Alternatives to VirtuaWin for all platforms with any license

Platforms

Desktop

Indie / Classic

Other Platforms

  • Dexpot icon

    Dexpot

    Dexpot turns your monitor into up to 20. It creates and manages virtual desktops and enables you to work far more efficiently and comfortably with many simultaneously opened windows on Windows 95/98/ME and NT4/2000/XP/2003/Vista...

    Free Personal Windows

  • Sysinternals Desktops icon

    Sysinternals Desktops

    Desktops allows you to organize your applications on up to four virtual desktops. Read email on one, browse the web on the second, and do work in your productivity software on the third, without the clutter of the windows you’re not...

    Free Windows

  • WindowsPager icon

    WindowsPager

    WindowsPager is a desktop-switcher/pager for Windows to manage virtual workspaces/desktops. It will integrate smoothly into the desktop panel.

    Open Source Windows

  • TotalSpaces icon

    TotalSpaces

    TotalSpaces provides a grid of spaces on OSX Lion An easy to use 2D grid of desktops, inspired by the implementation OS X Snow Leopard. Navigate using the cursor keys, choose your transitions, and quickly access a birds eye view of...

    Commercial Mac Spaces

  • KWin

    KWin is a window manager for the X Window System, and is in the process of becoming a Wayland compositor. It is an integral part, and the default window manager of the Plasma Workspaces, but it can also be used on its own or with...

    Open Source Linux BSD

  • Cairo Shell icon

    Cairo Shell

    Cairo Shell is a replacement shell for the Microsoft Windows operating systems. Like other shell alternatives, it replaces the default Windows Shell. Cairo Shell will be free to download and use when it is released.

    Free Windows

    • Discontinued While not officially stated as such anywhere since there is no blog or forum this project should be marked as discontinued. The code repository has seen no changes since 2010 and the site hasn't been updated since 2009 (check the copyright).
  • bug.n

    bug.n is a tiling window manager add-on for Microsoft Windows. It is written in the scripting language AutoHotkey. What it can do Provide layouts for resizing and moving windows, utilizing all available screen estate and...

    Open Source Windows

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    Virtual Dimension

    Virtual Dimension is a free, fast, and feature-full virtual desktop manager for Windows platform. The main goal of this open-source project is indeed to enhance the Microsoft "Window Manager" up to the level of usual Unix...

    Open Source Windows

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    Emerge Desktop

    Emerge Desktop is a replacement Windows "shell" (the desktop environment normally provided by Windows Explorer) for Windows 2000 and above. In order to replace Windows Explorer as a shell, it provides a system tray (the area...

    Open Source Windows

    • Discontinued Emerge Desktop is no longer maintained. Last version, 6.1.3, released in 2012, and the source code are still available on SourceForge
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    Virtuoz

    Virtuoz was designed to be a minimal and robust program that allows to have more than one desktop on Windows. It was inspired by Sysinternals Desktops, but uses a different approach, which doesn’t impose the limitations which Desktops...

    Free Windows

  • mDesktop icon

    mDesktop

    mDesktop is a lightweight application that allows the user to utilize multiple virtual desktops. Also, mDesktop integrates with Hotcorners. mDesktop currently supports up to ten virtual desktops. Instructions: Holding...

    Open Source Windows

  • GiMeSpace Desktop Extender icon

    GiMeSpace Desktop Extender

    GiMeSpace Desktop Extenders are scrolling virtual desktop managers and the only virtual desktop/window managers that give you seamless unlimited desktop space. New since version 2 is that you can now also resize your windows without...

    Commercial Windows

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    finestra

    Finestra Virtual Desktops is an elegant solution to managing many windows or tasks on Windows. It allows you to divide your workspace up into multiple "virtual" desktops, each of which is easily accessible on the fly. For...

    Open Source Windows

  • nView icon

    nView

    Effectively manage your desktop with NVIDIA nView. Using NVIDIA nView Desktop Management Software, professionals have maximum flexibility and unprecedented control of a single or multiple display environments. nView provides the right...

