I use GNOME Classic. There is no Ctrl+Alt+Left/Right shortcut in System Settings -> Keyboard -> Shortcuts.

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It should be configured somewhere else. But where?


Remove the default keybinding using the following commands

 gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.keybindings switch-to-workspace-left "['']"
 gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.keybindings switch-to-workspace-right "['']"
  • Using gnome-shell on Arch, and this is the only answer that worked for me. – Cheezmeister Jun 1 '14 at 20:34
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    Had to do this in order to use this shortcut for other apps in ubuntu 18.04. Note that in ubuntu 18.04 (today 2018-05-22) there is no left or right workspace by default and there is no way to configure this shortcut via graphical settings – Qlimax May 22 '18 at 8:38
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    On recent gnome-shell is not possible to have left and right workspaces but keybinding is still active (and clashing with Intellij IDEA defaults). – Giovanni Toraldo Dec 4 '18 at 11:12

In my system, those configs are available in System Settings -> Keyboard. Please double-check.

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If those aren't available, you can try add them with gconf-editor. If you use Metacity, simply go to /apps/metacity/global_keybindings and add the corresponding values:

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If you use Compiz, you can follow the steps provided by @ams

  • I don't have these items, see my screenshot – geevee Nov 23 '11 at 12:53
  • updated, i hope it helps – Salem Nov 23 '11 at 14:17

CompizConfig Setting Manager (it's not installed by default though).

Then go to "Desktop Wall Plugin", and it's on the "Bindings" tab.

That's assuming you are using Unity (full 3D), or (edit) Gnome with effects enabled.

  • No, I'm not using Unity, I am using GNOME Classic. – geevee Nov 23 '11 at 12:54
  • Sorry, I missed a few words I meant to type .... I'll correct it above. – ams Nov 23 '11 at 12:57

open gconf-editor.

Go to /apps/metacity/global keybindings and change the values according to my screenshot:enter image description here

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