How to use Task Display on Windows 10

How to use Task Display on Windows 10

Task View makes multitasking in Windows 10 much easier and smoother. Here’s how to take full advantage of this feature.

If you rely on Windows 10 to stay productive, it is very likely that you will be handling multiple tabs, windows and even the desktop at the same time. It might be difficult to keep track of everything, especially if you want to do multiple tasks effectively.

Although management tasks have existed in several forms on Windows since 1990, it was not until the release of Windows 10 in 2015 that it evolved into a native management tool. Task View provides an overview of all open applications on multiple desktops, allowing you to quickly switch between them and add separate virtual desktops as well.

In April 2018, Microsoft added a feature called Timeline, which allows you to see a history of activities on all your Windows 10 devices.


What is the point in Display Tasks in Windows 10?

Task View acts as a multitasking hub for everything you do on Windows 10. Besides quickly switching between windows, you can add a separate virtual desktop and even access tabs from other devices.

It makes multitasking, something that was very frustrating, much easier and smoother.

How to get started with Task Display on Windows 10

There are three ways to access Task Views, all of which are fast and simple.

The easiest way is to click on the icon, which should be next to the Cortana circle in the taskbar. If you can’t find it, right-click the taskbar and make sure ‘Show View Tasks’ checkbox. However, for instant access it might be a good idea to familiarize yourself with the Windows key + Tab shortcut.

You will be presented with an overview tab, from which you can use additional functionality.


Virtual Desktop

if you can’t connect a second screen, you can always simulate feelings by using multiple virtual desktops.

This can be very useful if you use the same device for personal and work use, and want to separate the two.

To get started, just click ‘New desktop’ at the top of your screen. You can create up to 200 desktops here, all of which can work independently but add to the history collectively.

To move applications between them, just right-click on the appropriate window and select ‘Move to’ /


For this to work, you must be logged into your Microsoft account on all Windows 10 devices that you want to synchronize.

Under your open tab, previously opened applications will be available in reverse chronological order. This allows you to see and reopen and applications that have been opened in the last 30 days.

If you finally find this more annoying than useful, make sure it’s easy to disable. Simply open Settings and then choose Privacy – Activity history. From there, deactivate the related account under ‘Show activity from this account’. There is also an option here to delete the existing history that has been collected.

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