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I have just upgraded to Ubuntu 17.10 and found out there is no option to have 2 by 2 workspaces. I was able to configure 4 "static" workspaces using GNOME Tweak Tool, but I would like to have them in 2 rows by 2. Any ideas?

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After you have disabled "dynamic" workspaces using (GNOME) Tweaks and enabled "static" ones (with a fixed number, 4 in this case), install a GNOME extension called Workspace Grid. It

Arranges workspaces in a configurable grid.
Also:

  • implements keybindings for left/right workspace navigation (up/down are already implemented)
  • updates workspaces sidebar with grid configuration (use Remove Workspaces Sidebar if you don't want it).

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From the extension's preferences you will be able to set your preferred layout (e.g. 2x2, 2x3, 3x3 etc.).

You may see its GitHub page for more detailed info.


Officially it doesn't support GNOME v3.26 yet, but it should work fine. Otherwise, you may be able to make it work adding "3.26" to its metadata.json file.

Update from the asker:
It worked out of the box without changing anything. Even my old custom shortcuts worked.

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    Thanks. You saved me. It worked out of the box without changing anything. Even my old custom shortcuts worked. – Juraj.Lorinc Oct 19 '17 at 18:34
  • The instructions of this plugin say Open gnome-tweak-tool, go to “Shell Extensions”, “Install Extension” and select the .zip file but for me on the "Extensions" Tab of the tool I did not found this option... – Enrique Moreno Tent Oct 19 '17 at 22:59
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    @EnriqueMorenoTent You're right, it seems that feature is removed from Tweaks. Please try to install directly from it's homepage. You can also extract the zip at ~/.local/share/gnome-shell/extensions. – pomsky Oct 19 '17 at 23:24
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    It didn't work out of the box for me on a fresh ubuntu 18.04. I had to also install gome-tweak-tools and configure 4 static workspaces there so I got the full grid. Workspace Grid does not (yet) support switching from dynamic to static workspaces so you need both extensions. – swenzel Jul 3 '18 at 7:26
  • @swenzel That part is already assumed, see the question: "I was able to configure 4 "static" workspaces using GNOME Tweak Tool..." (it was wrongly written as "stacked" instead of "static" due to an edit by another user). – pomsky Jul 3 '18 at 10:58

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