Is it possible, with gnome-shell, to get NxN workspaces (for example 3x3) with previews, like this was possible with unity ?

If yes, how ?

Thanks a lot.

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Yes, you can do it using the Workspace Grid extension.

Do one of the following (reproduced from the Installation section):

  1. Download the .zip file on the Downloads page.
  2. Open gnome-tweak-tool, go to "Shell Extensions", "Install Extension" and select the .zip file.


  1. Visit https://extensions.gnome.org/extension/484/workspace-grid/
  2. Install by clicking the toggle switch
  3. Hit the configuration button next to the switch (a page reload may be required).
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    Does this solution show previews of workspace while swithcing workspaces ?
    – davcha
    Oct 20, 2017 at 10:35
  • @davcha No, but you're not going to get anything better unless you implement it yourself.
    – d4nyll
    Oct 20, 2017 at 12:26
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    Where does one find the "Shell Extensions" item. On the left side of the gnome-tweak-tool I find an item with the name Extensions. Under this I see Ubuntu appindicators and Ubuntu dock. That is for Ubuntu 17.04. Jan 22, 2018 at 11:07

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