I would like my Dock to show only the windows of the current workspace. Especially in the little preview window. I find it very confusing to jump around workspaces when trying to find the right window.


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Open Terminal and run

gsettings set org.gnome.shell.extensions.dash-to-dock isolate-workspaces true
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    This might work for the dash-to-dock GNOME extension, but does not work on the default dock on Pop!_OS 20.04, presumably the same as on Ubuntu 20.04. Commented Jun 19, 2020 at 15:41
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    @raisinrising I never used Pop OS, but as I understand from their support site, Pop OS doesn't come with any dock pre-installed. The support-page says: "the dock is only visible when the Activities menu is open", but that is actually the GNOME dash, a feature of GNOME Shell, not really a dock per se. And the webpage asks to install Dash to Dock manually to get a fully-fledged dock. So it turns out, in this context, Ubuntu and Pop OS behave quite differently.
    – pomsky
    Commented Jun 19, 2020 at 16:00
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    OMG! Worked instantly! Commented Feb 3, 2021 at 17:43
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    isolate-workspaces should be the default, as people like me use workspaces precisely to isolate bundles of things from each other. Or maybe I'm just missing why other folks may prefer the existing default behaviour (everything shown in the dock, from all workspaces)
    – Deleplace
    Commented Nov 28, 2021 at 21:30
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    Would be nice to be able to specify which apps should be shared and which ones should be isolated.
    – grabantot
    Commented May 25, 2022 at 21:22

If you are using the Dash to Dock extension, you can click on Isolate Workspaces to show the apps running in only the specific workspace.

You can find this option in the Dash to Dock settings:

  1. Go to the Extensions app on your Ubuntu 20.04.
  2. Click on the settings button in front of Dash to Dock.
  3. Then go to Launchers tab and enable Isolate Workspaces.

Here is a screenshot of the Dash to Dock Launchers tab:

Dash to Dock Launchers tab


You may use the 'Workspace Isolated Dash' GNOME extension.

Here you can see more information about this extension, and also install it: https://extensions.gnome.org/extension/887/workspace-isolated-dash/

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    You do this through just a command, no need to install any extension.
    – Heisenberg
    Commented Sep 1, 2020 at 19:31

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