Indicator-Workspaces – Simple switching between workspaces

This application allows simple switching between workspaces from the panel, negating the need for the stock GNOME workspaces-switcher applet.

Install Indicator-Workspaces in ubuntu 10.10/10.04

Open the terminal and run the following commands

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:geod/ppa-geod
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install indicator-workspaces

After completing the installation you may have to create menu entry by default it doesn't provide one.You can create using the following procedure

Go to ‘System > Preferences > Main Menu’ select ‘Accessories’ in the left hand side list
Now Click on the ‘New Item’ button and enter a name and in the command field enter ‘indicator-workspaces’ (Without quotes) and click on add

Or you can run the following command to start indicator-workspaces

indicator-workspaces &


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6 Responses

  1. som says:

    thank you but i’ll stick to the default.i believe in the principal ‘if its not broken dont fix it’.nice trick though

  2. Chris says:

    I agree. It’s always nice to see more ways to do everything, but I don’t know why I’d want this. Why would I replace one single click with a pull-down menu?

  3. Joern says:

    How to get the workspace indicator on Oneiric:

    sudo aptitude install cdbs bzr
    bzr branch lp:indicator-workspaces
    cd indicator-workspaces
    cd build
    sudo dpkg -i indicator-workspaces_0.6.2.2_all.deb
    indicator-workspaces &

    And you’re done!

  4. Mainframeguy says:

    be good to have a script for this for precise 12.04 – tried this and hit snags….

  5. hsuclarklarry says:

    Your Jan 4 posting is the only is the only easy recipe that worked for me.

    indicator-workspace BUILD FROM SOURCE

    Some Notes If Anyone “hit snags”

    # I don’t know why you ubuntu guys don’t
    # work from a root prompt but I do.
    sudo su –

    # Of course you need to install aptitude
    # if you don’t have it.
    apt-get install aptitude

    # There are some “wnck” dependencies
    # you might need to install
    aptitude install python-wnck

    # The name of the “deb” file may change.
    # ls *.deb to see what it is after building

    # I DID NOT need to run indicator workspaces.
    # I DID NOT need to add it to startup.

    aptitude install cdbs bzr
    bzr branch lp:indicator-workspaces
    cd indicator-workspaces
    cd build
    dpkg -i indicator-workspaces_0.6.4_all.deb


  6. Ubunut says:

    Unfortunately, the workspace indicator installed with hsuclarklarry (see above) doesn’t work correctly with precise 12.04.

    No matter which workspace you are on it always reads “1”.

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