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Windows 10’s virtual desktops get custom wallpaper backgrounds



The original dark and updated light desktop wallpaper from Windows 10

Windows 10’s virtual desktops are an underrated feature for power users, allowing you to group windows into their own spaces for more powerful multitasking. Now Microsoft is adding custom desktop backgrounds so you can give each desktop a unique background.

This change is part of Windows 1

0 Insider build 21337, which was released on March 17, 2021. It will likely appear in stable form in Windows 10’s 21H2 update, scheduled for release in the second half of 2021 – likely in October 2021.

After installing the update, you can go to Settings> Personalization> Wallpaper to set it up. Left-clicking a wallpaper here will only set it as the wallpaper for your current virtual desktop. You can right-click a background image on this Settings page and also assign it to a specific virtual desktop. Or, even simpler, you can right-click on a virtual desktop thumbnail in Task View and select “Choose Background.”

Your chosen wallpaper will appear on that virtual desktop as well as in the thumbnails on the Task View screen.

Virtual desktops with custom wallpapers on Windows 10.
Microsoft

There is another improvement to virtual desktops in this Insider build: you can now drag and drop virtual desktop thumbnails into the Task View interface to rearrange them.

Windows 10’s May 2020 Update already added the ability to set custom names for each desktop, so Microsoft is slowly making Windows 10’s virtual desktops even more powerful.

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If you haven’t tried virtual desktops yet, they can be accessed from the Task View interface. Press Windows + Tab or click the “Task View” icon to the right of Cortana on your taskbar to open it. You will see the virtual desktops at the top of the Task View screen. You can drag an open window from this screen to another virtual desktop and click the thumbnails to switch between them.

Windows 10 also has some handy keyboard and touchpad shortcuts for quickly switching between virtual desktops.

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