There is no build in way for Windows users to expand the desktop. The only option is to install third party software programs to expand the desktop virtually. One of those solutions is a virtual desktop manager called 360 Desktop which was previously mentioned by Joshua. The 360 desktop manager uses a different concept than the normal desktop managers who provide access to several independent desktops. It provides a scrollable desktop that provides access to a 360 degree workspace.
The desktop manager provides several methods of accessing the parts of the desktop that are not visual. It displays a slider in the upper right corner of the screen that can be used to access another part of the desktop. The second and probably most comfortable solution is to use the mouse-wheel while clicking the left or middle mouse button to scroll left or right. The third and final option is to open the quick nav bar by clicking on the slider and use the navigation bar to access another part of the desktop directly. The desktop scrolls seamlessly by connecting the end and beginning together.
By default only the Windows Taskbar stays in place all the time to provide access to its functions. All other windows and applications will remain in place which means that some of them will not be accessible when in the wrong part of the computer desktop.
This can be changed in the options of the 360 desktop manager so that applications will always be in the visible area of the computer screen. New desktop layouts can be downloaded or created at the official 360 Desktop website. Downloaded desktops can be loaded directly in the application or by dragging and dropping them afterwards in the 360 Manager.
It is furthermore possible to manage so called widgets in the 360 Manager which can only be created on the 360 Desktop website by registered users. Widgets can be pretty much any element that is available on a website like video clips, eBay listings or RSS news feeds which will always be displayed when the desktop manager starts.
Update: The program does not seem to be available anymore on the developer website. You can download the latest release version from Cnet.
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