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I don't want to see applications that are opened on my other desktops (workspaces) in my Unity launcher (or sidebar, whatever it is called). I find it annoying and would prefer if Unity just dealt with one desktop/workspace at a time.

Is there a way to do this? I have a feeling the answer will be no, but I'm asking anyway... maybe it will be implemented in future versions.

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I think by "desktops" you mean "workspaces". – kyleN Jul 27 '11 at 22:24
Yes, this was referred to as a desktop before Unity. Edited for clarity. – levesque Jul 27 '11 at 22:29
up vote 9 down vote accepted

There is a rather lengthy bug-report on just this matter on launchpad.

Even Mark Shuttleworth got involved with this one. However no conclusions or proposals for implementation yet.

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