With Chrome OS version 76, Google is expanding its repertoire of Chromebook features ̵
Virtual desktops, which Google calls a virtual desktop, let you divide the desktop into multiple workspaces where you can organize applications and windows. With Chrome OS, you can use up to four desks at a time, allowing you to quickly switch between them.
After updating your Chromebook to the latest version of Chrome OS, all you have to do is press the Summary button (]]) to display the option in the upper-right corner that lets you use virtual Desks is started.
Enable virtual desks
If no virtual desks are displayed (via the + New console button) When you press the Summary button, the feature may be hidden behind a flag that you must enable before you can access it. To turn on the feature:
If you enable something from
chrome: // flags you are using experimental features that have not been tested on all devices and may behave badly. On the way, some errors may occur. So be careful when playing around with some of the available flags.
Start Chrome, type
chrome: // flags in the omnibox and press Enter key and then type "Virtual Desks" in the search bar.
Alternatively, you can also insert
] chrome: // flags / # enable-virtual-desks into the omnibox and hit enter to get there directly.
Click the drop-down box next to the Enable Virtual Desks flag, and then select Enabled.
. For the changes to take effect, you'll need to restart Chrome OS. Click the blue "Restart Now" button at the bottom of the page.
. To Add Virtual Desks
After the Virtual Desks feature runs on your computer, press the Summary button (]) on your keyboard to display all the active windows. Notice the "+ New Desktop" icon at the top of the screen. Click this button to add a new virtual desktop.
. You can add and use up to four desks at a time.
Switching between virtual desks
Virtual desks are great for applications that you can leave open without minimizing them in the system tray. The application lives there and waits for your return. For example, you can have social apps on one desk and a word processor on the other.
If you want to switch between desktops and use apps that you've dedicated to them, you have several options.
The first way to switch desktops is to press the Summary button and then click on a desktop at the top of the screen to switch to it immediately. As long as you remember which apps are in which Virtual Desk, you can quickly and easily switch between them.
The second method lets you switch between desktops. You can go straight to the application you are looking for without guessing which desktop it is on. Every currently open app has an icon that appears on the shelf. All you have to do is click on the application and jump directly to this desktop. If the app is minimized, it will also be maximized by selecting the app icon.
How to move applications between virtual desktops
When you open an app on a specific desktop, it no longer has to be fully spent living there. Instead, you can move it between desktops. This feature is useful if you accidentally open an app on the wrong desktop and want to move it without stopping it.
Press the Summary button while viewing the virtual desks with the app you want to move, and click and drag the window. Drag the app to the desired desktop in the center of the screen, and drop it Drop her off there.
Note: Be sure to pull the application in half first. Chrome OS mimics Android and quits the app when it is dragged directly up or down from the page.
Keyboard shortcuts for virtual desks are coming soon
Currently, Chrome OS can not virtually navigate desktops with gestures on the trackpad or keyboard shortcuts. However, as Chrome unboxed notes, Chromium bugs for virtual desktops will soon display the following shortcuts:
- Ctrl + Search + =: Add a new desktop.
- Ctrl + Search + -: Remove the desktop.
- Ctrl + Find +]: If necessary, activate the switch on the right.
- Ctrl + Search + [: Activate desktop on the left (if available).
- Ctrl + Find + Shift +]: Moves the active window (or highlighted window in overview mode) to the right side (if any).
- Ctrl + Find + Shift + [: Move active window (or highlighted window in overview mode) on the left side (if any).
We're not sure when these links will be available, but it's likely to be sooner rather than later.
With the addition of virtual desks to Chrome OS, Google is finally completing every other important multi-workspace operating system to optimize your desktops for a more productive and efficient use of their lives.