Is it possible to change the number of workspaces/desktops? If not, is it planned? Thanks!

Asked by Ricky Brent on 2011-05-17


I was trying out Unity 2d because my laptop was getting bad performance with Unity 3d, but I like having more workspaces. Unity 2d only shows 4, the same default as 3d, but while you can increase that via CCSM in 3d, I wasn't able to find the option in 2d.

I was curious if adding support for more workspaces exists (and I wasn't looking in the right places), or, if not, was planned later on or not.


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Best Ugo Riboni (uriboni) said : #1

You can change the number of workspaces for now only by using gconf-editor and changing the value of the key /apps/metacity/general/num_workspaces

This will work but please notice that the unity-2d spread is not optimized yet for supporting more than 4 workspaces so there may be cases when they are not optimally displayed in the workspaces switcher. They will still work but perhaps not look as good as they should.

Ricky Brent (rickybrent) said : #2

Thanks Ugo Riboni, that solved my question.

Phil-ganchev (phil-ganchev) said : #3

Unfortunately, that does not work for me. When I change the value to 2, and change the focus to another widget in the Gnome Configuration Editor, it reverts back to 4.

Gerry Boland (gerboland) said : #4

the editor is a bit buggy, but it does work. Alternatively can do

gconftool-2 -s -t int /apps/metacity/general/num_workspaces 4

from command line, changing 4 to suit.

Phil-ganchev (phil-ganchev) said : #5

Thanks, I found that answer too, and it does work. Should I post a bug report for the editor?

Gerry Boland (gerboland) said : #6

Start here:

I could not find a bug specifically detailing your symptoms, but please look yourself first. If nothing, please log the bug at hte Gnome bugzilla. Ubuntu doesn't deal with bugs for that project.