A tool for multitasking in Ubuntu giving users several virtual desktops. Questions on setting up, turning off, customizing and working with workspaces are appropriate.

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How can I reduce or increase the number of workspaces in Unity?

I was reading about how to get multiple workspaces in the mutter version of Unity, however since Compiz is replacing Mutter how do I go about adding and removing workspaces in Compiz version of Unity?
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Is it possible to have a different background for each workspace?

I normally use 4 different workspaces for different things, and they are always the same, can I make a different background image for each one of them? I would like an answer that works for both ...
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How do I turn on workspaces? (Why do I only have one workspace?)

It appears that Unity on Raring only comes with a single virtual desktop (aka workspaces) by default, and CCSM's Wall plugin has no way to add more. Is this configurable at all?
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How do I add and remove the Workspace Switcher launcher from the Unity launcher?

How can I remove the Workspace Switcher launcher from the Unity dock?
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How to get a different Unity Launcher with different icons on each workspace?

I read through the various answers to having separate desktop folders in each Workspace using Screenlets, devilspie, or CCSM ... but that's not the answer to my question. I installed 14.04 LTS a few ...
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Is there a script (or software) to open an application window on a specific viewport and position?

So, I have 8 virtual Desktops in Unity (with Compiz) because I have many projects I'm working on simultaneously. Problem is, every time I need to reboot or accidentally close Chrome (which ...
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How can I tell what workspace I am in with Unity?

Long time user of Ubuntu struggling to use Unity here.... I am running Unity 2D and can click on the workspace launcher icon to switch to a different workspace. However if I just walk up to a system, ...
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What is a “viewport”? What about a “workspace”?

Is a viewport different from a workspace? What's the distinction? It seems like the terms get used interchangeably. I'm trying to accomplish something that other people have been stabbing at for a ...
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Multiple monitors, multiple workspaces?

I connected my laptop to my LCD. Using the laptop display hotkey I can switch between different modes - only laptop monitor on, only LCD monitor on, both on and display the same view, both on and the ...
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How do I quickly switch between workspaces in unity?

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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Touchpad gestures to change workspace

I was talking to a friend who owns a Mac. He has his set up so that when he swipes three fingers across his touchpad, it moves to the workspace in that direction. Is it possible to set this up in ...
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how to shift applications from workspace 1 to 2 using command

Is there any way I can switch the application running in one workspace to another on command line? I use Ubuntu 10.04 UPDATE1 As per suggestions below wmctrl -l 0x02200003 -1 bond Bottom ...
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Is it possible to pin programs to specific workspaces, without CCSM?

I'm running 11.10. Is there a way of setting certain applications to always open on a specified workspace? I have noticed that most people suggest using CompizConfig Settings Manager, but this can ...
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How to move all windows to another workspace

Is is possible to move all windows (or all not minimized windows) form one workspace to another? I know I can move one window to other workspace with Shift+Ctrl+Alt+arrow, but it will move only that ...
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How do I script to open a set of programs each on specific workspace?

I looked around for a while and could not figure out the answer to my following problem: I have a setup of six desktops on Ubuntu 12.04 with Unity. On start up, every morning, I go through a routine ...
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How can I automatically add workspaces, only if I need them?

Assume I am using 4 workspaces and I incidentally need more, is there an automated process or, if impossible, an easy way to incidentally add more workspaces (instead of installing Ubuntu tweak etc. ...
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Is there a command to go a specific workspace?

I'm trying to make a quicklist on the Workspace Switcher launcher that allows for quick switching to a certain workspace. (My friend sometimes uses my computer and just doesn't enjoy keyboard ...
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How to add multiple workspaces in Unity 2D?

In Unity 2D there isn't any multiple workspaces. How can add more than that 1?
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Swap windows between screens in dual screen mode

I have a laptop and a 27 inch monitor. I have Qt running on one monitor and Pycharm on the other. Is there a way to make a key combination to swap all the windows between both screens. The reason is ...
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How to automatically start programs in specific workspaces on start up

I would like to add a command at the rc.d system by which, when ubuntu starts it will run different program at different workspaces.I.e:workspace 1: chrome,workspace 2:thunderbird.How could this be ...
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Can I drag a window onto another workspace?

I just updated to 11.04, now if I drag a window to the side of the workspace, the window is maximized to half of the screen. is there a way to move it to another workspace with the mouse? I know you ...
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Setting to only show applications of current workspace in launcher?

Is it possible to have the opened applications of the current workspace in the launcher but not the ones from other workspaces?
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What is the Compiz option “Number of Desktops” for?

What is the Number of Desktops setting for in CompizConfigSettingsManager > General Options > Desktop Size? There are options for Horizontal/Vertical Virtual Size which change the size of your ...
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Make wmctrl ignore other-than-current workspace's windows

I rely on wmctrl a lot to switch between windows, basically to avoid typing alt-tab many times. I've always used one workspace but now I want to begin using more than one. I was wondering if it is ...
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How do I set the number of workspaces without CCSM?

It's been an issue for quite some time to set the number of different desktops (or workspaces if you like) in the new Ubuntu Natty Narwhal (using unity). Some guys figured out a way to overcome it ...
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Ctrl + Alt + Arrow key doesn't switch workspaces

My Ctrl+Alt+Arrow key fails to switch my workspace, but this is only true if NumLock is on I press Ctrl followed by the Alt key I'm using the left Alt key I'm logged in as me (as opposed to a guest) ...
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Can't switch workspaces

I can't switch workspaces using the panel or the shortcut[Ctrl+alt+left/right>]. When I click on the workspace panel, there is no response. How do i fix this problem?
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How to show only opened apps in the current workspace on unity?

