How to move apps to a new virtual desktop on Windows 10

Moving apps between desktops.

Windows 10 Virtual Desktop

On Windows 10, Microsoft is introducing the concept of virtual desktops. This feature has been around in other operating systems for a long while, even Windows XP had the Virtual Desktop Manager PowerToy utility, but the software giant is now bringing the feature to its new operating system.

Microsoft calls the feature Virtual Desktop by opening the Task View with the button located on the Taskbar (or using the Windows + Tab keyboard shortcut). The feature allows users to create different “virtual desktops” to run different sets of applications on separate desktops to keep things organized and not too clutter.

In this Windows 10 guide, you’ll learn two ways in which you can move apps between virtual desktops.

How to move apps between virtual desktops on Windows 10

To move an app to a new desktop, do the following:

  1. Click the Task View button on the taskbar. (You can also use Windows key + Tab keyboard shortcut.)

    Task View button on the Taskbar

  2. If you’re running a single desktop, click the (+) button at the bottom of the screen to create a new virtual desktop. Right-click the app you want move, select Move to, and select the desktop you want to move the app.

    Move apps to a new Virtual Desktop on Windows 10

    Note that you can also select New desktop, which will create a new virtual desktop for the app you want.

Alternatively, inside Task View, you can simply click and drag the app to another desktop, or to the New desktop button, which will automatically create a new desktop for the app.

Drag Windows 10 app to a new virtual deskop

About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 14 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and Email him at [email protected].