Questions tagged [workspaces]

A tool for multitasking in Ubuntu giving users several virtual desktops. Questions on setting up, turning off, customizing and working with workspaces are appropriate.

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Super (Win button) + mouse scrolling won't switch desktop/workspace

When I was on wayland I used to switch desktop/workspaces by pressing the Super key and by scrolling with the mouse wheel. How to enable that behaviour in x11? Combinations like Super + Alt left + ...
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A big set of workspaces is not well accessible [closed]

Reproduce issue: Fill up to 30 (or more) workspaces The expected behavior: I'm able to quickly access every single workspace when entering into the dock mode Actual behavior: A big part of ...
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How to disable multiple workspaces on Ubuntu 22.04?

I would like to have only 1 workspace on ubuntu. How to do it?
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Amazon Workspaces Client not working on 22.04

I have the official Amazon client, and I have been using it for years. When I upgraded to 22.04, the client began to crash on every launch. It seems to be an error with OpenSSL $ ./workspacesclient ...
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Can I map a shortcut to move to the previous workspace?

Is there a way to map a shortcut to go to the previously visited workspace?
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How to hide the workspaces from the app picker?

So, basically, I don't want the workspaces to show in the applications menu (app picker?) window. They're already there when I click activities, so I don't need the redundancy. Solutions? I imagine I ...
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How to get a grid of workspaces in Ubuntu 22.04?

In previous Ubuntu-releases, gnome shell extension could be used to get a grid of workspaces. 20.10, 18.04, ... Up to now, these extensions are not available for Ubuntu 22.04. Is there a way to get a ...
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Switch workspace on dual monitor 22.04

I run Ubuntu 22.04 on a dual monitor setup. When I switch workspace only my main-monitor is switching. I want both to switch. On older releases there was and option in gnome-tweaks to turn this ...
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Defaulting to or Persisting "Always on Visible Workspace"

How do I make the "Always on Visible Workspace" option persist across Suspend, login, and reboot? I use this option daily with the same few app windows. The "AoVW" option resets to ...
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How to move Ubuntu top bar to primary monitor (Ubuntu 20.04)?

How does one move the Ubuntu top bar (and also the alt-tab and workspaces popups) to the primary monitor? I have managed to get the Ubuntu dock to the primary monitor by fiddling with dconf. ...
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Workspace Matrix suddenly stopped working

This morning I woke up to start my Ubuntu 20.04 laptop, and all of a sudden my 2x2 workspace matrix became a column with 4 rows. My anger to this random change aside, the instructions I used the last ...
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How to disable swiping with 3 fingers from popping up a Virtual Desktop configuration window?

On a fresh Xubuntu 20.04 LTS installation with Chicago95, I've created 4 virtual desktops. When I swipe across my laptop trackpad with 3 fingers, a window for configuring my Workspaces shows up, ...
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xfce - Start a window on the workspace where the process is run

Most of the time I open a window from a virtual terminal on a workspace, say W1, via a shell. For instance zsh% libreoffice document.odt & Sometimes it can take a few seconds before the window ...
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(Ubuntu 20.04 LTS) Assign first workspace to secondary monitor in GNOME?

Is it possible to assign the first workspace to the secondary monitor, so that all windows in the first workspace appear on the secondary monitor, and all other workspaces appear on the primary ...
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(Ubuntu 20.04 LTS) Shortcut to switch focus between monitors in GNOME?

Is there a keyboard shortcut to switch the focus between monitors in GNOME on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS? I do not want to have to move the cursor between monitors, or Alt-Tab to the window on the other monitor....
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Disable multitouch

I have a kiosk system, input is via a touchscreen, OS is Ubuntu 20.04 with Gnome. It is currently possible to switch workspaces with a 4 finger swipe, which I want to prevent. Either by disabling ...
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How to manage switching between 4K monitor versus 1080p monitor --- profiles ? workspaces?

