Windows 11 Virtual Desktop Issues

Microsoft Windows 11 brings a lot of new features and improvements over Windows 10. That includes the new virtual desktop experiences that allow me to organize work, study, and personal tasks more efficiently.

However, it lags and sometimes gets stuck for a few seconds when switching between virtual desktops on some hardware, like my Surface Laptop 3. It’s so annoying since I switch between virtual desktops all the time when I’m working.

Here is what I’ve tried to fix the issues but have had no luck with:

Fortunately, I finally found the root cause of the lagging issue for my Surface Laptop 3 is the desktop background or wallpaper. Unlike Windows 10, Windows 11 allows you to change the background of each virtual desktop. So I tried to change all virtual desktop wallpapers to a solid color, and voila! There are no more lagging and stuck issues when switching between virtual desktops.

For detailed directions on how to set a solid color as the wallpaper, check the following step-by-step guides.

Changing all virtual desktops backgrounds to a solid color

Follow the steps below to change each desktop to a solid color background:

Note When applying a Picture as a background, only the current desktop you’re in will have the Picture you selected as a background. However, when applying a solid color or a slideshow as a background, all desktops will have the same background.

  1. On the keyboard, press Win + Tab to show the Task view with all multiple desktop views.
  2. Right-click on any desktop and select Choose background menu.
    Open Task view and choose background.
  3. From the Personalize your background section, select the dropdown and select the Solid color option.
    Change from Picture to a Solid color
  4. Now all desktops will have a default solid black color as a background. You are free to choose whatever color you like as a background from the available preset or any custom colors as follows:

That is how I fixed the lagging issues when switching between desktops on my Surface Laptop 3 with Windows 11 installed. I know it’s not a perfect solution since you can no longer have a beautiful background on your PC.

Please let me know if the steps above can fix your issues, and please also share if you found other workarounds.