How to add more workspaces in Unity?

  • TND

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

    How can I add rows/columns to my workspaces? I would prefer a method which doesn't involve CCSM.

  • Answers
  • doug

    The number of desktops options is non-functional & has been for quite some time so just leave alone (it shouldn't even be there anymore & as of my current install isn't

  • jokerdino

    I don't know why you don't want to use CCSM. Anyway, there is indeed an alternative to CCSM to adjust the number of rows/columns in the workspaces. Install gconf-editor either from the software center or through the terminal using this command: sudo apt-get install gconf-editor

    And as the picture depicts, you can edit the hsize and vsize of the workspace you have.

    Alternatively, you can change the number of workspaces through terminal.

    Go to the dash and open the Terminal. To change the number of rows, type the following command, changing the final number to the number you wish. Press Enter.

    gconftool-2 --type=int --set /apps/compiz-1/general/screen0/options/vsize 2

    To change the number of columns, type the following command, changing the final number to the number you wish. Press Enter.

    gconftool-2 --type=int --set /apps/compiz-1/general/screen0/options/hsize 2

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  • sergio91pt

    I've never been a "workspace user" but now I'm starting to feel the need to separate my work..

    Is it possible, on unity, to only show apps on the running on the current workspace?

    An example of what I'm looking for would be:

    1. Firefox is running on workspace 1.
    2. I'm on the 2nd and click on Firefox.
    3. I get a new window instead of being sent back to the first workspace.

    I think this something similar was possible on classic gnome and maybe it works for unity too, however I don't remember how.

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  • fossfreedom


    Raring has had a number of improvements in this area which should improve the workflow for someone using multiple workspaces.

    Lets look at some examples:

    In this example you can see that I have Firefox and Terminal open in different workspaces - with firefox open in two instances on separate workspaces:


    Look closely at the Launcher:


    Firefox is shown with a full pip - thats the arrow shown. It only shows one since this is the only one running in this workspace.

    The terminal pip is a narrow version indicating that its running in a different workspace. Thus you get an instant indication of BOTH applications running in the workspace as well as possible other applications running.

    If you had two instances of firefox running in the workspace you would have two pips.


    To create another instance of Firefox on another workspace, right-click and choose one of the first two options shown:


    To flip between different instances, choose from the window title shown in the right-click quicklist.

  • Jorge Castro

    Press Shift+Alt+up to scale affect all apps open on current workspace

    Press Super+w to scale affect all apps open on all workspaces.

  • Sean Fitzpatrick

    As far as opening another instance of a running program in a new workspace goes, you can just middle-click on the icon instead of left-clicking - but I don't think there's any way to hide applications running on another workspace at the moment. Maybe this is a feature you could request by filing a wishlist bug?