Add A Virtual Desktop Number Indicator To The System Tray In Windows 10

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When you switch between virtual desktops on Windows 10, there is nothing to indicate which desktop you are on if you have added several of them. Perhaps you can tell by the apps you have open on a particular desktop but you are nevertheless relying on your memory to identify a desktop. Virtual Desktops in Windows 10 are a feature that brings the operating system up to par with OS X but the feature itself isn’t extraordinary in any way. Like virtual desktops on OS X, it leaves much to be desired for. VirtualDesktopManager is a small Windows app that adds an icon to the system tray to indicate which desktop you are on. The desktops are identified by their number. The app is meant purely for Windows 10 users and supports up to nine desktops.

Download and install VirtualDesktopManager. Make sure you have at least two virtual desktops and then switch to a different desktop. The app adds an icon to the system tray which features a number that corresponds to the desktop number you are on. When you switch desktops, the number updates.

VirtualDesktopManager

The app takes a few seconds to update and as per the developer, the app might interfere with virtual desktop and app switching if you switch desktops too quickly. If you add additional virtual desktops, you will need to quit and relaunch the app. It definitely has its limitations but is still useful. Switching desktops too quickly shouldn’t be too much of a problem. The app is useful because it reports information that you will need to simply read much like the date in the system tray. The concept is of course excellent and if we were to make a wishlist of features, an on-screen indicator of which desktop you’re on when you switch to a desktop would be great. It could simply flash for a second when you first switch to a different virtual desktop before disappearing. To the app’s credit, the icon in the system tray blends right in with the look and feel of Windows 10.

Download VirtualDesktopManager

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  • John Ipson

    I saw this on reddit a few days ago and have been using it since. It’s super handy. Thanks 🙂