This quick guide will show you how to use Virtual Desktops on a Chromebook.
Virtual Desktops are now a built-in part of Chrome OS – just make sure you’re using the latest version.
- Start by tapping the Show Windows button on your keyboard. It’s the F5 key (or the one where F5 would be) – the icon is a small box with two lines next to it. Then when the screen switches to ‘show windows’ you’ll see the +New Desk button. Click it.
- This will create a new and separate ‘desktop’.
- Now you can have a set of Apps or files open on one Desktop and a different group of Apps or files on the other. Plus, you can create additional desktops – two is not the limit :)
- To drag and drop windows and apps to your preferred desk, just invoke the ‘show windows’ screen by tapping the Show Windows button (again, it’s the F5 key – or where the F5 key would be). Now just click-and-drag any of your apps to whichever virtual desktop you want it on.
You can also use a series of keyboard shortcuts with Virtual Desktops on a Chromebook –
- Create a new Desktop with Shift + Search + =
- Switch between Desktops with Search + ]
- Move windows between Desktops with Shift + Search + ]