How are people managing using same Ubuntu 20.04 computer when using a 1080p monitor then later using a 4K monitor ? Its a pain to spend time tweaking the apps to handle this transition ... does Ubuntu ...
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How to make workspace in 2 dimensional layout in Ubuntu 21.10?

Similar to this post: make workspace 2x2 on Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS I am unable to see any option for mix of horizontal & vertical workspace arrangement. How to do it?
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Ubuntu Budgie: Is there a way to show a window in all workspaces?

In most desktop environments, you can set a window to be visible in all workspaces or virtual desktops. I can not find this option in Ubuntu Budgie: Is it possible? If not officially supported, are ...
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Move Workspaces Overview to Top in GNOME (like MacOS)

I'm wondering if there's a way to move the Workspaces Overview (GNOME) to the top, like in MacOS. If you don't know what I mean by "workspaces overview," I'm talking about when you go into ...
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cannot use keybinding for move-to-workspace-9/10 with parentleft/parentright

Ubuntu 20.04.3 LTS Gnome 3.36.8 tried: gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.keybindings move-to-workspace-9 "[\"<Shift><Super>parenleft\"]" gsettings set org.gnome....
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compizconfig messes up everything on linux vm

I wanted to prevent automatic workspace switching to the one with a webdriver program with an active browser window, which kept preventing me from doing any work even from a different workspace. All ...
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Moving window of same application to different ubuntu workspace

I'm new to Ubuntu, and I'd like to find out how to move one Chrome window to another workspace. So far I've seen links that talk about moving different applications to different workspaces. Could ...
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Switching between workspaces does not refresh the view

When I switch from one workspace to another, the second workspace will have a view of one of the applications of the previous workspace painted on it, I can not interact with this view! If you wish, ...
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How to rename workspaces on Ubuntu 20.04

I decided today to use workspaces on Ubuntu 20.04. I see that every workspace I create is named: Workspace 1, Workspace 2, etc. Is there a way to rename that to meaningful names such as Study, Video, ...
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How to Move WorkSpace windows? How to move Show Applications?

I am new to Ubuntu, Mostly work off Manjaro. I am trying to move the WorkSpace Menu to either the tool bar or to the far left of the screen when it comes up underneath the activities bar? Is this ...
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Hide workspace sidebar

If I set a multiple (dynamic) workspaces option in gnome, the sidebar of an empty workspace doesn't hide until I open a window, a folder, or something. However, the open sidebar hides some desktop ...
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Where is task manager / task switcher configuration stored in a system with LXQT + Openbox?

I am using LUbuntu 20.04, which comes with LXQT + Openbox. I am searching for the config files to see why my task switcher is showing all applications in all desktops instead of only applications from ...
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Task switcher on Lubuntu 20.04 showing all tasks instead of task from current workspace

I am using Lubuntu 20.04.03 LTS (Ubuntu + LXQT, bassically), fresh install. I can configure Task Manager to show only windows from current desktop (workspace), but the task switcher still shows ...
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Updated windows always on top in all workspaces

I'm running 21.04 and Xorg. I use multiple workspaces a lot. There are certain apps whose windows end up at the top of the Alt+Tab list in every workspace whenever certain events occur. An app that ...
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Bind "workspace down" and "workspace up" to mouse buttons using Xbindkeys on Ubuntu 20.04

The standard shortcut to switch workspaces are Ctrl+Alt+Pgdown or Ctrl+Alt+Pgup and I want to bind these commands to buttons in my mouse. Therefore, I can achieve what I want using xbindkeys and ...
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After upgrading (!?) to Ubuntu 20.04.3 Workspaces effects only one (of two) monitors

I'm a happy user of Workspaces. I upgraded to Ubuntu 20.04.3 and appear to have broken Workspaces. I have 2 monitors. When I click "Activities" or , I enter the Workspaces switcher. I have (...
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How to prevent Gedit from opening a launched file in an instance on another workspace

Using Ubuntu 21.04 with pure Gnome Shell 3.38. Consider this example scenario: I have 2 workspaces open, workspace-1 and workspace-2. In workspace-2, the Gedit app is open. In workspace-1, the Gedit ...
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Work spaces naming is not working

