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How to Use Your FREE Virtual Monitors in Windows 10

David Pogue
Tech Critic
Yahoo Tech

People who’ve bought second and third monitors, and figured out how to set up and configure them, can vouch for the resulting productivity boost. You can dedicate each screen to a different program or kind of program. Screen 1 might contain your email and chat windows, arranged just the way you like them. Screen 2 can hold Photoshop, with an open document and the palettes carefully arrayed. On Screen 3: your Web browser.

Well, in Windows 10, you can set up an unlimited number of virtual monitors —simulated ones. Ordinarily, of course, attaching so many screens to a single computer would be a massively expensive proposition, not to mention detrimental to your living space and personal relationships. But virtual ones are free and very compact.

To set up screens, enter Task View (see the video above). Click New Desktop. As you can see at the bottom, you now have two “screens.” Click New Desktop again for a third screen, and so on.

Move your cursor to the first one: The “cards” representing all your open programs appear. Drag the miniatures of your open apps onto the corresponding desktops.

Click the real desktop — or any of the miniatures — to exit Task View.

Now you’ve got two monitors or more. The fun begins!

Press three keys simultaneously: Control, Windows key, and the right or left arrow key. It’s like changing the channel. You rotate to the previous or next desktop.

When you’ve had enough, re-enter Task View. Point to one of your desktop icons, and click its X close button. All of its open app windows pile up on the desktop to their left.

And to think that you were alive to see the day!

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