Ask Ubuntu is a question and answer site for Ubuntu users and developers. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

Any good way to rename workspaces in Unity 3D (e.g. compiz)?

enter image description here

Back when I was running metacity (e.g. old Gnome 2) we could called them useful names like "Personal", "Work", "Development", "Media", etc.

share|improve this question
Could you explain iin your question what you mean by workspaces and renaming them? – John S Gruber Aug 14 '12 at 4:28
FYI - I've filed an enhancement request with indicator-workspaces to have a new option that will display the workspace name instead of the number: – HDave Aug 17 '12 at 20:13
up vote 2 down vote accepted

If you don't have the application "Configuration Editor", install it using this command in terminal:

sudo apt-get install gconf-editor

Now, open Configuration Editor in the Dash. You will want to navigate to this path:


Now, rename name_1, name_2,... whatever you would like. :)

If it doesn't work initially, you may want to log out and log in.

Edit: This does NOT work with the right click option that you requested, sadly. It does work with the indicator-workspaces package and some other things on Ubuntu. Thought this would help :(

Edit Again: This link shows that the newest version of compiz that will be in 12.10 WILL have this capability. So, it looks like we'll have to wait another 2 months or so, then we can do this all we want. :)

share|improve this answer
Yup - already did that, but compiz as window manager doesn't use the new names. – HDave Aug 14 '12 at 5:59
That would explain it. There HAS to be a fix somewhere, but I'm clueless as to how. – Ryan McClure Aug 14 '12 at 6:02
We are in the same place on this now! I see that the change took in indicator-workspaces...thats something at least. Seems like there has to be a way.... – HDave Aug 14 '12 at 6:03… Take a look at this--This looks promising and exciting! I wonder if we can either get this plugin on the 12.04 compiz or update to the newest compiz. – Ryan McClure Aug 14 '12 at 6:07
Nice worst case, all we have to do is wait for the backport. Add this to your answer and I'll check it... – HDave Aug 14 '12 at 6:10

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.