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xfce4: xfwm4: Tune the windowmanager to switch from one workspace to another and back

May 23, 2011

As already mentionend in this blog, I use xfce4 with 10 different workspaces. Important applications run on dedicated workspaces, e.g. firefox on #3, emacs on #4 and so on.

You may switch from one workspace to another very conveniently by keyboard (per default e.g. for workspace #3).

There is one more configuration option, which is unfortunately off by default. You will find it in the xfce-config tools under “Detailed configuration of the window manager”. Select the tab Workspaces. There is a line reading similar to “Remember last workspace, use it again when changing via keyboard shortcuts”. If you check this, bring you to the workspace #n. Pressing the same shortcut again, it will you bring back where you came from.

IMHO very convenient.

Using a shell you may set this via xfconf-query:


xfconf-query -c xfwm4 -p /general/toggle_workspaces -s true

Xfce 4.6: Change default settings to use workspaces more efficient

November 29, 2009

I use 10 workspaces to virtually enhance my screen’s size. My personal best practice is to have certain important applications on dedicated workspaces, e.g. thunderbird on no 2, firefox on no 3 and emacs on no 4.

If I get an email with an URL, clicking on that URL will bring up a new TAB in my running firefox. Unfortunately standard Xfce 4.6 in Karmic will switch the firefox window from workspace no 3 to the thunderbird workspace no 2.

I do not like this. I want the apps keep running on the workspace I started them on.

Finally I found this to make things work:


xfconf-query -c xfwm4 -p /general/activate_action -s switch

I really can recommend this – give it a try !