Installed Loki a few days ago, and the biggest headache I've had was figuring out how to use the multiple workspaces feature. From what I read, Super-0 is supposed to create a new workspace, but that doesn't seem to work. In my keyboard settings, it says Super-End is the keyboard shortcut for doing that. But that doesn't work either.

What DOES seem to work is that if I open an application in a blank workspace, a new workspace is automatically created. So is that the only way, or is there another way?

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  • With dynamic workspaces enabled (which is default in elementary OS), you cannot create workspaces explicitely but

    • a new empty workspace is created by switching to the right of the rightmost existing workspace or
    • a new workspace is created by moving a window right to the rightmost existing workspace.
  • If you disable dynamic workspaces (via the command line here):

    gsettings set org.pantheon.desktop.gala.behavior dynamic-workspaces false

    you can set the number of workspaces wanted to NUMBER:

    gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.preferences num-workspaces NUMBER

    In this case, you can create new workspace by changing the number on-the-fly. For instance, you could create a script that does that and assign a custom shortcut to this script in System Settings/Keyboard (Shortcuts tab).

cf., How to disable the empty workspace that appears when switching between them?

  • Whoa, that is very cool. Thanks for sharing! This is definitely what OP is looking for.
    – Eosdude
    Commented May 2, 2017 at 0:42
  • It is indeed cool and I'd like to try that. What do I need to do to create the script?
    – Jeff
    Commented May 19, 2017 at 18:55
  • these are not really a script, only some commands to be executed in a terminal window
    – lemonslice
    Commented May 19, 2017 at 20:11

Here is a list of many keyboard shortcuts, starting with the ones for managing windows and workspaces.



Alt + f4


Alt + f5

Toggle Maximized

Windows Key + Up Arrow


Windows Key + H

Tile Left

Windows Key + Ctrl + Left Arrow

Tile Right

Windows Key + Ctrl + Right Arrow

Switch Windows

Alt + Tab

Switch Windows Backwards

Shift + Alt + Tab

Window Overview

Windows Key + W 

Show All Windows

Windows Key + A


Show Workspace Switcher

Windows Key + Down Arrow

Switch to First

Windows Key + Home

Switch to New

Windows Key + End

Switch to Workspace 1

Windows Key + 1

Switch to Workspace 2

Windows Key + 2

Switch to Workspace 3

Windows Key + 3

Switch to Workspace 4

Windows Key + 4

Switch to Workspace 5

Windows Key + 5

Switch to Workspace 6

Windows Key + 6

Switch to Workspace 7

Windows Key + 7

Switch to Workspace 8

Windows Key + 8

Switch to Workspace 9

Windows Key + 9

Switch to Left

Windows Key + Left Arrow

Switch to Right

Windows Key + Right Arrow


Take a Screenshot

Print Screen

Save Screenshot to Clipboard

Ctrl + Print Screen

Save Screenshot of a Window

Alt + Print Screen

Save Window-screenshot to Clipboard

Ctrl + Alt + Print Screen

Now, with all of that said, I prefer using the workspaces feature using

Windows Key + Tab

Shift + Windows Key + Tab

to navigate around. Don't forget you also have a blue square icon on the bottom left for multitasking view.

  • Thanks for the information! So, [Windows] End goes to the new (rightmost) workspace but doesn't create a new workspace, I gather? Is there a way to create a new workspace besides opening an application in the rightmost workspace?
    – Jeff
    Commented May 1, 2017 at 2:33
  • Yes, I use Windows + Tab, I believe that is what you are looking for. It will create a new workspace before it loops back around the list of open Workspaces. Try it out and see is that is what you are looking for. --Just noticed I forgot to put these into the hotkey list. Oops.
    – Eosdude
    Commented May 2, 2017 at 0:39

Just as an aside for future reference, if you are using multiple displays: The primary display must be turned on in order for multiple workspaces to be created. If it is not, switch the primary display to any currently used display.

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