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I want to set up cinnamon to switch workspaces right and left when I press my mouse scroll wheel clicker right or left, but I don't see an option in the cinnamon settings. Is there any way to accomplish this?

  • I think that the mouse scroll wheel clicker right or left are treated as "left arrow" and "right arrow" by the OS. At least that was the case when I had a mouse that did this a few years ago, by mapping "Right arrow" to a function in vlc, I could execute that function using the mouse. – terdon Dec 8 '12 at 16:51
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[I think this is most appropriate to list as a separate answer, 2.5 years later]

It is possible to do this with the assistance of xbindkeys.

Install (#apt-get install xbindkeys), and then add this to the bottom of ~/.xbindkeysrc:

# Previous desktop
"dbus-send --session --type=method_call --dest=org.Cinnamon /org/Cinnamon org.Cinnamon.switchWorkspaceLeft"
  b:6

# Next desktop
"dbus-send --session --type=method_call --dest=org.Cinnamon /org/Cinnamon org.Cinnamon.switchWorkspaceRight"
  b:7

(b:6 and b:7 are respectively the left and right rocker buttons on my mousewheel -- ymmv; use xev to work out the correct indices).

xbindkeys should reload its own configuration automatically, but you may need to force it with killall -HUP xbindkeys. You may also need to log out and in again after installing it for the first time.

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    I needed to add + Release for it to work, as in b:8 + Release. Otherwise, perfect! – Tobia Oct 7 '16 at 15:45
  • This is the perfect solution to work with xserver-xorg-input-mtrack to reproduce OSX workspaces change / swipe. – iMil Aug 11 '17 at 17:08
  • Just a note for those that use imwheel / mousewheel.sh (github.com/hansfilipelo/bin/blob/master/mousewheel.sh) for setting the wheel scroll speed. You'll have to restart it for the above to work. Took me a while to figure out. – Andrew Mar 16 '18 at 13:48
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I'm also really keen on getting this working (it's one thing I really miss from compiz!). Right now, as far as I'm aware, the Cinnamon/Muffin API doesn't seem to expose the necessary events, but as soon as it does I will write an extension to do this. In the mean time, there is an extension available that I'm using as a second-best solution. Perhaps it will be helpful for you too.

  • to upvoter -- added a new answer below which may be attractive. – simon Jul 18 '15 at 20:45

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