Multi desktops on single monitor laptop


jcrous

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I noticed that I am now on Windows 11 Home after an update (Insider update).

I have clicked on the plus and created a second desktop. I have even renamed one.
Both my original and newly desktops are exactly the same. If I create a shortcut on one, it automatically appears on the second.
How can I customise them to be different?

I want to make one for work and one for entertainment.
 

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    Windows 11 Home
    Computer type
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    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo Yoga C930
    CPU
    i7 8550
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    DDR 4
    Memory
    16 GB 4rth DDR4
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    4k
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    1TB SSD
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    Firefox
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iko22

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In Windows 10 & 11, you can have different apps open in different Virtual Desktops .

In Windows 11 only, you can also customise different Wallpapers, in each Virtual Desktop.

Currently, that is all the level of customisation Windows will permit.
 

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    Windows 10
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    TBA
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    TBA

jcrous

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If I understand it correctly, Windows 11 is supposed to be like a cell phone with several pages (desktop pages, a on my iPad as well). On my pc, I cannot change one destop page to anything different than the first page.

On my cell phone and iPad, I can, and on the tutorials on youtube, the people can, but not me.

What can be the cause?
 

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    Windows 11 Home
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    Lenovo Yoga C930
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    i7 8550
    Motherboard
    DDR 4
    Memory
    16 GB 4rth DDR4
    Monitor(s) Displays
    4k
    Hard Drives
    1TB SSD
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    20MB/s
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    Firefox
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    Comodo Internet Security

iko22

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Not quite sure what video tutorials you are referring to. Can you do these:

If you press Win key + CTRL key + D simultaneously, that should generate new Virtual Desktops (without switching out of current desktop).
And, if you press either Win key + CTRL key + Right Arrow or Win key + CTRL key + Left Arrow key combinations, that will switch between the next or previous Virtual Desktop.

Can you replicate those actions and results on your computer?

Also try this:
Open one or several applications and folders in one Virtual Desktop, then switch to a different Virtual Desktop using the key combinations mentioned above - does the contents of the desktops change when you switch?

If you are still experiencing the same issue, then you might like to create a new user profile, and see if you can replicate the desired actions in the newly created user profile.
 

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    Windows 10
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    TBA
    Motherboard
    TBA

johnlgalt

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Not quite sure what video tutorials you are referring to. Can you do these:

If you press Win key + CTRL key + D simultaneously, that should generate new Virtual Desktops (without switching out of current desktop).
And, if you press either Win key + CTRL key + Right Arrow or Win key + CTRL key + Left Arrow key combinations, that will switch between the next or previous Virtual Desktop.

Can you replicate those actions and results on your computer?

Also try this:
Open one or several applications and folders in one Virtual Desktop, then switch to a different Virtual Desktop using the key combinations mentioned above - does the contents of the desktops change when you switch?

If you are still experiencing the same issue, then you might like to create a new user profile, and see if you can replicate the desired actions in the newly created user profile.

Over here, with only single vDesktop (confirmed by WIN + TAB), pressing WIN + CTRL + D creates a new vDesktop and switchess to it immediately.

Additionally, as mentioned, WIN + TAB acts like ALT + TAB for vDesktops.

I tested it by hitting WIN + CTRL + D a couple of times, then I created a folder on the desktop I was on - and the folder was on every vDesktop..

