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In 11.11 keyboard settings there are Move window to workspace N options (N is the workspace number). But they do not work.

Is there a way to bind key for moving window to a specific workspace/viewport?

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That's either a bug or a consequence of a tweaked environment.

To verify the keyboard shortcut visit the gear in the upper right hand corner, select system settings -> keyboard -> shortcuts -> navigation. Move Window one workspace to the [direction] should be defined. If it is and you're still having problems then try resetting unity to defaults.

To reset unity to it's defaults: unity --reset:

Once that's done: CTRL+ALT+SHIFT [ARROW] will take the active window and place it on the desktop you're pointing to. CTRL+ALT [ARROW] just switches the current desktop.


After clarifying the bug with the user. I found out that this is actually a known bug.

It looks like it's getting lost in the wishlist status. I would recommend filing a new bug to bring fresh attention to it. I agree that it's a bug. If it isn't an option then it should be removed from Navigation shortcuts to begin with. I think I will to, this would be very useful.

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I am talking about moving window to a specific workspace. Not left/right/up/down. See Navigation -> Move window to workspace 1. –  Iakov Davydov Nov 29 '11 at 15:45
I filed my bug, you should too. I noticed in playing these shortcuts that the other set of disabled shortcuts "Switch to workspace X" does work. –  ppetraki Nov 29 '11 at 19:38
Thanks. I have reported the bug. –  Iakov Davydov Nov 30 '11 at 10:00
I don't suppose there's any work-around, either? –  Brian White Nov 28 '13 at 22:27
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