How to use virtual computers on Chrome OS
Learn How To Make Your Chromebook A More Efficient And Productive Tool With The Help Of Virtual Desktops.
The Chromebook is a simple laptop capture that takes it to work efficiently to a whole new level. However, just because Chrome OS is a simpler platform does not mean that you can use it in ways similar to those found in other, full - featured operating systems.
Take for example the virtual desk. You might think that this feature as one is downgraded to more traditional platforms. In that thinking, you would be wrong. In 2022, Google added virtual desktops to the Chromebook, and they have been updating them ever since. Now, the feature works perfectly (with one tiny caveat).
I want to show you the benefits of using a virtual desktop on your Chromebook.
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What you need
The only thing you need is a Chromebook with an updated version of Chrome OS. I will be appearing on Chromebook Pixel 2015 (my favorite laptop ever), running a beta channel of Chrome OS, version 84.0.4147.67.
What is a virtual desk?
First, let's answer the simple questions: What is a virtual desk? To put it simply, a virtual desktop is a way to extend the desktop to multiple screens. So instead of just having one desk, you can have several desks.
With virtual computers you can dedicate different screens for different tasks. For example, say you want one screen for productivity, one screen for web browsing, and one screen for entertainment. With virtual computers, that's possible.
Let me show you how to do this work on your Chromebook.
How to create a new desktop
The first thing you want to do is create a new virtual desk. To do so, press the Open Windows Show key (the button on the top row of your keyboard with a square and two straight lines). When you press that key, you should see a button at the far right of the screen labeled New Desktop (Figure A.).
Click the New Desktop button and you will see the new desktop listed at the top of the window (Figure B.).
If you click on the default name (Desktop 1, Desktop 2, etc.) you can rename the desks to indicate why they are used (Figure C.).
How to move between desks
The only caveat is to use a virtual desktop, although it was said to come, there is no keyboard shortcut to make it easier to move between desktops. Even if that has happened, moving between desktops is not difficult. To do this, press the Open Windows Show key and then click on the desktop you want to use.
There is another way, however. If you have a window open on a specific desktop, you can click on the icon of that window in the shelf to take it to that desktop. You can even open multiple Chrome windows, place them on different desktops, and switch back and forth between these desks by clicking the Chrome entry from the shelf icon (Figure D.).
How to move windows to different desktops
Say you open a window and you realize that it has to be moved to a different desk. Easy. Go to that new window and then click on the Shift + Search + keyboard[ or ]. If you want to turn the window to the desktop on the right, use the right comma key (]). If you want to make the window to the desktop on the left, use the left key ([)[)[)[)
You can also move a window to a different desktop by clicking the Show Windows button and then dragging the window to the new desktop (Figure E.).
And that's what it is like to use a virtual desktop on your Chromebook. With this feature, you can turn that simplistic platform into a much more efficient and effective tool.