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Switching VDs in Gnome

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dylunio's picture
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Since I've started using more of my Ubuntu installation, I've been using more of Gnome.

I'm used to switching Virtual Desktops in Fluxbox by either scrolling over the background or using Alt + Function Key to get to the VD of my choice.

I'm wondering if there are keybindings in Gnome which let me do this, since I'm tired of going to the VD selector in the bottom right hand of the screen and selecting via scroll or click my VD of choice.

Thanks;

dylunio

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If the question is -- How do I set the keystrokes for switching virtual desktops in GNOME? That's fairly easy. It's also even easier since our desktop choices appear to be congruent. I use Ubuntu too.

In GNOME, they call it a Workspace, rather than a Virtual Desktop. If you open the Keyboard Shortcuts control panel (Menu.System.Preferences) and scroll down to "Window Management", you'll see where you can assign the keystrokes to switching workspaces.

Oh, and if you've got the RAM, Videocard, and VideoRAM for it, you should *really* look at 3ddesktop! Once you install this through the Universe option from /etc/apt/sources.list, you can do "3ddesk" and it loads. At that point, you can use 3ddesk to switch to a different workspace (although they call it "desktop" in the 3ddesk tool). When that occurs, your whole screen switches in really cool 3D like a cube to another workspace. Now what gets really interesting is when you assign keystrokes to this in GNOME so that you don't have to type it. You type this keystroke and it runs your custom command. (I had to Google for how to assign keystrokes to custom commands in GNOME -- unfortunately I lost my notes on that, but it dealt with using the GNOME equivalent of regedit -- gconf-tool.)

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try Ctrl+alt+left or right arrow key

dylunio's picture
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Thanks both, I now have Alt+number switches the VD.

dylunio