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I just learned about "whereis" in terminal as a way to find a command to launch a given application. However, I still can't find (a way to find) the command to launch the "Workspace Switcher" in natty / unity.

I'd be interested in both the method(s) for finding the command as well as the command itself.

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There isn't a command for absolutely everything. But in this case, "Workspace switcher" can be triggered with a keyboard shortcut (super+s) which can also be sent using a tool called "xdotool", via the command line.

So install xdotool:

sudo apt-get install xdotool

And then you can trigger the Workspace Switcher from a terminal using:

xdotool key super+s
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Thanks Alin, glad to know there's a way. I'm not sure if I'll pursue it though... am not too keen to install extra packages only to get some small extra features... –  nutty about natty Jun 3 '11 at 13:19
    
I also tried unsticking and unlocking the workspace-switcher icon in gconf-editor, but nothing changed: I still can't move the icon around, ie higher up and more "in reach". (I didn't reboot yet since - if that might affect the change?) Any clues? –  nutty about natty Jun 5 '11 at 15:09
    
You can move icons by dragging them to the right, then up/down and then back to the left on the launcher. –  Alin Andrei Jun 22 '11 at 14:11
    
This does NOT work with the bottom icons: Workspace Switcher, ... , Trash. At least not on my system; does it work on yours? –  nutty about natty Jun 26 '11 at 8:16
    
Oh yes, you can't move those... I misunderstood what you said, sorry. –  Alin Andrei Jun 28 '11 at 20:48
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CompizConfig Settings Manager > Expo plugin > Expo key

wow, after all this time... was it really THAT simple ?

;-D

ps: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYxJSRqXz8k

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