I already tried to right click on workspace switcher, but it doesn't show anything.


You can do that with Compiz. To install, just press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open Terminal. When it opens, run the command(s) below:

sudo apt-get install compiz compizconfig-settings-manager compiz-plugins

Once installed, run the program, and navigate to Window Management --> Workspace Naming, and change the names to whatever you want.

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I just installed using the command above on 14.04, and 16.04, and it works.

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  • Does not work in 14.04 LTS: ibin.co/2hnS9jImQN0n.png – blueFast May 20 '16 at 11:05
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    Did you install using the whole command mentioned in the answer? I just installed on 14.04 & 16.04, and it works on both. Let me know. – Mitch May 20 '16 at 11:15
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    compiz-plugins was missing. Now it works! Thanks! – blueFast May 20 '16 at 12:31
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    In order to get this to work in 17.04, I had to restart X Window server after changing the names. – ijoseph Jul 20 '17 at 15:22
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    Is there a way to display the workspace name when using workspace switcher? (So I can see easily which is which, before switching) – JS Lavertu Jul 24 '18 at 15:22

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