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Windows Virtual Desktops

January 5th, 2008 by Patrick S

I love Windows as much as the next guy however there are certain features on Linux that I really wish were in Windows. E.g. The Power of Bash or Multiple (Virtual) Desktops.

Thanks to Microsoft’s Code Plex program I stumbled across a program that allows users to run multiple desktops within Windows XP & Vista. Its a completely open-source program (yay) and even supports Vista’s DWM based aero interface (They seem to have found a way around the slowness of the SDK however).
This virtual desktop program takes advantage of this new API and uses some tricks of its own to provide a powerful virtual desktop manager with a full screen thumbnail based preview. You can have as many desktops as you want and can seamlessly switch between them.

Some of the programs key features include:

  • Multiple-monitor support
  • Per-desktop backgrounds
  • Sticky windows to exclude windows from the virtual desktop manager
  • Live Vista thumbnails of all of your windows (Will only work in Vista-XP does not support WDM)
  • An infinite number of desktops only limited by the amount of memory in your computer

Download and toy around Virtual Desktop Manager here http://www.codeplex.com/vdm

VDM

Pretty cool huh?

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2 Responses

  1. Andy Parkes Says:

    You might to check this out

    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloads/powertoys/xppowertoys.mspx

    One of the powertoys is a virtual desktop monitor…it supports up to four virtual desktops

  2. Patrick S Says:

    Hey thanks for that…I didnt know about that Power Toy-I gave it a try.
    It behaves just like the Virtual Desktop Manager on CodePlex however exclusivly for XP (No WDM Support Etc).

    I was just about to point out how the PowerToy VDM simply clones your desktop into another window but uncheck shared desktops and it starts with a clean desktop with no cloned processes etc.

    Thanks a lot this is pretty good-they both have their good and bad aspects. 🙂