I am using CentOS 6.4 with GNOME.

How can I increase/decrease the number of desktop workspaces?

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Install gnome-tweak-tool (live.gnome.org/GnomeTweakTool). Go to Shell tab on the left. There is "Dynamic workspaces" and workspace number options. Thats the one I use to make such changes on my desktop.

  • Verified working on CentOS 7, Gnome Shell v3.25.
    – dr_
    Oct 24, 2018 at 15:35

Have you try this?

If you right-click the workspace switcher and choose preferences, you can adjust rows and columns from there.



With GNOME 42, the number of workspaces is changed in Settings > Multitasking.


By default, the setting is Dynamic workspaces. After changing it to Fixed number of workspaces, it's possible to change the number of used workspaces.


I found gnome-help (see below), which eventually led to a workspaces discussion that revealed these user-privilege (not sudo/root) command line instructions for setting rows and columns:

to set number of columns (in my case, 3), change final parameter:

gsettings set org.compiz.core:/org/compiz/profiles/unity/plugins/core/ hsize 3

to set number of rows (also 3, here), change final parameter:

gsettings set org.compiz.core:/org/compiz/profiles/unity/plugins/core/ vsize 3

The difference for rows vs columns is the next-to-last parameter, either hsize (for columns) or vsize (for rows).

Breadcrumbs from gnome-help:

Ubuntu Desktop Guide » Desktop › Applications and windows » Windows and workspaces › Workspaces »

Heading: "What is a workspace, and how will it help me?"

SubHeading: "Change the number of workspaces"

Ubuntu 16.04 / gnome 3


I am using "Workspace Grid" extension for this.

It arranges workspaces in a configurable grid. You can modify the grid as you like.

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