This one is ground to dust all around, but I still cant get it to work. All I want is to name my work spaces in Ubuntu. what is the easiest way to get this to work? I'm running 20.04LTS on a T14 Gen1 ...
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Difference in different application opening and workspace

I have 2 questions related to launching applications Ubuntu 20.04. When opening system applications like gnome-terminal, if another application or window is focused then the opening window is opened ...
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Cannot install the original GNOME DE on my PC

A few months ago I really needed a way to arrange icons on my desktop (or something similar, I can't distinctly remember), but I was not able to do it on the original desktop. I searched a little ...
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20.04: Is it possible to lock the workspaces panel "out?"

I have a 27" x 2K monitor so plenty of viewing area. Is there some way I can lock the workspace panel in the out position? Currently I have to Tap the "Super" Move the mouse to the ...
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How to disable the super+S shortcut on Unity?

I am running Ubuntu Unity 20.04, and I would like to fiddle a bit with the keyboard shortcuts so that they match my other machine (a Windows 10 laptop). Specifically, I would like, as an endgoal, to ...
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21.10: switch between 3 and 4 finger swipe to change workspace

In 20.04 in Gnome desktop on Wayland I can swipe with four fingers to initiate a switch between workspaces, but in 21.10 I have to use three fingers. Is there a way to choose between a 3 or 4 finger ...
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Can I create two "independent workspaces" with the same hardware/laptop on different SSDs? [duplicate]

I have one laptop with two SSD slots. I'm considering buying an SSD for the second slot to create "two independent workspaces" with the same hardware/laptop. The OS (both Ubuntu), ...
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Different background for each workspace

In the past, setting the different backgrounds for each desktop was rather an easy thing to do. I have not tried that for the past 2 years, and now I have been struggling for a few days to find a way ...
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Remapping gaming mouse buttons to key combinations

I have Razer Deathadder Elite gaming mouse. I wanted to remap its two side buttons so that I would be able to switch between workspaces. I have seen this: Remapping mouse buttons to keyboard keys, but ...
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How to switch workspace by scrolling mouse pointer over ubuntu-dock

I can't seem to be able to switch workspace by scrolling mouse wheel when the mouse pointer is over the dock for Ubuntu 20.04. To switch workspace by mouse scrolling over the dock: org.gnome.shell....
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hotkey to toggle between workspaces [duplicate]

I want to toggle between two workspaces , ctr + alt + up/down doesn't suit me, because it requires two hands and I would prefer just a toggle hotkey like alt + ` or something to use with left hand. ...
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How to save and restore workspace in Ubuntu 20.04?

I tried using the extension Auto move windows but it didn't help my requirement. Soon after i turn off and turn on my laptop again, the workspace and the applications I opened prior are all gone. I ...
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Confusion regarding workspace-related shortcuts on 20.04

The problem I am trying to understand some odd behavior linked to keyboard shortcuts, specifically around workspaces. The shortcut list in setting says that: Shift+Super+Page-up/down moves the ...
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Switch workspaces individually on each monitor on Ubuntu 20.04

Since it has been so many years since this was asked - Switch workspaces individually on each monitor, I wanted to revive it. In Ubuntu 20.04, is there finally a way that one could switch workspaces ...
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GNOME hotkey for both workspaces and launcher?

In Ubuntu 20.10, the super key would open the "show all windows" workspace view, and also allow me to type an application name to launch (ie. "launcher" functionality). Now in 21....
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Cannot see Workplace Switcher in the Activities screen in Ubuntu 20.04 with Gnome Shell

I am dual-booting Ubuntu 20.04 with windows on my laptop. The Workspace switcher panel usually present on the right side in the activities or launchpad screen is completely gone. I can still use Ctrl+...
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Workspace switcher shortcut priority

I am using Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and I am using a lot the navigation shortcuts to switch workspace on Unity (Ctrl+Alt+Arrows for me). Since a recent update, it seems that the priorities of the shortcuts ...
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