How to Configure Unity Workspace Layout in Ubuntu

Why would I need to change the layout?

Every time I upgrade the desktop for a new Ubuntu version it defaults it to a 2×2 layout.

I don’t have a monitor on top of another so why would I use vertical workspaces? It maybe has advantages for some else workflow. Not mine. I’m used to horizontal multiple screens.

How can I define a new workspace layout?

You can change several parameters with the Compiz Config Settings Manager. I found that some friends didn’t have it installed. So, just install it first.

sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager

Call it pressing your keyboard Super key and typing compiz. When it appears click on it.

CompizConfig Settings Manager window shows up. Now just select General / General Options / Desktop Size.

Compiz-Settings-Manager

Conclusion

To change your workspace layout you just have to call CompizConfig Settings Manager and go to General Options / Desktop Size bar. Change the Horizontal and Vertical Virtual Size to suit your needs.

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