VirtuaWin 4.4

4.6 out of 5 stars 4.6 (82 votes)


Windows (All) / Open Source / 10,311 downloads

VirtuaWin is an Open Source, virtual desktop manager for Windows which can organize applications over several "virtual" desktops. For example if you use two virtual desktops you can put a Web browser on desk 1 and by using a desktop manager "switch away" the Web browser and it will seem like you have a new empty workspace (desk 2) to put another application/applications on. The program supports up to 20 desktops, configurable key/mouse control, user defined icons, modules for additional features, and much more.

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  • Latest Changes

    - 3178720 Added dynamic taskbar support for Win7

    - 3082777 Implemented boss & unboss key

    - 3205756 Fixed activation of minimized window when not hiding them

    - 3213525 Fixed title bar redraw issue caused by toggling TOOLWIN flag

    - 3310612 Implemented own FindWindow and improved module start-up reliability

    - 3242208 Changed action of Module Enable/Disable button to start module

Reviews of VirtuaWin

  1. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.2 (Mar 29, 2012)

    I like Dexpot better, if you are into this sort of stuff. But I agree with Aegis69, I don't get multiple desktops unless you require100% screen real estate 90% of the time or have a very tiny monitor. Just takes up CPU cycles and memory for no reason, seems to me....

  2. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.2 Beta 1 (Dec 8, 2009)

    I only installed this for the majic jack gui. It pops up whenever you make a call and at boot and when you get a call. In other words it won't go away. Now it does, as it resides open on a separate desktop at all times. I opted for three so that I actually have 2 available desks. Add the icons for the Transparent Numbers (3x3 dig is cool) and use a 3x1 tray. F6 for 'move to next'. It uses like 5MB with no plugins and virtually zero config.
    MS's is nice but their tray icon is a lame box type.
    There are also a few progs that when open are fs with no escape except to exit.

  3. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.2 Beta 1 (Dec 7, 2009)

    I just don't get multiple desktops, never have and I guess never will. I even shut off multiple desktops when I do fresh installs of Ubuntu. I can have 30 apps all minimized and I can get to them just fine without switching to another 'desktop'

    Will someone Please explain to me why additional desktops are useful?

  4. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.1 Beta 2 (Oct 8, 2008)

    Nice. One of the best virtual desktop managers around. But I'd never use it. Interface is kind aclunky and akward.

    I prefer Microsoft Desktops:

  5. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.1 Beta 1 (Jun 4, 2008)

    Almost perfect now that is supports Taskbar shuffle!!

  6. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.1 Beta 1 (Jun 3, 2008)

    What's new in VirtuaWin 4.1 beta 1:
    Added new dynamic taskbar order feature to support Taskbar shuffle.
    Added dynamic taskbar button removal option as a better fix to long standing issue.
    Re-implement taskbar activation option to be a window rule option.
    Added crash handler and reimplemented showHelp to avoid rare crash
    Close spawned module process handles.
    Implemented NAV: Return to last desktop hotkey command.
    Improved SetForegroundWindow so focus can be given back to desktop.
    Force redraw of activated window hidden using toolwin flag.
    Fixed handling of close message so it does exit VW if requested.
    Made process name string comparisons case insensitive.
    Added portable unicode package creation.

  7. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.0.1 (Apr 25, 2008)

    works as it should and has always worked with Photoshop CS3 (at least it has on my machine). On my system photoshop works with virtual desktops just like every other application.

  8. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.0.1 Beta 1 (Apr 15, 2008)

    I think that Dexpot is the best but I use WinSpace Lt Ver 3.0. You can't get it from TriPlus but
    you can Google it. They will not answer emails
    for this freeware so don't bother requesting
    a Serial-Number but you can use this..


    I think the best feature is mouse-knocking.. just move the mouse to the edge of the screen and
    left click and you are in a new desktop. You can also drag and drop to other desktops.. use the map
    to see how this works. The size in mem is less than 12M.

  9. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.0.1 Beta 1 (Apr 14, 2008)

    Wow! Great program, does exactly what I like and works much like the Ubuntu desktops. Glad it changes the taskbar also because that (for me) has been the downfall of most windows desktop managers.

  10. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.0.1 Beta 1 (Apr 14, 2008)

    One can hardly blame Adobe junk on VirtualWin. The vendor has a long history of rolling its own and not following the standard APIs (Lotus is another pathetic example) so that is likely the cause of your "issues". As to Windows 9x, that's a joke, not an OS.

    FOUR stars.

  11. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.0.1 Beta 1 (Apr 14, 2008)

    Awesome program. Lot's of updates lately!

    Fritz, the software works fine. It's you who's useless.

  12. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.0 (Mar 24, 2008)

    VirtuaWin does NOT hide panels and windows from all apllications. For instance when you use Photoshop CS3 and change the desktop, all Photoshop panels (like 'layers' or 'history', etc.) are visible on all desktops whereas the main Window of the app. disappears. This happens with a lot of other apps too, unfortunately exactly the app. which use a lot of panels and for which you just need virtual desktops! For this reason, VirtuaWin completely fails to do for what you expect it to. This software is useless. If you are only use the Internet Ex. it may be fine, otherwise avoid this junk.

  13. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.0 (Mar 17, 2008)

    not working on win9x failed to register class error

  14. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.0 Beta 4 (Mar 7, 2008)

    It just works!

  15. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.0 Beta 4 (Mar 7, 2008)

    This is AWESOME. I have tried so many virtual desktop programs it's not funny. With the others you have to click on icons or make keystrokes - with this software all you do is drag to the edge of the screen to switch desktops - and its FAST. Love it

  16. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.0 Beta 4 (Mar 7, 2008)

    Never been a fan of virtual desktop programs.
    But this was small and free so I thought I`d try it after reading the comments.

    Loved it. Using the mouse to scroll through to the next desktop is really cool. Nice with the 'mouse warp' option on.

    I`ll be recommending this to my friends.

  17. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 3.2 (Dec 23, 2007)

    I've tried these "multi-desktop" apps before. There are a few very good ones out there, Dexpot for example. I would try them for awhile and soon lose interest. None of them had the mouse switching that this has. Isn't that what the desktop is really about, moving your mouse around to do things? Plus my tray or desktop isn't cluttered with icons or toolbars with this. Portability and plugin support is nice to have to. I'm very pleased with the ease of use of this program. VirtuaWin is certainly the best for my style of interaction.

  18. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 3.0 Test 7 (Apr 23, 2007)

    I've been using this app for a while with Win2k and now WinXP. I have it set with 4 desktops. Switching to another desktop only requires holding the control key down as you move your mouse toward the desktop you want to move to. You keep track of which one you are on by the icon in your sys tray. I find it quite useful. Torrent downloads in one window, browser and email in one, extra browser in one, open desktop where I manipulate and organize files.

  19. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.11 (Oct 17, 2005)

    The best windowmanager ever!!!

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