However, only the initial vDesktop had the Fireofx window open with this thread, it did not appear on other vDesktops.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 21H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HomeBrew
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
    Motherboard
    MSI MEG X570 GODLIKE
    Memory
    4 * Corsair Vengeance 32 GB 3600 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti XC3 ULTRA GAMING (12G-P5-3955-KR)
    Sound Card
    Realtek® ALC1220 Codec
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Eve Spectrum ES07D02 280 Hz QHD | Eve Spectrum ES07D03 4K Gaming Monitor
    Screen Resolution
    1440p | 4k
    Hard Drives
    3x Samsung 980 Pro NVMe PCIe 4 M.2 2 TB SSD (MZ-V8P2T0B/AM)
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling’s Silencer Series 1050 Watt, 80 Plus Platinum
    Case
    Fractal Design Define 7 XL Dark ATX Full Tower Case
    Cooling
    ZXT KRAKEN Z73 73.11 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler (3x 120 mm push top) + Air 3x 140mm case fans (pull front) + 1x 120 mm (push back) and 1 x 120 mm (pull bottom)
    Keyboard
    SteelSeries Apex Pro Wired Gaming Keyboard
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3 for Business
    Internet Speed
    Logitech MX Master 3 for Business
    Browser
    Nightly (default) + Firefox (stable),Chrome, Edge/ß/Dev/Canary
    Antivirus
    Defender
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 x64 Pro build 21H1
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Latitude E5470
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-6300U CPU @ 2.40GHz, 2501 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 4 Logical Processor(s)
    Motherboard
    Dell
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel(R) HD Graphics 520
    Sound Card
    Intel(R) HD Graphics 520 + RealTek Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell laptop display 15"
    Screen Resolution
    1920 * 1080
    Hard Drives
    Toshiba 128GB M.2 22300 drive
    INTEL Cherryvill 520 Series SSDSC2CW180A 180 GB SATA III SSD
    PSU
    Dell
    Case
    Dell
    Cooling
    Dell
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master (shared) | Dell TouchPad
    Keyboard
    Dell
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    AT&T LightSpeed Gigabit Duplex
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    Edge Chromium | Chrome | Firefox Nightly | Brave
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Over here, with only single vDesktop (confirmed by WIN + TAB), pressing WIN + CTRL + D creates a new vDesktop and switchess to it immediately.

Additionally, as mentioned, WIN + TAB acts like ALT + TAB for vDesktops.

I tested it by hitting WIN + CTRL + D a couple of times, then I created a folder on the desktop I was on - and the folder was on every vDesktop..

However, only the initial vDesktop had the Fireofx window open with this thread, it did not appear on other vDesktops.
Maybe that confirms the O.P. own observations in the question?
 

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    Windows 10
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    TBA
    Motherboard
    TBA

johnlgalt

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It does. Items placed on the DT propogate to al DTs. But apps running are localized. And, apparently, as you mentioed, DTWPs should be as well.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 21H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HomeBrew
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
    Motherboard
    MSI MEG X570 GODLIKE
    Memory
    4 * Corsair Vengeance 32 GB 3600 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti XC3 ULTRA GAMING (12G-P5-3955-KR)
    Sound Card
    Realtek® ALC1220 Codec
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Eve Spectrum ES07D02 280 Hz QHD | Eve Spectrum ES07D03 4K Gaming Monitor
    Screen Resolution
    1440p | 4k
    Hard Drives
    3x Samsung 980 Pro NVMe PCIe 4 M.2 2 TB SSD (MZ-V8P2T0B/AM)
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling’s Silencer Series 1050 Watt, 80 Plus Platinum
    Case
    Fractal Design Define 7 XL Dark ATX Full Tower Case
    Cooling
    ZXT KRAKEN Z73 73.11 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler (3x 120 mm push top) + Air 3x 140mm case fans (pull front) + 1x 120 mm (push back) and 1 x 120 mm (pull bottom)
    Keyboard
    SteelSeries Apex Pro Wired Gaming Keyboard
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3 for Business
    Internet Speed
    Logitech MX Master 3 for Business
    Browser
    Nightly (default) + Firefox (stable),Chrome, Edge/ß/Dev/Canary
    Antivirus
    Defender
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 x64 Pro build 21H1
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Latitude E5470
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-6300U CPU @ 2.40GHz, 2501 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 4 Logical Processor(s)
    Motherboard
    Dell
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel(R) HD Graphics 520
    Sound Card
    Intel(R) HD Graphics 520 + RealTek Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell laptop display 15"
    Screen Resolution
    1920 * 1080
    Hard Drives
    Toshiba 128GB M.2 22300 drive
    INTEL Cherryvill 520 Series SSDSC2CW180A 180 GB SATA III SSD
    PSU
    Dell
    Case
    Dell
    Cooling
    Dell
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master (shared) | Dell TouchPad
    Keyboard
    Dell
    Internet Speed
    AT&T LightSpeed Gigabit Duplex
    Browser
    Edge Chromium | Chrome | Firefox Nightly | Brave
    Antivirus
    Defender + MB4
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