I’ve been using Linux since high school — which is longer ago than I care to admit ;) — and one of my favorite features of *nix window managers has always been the concept of workspaces, but for some reason it never occurred to me until today to search for a Windows tool that would create them. A few minutes on Google revealed several options:
- VirtuaWin – This one is my favorite. It’s pretty much perfect.
- It even has an extra option to preserve the dynamic order of applications on the taskbar, so it’ll work with Taskbar Shuffle.
- When I first started it I got an error that the hotkeys couldn’t be registered, but I just had to disable the corresponding hotkeys in Winamp and the Intel Graphics control panel to avoid conflicts.
- PowerToys Virtual Desktop Manager – This works pretty well, but there was some flickering for me when transitioning between desktops, and it takes up way too much room on the taskbar.
- Dexpot – This works well, but the interface is kind of clunky.
This is pretty huge for someone as neurotic about organization as I am.