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Downloads of v


Last Update:

15 Oct 2022

Package Maintainer(s):

Software Author(s):

  • Michael Zomparelli


zvirtualdesktop virtual desktop hotkey system tray icon trial


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Not All Tests Have Passed

Validation Testing Passed

Verification Testing Exemption:

The code you have submitted is successfully causing chocolatey to fail to install the application because of the testing version OS not being windows 10 1803 or greater.

I agree that the package cannot be tested using the chocolatey testing environment and I will add the exception.


Scan Testing Resulted in Flagged as a Note:

At least one file within this package has greater than 0 detections, but less than 5

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Deployment Method: Individual Install, Upgrade, & Uninstall

To install zVirtualDesktop, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:


To upgrade zVirtualDesktop, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:


To uninstall zVirtualDesktop, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:


Deployment Method:


This applies to both open source and commercial editions of Chocolatey.

1. Enter Your Internal Repository Url

(this should look similar to

2. Setup Your Environment

1. Ensure you are set for organizational deployment

Please see the organizational deployment guide

2. Get the package into your environment

  • Open Source or Commercial:
    • Proxy Repository - Create a proxy nuget repository on Nexus, Artifactory Pro, or a proxy Chocolatey repository on ProGet. Point your upstream to Packages cache on first access automatically. Make sure your choco clients are using your proxy repository as a source and NOT the default community repository. See source command for more information.
    • You can also just download the package and push it to a repository Download

3. Copy Your Script

choco upgrade zvirtualdesktop -y --source="'INTERNAL REPO URL'" [other options]

See options you can pass to upgrade.

See best practices for scripting.

Add this to a PowerShell script or use a Batch script with tools and in places where you are calling directly to Chocolatey. If you are integrating, keep in mind enhanced exit codes.

If you do use a PowerShell script, use the following to ensure bad exit codes are shown as failures:

choco upgrade zvirtualdesktop -y --source="'INTERNAL REPO URL'" 

Write-Verbose "Exit code was $exitCode"
$validExitCodes = @(0, 1605, 1614, 1641, 3010)
if ($validExitCodes -contains $exitCode) {
  Exit 0

Exit $exitCode

- name: Install zvirtualdesktop
    name: zvirtualdesktop
    version: ''
    state: present

See docs at

chocolatey_package 'zvirtualdesktop' do
  action    :install
  source   'INTERNAL REPO URL'
  version  ''

See docs at

cChocoPackageInstaller zvirtualdesktop
    Name     = "zvirtualdesktop"
    Version  = ""
    Source   = "INTERNAL REPO URL"

Requires cChoco DSC Resource. See docs at

package { 'zvirtualdesktop':
  ensure   => '',
  provider => 'chocolatey',
  source   => 'INTERNAL REPO URL',

Requires Puppet Chocolatey Provider module. See docs at

4. If applicable - Chocolatey configuration/installation

See infrastructure management matrix for Chocolatey configuration elements and examples.


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Package Approved

This package was approved as a trusted package on 17 Oct 2022.


This is commercial software. All users will be given a 10 day trial and you will need to purchase a license to continuing using when the trial expires.



Hotkeys are not limited to virtual desktops. You can choose any hotkey for any of the following actions

  • Disable Default (if you wanted to disable a built-in Windows default and do nothing instead)
  • Keyboard Application Menu
  • Toggle Auto-hide Taskbar
  • Open a file, folder, or URL
  • Copy
  • Paste
  • Toggle Desktop View (a Task View replacement)
  • Toggle zVirtualDesktop Settings
  • Show Window Menu (a handy window context menu)
  • Navigate to Desktop
  • Move Window to Desktop
  • Move Window to Desktop & Follow
  • Pin/Unpin Window
  • Pin/Unpin Application
  • Bring All Windows Here
  • Remove Empty Desktops
  • Close Foreground Window
  • Minimize Foreground Window
  • Toggle Foreground Window Top Most
  • Multimedia - Play/Pause
  • Multimedia - Next
  • Multimedia - Previous
  • Volume Up
  • Volume Down
  • Volume Mute
  • Browser Back
  • Browser Forward
  • Browser Reload
  • ClipboardEx Copy
  • ClipboardEx Paste
  • ClipboardEx Clone
  • Send Keystroke
  • Send Text Entry

Below are the default hotkeys for virtual desktops. You can configure these any way you'd like.

