Slions.VirtualDesktop.WPF 6.6.0

dotnet add package Slions.VirtualDesktop.WPF --version 6.6.0
NuGet\Install-Package Slions.VirtualDesktop.WPF -Version 6.6.0
This command is intended to be used within the Package Manager Console in Visual Studio, as it uses the NuGet module's version of Install-Package.
<PackageReference Include="Slions.VirtualDesktop.WPF" Version="6.6.0" />
For projects that support PackageReference, copy this XML node into the project file to reference the package.
paket add Slions.VirtualDesktop.WPF --version 6.6.0
#r "nuget: Slions.VirtualDesktop.WPF, 6.6.0"
#r directive can be used in F# Interactive and Polyglot Notebooks. Copy this into the interactive tool or source code of the script to reference the package.
// Install Slions.VirtualDesktop.WPF as a Cake Addin
#addin nuget:?package=Slions.VirtualDesktop.WPF&version=6.6.0

// Install Slions.VirtualDesktop.WPF as a Cake Tool
#tool nuget:?package=Slions.VirtualDesktop.WPF&version=6.6.0

VirtualDesktop

VirtualDesktop is C# wrapper for IVirtualDesktopManager on Windows 11 (and Windows 10).

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Features

  • Switch, add, and remove a virtual desktop.
  • Move the window in the same process to any virtual desktop.
  • Move the window of another process to any virtual desktop (Support in version 2.0 or later).
  • Pin any window or application; will be display on all desktops.
  • Notification for switching, deletion, renaming, etc.
  • Change the wallpaper for each desktop.

Sample app

alternate text is missing from this package README image samples/VirtualDesktop.Showcase

Requirements

<TargetFramework>net5.0-windows10.0.19041.0</TargetFramework>
  • .NET 5, 6 or 7
  • Windows 10 build 19041 (20H1) or later

Installation

Install NuGet package(s).

PM> Install-Package VirtualDesktop

How to use

Preparation

Because of the dependency on C#/WinRT (repo), the target framework must be set to net5.0-windows10.0.19041.0 or later.

<TargetFramework>net5.0-windows10.0.19041.0</TargetFramework>
<TargetFramework>net6.0-windows10.0.19041.0</TargetFramework>

If it doesn't work, try creating an app.manifest file and optimize to work on Windows 10.

<compatibility xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:compatibility.v1">
    <application>
	    
	    <supportedOS Id="{8e0f7a12-bfb3-4fe8-b9a5-48fd50a15a9a}" />
    </application>
</compatibility>

The namespace to use is WindowsDesktop.

using WindowsDesktop;

Get instance of VirtualDesktop class

// Get all virtual desktops
var desktops = VirtualDesktop.GetDesktops();

// Get Virtual Desktop for specific window
var desktop = VirtualDesktop.FromHwnd(hwnd);

// Get the left/right desktop
var left  = desktop.GetLeft();
var right = desktop.GetRight();

Manage virtual desktops

// Create new
var desktop = VirtualDesktop.Create();

// Remove
desktop.Remove();

// Switch
desktop.GetLeft().Switch();

Subscribe virtual desktop events

// Notification of desktop switching
VirtualDesktop.CurrentChanged += (_, args) => Console.WriteLine($"Switched: {args.NewDesktop.Name}");

// Notification of desktop creating
VirtualDesktop.Created += (_, desktop) => desktop.Switch();

for WPF window

// Need to install 'VirtualDesktop.WPF' package

// Check whether a window is on the current desktop.
var isCurrent = window.IsCurrentVirtualDesktop();

// Get Virtual Desktop for WPF window
var desktop = window.GetCurrentDesktop();

// Move window to specific Virtual Desktop
window.MoveToDesktop(desktop);

// Pin window
window.Pin()

Windows version support

The class IDs of some of the undocumented interfaces we use tend to change a lot between different versions of Windows. If the demo application crashes on start-up chances are all you need to do is provide the proper IDs for the version of Windows you are running on.

Open regedit and export this path into a file: \HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Interface. Open the resulting reg file and search it for matches against the whole word of each interface name we need:

  • IApplicationView
  • IApplicationViewCollection
  • IObjectArray
  • IServiceProvider
  • IVirtualDesktop
  • IVirtualDesktopManager
  • IVirtualDesktopManagerInternal
  • IVirtualDesktopNotification
  • IVirtualDesktopNotificationService
  • IVirtualDesktopPinnedApps

Once you have the IDs add them in a new setting element in app.config. Make sure to specify the correct 5 digits Windows build version. You can get it using one of those methods:

  • From the UI run: winver
  • From shell run: ver
  • From powershell run: cmd /c ver

Make sure to contribute back your changes.

Publish

To publish a new release specify your version in Directory.Build.props and push the changes with a commit description such as: Release vx.y.z where x, y, z form your version number. That should publish it on NuGet providing that your secret NUGET_API_KEY is still valid.

Resources

License

This library is under the MIT License.

Product Compatible and additional computed target framework versions.
.NET net5.0-windows10.0.19041 is compatible.  net6.0-windows was computed.  net6.0-windows10.0.19041 is compatible.  net7.0-windows was computed.  net7.0-windows10.0.19041 is compatible.  net8.0-windows was computed.  net8.0-windows10.0.19041 is compatible. 
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