Recently Microsoft has released its new version of Windows Operating system Windows 10. It has quite a good number of new features packed up with the new feature like virtual Desktops. Virtual desktops is really a cool feature which lets the user manage different applications by easy switching between desktops without cluttering. Also these virtual desktops will play a role in privacy protection(How ? We’ll see at the end).
And now the Windows users can enjoy this multiple desktops feature through inbuilt virtual desktops in Windows 10. But for the previous versions of windows OS this feature is not available. But no worry here we are going to see a virtual desktop manager indeed better than the one which windows 10 offers and it can be installed in all the previous versions of windows operating systems.
And when we talk about the Unix and Linux OS users, they are already enjoying this virtual desktops feature from a long ago which is inbuilt in them. Also Linux OS’s have some third party applications like Compiz which is simply a superb virtual desktop manager with amazing 3D graphics. If you’re a Linux user then you must have to experience Compiz to appreciate its design and graphics.
So without further ado lets now see that application which has better features than the Windows 10 virtual desktops to create multiple desktops in any version of Windows computer. And the application is “DeskSpace” formerly known as Yod’m 3D (short for Yet anOther Desktop Manager 3D ). It’s a 3D virtual desktop manager compatible with windows OS. Lets have a look at every nook and cranny of DeskSpace to confirm ourselves it the best Virtual Desktop manager for windows.
DeskSpace – the best Virtual Desktop Manager for Windows:
DeskSpace was the first desktop manager to make the cube-style desktop feature available on Microsoft Windows. It has many customizations which makes it very user-friendly.
Features that excels Deskspace :
1. 3D rotation (Cube)
By clicking Win + Ctrl (rotate using arrows or moving mouse by left clicking) you can look your virtual Desktops in the form of a cube in 3D which will be really amazing to see. The good thing is that you can change the wallpaper of your every desktop and also the background of your 3D cube , which gives you a bit more command over desktop looks. To change the backgrounds right click deskspace icon (in the system tray) -> manage -> Desktop Backgrounds and choose the desktops which you want your wallpapers to be put or fill colour and other customizations.
2.One click desktop switching
This is the most convenient feature which an user needs. Having so many virtual desktops but without fast switching goes in vain. Generally with the help of the mouse right clicking deskspace icon in system tray will show you all the six desktops clicking on any one takes you to that desktop. Using the default shortcuts( Win + Ctrl + arrow keys) you can switch to desktops but you can modify those shortcuts in the simplest manner. Just right click Deskspace icon in system tray ( bottom right) and go to configure ->General Options -> Hot Keys and enter the keys which you generally don’t use on your keyboard like home, end, page up, page down buttons and click save changes. Thats it on pressing one key on your keyboard you can go to that desktop faster, pretty simple!
3.Moving applications between desktops
The applications which ever you open in any desktop appears under the list of that particular desktop when you right click deskspace icon. So by just dragging the applications under the desktop list to the other desktop list you can move your applications.
Applications like Picasa or any other can be opened only in one window , you can not have two images opened in two Picasa windows and where as like in chrome you can open as many number of windows you can. So in that case chrome can be opened in any virtual desktop but picasa can not be. And using this deskspace you can limit the application usage only to specific desktop or you can make your application accessible to all the desktops by application assignment. To assign your desktop applications right click deskspace icon ->Manage->desktop application assignment and click add an assignment and choose the applications and select your desktops to assign and save changes.
5. Highly Customized Desktop
The special feature of this Deskspace is that you can have your desktop of your every virtual desktop with your custom icons i.e., you can assign your every desktop for specific purpose. Let’s say during the time of studying or office work putting all the necessary study or academic documents on the desktop of one virtual desktop or if you’re interested in dealing with graphics, editing images then you can have your useful images placed on the desktop of other virtual desktop or in many ways as per your needs you can customize your desktops to make your work go simpler and quicker. To design desktop icons go to manage -> Desktop Icons and select the desktops and the icons on it according your needs.
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Few setting for effecting Deskspace usage:
For convenience you can change the name of the desktop and the icon which it displays when you zoom out or hover your mouse on deskspace icon to something like book icon or camera or star icons etc.
You can customize the speed of your zooming in and out of your 3D cube and also your mouse buttons for easy zooming and selecting etc. You can also adjust graphics of your 3D cube and rotation as per hardware available. Language, system tray icon size, image, taskbar management and many other minute customizations are also available in Deskspace. And if you want to know about all the features then just go tinkering it by going to manage and configure options which will give you a clear idea about deskspace.
In the beginning of this article we’ve said that deskspace also plays a role in privacy protection. Yes effective usage of deskspace has privacy protection. Let’s say you’re dealing with an application or a file which is your personal and suddenly you find your friend coming to you then without closing that app or the file you can simply switch to another desktop which you have designed with the things that can be public. To achieve that trick hundred percent you should have first designed one click shortcut to switch to other public desktop faster, next you should have assigned your personal file or app to only one specific desktop and adjust your speed of your desktop switching to faster speed, you should remove or hide the deskspace icon from system tray so that no one knows that you were using deskspace, and all the shortcuts of your deskspace should be easy for your switching(Switching should be like eyeblink). And people never know about the file you’re dealing or hiding something from them.
So following all these you can ensure 100 percent privacy from the people who peep or use your computer.
Unfortunately, DeskSpace is not available for free now. Actually it was developed as freeware up to version 1.4 but after Otaku Software acquisition it became trialware, not freeware. But you can use it with full features for 14 days. After that you need to buy or reinstall it. If you like virtual desktops then it’s worth to buy.
You can download deskspace from here.
Other virtual desktop managers after deskspace:
That’s about deskspace the best virtual desktop manger for windows. And at present this is the featured application available for creating multiple desktops for windows. So if you have any idea about other virtual desktop managers better than the deskspace then do let us know we update it over here. If you’ve liked the deskspace and the idea to use it effectively then do share it with your near and dear.
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