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I'm using Ubuntu 11.10 with Unity and would like to switch between workspaces with a keyboard shortcut.

Is there any way to achieve this?

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possible duplicate of What are Unity's keyboard and mouse shortcuts? –  Octavian Damiean Nov 27 '11 at 20:07

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The shortcut Ctrl+Alt + arrow keys allows you to move in the workspaces.

You'll need to turn workspaces on if you're on 13.04+.

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In 12.04 and above, you can set shortcuts for this by launching "keyboard" from the Dash and choosing the shortcuts tab. Choose the "Navigation" option, then just change the various settings for "Switch to workspace..."

The Keyboard control panel, including the Shortcuts options

I use "CTRL-ALT-F1" for workspace 1, "CTRL-ALT-F2" for workspace 2 and so on.

This setting can also be changed in CompizConfig Settings Manager (not installed by default, so sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager if you want to use it). That program will also let you set things like moving to the next workspace when your mouse hits the edge of the screen - a setting I find too fiddly to use personally, but some might like.

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In 13.04 workspaces are disabled by default. To enable them, open "Appearance" from the dash. It looks like this:

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Switch to the "Behavior" tab and check "Enable workspaces".

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After that the normal shortcuts will work:

Super+S for the workspace overview and Ctrl+Alt+Arrow Keys to switch between the individual workspaces.

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+1 I was searching for that workspace overview shortcut –  7hi4g0 Mar 18 at 13:28

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