Split Windows into Multiple Desktops with WindowsPager

Joel Reyes 04-02-2009

multiple desktops vista xpWouldn’t you like to have multiple desktops to work on, all on the same monitor? Think of the things you could do. You could be working on one project on one part of your desktop and then switch to work on another with just one click of your mouse, all on the same monitor. You could boost your productivity levels and increase the speed of whatever it may be that you’re working on.


I have come across a free multiple desktop application that can possibly help you not only organize yourself, but also jump-start your efficiency. It works both on Windows Vista and XP. We will let you decide how this app could benefit you the most.


WindowsPager allows for up to four virtual desktops that can effectively increase the efficiency of your work and save time. You can manage several windows and applications that are always visual on your Windows task bar.

How It Works

All you have to do is launch WindowsPager from the zip file once you’ve downloaded it , click on the exe file and run it, you will instantly have four accessible and separate desktops to work from. This app is compatible with Windows 2000/XP/Vista and comes with no uninstaller as it is run from a zip file.

You can switch from one desktop to the other with the click of the mouse, and if you should ever want to, quitting out of the program is extremely easy as well (by right clicking).

WindowsPager immediately multiplies your screen space by four and it hardly uses up any memory on your PC because it is run from the zip file (it almost acts as though it is a third party application). If you utilize newer versions of FireFox then you won’t need to scan WindowsPager for viruses as the browser does this for you, however if you’re using another browser or wish to scan for more viruses then you can use your personal anti-virus software installed on your PC to scan the system once you’ve reached the zip file.


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This is what WindowsPager looks like in the task bar once an app window has been opened on all four desktops (i.e. Browser, Image Viewer, Media Player, & more):

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Here’s a video that will help you to visualize WindowsPager in action:

Conclusion & Compatibility

The few things this application lacks are a settings menu so that the user is able to quickly change settings and functionality, and a task bar icon so that the user can quickly summon the power of multiple desktops when needed.

If you like the idea of dividing your work space on your desktop so you’d have a crisper and cleaner view of the tasks you’re undertaking, then WindowsPager can possibly aid you.You ma also check out other virtual desktop managers that were profile on MakeUseOf earlier.

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  1. John F.
    August 22, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    Wow... that works almost as well as... Spaces, the standard feature already built into Mac OS X, though the Spaces interface is smoother and much easier to navigate. Now just add ObjectDock and some cooler app icons, load in Style XP Man and StypeXP or iPanel to change the taskbar, background, and login screen, install the Mac OS X boot screen, change the toolbar icons and voila... you have something that's almost a Mac. Just be sure to run your virus checker a few times so your XP system is clean enough not to crash and you'll come close to emulating the experience... or just save yourself the trouble and buy a Mac ; )

  2. Eyad Salah
    February 5, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    I use Ubuntu 8.10, I'm not saying it's bad. I like it, not that much but I give credit where credit is due. And Ubuntu is a very good OS. Perhaps it's my problem but I can't for something till it's stable. I keep downloading the pre-released kernels, sometimes I just get the source and compile it if I heard of a great new feature in that next edition..

    And that's exactly why it's taking me 3 crashes on my Firefox to post this comment :)

    P.S. sorry Linux fans, I didn't mean to hurt anyone's feelings

    • Baron
      February 5, 2009 at 6:46 pm

      So basically, you are blaming your ineptitude at compiling cutting edge kernels ( not advisable on anything but a test system anyway ) on Linux? Quit playing with the kernel! When a new one comes out you'll get it in your automatic updates ...all in good time. It will work with no intervention from you.

      Since Linux runs 85% of the world's top 500 supercomputers, Google and the New York Stock Exchange, I would think it would be stable enough for you to post comments. Again, you're giving people an impression that simply isn't true ...except when you go out of your way to shoot yourself in the foot as you have done.

      Should I announce that Windows sucks because I like to play with the registry?

      "Yeah, so I hear you can speed up XP with this really cool tweak to the registry ...anyways, now my computer doesn't work ...XP sucks!".

      You like Windows? Fine, but stick to facts. Just say that you prefer Windows and be done with it.

  3. Baron
    February 5, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    @Eyad Salah

    Please try actually using Linux before commenting ( that Red Hat disk you tried half-heartedly in the 90's doesn't count ). Your one-time anecdotal experience does not count as a defining experience for us all. My parents ( mid-60's ) use Linux with no issues and are not CS graduates.

  4. coolmargin
    February 5, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    I have been using "Yod'm 3D v1.4" on my XP/Vista PC, is also good (Portable as well, google it for freeware download link), You can virtually rotate with 3D effect. You can see preview of other desktops before actually shifting. Desktops v1.0 from microsoft/sysinternals also does similar job (I think its portable too).

  5. Eyad Salah
    February 5, 2009 at 1:48 am

    Linux: Wherer is takes less than 10 minutes to get a new kernel. If you're lucky enough, it'll work ;)

  6. Vadim P.
    February 4, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    One should mention that this sort of thing is already included in every standard Linux installation.

  7. Eyad Salah
    February 4, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    I was wondering if this tool is x64 compatible because the website doesn't mention it, and I'm sick and tired of installing incompatible applications on my computer

    • Joel
      February 4, 2009 at 10:33 pm

      Hello Eyad,

      I understand where your coming from. According to what I've found on Cnet it says that WindowsPager is compatible with x64. Thank you for your comment!

  8. Versatile Ninja
    February 4, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    Wow, not only is it free and open source, it works like a charm!