Builtin shortcuts to switch directly to any workspace would be nice

Bug #793093 reported by Jamu Kakar on 2011-06-05
This bug affects 1 person
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Ayatana Design
unity (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

For many years I've customized GNOME, and now Unity, to set shortcuts
that allow rapid switching between workspaces. I assign
Ctrl-Alt-<num>, where <num> refers to the workspace number, so that I
can quickly switch from any workspace to another. It would be nice if
this was builtin.

It might be a good idea, but you couldn't reuse the Ctrl+Alt+Num combination because it's already in use for positioning windows on the screen.

Jamu Kakar (jkakar) wrote :


Oh interesting. Out of curiousity, what does the Ctrl-Alt-<num>
shortcut do with regards to window positioning?

Omer Akram (om26er) wrote :

setting as incomplete as we wait for design, atm ctrl+alt+numbers change the position of the active window in a way like your numpad is your screen for example if you press ctrl+alt+7 it will resize the window to covertop left area of the screen

Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
Changed in unity:
status: New → Incomplete
John Lea (johnlea) wrote :

@ Jamu Kakar; the current shortcuts are:

Change to a new workspace: Ctrl-Alt ← / → / ↑ / ↓
Place window to a new workspace: Ctrl-Alt-Shift ← / → / ↑ / ↓

As Omer Akram said, the Ctrl-Alt number shortcuts are currently bound to window movement, so the most logical keys for the functionality you are requesting are already taken.

Jamu Kakar (jkakar) wrote :

Thanks for the information John and Omer. I guess I didn't notice the
existing shortcuts as my system is an upgrade from maverick. Should
we mark this as 'Won't Fix', since doing so would cause a regression?
I can continue to manually map these keys for the behaviour I want.

Omer Akram (om26er) wrote :

Closing these tasks with the status I can give :-)

Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Won't Fix
Changed in unity:
status: Incomplete → Invalid
Changed in ayatana-design:
status: New → Invalid
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