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Windows 7 is certainly the best operating system from Microsoft so far, but sometimes you still stumble upon some features in other operating systems (e.g., Linux or Mac) that Windows 7 lacks. For example, all the popular flavors of Linux have a virtual desktop feature which is not present in Windows 7. Luckily, it is easy to integrate virtual desktop feature in Windows 7 using freeware application called mDesktop.

mDesktop is an open source application for Windows and supports Windows XP, Vista and 7. It is available both as an installer and as a portable app. You can download and install it in Windows and it would install a notification area icon. By default, four virtual desktops are available. To switch to a virtual desktop, you can right-click on this notification area icon and choose a virtual desktop from the context-menu. You can also switch to desktops using hotkeys Alt+1, Alt+2, Alt+3 and so on.

mDesktop supports up to ten virtual desktops. You can add more virtual desktops in the mDesktop settings. You can open the settings from the notification area icon’s right-click menu. In the settings window, you can add/remove virtual desktops,  customize hotkeys for switching through virtual desktops, choose mDesktop to automatically run at Windows startup and more.

If you do not like the default virtual desktop names – Desktop 1, Desktop 2 etc., then you can also assign our own custom names as you please under the Desktop Names tab. You can also specify some windows to be visible on all the virtual desktops in the Windows tab.

So, if you are tired of making your way through an over-cluttered desktop in Windows 7, enjoy the convenience of having multiple virtual desktops in Windows 7 with mDesktop. Using virtual desktop you can arrange your open windows and applications in several virtual desktops making it easier to work through them and giving your desktop a much cleaner look.

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Download mDesktop for Windows

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About Sudesh

Sudesh has always been curious about computers and technology. Loves to play with both Windows and Linux. Likes to help people solve their computer problems. Has written technical articles and tutorials for some websites including MintyWhite.

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One thought on “Add Virtual Desktops to Windows [How To]”

  1. Robert says:

    Actually, Microsoft does have a utility that allows up to four virtual desktops. It was aquirred when Microsoft bought up Sysinternals. It only allows up to four, so mDesktop would be a better option for those need more. Here is the link for the Sysinternals utility on the TechNet site.


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