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How can I reduce or increase the number of workspaces in Unity?

How can I change the number of workspaces in workspace switcher using ubuntu 11.10. In ubuntu 10 there was an opportunity to set other size than 2x2. I prefer 3x3 workspaces, how can I reach this in ubuntu 11.10.


You can install and launch the Compiz Config Settings Manager (if you do this from the terminal, the command is ccsm).

The english version of the button you have to click will probably be called "General Options": enter image description here

There is a tab probably called "Desktop Size". There you can change the number of rows and columns of the workspaces. enter image description here

Changing those value to 4 / 2 instead of 2 / 2 results in this: enter image description here

  • This doesn't change anything for me. I think I remember that unity overrides this. – Christoph Nov 10 '11 at 8:59
  • Well it does change for me: 11.10, unity (3D version). So I have no idea why it does not change it for you... – xubuntix Nov 10 '11 at 9:01
  • Interesting. I'm running the same. Do you have to logout/in or something? If I just change it in ccsm, I see no effect, still got 4 desktops. – Christoph Nov 10 '11 at 9:04
  • sorry, no. no logout (though I closed ccsm after the change, but I have no clue if that does the trick). I added a screenshot "proof" :-) – xubuntix Nov 10 '11 at 9:06
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    Christoph - if you are using unity-2d then it's set in gconf, (gconf-editor), /apps/metacity/general/num_workspaces. Though be aware that atm unity-2d will only use 2 vertical – doug Nov 10 '11 at 17:50

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