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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


Pretty cool huh?

Posted in Computing, Reviews, Windows Vista, Windows XP | 2 Comments »

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2 Responses

  1. Andy Parkes Says:

    You might to check this out

    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. 🙂