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 instead of 64?

I've been looking at other distros that do have multiple workspaces, but they lack the software I use most.

If the additional workspaces will no longer be available, I may have to back up to 13.04 and stay there.

  • in my 13.10 installation (64 bit) I am able to get more than 4 workspaces (using unity tweak tools). also if you want Ubuntu but not unity you could install other desktop environments, they also change the workspace behavior
    – Wouter
    Nov 2, 2013 at 16:47
  • in xubuntu you can get up to 100 ws
    – enzotib
    Nov 2, 2013 at 16:50

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9 workspaces for you

gsettings set org.compiz.core:/org/compiz/profiles/unity/plugins/core/ vsize 3
gsettings set org.compiz.core:/org/compiz/profiles/unity/plugins/core/ hsize 3


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    These are 2 command-lines to use with the terminal; first line to get 3 workspaces vertically and the second line to get 3 workspaces horizontally, so 9 workspaces. If you want only 6 workspaces, change the vsize and hsize values.
    – w_e_b
    Nov 3, 2013 at 16:11
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    Best solution and by far. works on a wide variety of ubuntu versions (just did on a 12.04), does not need to install anything, clear and concise. @w_e_b , my vote is yours !
    – Ar3s
    Oct 20, 2014 at 9:27
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    Did also work for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
    – Theolodis
    Feb 5, 2016 at 7:52
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    Also works perfect on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, thanks.
    – dschu
    Oct 7, 2016 at 11:17
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    Worked nicely for me on 16.04. Note that obviously the workspaces icon in the launcher bar will stop being able to show you which ws you're on as it can only handle 4.
    – JamesBB
    Apr 6, 2017 at 7:05

Unity Tweak Tool will let you go up to 6 workspaces easily.

Just go to Workspace Settings under window Manager here you can set how many horizontal and vertical workspaces you want in the grid.

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    Not sure why, but last time I tried to install this, it did nothing. This time, it worked fine. Thanks. Nov 3, 2013 at 5:28

I will assume by WORKSPACES you mean "virtual desktops"

You can easily set these in CompizConfig

sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager



Navigate to "General Options"

Select Desktop Size. Boom!

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    ubuntu seems to call 'virtual desktops' 'workspaces' for example the 'workspace switcher' in the launcher
    – Wouter
    Nov 2, 2013 at 16:50
  • I have changed the value here and it doesn't change the number of workspaces I have Nov 20, 2015 at 16:34

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