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Im using ubuntu 11.10, running, and loving, the gnome3 interface.

I am running an optimus enabled laptop with bumblebee.

i just figured out how to put the top panel on my external monitor (connected via VGA), which therefore makes my external my 'primary' monitor (a.k.a thats where all the action happens). However now i notice that when i switch workspaces, only the external monitor switches, my laptop screen remains in a fixed workspace.

It should be noted that if move the top panel back to my laptop screen, the problem reverses in that the workspace on my external monitor remains fixed when switching workspaces, i just didn't notice this before.

Is there any way to get my laptop screen to switch as well?

Thank you

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This behaviour is by design. In all their wisdom the GNOME designers decided this was the best thing to do, not taking their actual users into account.

Luckily the behaviour can be reverted. Execute the following in the terminal, re-login and you're all set:

gconftool-2 --set /desktop/gnome/shell/windows/workspaces_only_on_primary false --type bool
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Wonderful. It works! Thanks –  Fawkes5 Nov 9 '11 at 1:52

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