Newer versions of Windows come packaged with the option to create additional desktops that can be arranged differently depending on what you’ll be using them for. The problem is that the options we have here are quite limited, and it seems that Microsoft has no plans to improve them anytime soon. Fortunately, there are programs that solve this problem.
DesktopUp is a free program for Windows 10 and 11 that will allow you to create an unlimited number of additional desktops.
How Does DesktopUp Work?
You can use DesktopUp as a regular program that you install on your computer, but it also includes a portable version that does not require installation and all you need to do is download and run it. When you run it, you will see an unsightly and rather outdated user interface that contains only a few options and is quite easy to use.
As we said, DesktopUp is for creating an unlimited number of additional desktops, all of which you can edit individually, giving you a quick and easy way to change your desktop. Creating a new desktop is extremely simple. Click the Add button and give it a name, and then comes an option that we haven’t seen before with programs like this.
Namely, DesktopUp allows you to set programs that will start automatically when you change the desktop. So you can have, for example, a work desktop that, when you turn it on, will automatically launch Word, Excel, and all the other programs you use at work, and then you can have a desktop for fun that will automatically launch Steam.
One thing we didn’t like that much was the fact that the only way to change the desktop is to select the one you want to use in the program from the list of desktops you’ve created and click the Use button. The problem is that there’s no way to create a keyboard shortcut to switch desktops, and other than a name you’ve given yourself, there’s no other way to identify what a particular desktop contains.
In the settings, there isn’t much and apart from the ability to change the language, you can only turn on the option for the program window to always be placed on top of all other windows. Given the simplicity of the program, we liked this, and the only option we missed was the ability to have DesktopUp automatically start with Windows.
DesktopUp Is a Handy Program and Will Help You Organize Your Desktop Better
DesktopUp is a decent program, but aside from the ability to automatically launch certain programs when you change desktops, it doesn’t bring anything that we don’t already have in Windows, not to mention competing programs that pack a bunch of extra options. However, we believe that its simplicity will appeal to those who do not have too many expectations, as well as those who do not need additional options offered by competitors. The good news is that DesktopUp is completely free and apart from the ability to donate to the author, there is no paid version.
Windows 10 and 11