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Old 12-09-04, 10:47 PM
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Multiple desktops in Windows XP?

One of the features I LOVE about the various Linux shells is Virtual Desktops. This is something sorely missed in Windows. I found the Microsoft PowerToy but it is so slow it's completely unusable.

Are there any DECENT Virtual Desktop utilities out there for XP?

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I know ATI has one of their own for their video cards called Hydravision but I've never use it. Just not a multiple desktops type.
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Really? I just happen to have an ATI card.
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It's downloadable at their site. Give it a try.
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there is a powertoy for winxp. its called Virtual Desktop Manager (4 max)

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/d...powertoys.mspx
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Yeah, I said in my original post that I tried it but it wasn't very good. The ATI one was OK, not a very good UI. Lots faster than the Windows one. However, with a high CPU load, neither was very responsive.

I don't think it will work well unless the shell and/or OS is designed for it. It works GREAT in Linux. Oh well
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Here's a few others for you to look over if you're still interested.

DoubleDesktop

Dexpot

BossKey

VirtuaWin

Good luck.
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JS Pager: a very small (and skinable) virtual desktop manager. Its homepage disappeared, but you can find it at google;

xdesk: It has lots of features.
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Question...

What's the purpose of virtual [multiple] desktops?
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So intead of having 50 icons on your taskbar, you can spread them out ono several different desktops. IE when writing a research paper, have all the web pages on one desktop, all the PDF documents on another, and then your Word documents on a third.

Since XP groups like icons, it's really only helpful when you have a bunch of different programs open. For example, the other day I was was ripping a bunch of CDs. Lots of them I already had done but at a lower quality. So I had EAC open for ripping, a couple Explorer windows open. (One for my local disk, one for my external disk where my music is stored) iTunes open to manage the songs on my iPod, AIM, Firefox, etc. It would have been helpful to be able to spread it out ore than I could with just one desktop. Unfortunatley, Windows, it turns out, isn't really designed with multiple desktops in mind so with a high processor load it didnt' work very smoothly, at all.

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