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.
    • 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.

Tips:

  • To switch to a different desk, swipe with four fingers left or right on your touchpad.
  • To jump from desk 1–8, press Shift + Search  + 1–8.

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. 
  3. Drag windows and apps to your preferred desk. 
  4. To move windows around, you can:
    • Move a window to another desk: At the top of a window, right-click and select Move window to desk.
    • Make a window or app available across all desks: At the top of a window, right-click and select Move window to desk and then All desks.
Tip: You can drag desks up or down to reorder them.

Move tabs to another window or desk

  1. In Chrome, right-click the tab.
  2. Select Move tab to another window.
    • The menu will display all your windows grouped by desk.
  3. Select where you want to move the tab.

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 on US Chromebooks with a standard English QWERTY keyboard. To find keyboard shortcuts for devices with international keyboards, go to Settings and then Device and then Keyboard and then View keyboard shortcuts.
  • Create a new desk: Press Shift + Search + =.
  • Switch to a desk on left or right: Press Search + [ or ] (left or right square bracket).
  • Switch to a specific desk: Press Shift + Search  + [desk position number].
  • Move a window to a different desk: Press Shift + Search + [ or ].
  • Move a window to all desks: Press Shift + Search  + a.
  • View and switch between windows: Press Alt + Tab.
    • View only windows in your current desk: At the top, select Current desk.
    • View windows across all desks: At the top, select All desks.
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