I'm trying to change the number of workspaces on my Ubuntu 12.04 with Gnome from a terminal. It's easily done by right clicking on the workspaces preview in the panel, but I would like to be able to do it from a shell script.

My guess is to go through some gsettings org.gnome. command, but so far I've been unable to find the proper schema and associated key to do that.

Would anyone have a tip ?

Thanks in advance for the answers !


To get the number of workspaces you can use:

gsettings get org.gnome.desktop.wm.preferences num-workspaces

To change the number of workspaces to 8 for example you can use:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.preferences num-workspaces 8
  • Great, that does it all ! I had a look at org.gnome.desktop, but I didn't look all the way down to vm :/ Thanks a lot Radu ! – Cyril C. Dec 6 '13 at 12:39

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