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Windows 11 - Indendent Virtual Desktops on each Monitor

I have Win 11 laptop connected to an external monitor. I have two virtual desktops on my laptop's built-in screen and another two virtual desktops open on the external monitor. Total of 4 virtual desktops simultaneously. When I scroll between two desktops in one monitor other monitor scrolls two. These two monitors, one being a built-in display and the other external monitor should act independently of each other. If you are a Mac user or have used Mac you know exactly what I am talking about. This feature existed in Macs for years. Why Windows doesn't, and have not supported this feature yet? Even in Windows 11? What is the point of scrolling other monitors while I want to switch only one of them? is this feature coming soon?

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This may (almost) help: click on "task view" or press "win + tab", then right click on the app you want to stay on any virtual desktop, and use the options in the popup menu.
Independent virtual desktops is a must, tho.

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Ahaa!! That might be the solution we need!!

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I appreciate the effort to point out a workaround, but it is a far cry from what the virtual desktop switch on multiple monitors behavior should be. We do not want a window, or a set of windows, to be shown on all virtual desktops. We want them to remain on the desktop they were originally open. The point is, if I switch to a different virtual desktop in one monitor, we DO NOT want other monitors to also switch... it's actually quite simple. The current behavior is super counter intuitive and breaks your (already divided) focus. As many have pointed out, many Linux distros, and OSX, have had this working properly for almost a decade.

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This very much needed. When I change virtual desktops on one monitor it removes whatever I am looking at on my other monitor! I need them to be seperate. I for instance want Microsoft Teams to ALWAYS be on my alternate monitor no matter what desktop "work area" I am using on my primary monitor. Again this is how the Mac works. They used to function like windows does now but then switched to independent switching which was GREAT.

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exactly. I would like to see this future. virtual desktops on multiple monitors should be separated.

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This feature is very much needed. The desktop switch with multiple monitors should be independent. Solution on mac looks more intuitive.

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Please implement this feature, ideal solution would be to have an option to scroll all screens, or just one like Ubuntu does.

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@Prrudram-MSFT you did not understand the question or downplayed it.

This makes the Windows Virtual desktop to look very poor and clumsy. So you change Virt. Desk. and it changes in all monitors !

Among other things this prevents me from buying a Windows computer. Will always virtualize windows in a Mac



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I agree to the importance...

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Prrudram-MSFT answered BenjaminAdeMacedoBarreto-8118 rolled back

Hi @aiDesign-5600,

Thank you for reaching out to the Microsoft Q&A platform. Happy to answer your question.

This doesn't look like an issue with Windows 11, I have a similar set up and I am able to use individual displays the in-built laptop screen and extended monitor, when I scroll through the windows on one display it doesn't really scroll anything on the extended one and likewise.

It appears to be the display settings or the mouse issue on your machine. I would suggest to reset the connection and try extending the desktop and make sure the primary is always the built in display. Try with different application windows instead of virtual desktops.

Please "Accept as Answer" and Upvote if any of the above helped to help others in the community looking for remediation for similar issues.

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I think you got it wrong. the problem is with switching between virtual desktops. when I switch to another virtual desktop, Windows changes desktops on all monitors, which is wrong or at least there should be an option to switch between virtual desktops on each display independently.

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Thanks for the answer. I'll test today, what you mentioned and see if problem will be resolved. I'm not only one having this issue. Another friend of mine has similar issue. I'll update you soon.

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Why bother answer the question when you clearly don't know what virtual desktop even was?

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You completely not understand the question here. We are talking about Virtual Desktop, please check what it is in Microsoft before answering. For your reference, we here are asking Microsoft to have Microsoft to be able to do the virtual desktop like how Mac OS does it.

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you clearly do not understand the question.

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JonathanBrauer-0016 answered Prrudram-MSFT commented

This very much needed. When I change virtual desktops on one monitor it removes whatever I am looking at on my other monitor! I need them to be seperate. I for instance want Microsoft Teams to ALWAYS be on my alternate monitor no matter what desktop "work area" I am using on my primary monitor. Again this is how the Mac works. They used to function like windows does now but then switched to independent switching which was GREAT.

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@JonathanBrauer-0016, @RichardHruza-2669, @AminAbbasi-2842, @AbtinMirshekar-4308, @AlejandroGarcia-6431,

I understand the exact issue you are facing. In general, this kind of issue needs to be reported at https://feedback.azure.com/. I have reached out to internal teams with this feedback as a feature improvement.
and also posted it on feedback site for azure. Please upvote the same here


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IsaacWeingarten-1726 answered BenjaminAdeMacedoBarreto-8118 commented

from this article i see it was added to windows 10 21H1 but I cant find it in windows 11 21H1 I hope it will be added in the future.

MacOS has this feature for years


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I wonder if this feature can still be turned on by using the registry?

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