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Old 02-12-2016, 10:03 PM   #1
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Is there a way of getting multiple screens in Xubuntu?


I'm using Xubuntu 15.10. In my other computer I've got Bodhi and Bodhi offers me three different screens I can use. It's really handy. Is there a way I can get multiple screens in Xubuntu? Thanks.
 
Old 02-13-2016, 12:48 AM   #2
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I'm using Xubuntu 15.10. In my other computer I've got Bodhi and Bodhi offers me three different screens I can use. It's really handy. Is there a way I can get multiple screens in Xubuntu? Thanks.
I had a similar problem when I first encountered the Cinnamon desktop (which is rather good!)
It seems workspaces (screens) are shuffled using the keyboard: Alt+Tab+up arrow/down arrow.

Press the xfce logo on the desktop to get a menu, type in 'twe' on the search bar at the top and select 'Window Manager tweaks', and then select the 'Workspace' tab to add changes to workspaces.

Xubuntu is using Xfce 4.12 desktop and familiarising yourself with Xfce will help you get around. There's an ok tutorial on YT https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJvJC3TZCns
 
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Old 02-13-2016, 01:24 AM   #3
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I had a similar problem when I first encountered the Cinnamon desktop (which is rather good!)
It seems workspaces (screens) are shuffled using the keyboard: Alt+Tab+up arrow/down arrow.

Press the xfce logo on the desktop to get a menu, type in 'twe' on the search bar at the top and select 'Window Manager tweaks', and then select the 'Workspace' tab to add changes to workspaces.

Xubuntu is using Xfce 4.12 desktop and familiarising yourself with Xfce will help you get around. There's an ok tutorial on YT https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJvJC3TZCns
Thanks Higgsboson. You know what, with this one I'm not even sure what I'm asking. I did find the 'twe' application and as you can see it says to use the mouse wheel to change workspaces. And when I hover the mouse over the firefox icon it tells me to click to start dragging whatever is in the current tab. I also did the alt/tab/up/down arrow and that did indeed let me choose between whatever I had open. But I can see whatever I have open on top of the toolbar so I don't really see any advantage to going through an extra operation to change things.

I'm wondering what they mean by workspace?

Like I said, I hardly know what I'm asking on this one!
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Old 02-13-2016, 03:07 AM   #4
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I'm wondering what they mean by workspace?
Try Ctrl+Alt+up arrow/down arrow.

A workspace is your main desktop screen where you open a program. If you open many programs the screen gets cluttered.
To avoid this, you can add a new 'workspace' which creates another desktop screen to start a new program. So you can have 4 programs placed on 4 workspaces running at the same time. You can then toggle between these workspaces.

It's a bit like the various screens you swipe across on a smartphone. You have the same facility with these linux desktop softwares.
 
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every desktop environment i tried has a keyboard shortcut Ctrl-Alt plus arrow left/right to change workspace (aka virtual desktops).
xubuntu has it too, but iirc, there's no desktop switcher icon in the panel.
here's a picture of what i mean: https://i.imgur.com/5dRsO.png (it is grossly enlarged) and here's an older version of xfce that still has it in the panel (top right): https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/_1...untu-11.04.png
 
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Old 02-13-2016, 07:00 PM   #6
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You guys are so great. Thanks Higgsboson and ondoho. I got it. I tried the Ctrl/Alt/up/down arrow yesterday and it switched me between my browser and password vault. I tried it again today and it didn't seem to do anything. But that Xubuntu screenshot got me looking at the bottom tool bar and I clicked on the Settings Manager and there, lo and behold, was the Workspaces setting (screenshot). Thanks a lot guys. This is going to help me a lot. And oh, it's pretty cool--Xubuntu gives me a different background on each workspace so I can differentiate which one I'm on.
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Old 02-19-2016, 10:26 PM   #7
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I have to re-open this one because I can't get the multiple workspaces on my other computer. I go to the Settings Manager>Workspaces. I choose 3 but then the workspaces aren't there in the tool bar.

I tried the ctrl alt and up and down arrows and that does nothing.

The ctrl alt and side arrows shifts around whatever browser and programs I have open.

Any ideas why I can't get the workspaces? Thanks.
 
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what DE is this other computer running?
any customisations/additions?
 
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what DE is this other computer running?
any customisations/additions?
Thanks ondoho. Xfce. And it's got four or five apps or extensions, but they are the same things as on the other computer, which is also Xfce. And it's weird because the computer not getting the multiple workstations is more powerful (and 64 bit as opposed to 32 bit).
 
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right click on the panel and go into panel settings.
there MUST be workspace switcher, with settings, which leads you to an additional workspace settings dialog.
 
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I have to re-open this one because I can't get the multiple workspaces on my other computer. I go to the Settings Manager>Workspaces. I choose 3 but then the workspaces aren't there in the tool bar.
Yes, ondoho's suggestion should work.
Right-click the top panel - select Panel - select Add new items - scroll down and select Workspace switcher. You should get 4 workspace boxes again.

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I tried the ctrl alt and up and down arrows and that does nothing.
This is weird. Have you added new keyboard shortcuts? If so, a button may be assigned two operations causing conflicts.
You could go to Applications Menu-Settings-Keyboard-Application shortcuts and select Reset to defaults.

Incidentally, is XFCE 4.12 the only desktop environment installed on the OS? I've got KDE, gnome, cinnamon and xfce desktops which I can open from the initial login screen. With such a setup though, it's not entirely clear which desktop is using the file manager/browser/window manager etc.
 
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Old 02-21-2016, 07:26 PM   #12
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right click on the panel and go into panel settings.
there MUST be workspace switcher, with settings, which leads you to an additional workspace settings dialog.
Thanks ondoho. I won't be on that computer till tomorrow and I'll try it then, but my guess is that's not the answer. Because I tried it on this computer and yes, doing what you said there is a 'workplace settings' and when I choose it it leads to this (screenshot). But that is the exact same window I got going through the Settings Manager and I chose 3 and it didn't work.

I'll try it tomorrow, though, on that computer and report back. Thanks.
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Old 02-22-2016, 10:36 PM   #13
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Okay. Phew. Thanks ondoho and Higgsboson. I took your suggestion of right clicking on the panel and there was no option to choose 'workplace settings.' I was like, 'What gives?' (As it worked on my other computer.) Anyway, when I right clicked I got a dropdown and I chose 'panel' and then 'add new items.' In 'add new items' I got a dropdown that allowed me to choose 'workplace settings' and voila! I had my three different workplace settings!

(I was hoping to add my Dropbox icon (which I lost) this way but alas it wasn't in the dropdown.)

Thanks a lot for hanging with me on this, guys!
 
  


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