Manage Your Desktop Better with Virtual Desktops

Satheesh C B | Sunday, February 15, 2009 | 0 comments

Moving too many windows opened  simultaneously is very tedious. Besides,the budget is too small to procure a giant TFT.If you are short on desktop space, you have the option of virtually enlarging the monitor. You can then group communication and Internet programs,
for instance, on one desktop and office applications on the other. The advantage here is that you need not search for the window of the mail program, for example, amongst multiple work-related windows.


A virtual desktop manager lets you organize applications over several virtual desktops .Virtual desktops are very common in Unix/Linux, and once you get accustomed to using them, they become an essential part of a productive workflow.


The ‘Virtual Desktop Manager’ from the XP PowerToys is a simple and free tool for enabling virtual desktops.The tool collection is available at the website (Deskman.exe). The tool is ready-to use immediately after installation, even if you don’t notice any changes. Simply right click anywhere in the taskbar and select ‘Toolbars | Desktop Manager’. Now you will see the ‘MSVDM’ toolbar for quick screen changes in the taskbar. However, the displayed text does not have any function, in fact, it only wastes space. In order to get rid of it, remove the taskbar lock first by right clicking on it and selecting the ‘Lock the taskbar’ context command. Now right click on the Start bar of the toolbar and untick the ‘Show title’ option.




Clicking once on the ‘Preview’ symbol will show an overview of all the four virtual desktops. It is possible to define different background wallpapers as well as custom key combinations for quickly switching between the individual screens through the context menu of the toolbar. You can determine through the ‘Shared Desktops’ option in the context menu whether the taskbar should display only the window of the current screen or all windows together.With the activated setting, you can fetch windows by clicking on the desktop which is active at that moment. After arranging everything, deactivate the option such that you can view only the current desktop.


Dexpot is another free utility with a larger functional scope, which can be run under all versions of Windows. You can find it on the website




VirtuaWin is a another virtual desktop manager for the Windows operating system (Win9x/ME/NT/Win2K/XP/Win2003/Vista). It is designed to be simple and elegant to use yet still be highly configurable and extensible.




Download_  Virtual Desktop Manager  | 549 KB| Freeware

                            Dexpot | 1.89MB | Freeware   

                            VirtuaWin | 384 KB | Freeware 

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