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I've just installed Linux Mint and I am wondering how to fully disable or uninstall the workspaces feature. I've already removed the Window Switcher applet from the bottom panel but this doesn't fully solve the issue. These are the things in particular that I want to remove:

  • Options to "Move to right workspace", "Move to Workspace 2", etc. in the context menu of the title bar
  • Any keyboard shortcut that involves switching workspaces or moving windows to different workspaces. In particular Ctrl + Alt+Up arrow
  • Anything else that can be accidentally triggered to create or switch workspaces.

I've already unchecked everything in Hot Corners but the keyboard shortcuts and context menu still show the workspaces-related options. This has got to be one of the most annoying features of any Linux Desktop Manager system and it's really baffling as to why it's still enabled by default or even present after all these years.

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What I would do, and have done on my in-laws computer, is to open the "Workspace Switcher Preferences" (most easily accessible via the workspace switcher on the panel, before you remove it) and set the "Number of workspaces" to 1.

I don't recall whether this removes the "Move to Right" options etc., but it at least makes them useless. This is good enough for most users, unless you really want to remove all traces of the workspace functionality.

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    This will still open new workspaces when dragging window to a side. To fully disable, one should also remove all shortcuts at Settings > Window Manager > Keyboard and remove check marks from Settings > Window Manager > Advanced > Wrap workspaces when reaching the screen edge. – Yeti Sep 15 '16 at 7:12
  • Additionally: Settings > Desktop > Menus, remove check marks with 'workspace'. – Yeti Sep 15 '16 at 7:24

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