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I have 8 workspaces in use throughout the day arranged as 2 rows x 4 columns.

Workspaces are numbered logically from 1-4 for the top row left-right, then 5-8 for the next row.

I would like to be able to switch to a workspace using the keyboard combination Ctrl-num where [num] corresponds to number [1-8] on my numeric keypad.

Gnome/Compiz already allows me to switch workspaces via Ctrl-Alt-up/down/left/right or at least that is how I have configured it.

Finding a way to make the mapping and behavior described above however is still confounding me.

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Under Preferences -> Keyboard Shortcuts you can map up to 12 workspaces. You can find needed entries under Window Management -> Switch to workspace #.

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So simple, thanks! I was looking in the wrong place i.e. Compiz settings. Thank you. –  codeitagile Oct 26 '10 at 11:50
    
You should mark as correct the answer. :) –  skalka Oct 26 '10 at 11:57
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