Set up and manage multiple desktops with virtual desks

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

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 virtual desk's name and enter in your preferred name.
  4. Drag a window to the new desk.

Important: When you sign out, windows in other desks will merge into a single desk.

Go to a different desk

  1. On your Chromebook keyboard, press the 'Show windows' key .
  2. At the top, select the desk that you want to use.

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 that you want to move. You may have to press the 'Show windows' key again.
  3. Drag and drop windows and apps to your preferred desk.

Remove a desk

  1. On your Chromebook keyboard, press the 'Show windows' key .
  2. On the desk that 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 virtual 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.

  • To create a new desk: Press Search + Shift + =
  • To move a window one desk left or right: Press Shift + Search + [ or ] (left or right square bracket)
  • To go to a different window: Hold Alt and press Tab until you get to your preferred window within a desk.
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