How to See Thumbnails of All Your Open Windows on Windows 10

The Windows 10 task display icon in front of the window thumbnails

Windows 10 includes a number of convenient ways to manage application windows. One of them is the task view, a built-in feature that shows thumbnails of all your open windows in one place. Here is how to use it.

When using Windows, it’s easy to quickly see thumbnails of all your open windows. To do this, click on the “Task View” button on your taskbar, which is located just to the right of the Start button. Or you can press Windows + Tab on your keyboard.

Point: If you can’t find the “Task View” button on your taskbar, right-click on the taskbar and enable “Show Task View Button” from the context menu.

Once the task view is open, you’ll see thumbnails of each window you’ve opened, and they’ll be organized in neat rows.

An example of a Windows 10 task view with many windows open.

What’s cool is that the task view is a live view of all of your windows. So as apps update, for example, if a YouTube video is playing or a game is playing, you will continue to see its thumbnail change over time.

To close the task view and return to the desktop, simply click on any empty area of ​​the task view screen or press the “Esc” key.

Manage Windows with the task view

You can use the task view to manage windows with your mouse or keyboard. When “Task View” is open, use the arrow keys on your keyboard to select the window you want to display, then press “Enter.” Or you can just click on the thumbnail with your mouse.

Selecting an application window in the Windows 10 task view using the cursor keys.

If the window you selected was already open, Windows will open it in front of all other open windows. If it has been minimized (as shown in the following example), it will be restored and brought to the foreground.

The Windows 10 Calculator app has been brought to the fore.

If you want to close a window using the task view, hover over its thumbnail with your mouse cursor until the “X” button appears, then click on it. You can also select the window using the arrow keys and press the “Delete” key to close it.

Close a window in Windows 10 task view by clicking the X button.

You can also use the task view to manage virtual desktops by clicking on the virtual desktop thumbnails at the top of the task display screen. Once you have created multiple virtual desktops, you can even drag application windows between them. Enjoy!

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