I have 2 monitors and would like to have my setup like this:

  1. Monitor = fixed desktop (only 1)
  2. Monitor = dynamic, spinning desktop (1+)

It was working like this at the beginning but somehow I changed that behavior. Now when I'm spinning both of them have multiple desktops which is a no no for me.

Is there any way to set it up like it was before? I'm using latest GNOME.

  • Probably you want to mention the DE here and version here, I'm guessing it is a recent GNOME. The solution might be to set windows in the fixed desktop as "sticky" or "on all desktops".
    – goldilocks
    Nov 5, 2014 at 15:59
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    What is a spinning desktop? Nov 6, 2014 at 23:24
  • Spinning - when you can have multiple desktops on one monitor and can navigate through them using keyboard shortcuts.
    – Reeebuuk
    Nov 7, 2014 at 9:19

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With gnome-tweaks. See screenshot (Workspaces):


  • Could you explain how this answers the question? How is one supposed to configure workspaces using this tool, to achieve the effect the OP is after? Mar 9, 2020 at 13:37

Centos 7 - specifically CentOS-7-x86_64-Everything-1511.iso with a full development install added gnome-tweak-tool (gnome-tweak-tool.noarch but perhaps it was already there) then

Applications -> Utilities -> Tweek Tool Select workspaces on the left hand side Set off “workspaces only on primary display” and the dual monitors will spin together. I also recommend, still on workspaces, setting Workspace Creation to Dynamic

The above should allow you to toggle how the dual monitors behave


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