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I would like to have some applications always appear in a specific workspace. For example: I would like my mp3 player on the bottom left workspace, and terminal application on the bottom right one;

I am new to Ubuntu, so tried using wmctrl but it looks to me as desktop wall works by creating one big desktop and then splitting it up into 4 pieces.

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  1. Install compizconfig-settings-manager Install compizconfig-settings-manager

  2. Go to Window Management -> Place Windows -> Fixed Window Placement

  3. Under Windows with fixed viewport click on new

    • class=NameOfYourProgram (Here the spelling is important. Better use the green plus sign and "Grab" this parameter in the resulting window)
    • Position : {1,1}top left; {1,2}bottom left, ...
    • example opens Gnome-terminal in bottom right workspace : enter image description here

More information on wiki.compiz.org

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It works so far - but how can i make unity to automatically switch to the specified workspace when opening the program? Right now I always how to manually switch to the workspace the program has been opened in. –  gucki May 27 '13 at 17:41
@gucki you could edit the .desktop file to launch the program, then switch. –  Tim Jun 23 '14 at 16:14

This does a wonderful job of controlling how your windows launch, no matter what:


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I'll try this in the morning, but is this the same in Compiz (through CCSM) under place windows? As that didn't work when I first tried it. –  jfy133 Nov 3 '11 at 22:30
Works now! Although '0' on the X axis isn't completely on the left... –  jfy133 Nov 10 '11 at 21:23

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