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How to display multiple desktops on your computer

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 2 5

Multiple Desktops
Learn how to get more screen and desktop space with multiple desktops for free. Run up to four virtual desktops on the same computer, alternate from one desktop to the other.

Are you running out of screen or desktop space on your computer? With new hardware technology, computer systems now a day can run many more applications at the same time than they could a few of years ago. In doing so, your Taskbar can get pretty cluttered with multiple running application/software icons and sometimes scrolling is forced.

Get organize. How would you like to be able to run four desktops on the same computer? Would it sound even better if I told you that you don't even have to buy any additional hardware or software?

Get Sysinternals Desktops at Windows Sysinternals. Sysinternals Desktops is a great little free utility that allows you to do just that. Run office productivity type applications (i.e. MS Word, MS Excel, etc) in one desktop. Run leisure type applications (i.e. Facebook, web browsing, etc) in another desktop. Use one desktop view to browse job postings on Workopolis or Monster and quickly change to a different desktop if a nosy colleague (or boss) comes by. I am sure you can find other great uses for this utility.

So who is Sysinternals? The Sysinternals web site was built in 1996 by Mark Russinovich and Bryce Cogswell. In July 2006, Microsoft acquired Sysinternals. The site is now known as Windows Sysinternals.

The Sysinternals Desktops is a light weight utility; only about 60kb. It allows you to organize your different running applications between 2, 3, or even 4 virtual desktops. It allows you to quickly switch between the 4 virtual desktops either by clicking on the tray icon (desktop preview) or by using the hotkeys (i.e. Ctrl+1 for desktop 1, Ctrl+2 for desktop 2, Ctrl+3 for desktop 3 and Ctrl+4 for desktop four).

So how does this differ to having multiple physical monitors? What it can't do… Well with a physical setup, you will need to have a 4 LCD monitors and/or monitor adapters (such as Kensington Universal Multi-Display Adapter (Black)

) and/or monitor splitters (such as Tripp Lite P516-001 VGA/XVGA Monitor Y Splitter) or video splitters (such as Cables To Go - 29551 - VGA Video Splitter Extender 4-Port). The nice thing with a physical multiple monitors solution is that it allows you to span applications across multiple physical monitors and allows you to see all monitors/desktops at the same time.

You can download Sysinternals Desktops for free here.



Jun 12, 2010 1:43am
This sounds great, could be the way to go and see everything easier. Thanks. I have just changed from ie8 to fire fox and it is driving me mad. Each time I open another page or click on an email I forget to right click and then realize that I cant go back and have to re login to emails again.
But like everything I suppose its just getting used to it.
Jun 12, 2010 9:44am
I'm a believer in Microsoft. You should give IE8 another shot. It has some clue built-in features such as:
- Web Slice (the green box) - I use it with The Weather Network. The Web Slice for The Weather Network sits on the Favourite bar and keeps me updated on the weather condition without having me to visit The Weather Network directly.
- Accelerators (the blue box) - When you put your mouse on an address, the accelerator pulls up a mini Bing Map and few other options.
Jun 12, 2010 10:11am
hi again no I went to firefox because a lot of sites do not load images very good with IE7 and 8. thats why I changed. I think they all have there problems.
Jun 12, 2010 8:56am
Amazing article! I'm going to give it a try right now :)
Jun 12, 2010 9:51am
Thanks. It is also great to keep you from getting distracted. Use one desktop to run productive applications. Use one desktop to run lesuire applications us as Facebook. When someone messages you in Facebook and you are on the desktop with productive applications, you won't be distrub... leaving you to continue to concentrate.
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