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Remember how you have a single desktop on a Windows machine and that everything runs there?
Do you also remember how annoying it can get when you have 2, 3 or 4 programs open at the same time, with many windows overlapping and hiding one another? Navigation can become quite a problem when you are multitasking on Windows.
Not so with UBUNTU Linux, thanks to the Workspaces you can create and individually name.
Each Workspace is a Virtual Desktop that displays only those application windows and/or documents that you place there.
You can have up to 36 such virtual desktops, arranged in up to 16 rows. You can click and switch to anyone of them without the clutter of a typical Windows desktop.
To configure your workspaces:
1) Right-click on a workspace square displayed on the bottom-right of your UBUNTU desktop.
2) Select Preferences to display the Workspace Switcher Preferences screen:
3) Select the number of workspaces you need and the number of rows to display them.
4) If you need to name them individually, double click on each desktop placeholder displayed in the list and type in a title. Click the “show workspace names” checkbox to display these titles inside the workspace button instead of a miniature representation of the desktop.
5) Click Close.
Now you can, for example, save all your writings on a workspace named “Writing” and keep all your images on another workspace named “Images.”
When you click one, you will see only those items that were assigned to that workspace (virtual desktop) and nothing else. This way you will avoid clutter for good.
Two Useful Tips:
1) When you press CTRL and roll the middle wheel of your mouse, you automatically scroll from one Workspace to another.
2) When you have your Internet browser open in UBUNTU, right click and select “Move to Another Workspace” option. Then select the workspace in which you want your browser to display. This way all your web pages will display only in that special workspace and leave the other workspaces uncluttered.