I am using CentOS 6.4 with GNOME desktop. How can I increase/decrease number of Desktop workspaces?

Are there any tools available for that operation ?


Have you try this?

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


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    I tried this, but when I increase/decrease the number of workspaces don't change. Is there someway to access this tool via the terminal so that I can grant sudo access when I open it?
    – Veridian
    May 28 '14 at 16:42

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.

  • This doesn't make very much sense. CentOS is a Linux distribution.
    – mattdm
    Aug 16 '13 at 2:51
  • Sorry, I meant on Ubuntu (that's the only distribution I've used) Aug 16 '13 at 11:53
  • Verified working on CentOS 7, Gnome Shell v3.25.
    – dr_
    Oct 24 '18 at 15:35

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

  • This should be the accepted answer.
    – James
    Oct 2 '18 at 10:28

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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