I recently upgraded from Ubuntu 10.10 to 11.04. Everything works well except the workspaces refuse to form more than one row and I'm use to working with a 2x2 grid. The dimensionality of the workspace settings is reflected in the "desktop expo" behaviour obtained from the button in the unity dock, but is not in the Ctrl-Alt- switching. See screenshot:


Neither the compiz settings (general options) nor indicator-workspaces seem to be able to properly fix this. From reading around, most other people are not having this issue.

Has anyone got some ideas on what has gone wrong and how to fix it?
(n.b. that I'm using Unity 2D)

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There is a workaround:

First of all, install the following package:

sudo apt-get install gnome-panel
  1. Then, launch a terminal and run the command gnome-panel.
  2. Look for the old style workspace icons. By default, it's located at lower right corner.
  3. Right click on it and choose Preferences.
  4. Set the number of rows, in your case, to 2.
  5. Your should get the new workspace changes. Close the window.
  • For this to work, you need to install the gnome-panel package and dependencies that include the packages gnome-applets and gnome-session-fallback, but once you've done that, it works fine. +1
    – Simon
    Mar 1, 2012 at 1:03
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    For future reference this still works in 12.04 for those that need to alter the workspace layout in Unity 2D.
    – Maks
    May 29, 2012 at 2:55

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