HOWTO: Switch Workspaces Using Your Mouse – Compiz


One of the handiest features of Compiz is having multiple workspaces, anywhere from 2 to 1024 (for the extreme multi-tasker).

By default, you can switch through workspaces by using Control + Alt + Left/Right. However I find it’s far quicker to switch workspaces by just spinning your mouse wheel.

To do so (presuming you have compizconfig-settings-manager installed) go to Desktop > Viewport Switching.

Click on the “Desktop Based Switching” tab, and change “Move Next” to Button 5, and “Move Prev” to Button 4. You’ll now be able to flip between workspaces with your mouse wheel ๐Ÿ™‚

Personally, I also like to go to Desktop Wall, and click on the “Viewport Switching” tab, and define “Non-Sliding Windows” to

(name=gnome-panel) & name=desktop_window

This prevents Gnome-Panel and the Desktop Background sliding, making the windows just slide over them ๐Ÿ™‚



2 Responses to “HOWTO: Switch Workspaces Using Your Mouse – Compiz”

  1. Thanks. You saved me a lot of trouble here.

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