System hacks: multi-window operation, not difficult to solve problems

Windows 10 multitasking window management has created convenient conditions for us to improve our productivity. However, you may encounter some problems in the process of using it. If you encounter these problems when using multitasking windows, we hope that the solutions provided subsequently will help you to solve them.

1. Multi-window problem in virtual desktop environment

After Windows 10 introduced the virtual desktop feature, many problems with multi-window operation are often related to improper setup or use of the virtual desktop.

Unable to switch to running programs with hotkeys

Usually, running programs can be switched by Alt+Tab. If you find that you can’t switch to an open program with this key in a multitasking window or on the desktop, it is likely that the shortcut is set to “My Desktop Only” and the window you are currently running happens to be on a different virtual desktop. In this case, simply switch to the desktop where the program is located, and then use Alt+Tab to switch. In addition, you can also go to the “System” settings via the “Settings” button in the Start menu, select “Multitasking”, and select “Press Alt+Tab Select “All desktops” under the “Show open windows” option (Figure 1).


Can’t find the taskbar icon of a running program

Normally, when a program is opened, the icon of the program will be displayed on the taskbar. If you find that the icon of an open program is missing, it is likely that the “Show open windows on taskbar” option in the virtual desktop option is selected as “Only the desktop I am using “, so that in the taskbar on other desktops can not see the icon of the opened program. In this case, just switch to the desktop where the program is located, and the program icon will appear on the taskbar. Or in the multitasking settings window, change the selection under the “Show open windows on taskbar” option to “All desktops” (Figure 2).


The solution to the confusion of working under multiple windows

If there are many windows open, to prevent confusion due to too many windows, you can consider dividing the programs with different functions into different groups and arranging them in virtual desktop groups on different desktops. The grouping method is achieved by dragging in the desktop view or right-click menu “Move to → Desktop n” command to send (Figure 3).



If you do not intend to open the virtual desktop, you can also use the window cascading or stacking to organize. The method is to click the right mouse button in the blank area of the taskbar, select “Cascade Windows” or “Stacked Display Windows” command. If the number of windows is relatively small (for example, about 4), to prevent confusion due to untidy arrangement, you can turn on the automatic repositioning mode (Figure 4); then by pressing the title bar to the corner of the screen “drag & drop” to achieve automatic repositioning of windows to the corner of the screen.


2. Multi-window issues related to the mapping feature

Window pinging is also a new feature of Windows multi-window operation. In the process of operation, you may encounter some problems.

Window linkage does not work after window mapping

Sometimes, all four options of window mapping are turned on, and the auto mapping of the left, right and corners works, but the linkage adjustment of the mapped window size does not work. In this case, you can use the function of tablet mode to solve the problem. Click the notification bar icon located on the right side of the system tray to expand the notification bar panel, and in the notification bar panel menu, click “Tablet Mode” to switch the window mode from desktop mode to tablet mode (Figure 5).


At the same time, through the “System” settings window, select “Tablet mode”, slide the “Auto-hide taskbar in tablet mode” and “Hide application icons on taskbar when in tablet mode” settings to “Off”, so that the taskbar and taskbar icons can be set to visible, so that the desktop window icon management mode to operate the tablet mode, without losing the original taskbar function, the window can also be linked to change the size (Figure 6).


Flexible window hugging control with the registry

When working with multitasking windows, the throw-away window mapping method is very convenient, but there are times when it doesn’t work. If the window mapping option becomes unavailable or useless, you can also change the mapping method by modifying the registry.

Start the Registry Editor by entering the REGEDIT command in the Run dialog box. Locate the “HKEY_CURRENT_USERControl PanelDesktop” branch and find the WindowArrangementActive string entry in the right pane (Figure 7).


Double-click the WindowArrangementActive string, enter the edit window, and if you set its “value data” to 1, then the window attachment function is on; conversely, if you change the value of the value data to 0, then the attachment function is off (Figure 8). If this item is missing, just create and set the value according to the above name.


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