How to Use Virtual Desktops on a Chromebook

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.

  1. 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.

    the new desk button on a Chromebook

  2. This will create a new and separate ‘desktop’.
  3. two Virtual Desktops on a Chromebook

  4. 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 :)
  5. Virtual Desktops on a Chromebook with multiple desks and apps on each one

  6. 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 –

  1. Create a new Desktop with Shift + Search + =
  2. Switch between Desktops with Search + ]
  3. Move windows between Desktops with Shift + Search + ]

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