Grouping Programs on Windows 10

When working on a computer, whether you’re at work or at home, you tend to run multiple programs at once and this might slow down your device and not to mention the distraction from your initial goal and you might not finish what you were doing, on time. To make your life easier, just group all the programs according to type, and it will be simpler to work with one group of programs, while the other will be hidden. Now, you won’t be distracted anymore and the desktop environment will be more “relaxed”. This is possible with a feature called Task Viewer, which comes with Windows 10 and depending on your purposes, you can use it to create multiple desktop environments.


First of all, decide upon the programs you’re about to use and launch all of them. They will be in your first group, let’s say the group that consists of programs you need for work.

If the taskbar is hidden, reveal it by moving your cursor toward the bottom of the screen. Then, you’ll have to click the Task View button, which is an icon illustrating two stacked windows.

Right after clicking the button, the operating system will show you a bunch of thumbnails of all the programs that run on the current desktop, plus an Add a desktop button, which you’ll see at the bottom of your screen. To create a new desktop, jut click than button and the system will take care of it.


To set an active desktop, just click the thumbnail of the desktop which contains all the programs you’ll use. Click the second desktop thumbnail and you’ll make it active. Inside of it, there will be no trace left of all the previously opened programs. All you need is a new list of programs to fill the desktop.


When you’ll need to access the other desktop, to switch between them you’ll have to come back to the Task View and selected the desktop you like. If you need to add another desktop, you’ll notice a plus button.


So, when you’re currently in one of the desktops, you will notice some programs having a little highlight below them, which means that you’re opened somewhere else, on the other desktop more precisely. When clicking on the icon, you’ll be sent to the desktop containing those programs.

If you no longer need a desktop and want to close it, it’s very simple. Go to Task View, move your mouse over the desktop that will be closed and just click the X button. Once the desktop is closed, all you opened applications will be closed as well.