I am a fan of the XP PowerToys and find the Virtual Desktop Manager (MSVDM) a very useful addon. MSVDM allows you to have 4 separate desktops; including individual wallpaper and start bars, allowing the user to organise their busy desktops. The whole thing is controlled via shortcut keys or menus and includes an over view shot to help find windows you may have misplaced. May not be a eye popping as Beryl on Linux, but its still a good tool on XP.
However, I have found an interesting (annoying bug) when you use this with Access 2007 or Excel 2007 in that when the desktop with either application looses focus the ribbon bar disappears when you switch back to that desktop. I have tested this with other Office 2007 applications but Access and Excel seem to be the only ones with the issue, which in itself is very strange. The application and any work is still loaded but not very useful without any menus or icons !!
Has anyone else noticed this?
Still testing so will post more if anything else comes to light.
I agree that it is not a particularly common set up, (XP + Office 2007 + MSVDM) but it is starting to get annoying and I would rather not have to sacrifice MSVDM.