Set up & manage multiple desktops with desks

You can add desks to organize multiple windows and multi-task.

Tap here to see an interactive tutorial

Create a desk

  1. On your Chromebook keyboard, press the Show windows key .
  2. At the top right, select New desk.
  3. Optional: To rename a desk, select the desk's name and enter in your preferred name.

Go to a different desk

  1. On your Chromebook keyboard, press the Show windows key .
  2. At the top, select a desk.
Tip: To switch to a different desk on your touchpad, swipe 4 fingers left or right.

Move a window to another desk

  1. On your Chromebook keyboard, press the Show windows key .
  2. At the top, select the desk with the windows you want to move. You may have to press the Show windows key  again.
  3. Drag windows and apps to your preferred desk.
  4. Or use shortcuts:
    • Move a window to a new desk: Right-click the top of a window then, select Move window to another desk.
    • Make a window or app available across all desks: Right-click the top of a window, then select Show in all desks.
Tip: You can drag desks to reorder them.

Remove a desk

  1. On your Chromebook keyboard, press the Show windows key .
  2. On the desk you want to remove, at the top right, select Close .
  3. All apps and windows from the deleted desk will go to the desk on the left. If one is not available, all apps and windows will go to the desk on the right.

Use desk keyboard shortcuts

Important: 

  • Depending on your keyboard, you can press the Search key  or the Launcher key  for some shortcuts. Both keys work the same.
  • These steps only work for US Chromebook users with a standard English QWERTY keyboard. For international keyboards, go to Settings and then Device and then Keyboard and then View keyboard shortcuts to find keyboard shortcuts for your device.
  • Create a new desk: Press Search  + Shift + =.
  • Switch to a different desk: Press Search  + [ or ] (left or right square bracket).
  • Move a window to a different desk: Press Shift + Search  + [ or ].
  • View all windows in your desk: Press Alt + Tab.
  • View a different window in your desk: Hold Alt and press Tab.
    • View a different window in your current desk: Select Current desk.
    • View windows across all desks: Select All desk.
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