Use Linux-like virtual deskops with VirtuaWin

Extend your windows desktop onto virtual screens with handy, but sometimes confusing, utility VirtuaWin.

Anyone familiar with Linux is probably familiar with virtual desktops. If you're not, download VirtuaWin and take a look. This utility takes your Windows desktop, clones it up to nineteen times, then lets you switch between them. The idea is to keep a set of related programs or documents on each desktop to help organize things for people who leave lots of applications and documents open.

VirtuaWin sits in the system tray where you access most functions, including the ability to define and switch between virtual desktops by right-clicking the little square VirtuaWin icon. You may also switch between desktops using hot keys, defined by default as Ctrl + Alt plus an arrow key. The left mouse button is used to move directly to, or bring to the current desktop currently open applications and documents.

You may have up to 20 desktops, but practically speaking most users will only create a few. Learning how to use VirtuWin isn't as easy as it could be--the developers don't seem to have spent a lot of time putting themselves in a new user's shoes. For instance, open the setup dialog, select the Hotkeys tab and a hotkey entry will read something like NAV: A + C + Left. An experienced user will know that the A and C must mean Alt and Ctrl, as well as W meaning the Windows key--a key lacking from many, many keyboards. However, a new user might sit there pressing the alpha keys wondering what they were doing wrong. There are also rules for Windows, which will be of interest only to techies with programming experience.

Steep learning curve aside, VirtuaWin works great and--for some--will work organizational wonders. If you're interested in virtual desktops, give it a whirl.

Join the newsletter!

Or
Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags softwareUtilitiesFreeware / shareware

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Jon L. Jacobi

PC World (US online)
Show Comments

Essentials

Mobile

Exec

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Brand Post

Bitdefender 2018

Roam freely in the digital world. Critically acclaimed performance and security at your fingertips.

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?