Best Free Virtual Desktop Manager

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Introduction

As you open more programs on a desktop, they take up more space on your screen. You will have to stack up the opened programs within a screen but that is cumbersome to manager tasks. A more productive way is to distribute opened programs into several desktops or workspaces with help of a virtual desktop manager.

Windows 10 has added Virtual Desktop or Task View feature while earlier versions of Windows did not have this much needed feature.

If you're using older versions of Windows or looking for an alternative to the Windows 10 Virtual Desktop, check out these best free virtual desktop managers.

 

Rated Products

Dexpot  

A well organized interface enables easy switching among desktops and quick movement of windows.


Our Rating: 
4
License: Free (Private/Educational use)
Attractive interface, ease of use, various language versions and features list.
Online documentation is slightly incomplete. The installer is bundled with adware OpenCandy.
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VirtuaWin  

A competent but basic product depends on third-party modules for extra features.


Our Rating: 
3.5
License: Free (Open source)
A competent product, can be enhanced by third-party modules.
Not many third party modules available.
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Virtual Dimension  

A more minimalist and straight-to-the-point virtual desktop manager.


Our Rating: 
3.5
License: Free (Open source)
Fast and easy to install, configure and use.
Documentation seems to be lacking a bit.
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Desktops  

An incredibly small tool from Microsoft to extend your workspace up to four virtual desktops.


Our Rating: 
3
License: Free
Small size and simplicity.
Lacking in some of the features found in most other applications.
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Comments

MSVDM is no longer available (or is obsolete).

As a basic virtual desktop manager SYSINTERNALS Desktops should be mentioned. Only drawback is that it can't move apps to different desktop... Very light on resources and portable.

Dexpot is in its own league, but not everybody needs all of that.

Finestra Virtual Desktops is nice and have intuitive interface, but uses a lot of memory.

VirtuaWin is intuitive and somewhere in the middle with the resource usage. My current pick.