Confusing virtual desktops

Create multiple workspaces, but don't expect any information about how the program works.

WindowsPager is quite interesting in concept, but in execution it's not too hot. While we see how it could be useful, the program's interface--or lack thereof--makes it frustrating to understand and use.

The program creates four virtual desktops on a user's computer, which are represented by four rectangles next to the system tray. The first contains everything that was open when the program started, and the rest are empty. Of course, since this is the extent of the program's interface--no options or settings or menus--it's not immediately obvious what's going on, and users may be taken aback to find that everything they had open appears to be gone. The program's Help file--if you want to call it that--is a single screen that briefly describes the program's four functions. We did learn here that it's possible to drag and drop a window from one desktop to another, which is useful. Unfortunately, it's difficult to select the proper program because each one is represented by a tiny icon that's barely legible. Sifting through the programs open in each desktop requires a lot of squinting and precise mouse movements. When we're multitasking and have a lot of different programs and projects open, a program like WindowsPager has the potential to be very helpful. Unfortunately, this program falls short.

WindowsPager is free and comes as a ZIP file that requires no installation. We recommend this program, but with reservations; it is useful, but there are likely other programs out there that are much easier to use.

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