Ubuntu – Ubuntu prevent automatic workspace switching


Using Ubuntu 16.04 with workspaces enabled in System Settings -> Appearance.

When I am in a workspace and I click the launcher for an application (Chrome, say) then it automatically kicks me over to the next workspace where Chrome is already open.

The behavior I'd like is for separate workspaces to have zero knowledge of applications/windows that are open in another workspace (at least for the practical purpose of opening new copies of an application).

Without altering the particular UI manager I'm using at all (e.g. without switching to gnome classic or something), how do I enable to desired behavior described above?

I've checked this question but none of the answers seem to address the actual underlying problem.

Best Answer

What you're trying to do is impossible without downloading the source and programming it in yourself.


gsettings list-recursively | grep-red --ignore-case "switch" | grep-blue --ignore-case workspace
org.gnome.desktop.wm.keybindings switch-to-workspace-down ['<Control><Alt>Down']
org.gnome.desktop.wm.keybindings switch-to-workspace-1 ['<Super>Home']
org.gnome.desktop.wm.keybindings switch-to-workspace-2 ['disabled']
org.gnome.desktop.wm.keybindings switch-to-workspace-3 ['disabled']
org.gnome.desktop.wm.keybindings switch-to-workspace-4 ['disabled']
org.gnome.desktop.wm.keybindings switch-to-workspace-7 ['disabled']
org.gnome.desktop.wm.keybindings switch-to-workspace-5 ['disabled']
org.gnome.desktop.wm.keybindings switch-to-workspace-8 ['disabled']
org.gnome.desktop.wm.keybindings switch-to-workspace-9 ['disabled']
org.gnome.desktop.wm.keybindings switch-to-workspace-6 ['disabled']
org.gnome.desktop.wm.keybindings switch-to-workspace-10 ['disabled']
org.gnome.desktop.wm.keybindings switch-to-workspace-11 ['disabled']
org.gnome.desktop.wm.keybindings switch-to-workspace-12 ['disabled']
org.gnome.desktop.wm.keybindings switch-to-workspace-left ['<Control><Alt>Left']
org.gnome.desktop.wm.keybindings switch-to-workspace-last ['<Super>End']
org.gnome.desktop.wm.keybindings switch-to-workspace-up ['<Control><Alt>Up']
org.gnome.desktop.wm.keybindings switch-to-workspace-right ['<Control><Alt>Right']

No setting to change that behaviour...