How to create a new virtual desktop in Windows 10 via CMD? Step by step

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Create a new virtual desktop in Windows 10 with CMD

The first thing is to answer the question it started with, and the answer is no. Of course it is possible create virtual desktops thanks to the new features of Windows 10 but not via commands with CMD.

So even if you can't do it with this, you'll still learn how to create virtual desktops today and in under 10 minutes. The first thing to know is that they are there two different ways to achieve this.

The second thing you should know is that the reason desktops can be created is the new option called “Task View”. It is good to mention this because the number one way to create virtual desktops is through this option.


First go to the taskbar and press the icon “View activity”, which is located next to Cortana. A list will appear where the option is located "New desktop", click there and a window will automatically be created with the name desktop 2.

If you click on the desktop you can open applications you want inside it totally independently (to create more you just have to do the same).

To see all your desktops you have to do again click “Task View” and will show you each of them in a miniature. This way you can better manage your tasks and despite not being able to create a new virtual desktop in Windows 10 from CMD, you can still enjoy this feature.

Method 2: from the keyboard

The second method is much easier and faster, you just need to use the following combination: key start di Windows + CTRL + D, this will instantly create a new virtual desktop, but to see it in miniature you still have to go to “Task View ”.

Delete desktop

You already know that you can't create a new virtual desktop in Windows 10 with CMD, and you've also learned how to quickly create them. But now you will see how to get rid of them. The first thing to do is to select the option again “Activity View”.

After the desktop thumbnails have appeared, hover over the one you want to delete, this will make an X appear over the thumbnail, click there and that's it.


What are the desks for?

The reality is that the desk is like the head, contains everything you need clean or messy. This allows you to create shortcuts for the applications you use most and also to create folders to save information. However, they do fill up from time to time, being difficult to navigate.

For this, the function put by Windows, since in each virtual desktop you can save different things regardless of the original desktop, in addition to customize them as you want and as you like best, for example: one for video games, another just for work and so on, allowing you to organize yourself better.

Finally, even if it is a shame that a new virtual desktop can not be created in Windows 10 by CMD, there's no reason to stop doing it with the more options you've learned today, so have fun and customize!

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