These days, we’re all pretty proficient at multi-tasking because it’s a need in our roles.
That means we need to have all of our work methodically organised – both visually and virtually.
So….. What do you do currently?
- Do you keep a number of programs open on your PC?
- Does it bother you when the program you want is hiding somewhere behind everything else?
- Do you like the programs to be laid out in a certain way, or always shown together?
Virtual Desktops Are Your Thing!
WHAT ARE THEY?
Using Virtual Desktops can be one of the greatest ways to organise your work on your computer.
Virtual Desktops allow you to easily move between themes of activity, placing programs in groups that make sense to you.There they’ll stay, exactly where you placed them, as you switch back and forth. This predictability will make your workflow much more functional on a day-to-day basis.
When you’re working on a group, the other groups are hidden away, reducing clutter and visual noise — allowing you to concentrate your focus.
HOW DO I USE THEM?
To take advantage of this gallant hero through your PC, you’ll need to be on Windows 10.
Mac and Linux users have had this feature available for years, but Windows users have previously had to rely on separate programs to do this.
Within Windows 10, start by clicking the ‘Task View’ button near the search bar:
Next, click the ‘New Desktop’ button that appeared:
You can now drag windows between desktops to arrange them:
You can have as many desktops as you need
To manage my workload at Big Blue Digital, I use four:
- one for email & messaging,
- one for code & backend work,
- one for previewing the work,
- and one for my notes.
If you’re like me, and prefer to use the keyboard to access your desktops:
Press + ← to move to the desktop on the left, and + → to move right
Press + Tab to open the Task View. It’s like Alt + Tab, but across all the desktops.