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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 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 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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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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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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Is there a way I can completely disable workspaces and remove the icon from my Unity-2D panel?

My system is built around my 71 year old father (who is a recent, and very supportive Linux user now). He doesn't have any need for multiple desktops and I find that having too many things on the ...
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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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Can I alt-tab windows from all workspaces?

I put certain windows on certain spaces, but prefer alt-tab to switch between them. Is there a toggle or other option to turn on the alt-tab from all workspaces in unity?
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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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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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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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Cycle around the “end” of workspaces in Gnome?

I have a typical Gnome setup, in which i can move/switch between workspaces, by hitting ctrl+alt+‹or›arrow. But when i'm in workspace 1, hitting ctrl+alt+‹ has no effect, and similarly for my maximum ...
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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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How to use different workspaces on Ubuntu 14.04? [duplicate]

I heard something about having multiple work spaces on Ubuntu 14.04 and was curious about it.
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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 ...
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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 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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Workspace switcher keyboard shortcuts for left and right workspaces not responding

I'm running Ubuntu 12.04 64-bit (running as a VM on VMWare Player). The keyboard shortcut for Workspace switcher indicates that Ctrl+Alt+ arrow keys switches to the desired workspace. While 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 do I move applications from one workspace to another [closed]

I'm using 11.10 - please can someone let me know how can I move programs from one workspace to another. I'm used to the Gnome-2 style - is there a way to achieve something similar in 11.10?
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Position at center workspace when login?

I have setup 3x3 workspace switcher, and I want to position in the center one by default. Is it possible?
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Turning off the transition animation when changing workspaces in GNOME2

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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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 ...
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Fast, lightweight alternative to Compiz' Expo Plugin?

Are there any fast, lightweight alternatives to Compiz' Expo Plugin (which are compatible with / capable of running alongside Unity & Compiz) in standard Ubuntu? I'm looking for sth that's almost ...
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How should I handle multiple monitors when I regularly connect and disconnect different monitors and projectors

I'm moving from a macbook pro (with MacOSX) to a lenovo T430 running ubuntu 12.10. I use the laptop for work, and work from home regularly. I have an external 30" monitor at home, an external 23" ...
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Can't move windows to lower or upper workspace

Ever since I upgraded to Ubuntu 13.10, I can't move workspaces to upper or lower workspace using the Ctrl + Alt + Shift + Up/Down arrow. I am able to move them right or left. I can even move them ...
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How to configure workspace layout?

I have moved from Maverick to Oneiric and my workspace configuration changed from one row of five workspaces to two rows of two workspaces each. It looks like in Oneiric there was a migration for ...
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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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Auto switch workspaces

I have several monitoring applications that we would like to project using a projector in the IT area of our office. One of the apps is a Java application (so auto switching tabs in a browser will ...
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How to move windows between workspaces using the mouse?

From a SO question I found out that Ctrl + Shift + Alt + Arrow can move windows to another workspace. Is there a way of doing that with the mouse?
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How can I prevent programs from switching workspaces?

I want to prevent programs from switching workspaces. If I'm working in one workspace and a program in another workspace has a dialog box come up, it interrupts whatever I'm doing. Similarly, if I ...
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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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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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How to keep a window from overlapping into another workspace?

It's annoying to me how if a window is even a couple pixels off the right edge of my screen, when I switch to that right workspace, the system thinks that the window is there. The unity launcher bar ...
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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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Additional Workspaces

Since upgrading to 13.10, am I now limited to just 4 workspaces? Do I have to network two computers to get the 6 workspaces I had been using 13.04? Or is that only available with a 32 bit system ...
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How to stop circular switching of workspaces in Xubuntu?

I started using Xubuntu. There is one thing that is annoying me a bit. I use a 2 X 2 layout for workspaces. 1 | 2 ------- 3 | 4 When I was using Gnome, hitting Ctrl+Alt+Up on workspace 1 did ...
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Key combination to switch between an application's windows in all of viewports

Alt-` is used to switch between an application's windows in the current viewport in Unity. Is there another key combination to switch between an application's windows in all of viewports? I do not ...
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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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How to remove unity 2d workspace animation?

Unity 2d's workspace animation runs very slowly on my old graphics card. How do you disable them?
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How to make a new window open in the same workspace where I opened it?

I open some application and immediately switch to another workspace since it takes some time to open. When it opens, I want it to open in the workspace where I opened it, not in the workspace where I ...
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How to change key bindings for switching workspaces in gnome3?

I know that you can go into the System Settings->Keyboard->Shortcuts and change the bindings for switching between workspaces in the Navigation tab, but this isn't working for me. I can change many ...
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Send Maximized Window to Another Workspace

This context menu: is available on right click only if window is not maximized. Is there a way to do this when window is maximized?
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How to move windows to another workspace without switching workspace?

XFCE supports a hotkey to move a window to another workspace. In fact this does two things: It moves the window to the new workspace. switches to this workspace. I'm trying to disable this ...
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Automatically switch to workspace with active application

I currently have 4 workspaces. If I have a pidgin chat window open on one workspace that is currently not active and I get a message in that already open chat window, I want do be able to click on the ...
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How to watch a video on every workspace?

I was wondering if there was an application or something that would allow me to view a workspace in the corner of another workspace? For example if I had a video playing on one workspace, I'd be able ...
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If I am on workspace 1, is there a way to hide the unity buttons from running programs on workspace 2 from showing up on workspace 1?

I'm making a keyboard shortcut to go from the porn-workspace I'm using back to Workspace 1 in a pinch, but it does me no good if unity toolbar is full of "Image Viewer" and porn sites or movie player. ...
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How can I show workspace names in unity?

I have found that the number of workspaces is read from metacitys configuration which also has workspace names. I want to show them.
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What is the use of the workspaces?

I was wondering what use are the workspaces at all, if any. I notice that when I switch to another workspace, all the apps still show in the unity bar and all the icons are still present in the ...