Navigate Desktops:
WIN+CTRL+LEFT or RIGHT - this is Windows Default and can be overridden to allow "Round Robin"

Move Windows:
The foreground window will be the window which moves

Move Window & Follow:
The foreground window will be the window which moves

Pin/Unpin Windows:
The foreground window will be the window which is pinned

Pin/Unpin Applications:
The foreground window will be the window which is pinned

What is the difference between pin app and pin window?
An easy way to imagine this is if you use pin window on a chrome browser window,
only that window will be visible on all desktops. Any other chrome windows would
stay on a single desktop. If you were to pin application on a chrome window then
all chrome windows would show up on all desktops. This includes new chrome windows.

System Tray Icon

  • Choose from several sets of icons
  • The icons indicate which desktop you are viewing
  • Left-Click the system tray icon to display or hide DesktopView.
  • Right-Click the system tray icon to bring up the main menu.


Make your own icons and attach them to an issue then they will add to the program.
How to submit icon files

Download the current icons and alter ones you like.


  • Set a different wallpaper for each desktop
  • Specify the style for each (Center, Stretch, or Tile)

Desktop Names

  • Rename desktops directly in DesktopView or in the settings window


$ErrorActionPreference = 'Stop';
$toolsDir = "$(Split-Path -parent $MyInvocation.MyCommand.Definition)"

$packageArgs = @{
  packageName   = $env:ChocolateyPackageName
  unzipLocation = "$toolsDir"
  fileType      = 'exe'
  file          = "$toolsDir\zVirtualDesktop.exe"

  url           = ''
  checksum      = '748D3C614CE880B186550BF473148C0316512255520C66E6B4E688F33E7019A9'
  checksumType  = 'sha256'

if ((Get-Item "HKLM:SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion").GetValue('ReleaseID') -lt "1803") {
  Write-Error "This version of zVirtualDesktop runs only with Windows 10 version 1803 or greater"
} else {
  Install-ChocolateyZipPackage @packageArgs
  Start-Process -FilePath $packageArgs["file"]
$ErrorActionPreference = 'SilentlyContinue';

# Stop zVirtualDesktop
$process = Get-Process zVirtualDesktop
if ($process) { $process | Stop-Process }

# Remove zVirtualDesktop
Remove-ItemProperty -Path "HKCU:\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run" -Name "zVirtualDesktop"
Remove-Item $Env:AppData\zVirtualDesktop -Recurse

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In cases where actual malware is found, the packages are subject to removal. Software sometimes has false positives. Moderators do not necessarily validate the safety of the underlying software, only that a package retrieves software from the official distribution point and/or validate embedded software against official distribution point (where distribution rights allow redistribution).

Chocolatey Pro provides runtime protection from possible malware.

Add to Builder Version Downloads Last Updated Status
zVirtualDesktop 616 Tuesday, June 1, 2021 Approved
zVirtualDesktop 81 Friday, May 28, 2021 Approved
zVirtualDesktop 72 Monday, May 24, 2021 Approved
zVirtualDesktop 75 Friday, May 21, 2021 Approved
zVirtualDesktop 277 Wednesday, January 27, 2021 Approved
zVirtualDesktop 130 Wednesday, December 9, 2020 Approved
zVirtualDesktop 98 Thursday, December 3, 2020 Approved
zVirtualDesktop 108 Wednesday, November 18, 2020 Approved
zVirtualDesktop 243 Wednesday, July 15, 2020 Approved
zVirtualDesktop 156 Saturday, June 13, 2020 Approved
zVirtualDesktop 139 Wednesday, June 3, 2020 Approved
zVirtualDesktop 123 Monday, May 25, 2020 Approved
zVirtualDesktop 192 Thursday, April 2, 2020 Approved
zVirtualDesktop 228 Wednesday, January 15, 2020 Approved
zVirtualDesktop 182 Sunday, November 24, 2019 Approved
zVirtualDesktop 181 Saturday, October 26, 2019 Approved
zVirtualDesktop 138 Sunday, October 20, 2019 Approved
zVirtualDesktop 147 Tuesday, October 8, 2019 Approved
zVirtualDesktop 136 Tuesday, October 8, 2019 Approved
zVirtualDesktop 183 Monday, August 5, 2019 Approved
zVirtualDesktop 209 Wednesday, May 1, 2019 Approved

This package has no dependencies.

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