Create an activity-focused work environment - scatter the piled up application windows over independent desktops, showing one desktop at a time. Move windows between desktops, set custom wallpapers, automatically maintain your workspace using rules.
Version: 8.14.5If your computer is your workplace, with this virtual desktop manager you will be able to increase your productivity sufficiently - work on multiple tasks simultaneously and stay focused on just those that you need at the moment.
License: Free To Try $19.95
Operating System: Windows
Plus, you won't be distracted by what's not currently urgent or necessary and by the crowd of windows on your desktop and icons on the taskbar, as you'll see just those that are related to your current job.
Actual Virtual Desktops is a virtual desktop manager that allows creating an activity-focused work environment and remove the unnecessary distraction by scattering the multitude of piled up application windows over a number of independent virtual desktops and grouping the applications on the desktops by activities they involved into.
With Actual Virtual Desktops, you can create as many virtual desktops as necessary, replacing the single, often overcrowded Windows desktop, and utilize the full power of your operating system, including Windows system utilities, in any window on any of your numerous virtual desktops.
You can arrange your applications on your desktops by hand or have the program do that automatically.
To arrange application windows automatically, simply define the rules telling the program on which desktop the certain window is to be sent whenever it's launched.
The program installs seamlessly, doesn't require extensive configuration or in-depth computer expertise.
To quickly identify each of your virtual desktops, you can set custom wallpaper on each desktop. To quickly switch between desktops, you can assign custom hotkey to each virtual desktop.
And to manage your windows manually within the virtual desktops infrastructure, you can use the typical window control elements like extra caption button, special item in each window's system window menu, customizable hotkeys, etc.
Version 8.14.5: 1) Reduced overall system load. 2) Fixed crash in Windows 10 Insider 21277+. 3) Numerous fixes in Virtual Desktops' Independent mode. 4) Fixed compatibility with 3rd party apps (e.g. Directory Opus). 5) Fixed memory bug in usage statistics collector.
Version 8.14.4: 1) Added the ability to customize Virtual Desktop Switcher windows on-the-fly. 2) Improved many internal facilities (implies better reliability, compatibility, and performance - see the full changelog). 3) Fixed numerous bugs (see the full changelog).
Version 8.14.3: 1) Added: Resizing Virtual Desktop Switcher on-the-fly. 2) Fixed: Numerous issues in Virtual Desktops. 3) Fixed: Rare random crashes of running apps. 4) Fixed: Some incompatibility issues with Chromium-based apps. 5) Fixed: Numerous issues with extra title buttons.
Version 8.14.1: 1) Changed: Internal logic of global hook handlers to run better on multi-core CPUs. 2) Fixed: Notepad got frozen when opened empty in Windows 18362+. 3) Fixed: Icons of some UWP apps did not display in the Virtual Desktop Switcher. 4) Fixed: UWP apps used default icon instead of native icon.
Version 8.14: 1) Fixed: Office 2013+ apps got frozen after unlocking a user session. 2) Added: High DPI support for configuration windows. 3) Fixed: Excel 2016/2019 lost its ribbon bar. 4) Fixed: Some windows (e.g. Google Chrome) got redrawn very slow. 5) Fixed: Thumbnail previews got empty for hidden windows.
Version 8.13.3: 1) Fixed: High CPU consumption by SmartScreen. 2) Fixed: Desktops' internal identification. 3) Fixed: Exclusions stopped working since 8.13. 4) Improved: Title buttons appearance in RTL languages (Arabic, Hebrew). 5) Fixed: Title buttons' placing and coloring in Win10 17763+ and Insider 18267+.
Version 8.13.2: 1) Fixed dwm.exe crash in Windows Vista/7. 2) Improved title buttons placement in Google Chrome. 3) Improved compatibility with Chromium-based apps (Opera/Vivaldi/Yander.Browser, Slack, Spotify). 4) Fixed Configuration window look in high DPI resolutions.
Version 8.13: 1) Reduced system workload on multi-core CPUs. 2) Improved scaling of Configuration windows on monitors with different DPI resolutions. 3) Fixed extra buttons' reaction on right clicks in Foxit Reader. 4) Fixed detecting free place for extra buttons in Google Chrome in high DPI resolutions.
Version 8.12.2: 1) Improved compatibility with Windows 10 Spring Creators Update.
Version 8.12: 1) Fixed: Extra buttons overlapped the My Account button in Google Chrome 64+. 2) Fixed: Extra buttons in Firefox Quantum got misplaced and drawn in wrong color. 3) Fixed: Some applications (e.g. Malwarebytes) might hang at startup if Actual Virtual Desktops was running.