lapimate: Task View
Has anyone had a chance to evaluate Windows 10 Pro Technical Preview “Task View” (aka by Microsoft: “Virtual Desktops”)? Seem rather clumsy to me and essentially cosmetic since they do not allow truly independent operation of each desktop and so not genuinely useful to organise and process different projects or types of work.
I was hoping “Task View” might be something of practical value, similar perhaps to Linux workspaces which enable one to set up individual desktops for each project or task type (eg Perpetual Motion Machine development; Image Processing), open up application instances separately on each desktop and then switch between desktops at a flick, leaving any application windows and associated files open - so a bit like virtual machines. Microsoft say “Task View” allows virtual desktops but unfortunately they seem a pale shadow of Linux workspaces and do not justify being referred to as “Virtual Desktops”. If one opens up (say) Notebook on one Windows 10 “Task View” desktop then moves to another desktop and tries to open another instance of Notebook the current desktop simply flicks back to the desktop environment where one first opened Notebook.
So has anyone found ways to put “Task View” to good use?
Task view and Multiple Desktops are features that have been evolving several times over the course of the Windows 10 build out. There are, no doubt, more changes coming.
In build 10041 (one of the public builds) you can choose scope the ALT-TAB to be within the specific desktop, or act across all desktops. You can do a similar thing with the taskbar buttons. I've been able to open up separate instances of apps in each of the desktops and have them be scoped only within the desktop.
Look for "Multitasking" settings app and confirm what you have set there: