Can I change number of workspaces if I don't use Workspace Switcher applet?

Asked by Konstantin Konev

I don't find Workspace Switcher very useful on panel with autohiding on. That's why I removed it.
Recently, I decided to add more workspaces but could not find obvious way to do it. So I was forced to do strange procedure of putting Workspace Switcher, using it's Preferences to add more workspaces and immediately removing that applet afterwards.
Is there a better way to reach Workspaces Manage for people, who removed Workspace Switcher?

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Mario Tomljenović (tomljenovicmario) said :

If you use Compiz, you can change the number of workspaces in System -->Preferences -->Simple Compiz Config Settings Manager -->Desktop.

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Tom Hurd (thurd) said :

On the command line you can run this to set to 5 workspaces:
gconftool-2 --set /apps/metacity/general/num_workspaces --type=int 5

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Konstantin Konev (skfd) said :

What I really want to ask is if you can manage Workspaces in "System --> Preferences", with no Simple Compiz Config Settings Manager installed or gconf tricks. If you can't — probably, a bug should be reported.

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Tom Hurd (thurd) said :

You can change the num_workspaces setting by running gconf-editor from a command line, navigate to apps -> metacity -> general and set the value there. I don't know of any application that is in the default menu bar that will allow you to change the number of workspaces. My guess is that most people use the workspace switcher applet.

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