Change workspace configuration on Ubuntu 11.10

By default Ubuntu 11.10 with unity interface has a 2×2 workspace, however I am used to have a single row horizontal 4×1 workspace with 4 desktops. I haven’t found any option under settings to change this, but here’s a workaround:

Edit the file ~/.gconf/apps/compiz-1/general/screen0/options/%gconf.xml and add two new gconf entries as follows:

<?xml version=\"1.0\"?>
        <entry name=\"hsize\" mtime=\"1317329603\" type=\"int\" value=\"4\"/>
        <entry name=\"vsize\" mtime=\"1317329604\" type=\"int\" value=\"1\"/>

Edit the hsize and vsize values to fit your needs :)

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2 Responses to Change workspace configuration on Ubuntu 11.10

  1. Keith says:

    Thanks for showing the straight-to-the-source method. The GUI way is to install CompizConfig Settings Manager (sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager), start it up, click “General Options”, click the “Desktop Size” tab, and then change the vertical size or horizontal size as necessary.

  2. Andrew says:

    Keith, thanks for leaving that comment! Having already installed CCSM for a couple other tweaks (I just moved to 11.10 today, been doing a lot of ownership-taking) I went with your approach and had it the way I wanted it (4×1) in a manner of seconds. At most 1/3 the time it took me to type this comment.

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