Using Workspaces in Gnome 3

Workspaces in Gnome environment are the way to keep your windows organized.

You have been in a situation when you open a few windows and you did not see your desktop because of that.

That is not the major problem, bigger problem is that you got lost in all that windows.

And that is why workspaces are made, basically they are virtual desktops and you can set number of workspaces in your Gnome 3 Environment.

This feature is available on Gnome for a long time, and Windows didn’t have it until now.


Now, lets see some examples.

I will use Debian 7 Wheezy in this tutorial and it should be the same on every Linux distribution with Gnome installed.

Using Workspaces in Gnome 3

Switching Workspaces

First go to Activities option in the top left corner.

You will see your opened windows thumbnails arranged on screen, and workspaces on the right side.


Another way to open Activities screen is to press Super button on your keyboard (the key with Windows logo).


If you want to go directly to another workspace, you can do that by pressing Ctrl+Alt+Arrow key on your keyboard.

This way you can shift between workspaces with ease.


Moving Windows Between Workspaces

When you want to move window to another workspace, you can do that by clicking right click on Title Bar and choose option you want.

There are a few options available when moving windows:

  • Always on Visible Workspace – Shows current window on every workspace you
  • Only on This Workspace – Shows current window only on active workspace
  • Move to Workspace Down – Moves current window on workspace down
  • Move to Workspace Up – Moves current window on workspace up

Note: By default, option Only on This Workspace is checked


You can move window to another workspace with a shortcut.

Use Ctrl+Shift+Alt+Arrow key

Its much easier to do that with a shortcut.

Thats it!

Little school of Gnome Workspaces is done, you can now try it yourself.

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