Multiple DesktopsLearn 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.