How to Use Virtual Desktops on Your Chromebook


Google recently launched Chrome OS version 76 and with it comes a virtual desktop function. Here's how to enable it and use the "Virtual desktops" feature on your Chromebook.

Google recently released an update for Chrome OS that includes some useful new features. One of them is the addition of virtual desktops to which the company refers to as virtual desktops. The feature is similar to virtual desktops in other operating systems. It allows you to have up to four different desktop sessions with different applications running, and easily switch between virtual desktops with a couple of clicks. Here we show you how to start.

Note: To use the new virtual desktops feature, you must run Chrome OS 76 or higher. If you don't see it, be sure to manually update your Chromebook.

Enable virtual desktops on your Chromebook

Depending on when you are reading this, you may not see the function. Google did not officially promote the virtual desktop feature on its launch blog. But it is there. You just need to enable it. To do this, start Chrome and enter the following in the address bar:

  chrome: // flags / # enable-virtual-desks 


For the changes to take effect, you must restart Chrome OS. Simply click on the Restart now button at the bottom of the page.

Using virtual desktops in Chromebook

Now that the Virtual Desktops feature is enabled, press the F5 key to display all open windows. It is the top row key just above 6 in the number row.


Then, to create a new virtual desktop, press the + New desktop icon in the upper right corner of the screen.


Do this for every new virtual desktop you need. Note that you can add up to four different desktops.


There are two ways to switch between your virtual desktops. Press the F5 key and click on the one you need. Or, you can access a specific application on a virtual desktop by clicking on the application icon in the system tray. To close a desktop, press the F5 key to move the cursor over which you want to close and X out of it.


You can also move applications between virtual desktops. Press the F5 key while on the desktop with the application you want to move and drag it to a different virtual desktop.


This is an excellent way to open different different applications without minimizing and maximizing them all the time from a single window. You can have your main desktop with Google Docs, Messages and Gmail open in the second, an Android application in a third party, and so on. You can then move applications to different virtual desktops as your workflow continues.

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