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Is there a way in Gnome Shell to define a shortcut that will bring up the Overview such that the Workspace List is already showing and available for clicking -- similar to the viewport selector in Compiz?

Note: I'm using Gnome's terminology for this question.

I have recently (been forcibly) migrated to Gnome 3/Gnome Shell on RHEL7 (from Gnome 2/Compiz on Ubuntu 10). As I can't function without 9 virtual workspaces in a 3x3 layout, the loss of Gnome Panel and Gnome Workspace Switcher has been painful.

However, I've found a number of Extensions/tools that have made the experience tolerable. These include

  • Workspace Grid, which transforms the Workspace List into a 2-D grid (both conceptually and in the Workspace List overlay)
  • dconf-editor, which reveals that keyboard shortcuts can be assigned for instantaneous switching to up to 12 workspaces

All I'm missing now is a quick way to view all of my workspaces at once (a la Compiz) and select any of them with my mouse. (Yes, I can switch to any workspace I want with the keyboard, but sometimes I prefer to use the mouse.)

My current approach is to either

  • bring up the Overview in Windows mode using the "hot corner" or the shortcut org.gnome.desktop.wm.keybindings.panel-main-menu and then move my mouse to the right edge of the screen to un-hide the Workspace List, or
  • bring up the Overview in Applications mode using shortcut org.gnome.shell.keybindings.toggle-application-view shortcut and then hit Esc to reveal both the Windows and Workspace List overlays.

Both of these approaches require more key presses and/or mouse movement than was necessary with Compiz. I did find two other Extensions that almost do what I need:

  • WorkspaceBar, which adds a clickable 1-D workspace selector (but no overview, although the bar does behave like an additional "hot corner")
  • Frippery Bottom Panel, which adds a quasi-2-D workspace selector (but the interface is actually clumsier to use than that of WorkspaceBar, and again no overview)

Any suggestions on how to go straight to the Workspace List overlay?

Is there a way in Gnome Shell to define a shortcut that will bring up the Overview such that the Workspace List is already showing and available for clicking -- similar to the viewport selector in Compiz?

Note: I'm using Gnome's terminology for this question.

I have recently (been forcibly) migrated to Gnome 3/Gnome Shell on RHEL7 (from Gnome 2/Compiz on Ubuntu 10). As I can't function without 9 virtual workspaces in a 3x3 layout, the loss of Gnome Panel and Gnome Workspace Switcher has been painful.

However, I've found a number of Extensions/tools that have made the experience tolerable. These include

  • Workspace Grid, which transforms the Workspace List into a 2-D grid (both conceptually and in the Workspace List overlay)
  • dconf-editor, which reveals that keyboard shortcuts can be assigned for instantaneous switching to up to 12 workspaces

All I'm missing now is a quick way to view all of my workspaces at once (a la Compiz) and select any of them with my mouse. (Yes, I can switch to any workspace I want with the keyboard, but sometimes I prefer to use the mouse.)

My current approach is to either

  • bring up the Overview in Windows mode using the "hot corner" or the shortcut org.gnome.desktop.wm.keybindings.panel-main-menu and then move my mouse to the right edge of the screen to un-hide the Workspace List, or
  • bring up the Overview in Applications mode using shortcut org.gnome.shell.keybindings.toggle-application-view shortcut and then hit Esc to reveal both the Windows and Workspace List overlays.

Both of these approaches require more key presses and/or mouse movement than was necessary with Compiz. I did find two other Extensions that almost do what I need:

  • WorkspaceBar, which adds a clickable 1-D workspace selector (but no overview, although the bar does behave like an additional "hot corner")
  • Frippery Bottom Panel, which adds a quasi-2-D workspace selector (but the interface is actually clumsier to use than that of WorkspaceBar, and again no overview)

Any suggestions on how to go straight to the Workspace List overlay?

Is there a way in Gnome Shell to define a shortcut that will bring up the Overview such that the Workspace List is already showing and available for clicking -- similar to the viewport selector in Compiz?

Note: I'm using Gnome's terminology for this question.

I have recently (been forcibly) migrated to Gnome 3/Gnome Shell on RHEL7 (from Gnome 2/Compiz on Ubuntu 10). As I can't function without 9 virtual workspaces in a 3x3 layout, the loss of Gnome Panel and Gnome Workspace Switcher has been painful.

However, I've found a number of Extensions/tools that have made the experience tolerable. These include

  • Workspace Grid, which transforms the Workspace List into a 2-D grid (both conceptually and in the Workspace List overlay)
  • dconf-editor, which reveals that keyboard shortcuts can be assigned for instantaneous switching to up to 12 workspaces

All I'm missing now is a quick way to view all of my workspaces at once (a la Compiz) and select any of them with my mouse. (Yes, I can switch to any workspace I want with the keyboard, but sometimes I prefer to use the mouse.)

My current approach is to either

  • bring up the Overview in Windows mode using the "hot corner" or the shortcut org.gnome.desktop.wm.keybindings.panel-main-menu and then move my mouse to the right edge of the screen to un-hide the Workspace List, or
  • bring up the Overview in Applications mode using shortcut org.gnome.shell.keybindings.toggle-application-view and then hit Esc to reveal both the Windows and Workspace List overlays.

Both of these approaches require more key presses and/or mouse movement than was necessary with Compiz. I did find two other Extensions that almost do what I need:

  • WorkspaceBar, which adds a clickable 1-D workspace selector (but no overview, although the bar does behave like an additional "hot corner")
  • Frippery Bottom Panel, which adds a quasi-2-D workspace selector (but the interface is actually clumsier to use than that of WorkspaceBar, and again no overview)

Any suggestions on how to go straight to the Workspace List overlay?

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Gnome Shell shortcut directly to Workspace List overlay?

Is there a way in Gnome Shell to define a shortcut that will bring up the Overview such that the Workspace List is already showing and available for clicking -- similar to the viewport selector in Compiz?

Note: I'm using Gnome's terminology for this question.

I have recently (been forcibly) migrated to Gnome 3/Gnome Shell on RHEL7 (from Gnome 2/Compiz on Ubuntu 10). As I can't function without 9 virtual workspaces in a 3x3 layout, the loss of Gnome Panel and Gnome Workspace Switcher has been painful.

However, I've found a number of Extensions/tools that have made the experience tolerable. These include

  • Workspace Grid, which transforms the Workspace List into a 2-D grid (both conceptually and in the Workspace List overlay)
  • dconf-editor, which reveals that keyboard shortcuts can be assigned for instantaneous switching to up to 12 workspaces

All I'm missing now is a quick way to view all of my workspaces at once (a la Compiz) and select any of them with my mouse. (Yes, I can switch to any workspace I want with the keyboard, but sometimes I prefer to use the mouse.)

My current approach is to either

  • bring up the Overview in Windows mode using the "hot corner" or the shortcut org.gnome.desktop.wm.keybindings.panel-main-menu and then move my mouse to the right edge of the screen to un-hide the Workspace List, or
  • bring up the Overview in Applications mode using shortcut org.gnome.shell.keybindings.toggle-application-view shortcut and then hit Esc to reveal both the Windows and Workspace List overlays.

Both of these approaches require more key presses and/or mouse movement than was necessary with Compiz. I did find two other Extensions that almost do what I need:

  • WorkspaceBar, which adds a clickable 1-D workspace selector (but no overview, although the bar does behave like an additional "hot corner")
  • Frippery Bottom Panel, which adds a quasi-2-D workspace selector (but the interface is actually clumsier to use than that of WorkspaceBar, and again no overview)

Any suggestions on how to go straight to the Workspace List overlay?