I've never been a "workspace user" but now I'm starting to feel the need to separate my work.. Is it possible, on unity, to only show apps on the running on the current workspace? An example of what ...
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Can I set up 2 monitors to be 2 separate Gnome virtual desktops instead of one big?

If I plug an external CRT to my laptop, it normally either displays the same picture as the laptop's panel, or extends the desktop area. But I'd like it to be a separate virtual desktop (a workspace, ...
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Is there a way to get a workspace grid in Gnome 3.x?

Is there any setting/plugin/hack/workaround that will allow me to run Ubuntu with the Gnome 3.x/Gnome Shell desktop while retaining a 2x2 or n x m workspace grid instead of the default Gnome one-...
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Is It possible to make workspaces in Unity act like they do in GNOME Shell?

I was using GNOME Shell but switched back to Unity due to the amount of screen space I lost using shell. One thing I miss from Shell is the workspace switcher it uses compared to Unity's and IMO, it ...
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add workspaces with gnome classic and ubuntu 14.04

I'm using Ubuntu 14.04 with gnome classic. I want to add 4 workspaces. I right click into the workspaces (left-bottom) and go to preferences. I change the number of workspaces from 1 to 4 and close ...
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How can I lock an application (and all its new windows) into a specific workspace?

I run a Matlab script in the workspace 1. This generates several plots. In the mean time I switch to workspace 2 and working there. My problem is that the plots are popping up in workspace 2. Is it ...
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Ubuntu 14.10 chrome doesn't detect keyboard input

When I'm using multiple workspaces, especially when I'm writing code and have every one of my workspaces occupied by some process and switch between the workspace that contains google chrome and the ...
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Make application always on visible workspace by default?

I want my calculator to always appear on the visible workspace. Right now, I have to right click its title bar every time I open it and check the option, but I know earlier versions of Compiz allowed ...
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How to run a custom set of programs in a specific workspace?

I use several workspaces in order to have different context for different works. Therefore, I run the same set of applications in the same workspace repeatedly. And also I run the same application in ...
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How to show Unity launcher in only one workspace?

I want to keep launcher active only in main workspace. E.g. I like to keep Citrix window in full display mode without launcher (in workspace II).
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Different screen resolutions for each work-space?

I'm using i3-wm on my ubuntu laptop. My screen size is 3200x1800. Which is great for something but horrible for other things. (Netflix vs gvim). I'd like to change the resolution of one of my work-...
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Change workspaces layout in Unity 2D

I was using a workspace layout or 1 row and 5 columns, but with the latest update of Unity 2d , now my 5 workspaces are splited in 2 rows. How should I revert the layout workspace back to 1 row? ...
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Is there any way to specify which workspace and/or window to launch a program into?

I asked a related, but more specific, question here. I want to know if there is a way to specify where you want a program to launch. I basically want to write a shell script which is launched every ...
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Eclipse fail to start in a clean workspace

I'm having a problem starting any version of eclipse in any kind of workspace (brand new or with data already). The problem started when I upgraded my OS from Ubuntu 13.10 to 14.04, and tried to ...
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Can I set up my xfce workspaces differently?

I currently have four workspaces ('Main', 'Game', 'Work', 'Overflow'). In a perfect setup, the 'Game' workspace would have shortcuts (either on the Desktop or in a Panel) for Steam and individual ...
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Can I use elementary's workspace switcher in Ubuntu?

Is there a workspace switcher for Compiz like elementary's? It's faster and nicer than Ubuntu's current one. Alternatively, is it possible to use elementary's window manager instead of Compiz?
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How can I enable bindings in Desktop Wall?

I want to use mouse bindings in the Compiz Desktop Wall to go to different Workspaces by clicking the mouse in the corners. Does anyone know how to make this work? I've already tried to do it so in ...
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Folders and launchers exclusively on one desktop

I have 4 workspaces configured on compiz . I would like to know if there is a way to have folders exclusively in the main desktop (1)? I would like to keep the others clear to see wallpapers. Ubuntu ...
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only one workspace after upgrade to 13.04 [duplicate]

Title says it all. Where can I add workspaces - looked into CompizConfig but I was not able to find a tab where I can specify the # of workspaces. I used to have 2X2 and that's what I'm looking for.
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I have hidden and unreachable workspaces - how do I cancel them?

I have double workspaces, whether I enable them or not. If not enabled, some pdf's open in an unreachable hidden workspace [I know it's there because I can see the Document Viewer open in the launcher]...
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Turning off the transition animation when changing workspaces in Compiz (GNOME2/UNITY)

By default, the transition from one virtual desktop to another one under GNOME2 in Ubuntu 11.04 is visualized with a sliding animation. How can I turn that animation off?
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Wrong window gets focus when switching workspace

I enjoy using VLC to play video while I do other work. The VLC window is set to by 'Always on top' and 'Always on visible workspace'. In former versions of Ubuntu this has worked great. When I ...
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How can I change the number of workspaces in workspace switcher? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I reduce or increase the number of workspaces in Unity? How can I change the number of workspaces in workspace switcher using ubuntu 11.10. In ubuntu 10 there was ...