Workspaces can be thought of as virtual screens or desktops which can be used to manage your open programs easily by grouping them together. Each workspace has same panels, menus etc. It’s just that they are separated from each other so that user can segregate his/her work.
For example, I personally keep all my work related windows in one workspace, all messengers, e-mail clients etc. in other and any system backup or upgrade related windows in a separate workspace. In this article, we will discuss how to enable and use workspaces in Ubuntu 13.04.
Workspaces in Ubuntu 13.04 are not enabled by default. You have to enable them explicitly.
Here are the steps :
- Go to system settings
- Next, click on the Appearance icon
- Once there, click on the ‘Behaviour’ tab and you would see a check box for enabling workspaces.
- Just click the check box
- Once done, you will see a workspace icon appearing at the bottom area of the menu on left side of your Ubuntu desktop.
- Click on this and you can see 4 different workspaces
If you are not much experienced with using workspaces then here are a few tips that might help you in working with workspaces :
- Workspaces can be switched both by using mouse and keyboard. Through mouse, just click on the workspace icon (shown in previous section) and you can choose which workspace to switch to. If you want to switch using keyboard then you can use the short-cut ctrl+alt+arrow-keys to switch between workspaces. While using keyboard short-cuts, this is the type of switching screen you will see :
- There are various ways to move windows from one workspace to other. Simplest being drag and drop a window from one workspace to other while in workspace switching mode.
- Then there is another way to move a window from one workspace to another. Make sure that the window is not maximized. Now, right-click at the title bar of the window and you will see many options to switch the window to other workspaces. Use any of them to switch windows between workspaces.
- As can be observed from the above image, you can click “Always on Top” to make sure that this window always remains in foreground in current workspace. You can also click “Always on Visible Workspace” to set this window in foreground in all workspaces.
- You can also use keyboard to switch current window to any other workspace. All you need to do is to press ctrl+alt+shift+arrow-keys. Where arrow-keys determine which workspace to switch the window to. For example, the following screen-shot was taken when I was using this key combination to switch current window from left-top workspace to right-bottom workspace.