Virtual desktop shuffle

Virtual desktop managers like GoScreen and AltDesk help you maximize your surface area for apps while cutting down desktop clutter by displaying apps on separate "desktops." What's your favorite virtual desktop software?

AltDesk manages your virtual desktops.

The problem with your computer's display is largely a problem of real estate, the fact that despite any 3D graphical magic happening on screen, your computer screen can't easily escape its two-dimensional boundaries.

Virtual desktops step in to maximize your screen's surface area by multiplying the number of desktop environments at your disposal and then organizing them so you don't lose track. Like Firefox and Internet Explorer's tabbed browsing, virtual desktop managers often organize your multiple display screens in tabs or slides that surface when you click.

You'll find plenty of virtual desktops in the CNET library, including user and editor favorites AltDesk and GoScreen.

Do you have a favorite virtual desktop manager? Share your pros and cons with us in the comments below.

About Jessica Dolcourt

Jessica Dolcourt reviews smartphones and cell phones, covers handset news, and pens the monthly column Smartphones Unlocked. A senior editor, she started at CNET in 2006 and spent four years reviewing mobile and desktop software before taking on devices.