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I can't seem to create additional workspaces in Gnome-shell. Compiz says I should have four (2 by 2) but I only seem to have 2 set up. So, how do I create additional workspaces in gnome-shell?

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To clarify, what shell are you using on top of GNOME 3? Are you using Unity, GNOME Shell, GNOME Classic, etc.? – Christopher Kyle Horton Feb 8 '12 at 21:55
@WarriorIng64 Betcha its GNOME Shell. – James Feb 8 '12 at 21:56
Gnome shell. The idea was to drop Unity, which I still hate three months in. But my login option just says "gnome" – Amanda Feb 8 '12 at 23:17
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First of all, gnome shell doesn't use compiz, it uses mutter.

Second, gnome shell has something that I've dubbed "auto workspace maker" - that is, as you fill up one workspace, gnome creates another for you. So if you put a window in your first workspace and your second, gnome will make you a third workspace and so on and so forth.

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that would explain why changing my compiz settings had no effect. – Amanda Feb 8 '12 at 23:15
Dynamic workspaces :-). – Timo Feb 8 '12 at 23:19
Huh. So does that mean I can't control how they stack? – Amanda Feb 8 '12 at 23:47
Seems there are some tweaks available to break dynamic workspaces. I'll give them a try.… – Amanda Feb 9 '12 at 0:03
@Amanda I hope it works for you, but I'll warn you now that I didn't have much success with it when I tried it. – James Feb 9 '12 at 1:44

Try Workspace Grid, a Gnome extension. It supports both up-down and left-right workspace navigation.

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