    Free Windows

  • 360desktop icon

    360desktop

    360desktop is free software that extends Windows as a 360 degree workspace, plus an online environment for creating interative 360 degree wallpaper, with a gallery and a widget platform, for sharing your favorite 360's with...

    Free Windows

    • Discontinued
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    DeskSpace

    DeskSpace is a 3D desktop visualisation tool, allowing you to seamlessly switch between 9 desktops. DeskSpace gives you more space for your windows and icons. You can eliminate desktop clutter by arranging your windows and icons...

    Commercial Windows

  • GeoShell icon

    GeoShell

    GeoShell - The premier minimalist Windows shell replacement. It replaces the default Explorer interface. It features menu bars—“geoBars”—that can be dragged-and-dropped anywhere on the users screen. There are also desktop menus that...

    Open Source Windows

    • Discontinued The official website is no longer available. Last version, 4.11.10, can be still downloaded from SourceForge.
  • CubeDesktop NXT icon

    CubeDesktop NXT

    CubeDesktop NXT provides you up to 16 workspaces, using a live and interactive 3D environment.

    Commercial Windows

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  • Vista and XP Virtual Desktops icon

    Vista and XP Virtual Desktops

    One of Vistas most talked-about new features is the Desktop Window Manager (DWM). A new set of thumbnail APIs can be used to access thumbnails of open windows. This virtual desktop program takes advantage of this new API and uses some...

    Open Source Windows

  • DeskHedron

    DeskHedron is a tool which switch the desktop by using 3D GUI. *This software doesn't support multi-monitor environment. At 3D view you can switch the desktop by mouse wheel or left and right cursor keys. DeskHedron can...

    Free Windows

    • Discontinued Latest version 2008, see http://tokyodownstairs.blogspot.com/2008/10/deskhedron.html
  • goScreen icon

    goScreen

    GoScreen is truly indispensable tool on any Microsoft Windows computer. It creates a number of virtual pages on the monitor screen. When a program is started, it is placed on the current - "active" screen page. When one...

    Commercial Windows

  • Shock 4Way 3D icon

    Shock 4Way 3D

    General purpose of this program is to use 4 simulating screens simultaneously. To switch into each screen, select one of 4 screens or use shortcut key. In order to improve your computer's small screen display, this software...

    Free Windows

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    SphereXP

    The SphereXP is a 3D desktop replacement for Microsoft Windows. Taking the known concept of three-dimensional desktops to its own level. It offers a new way to organize objects on the desktop such as icons and applications. It has...

    Free Windows

    • Discontinued Official website not accessible. Available here: http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/spherexp.html

VirtuaWin Comments

no glitz, just features

Comment by venkman
about VirtuaWin Dec 2016

Virtuawin is one software I have not been able to find a comparable alternative to.
My requirements are:
- desktop configuration: side-by-side or top-to-bottom or other grid patterns
- Ability to view windows in other desktop in a toolbar or other integration: virtualwin has a module kvasdopager that is awesome (thanks to the author)
- Drag and drop windows from one desktop to another using the pager: the kvasdopager app works! awesome!
- Background configurable: each desktop can have its own.
- rules for windows: has rules for various uses windows to show in all desktops (instant messengers etc), windows to be restricted to certain desktop (outlook, eclipse ide etc). Rules are not super easy - but middle clicking any window gives access to virtuawin rules.

None of the apps include all this for free and without bloat and ad/evilware.

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Best one

Positive Comment by Satuim
about VirtuaWin Aug 2013

Dexpot messes with Rainmeter. And this one is running perfectly

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Best so far for Windows...

Positive Comment by wlmeng11
about VirtuaWin Oct 2011

Too bad Windows doesn't have virtual workspaces natively. Although it doesn't look pretty, it's fast and lightweight. Now, we just need Compiz...

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Truly one of the best virtual desktop managers. Maybe it's ...

Comment by meisterplanlos
about VirtuaWin Jun 2011

Truly one of the best virtual desktop managers. Maybe it's not as good looking as Dexpot, but it is multiple times faster. So far I've got no problems with it (and I'm using VirtuaWin one for some years).

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