I want to set a desired number of workspaces in Ubuntu MATE 16.04, please help.

  • Do you currently have workspace switcher on the panel?
    – user300458
    Apr 28, 2016 at 23:58

2 Answers 2


Install Compiz Config setting manager

sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager

And Workspaces is on General Settings named as Desktop Size

Compiz manager

General view

Desktop Size tab to the right

Type in desired layout


Left click on the workspace switcher and select Preferences.

  • The answer is probably good, however you should improve it by adding a bit more details. Especially a screenshot would be a good idea. Moreover, I suggest you use Italic, not UPPERCASE, to write menu entries. May 13, 2016 at 17:24
  • Helped me on Debian Mate (with right click on workspaces grid instead left click). I have no idea why I didn't noticed beforehand, that workspaces switch is an applet and can be configured that way...
    – ankhzet
    Jun 14, 2017 at 9:41

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