Virtual Desktops

Ever been overwhelmed by all your open windows on your desktop? Perhaps you wanted to separate your open windows into groups or something in order to easily find the right one in your plethora of open ones? Linux has you covered with it’s virtual desktop feature. This allows you to place (or group) your windows into multiple “desktops” on your computer. This way, you can keep your usual one uncluttered. Below are instructions for doing just that.

Gnome:

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  1. Press the Super key (also known as the Windows key, because, well, it has the Window logo on it. Unless you are using a Mac,, in which case it is then the Command key).
  2. Just click and hold on the desired window you wish to move and drag it onto one of the screenshots of your desktop shown on the far right.
  3. Once the window is over the screenshot, simply let go of it and you are done!
  4. To go to that virtual desktop, just repeat the first step and click on that screenshot you recently moved the window to and press the Super key once again (or the Escape key, it really doesn’t matter as they do the same thing). Now you have entered the virtual desktop of your choice!

KDE:

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  1. Press the Super key (also known as the Windows key, because, well, it has the Window logo on it. Unless you are using a Mac,, in which case it is then the Command key).
  2. Start typing Screen Edges and then press Enter.
  3. When the window pops up, just click on one of the little cubes shown in the picture of your computer.virtual-desktops-kde-2.png
  4. In the menu of choices that shows up, select Desktop Grid.
  5. Click Apply in the bottom right of the window and close it.
  6. Now simply slide your mouse over to the same location on your desktop as the little cube that you selected from step 3 and continue pushing your mouse into that location.
  7. A number of desktops should now be visible.
  8. Just click and hold on the desired window you wish to move and drag it onto one of the screenshots of your desktop.
  9. Once the window is over the screenshot, simply let go of it and you are done!
  10. To go to that virtual desktop, just repeat step 6 and click on that screenshot you recently moved the window to. Now you have entered the virtual desktop of your choice!

Cinnamon:

  1. Slide your mouse cursor towards the top right corner of your screen where the infinity sign is shown. Remember to continue sliding even after you have reached the corner.
  2. A screen showing all your open windows should appear. On the right side of this. there should be a large ‘+’ sign.
  3. Click the ‘+‘ sign to add as many virtual desktops as you would like.
  4. Now, simply click and hold on the desired window you wish to move and drag it onto one of the virtual desktops you added.
  5. Once the window is over the screenshot, simply let go of it and you are done!
  6. To go to that virtual desktop, just repeat the first step and click on the virtual desktop you placed the application in. Now you have entered the virtual desktop of your choice!

XFCE:

virtual desktops mate

  1. Right click on your panel anwhere and wait for a menu to pop up.
  2. Once it has, select Panel and then Add New Items…
  3. After clicking on Add New Items… just add Workplace Switcher from the list of items.
  4. Once done, you should see four little boxes displayed on your panel. To switch virtual desktops, simply click on one of the boxes. Each box represents a different desktop.
  5. To move an application to a specific desktop, just right click the top bar of the application.
  6. Now you will see an option labeled Move to Another Workspace. Select this one and pick the workspace to move your application to.

Mate:

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  1. In the bottom right hand corner of your bottom panel, you should see the four boxes pictured above. To switch virtual desktops, simply click on one of the boxes. Each box represents a different desktop.
  2. To move an application to a specific desktop, just right click the top bar of the application.
  3. Now you will see an option labeled Move to Another Workspace. Select this one and pick the workspace to move your application to.

LXDE:

virtual desktops LXDE

  1. In the bottom right hand corner of your bottom panel, you should see the four boxes pictured above. To switch virtual desktops, simply click on one of the boxes. Each box represents a different desktop.
  2. If you wish to move an application to another virtual desktop, just open it up and click on it’s icon in it’s upper left corner.
    virtual desktops LXDE 2
    In this case, you would click on the folder icon

    3. The first option available in the menu that shows up should be Send to Desktop… 

4. From here, just select the virtual desktop you would like the application to be                  moved to.

Budgie:

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  1. Press the Super key (also known as the Windows key, because, well, it has the Window logo on it. Unless you are using a Mac,, in which case it is then the Command key) and your A key down at the same time to open the panel on the right.
  2. Click the cog icon in the top right corner of the panel.virtual desktops budgie 2.png
  3. At the top of the panel there should now be two new options in place of Applets and Notifications, namely, General and Panel.Select the Panel option.
  4. Scroll down to where it says Applets. Just click the ‘+‘ sign sitting to the  right of it.
  5. Find the applet named Workspace Switcher, select it, and then click the ‘+’ at the top right of the panel to add it.
  6. Now you are done! Each box shown represents a different desktop to move to. If you simply click on any of these little boxes that have appeared in the center of your top panel, you will be moved to that desktop.virtual desktops budgie 3
  7. To move an application to a specific desktop, just right click the top bar of the application.
  8. Now you will see an option labeled Move to Another Workspace. Select this one and pick the workspace to move your application to.

Deepin:

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  1. On your dock, just click the Multitasking View icon.
  2. You should now see a screen much like the one pictured above. To switch virtual desktop, simply click on one of them in the row shown above the large screenshot and press Enter on your keyboard.
  3. To move applications to another desktop, just re-enter the Multitasking View and click and hold on the desired window you wish to move .Then, drag it onto one of the screenshots of your desktop shown on above.
  4. Once the window is over the screenshot, simply let go of it and you are done!
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