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I'm making a keyboard shortcut to go from the porn-workspace I'm using back to Workspace 1 in a pinch, but it does me no good if unity toolbar is full of "Image Viewer" and porn sites or movie player.

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Ah, the first honest person on this forum! – drN Oct 28 '12 at 23:14

Why not simply hide Unity side bar when not in use and then switch with keyboard shortcuts?

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Currently it is not possible in unity to show windows only from current workspace. However, there are bug reports about this issue and you are not the only one annoyed I can say. You can follow the situation on those:

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