Using Ubuntu 21.04 with pure Gnome Shell 3.38.

Consider this example scenario: I have 2 workspaces open, workspace-1 and workspace-2. In workspace-2, the Gedit app is open. In workspace-1, the Gedit app is not open.

While in workspace-1, I enter Nautilus app and double-click on a saved Gedit text file. Gedit opens the file but auto-moves to workspace-2 to present the opened file. WTHeck! Why isn't it opening Gedit in the workspace I am in? What is the point of workspaces if you can't create the stuff you want to work with in that workspace?

  • Sounds like it might be a bug in 21.04. I am using GNOME 3.36 in 20.04 and I can't seem to duplicate your issue.
    – Terrance
    Oct 30, 2021 at 4:01
  • Not a bug, but how it works/is designed: by default the new file is opened in an existing instance. Still, I agree that for users who which to separate workspaces it is desired to have a new window opened in the current workspace. There might be tricks to change that behaviour, so useful question indeed!
    – vanadium
    Oct 30, 2021 at 12:03
  • @vanadium Well, if it is not a bug, then it would be useful for the OP to file one anyways for a feature if this cannot be done in the newer version.
    – Terrance
    Oct 31, 2021 at 5:10
  • @Terrance Interesting! Indeed, in 20.04, it behaves differently, the way you describe and the OP wants!
    – vanadium
    Oct 31, 2021 at 11:56
  • Interesting answer here, likely pinpointing where this behaviour may have been changed in recent gedit versions: askubuntu.com/questions/75671/…
    – vanadium
    Oct 31, 2021 at 12:14

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This behaviour has been added with the migration to Wayland only, instead of keeping support for X11, as discussed here.

But because this has been bugging me too, and I still use X11, I reverted the commits in question: Similar as here explained, you need to revert commits C1, C2 and finally, most importantly C3.

My patchfile for Gedit 40.1 you can find in my Gentoo overlay.

  • Same issue here. Ubuntu 22.04, gedit 41.0. Even if I set <pre>gsettings set org.gnome.gedit.preferences.ui show-tabs-mode 'never'</pre> the new window opens in the other worskapce. gedit -s filename works. But it is not a solution in my opinione. Jul 29, 2022 at 7:43

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