, editing photos and graphical design as well. For example, it's a lot easier to flick between workspaces with Word & Edge than to have both on the same screen split, reducing space for each.
    11-16-2015 11:43 PM
  21. v535's Avatar
    I didn't know Virtual desktop existed on w10, tried it under ubuntu but switched to single workspace. Multiple Virtual Desktop consume too many CPU cycles on older config.
    11-17-2015 11:07 AM
  22. Steve Thackery's Avatar
    I find virtual desktops extremely useful. Currently I have four, as follows:

    1/ My day-to-day online stuff, such as email, calendar, to-do and web browsing

    2/ My university workplace, for programs such as OneNote, another web browser, documents I'm writing, research and so on

    3/ My programming space: Visual Studio, along with Arduino and PIC programming environments

    4/ My media stuff: editing video, audio and graphics

    Unfortunately I find the implementation in W10 almost useless because the virtual desktops don't persist during reboots. Thus I use Dexpot instead, which also allows applications to be assigned to particular desktops, etc.
    11-22-2015 07:28 AM
  23. viswanathansri's Avatar
    Never used that feature after trying it for the first time. Never found a practical advantage for it. I am better off with all my windows in one screen than splitting it into different "virtual" desktops and then searching which windows is where :P
    11-22-2015 08:14 AM
  24. halsee's Avatar
    I don't use virtual desktop, lol
    11-24-2015 12:47 AM
  25. Daniel Ratcliffe's Avatar
    Currently I don't use Virtual Desktops. Maybe I'll get use out of them if I forced myself to use them, but having had dual monitors for donkeys years, I've always just worked between the monitors. Even on my MacBook Pro which I've had since 2011 (and it's still kicking? Bloody hell!) I never really found much use for the virtual desktops. However the suggestions I've found here may be useful. Perhaps I can use one VD for general use, one for programming, one for streaming, etc. We'll see.
    12-14-2015 08:02 AM
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