virtual desktop manager

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by dotbatman, Jan 6, 2002.

  1. dotbatman

    dotbatman Guest

    When using the desktop manager feature with Powertoys, I notice it "steals" sessions of applications that are running on another desktop. For example, if I click on a link in an e-mail, instead of opening a new instance of Internet Explorer it takes any sessions that are open on one of the other desktops.

    Anyone know if this can be changed?

    ***I have unchecked the "share desktops" feature.***

  2. Qumahlin

    Qumahlin Moderator

    hmmm, I just tried to do this on mine and no such luck, it still seems to keep the stuff from one desktop running on another...knew MS's idea was too good to be true!! heheh lemme look around and see what I can find
  3. Akash

    Akash OSNN Senior Addict

    yah i noticed that all my icons on desktop 1 are in all 3 desktops
    i add one icon in one desktop, the other 3 get it too
  4. dotbatman

    dotbatman Guest

    Actually, I found this and it seems to work a lot better than the Powertoys. Your desktops stay seperate, AND if I click a link in my e-mail on one desktop, it will switch to another desktop automatically if there is a browser open there already! Cool! (since the whole point of virtual desktops is to stay "isolated" from one another).

    It also comes with other plugins that might be useful (I really just wanted the virtual desktops), and I have seen no problems with XP.

    Thanks for the response!

    mmmm, one thing I just noticed, it doesn't bug me but with this program you can't have different wallpapers on each desktop, at least as far as I can see.
  5. jfrayzier

    jfrayzier Guest

    I didn't like the Virtual Desktop Manager. Some programs it doesn't even keep on the original desktop.
  6. dotbatman

    dotbatman Guest

    are you talking about the Powertoys version?

    if so: that's the reason I started this thread in the first place.

    if not: if yer referring to the app I recommended, it did not behave that way for me. it kept the apps on the desktop which they were opened on.
  7. jfrayzier

    jfrayzier Guest

    Then I think we are talking about the same thing. I was using an instant messenger called Trillian. I would have it on Virtual Desktop #1, then when I would switch to #2 it would be there also.

    Very buggy software that virtual desktop thing is. The Webcam timershot is lousy, too.

    I told it I wanted it to place a file called 'inroom.jpg' at say

    What did it do? It didn't save the file at all, it simply deleted the contents of (my website...deleted the whole damn thing) and never did save the file.

    Luckily, I had the site backed up.
  8. Akash

    Akash OSNN Senior Addict

    for multiple desktops ive used one of the best in my opinion, desktop managers

    this wa sin the days of win95
    its calle dNorton Navigator
    so simple to use and it did its job.
  9. Lactic.Acid

    Lactic.Acid Guest

    Virtual desktops aren't necessarily there to keep everything isolated. Rather, they're there to provide more screen real-estate (granted it's virtual) and allow you to quickly switch from one screen to another. Not to operate like three different XP sessions. The whole icon thing makes some sense if you think about it, but it's different from the way most *N?X's do it, so it still seems weird.