In the recent versions of Ubuntu, workspaces are disabled by default. Is there a specific reason for this.

I know how to enable them, but I wish to know the reason why the developers choose to disable them by default.

  • Speculation: because most people do not use them and because it could be considered an advanced feature. By the way: we do NOT have workspaces anymore; we have viewports (a workspace would be a table top where 4 workspaces equals to 4 tabletops. 4 viewports are ONE tabletop where you have 1 area of 1 tabletop active.
    – Rinzwind
    May 14 '15 at 13:52

The workspace switcher is disabled by default in Ubuntu 13.04, according to feature request.

Please see following bug for explanations

This change request is now summarized in a google doc, see https://docs.google.com/a/canonical.com/document/d/1cbPd9WSSbFHg4Z7BSOQxDKusMe2aJjj0FEF2AMxNOZM/edit#

----------------------------------------- Workspace switcher should not be in the Launcher by default.

  • The workspace switcher should not be in the Launcher by default (both on fresh installs and upgrades)

  • Dragging and dropping the workspace switcher into the Trash should remove the icon from the Launcher and disable workspaces

  • It should be possible to drag and drop the workspace icon to place it into any position in the Launcher

  • If the workspace switcher is not present in the Launcher, all other workspace functions and touchpoints on the desktop should be disabled. These touchpoints are:

-- The Alt+Space window accessibility menu -- The 'right click on window title bar' menu -- The workspace shortcuts listed in the SUPER key keyboard shortcuts overlay -- All workspace related keyboard shortcuts

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    It probably will attract more upvotes if you would include some of the arguments/rationales from the link.
    – Rinzwind
    May 14 '15 at 13:55
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    This doesn't have an explanation why as much as a description of the feature request.
    – neuronet
    May 31 '16 at 13:10

I think it is for people who have no idea of concepts such as workspaces.

Have you ever seen a new user accidentally switch workspaces and become totally lost? Besides, it's easy to turn them back on if you know how to use them.


  • Since I use an external monitor, I don't use workspace anymore
    – solsTiCe
    Oct 3 '16 at 14:20

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