How to Get ‘2×2’ Grid Workspaces in Ubuntu 18.04

Last updated: December 11, 2019

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Workspace Grid is not maintained anymore. Try Workspace Matrix.

This quick tutorial is going to show you how to get the previous ‘2×2’, ‘3×3’ style rectangular grid workspaces in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.

The default Ubuntu 18.04 Gnome shell lists all workspaces in a column, and navigates via Ctrl + Alt + Up/Down keyboard shortcuts. To arranges workspaces in a configurable grid, there’s an extension called Workspace Grid.

1. Install the extension by searching for and installing Workspace Grid in Ubuntu Software:

2. Then launch its settings either via the install page, or using Gnome Tweaks -> Extension.

There set the number of rows and columns of workspaces, other settings, and enjoy!


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5 responses to How to Get ‘2×2’ Grid Workspaces in Ubuntu 18.04

  1. I can’t seem to find Workspace Grid in Ubuntu Software. Is it gone?

  2. This solution needs updating

  3. Workspace Grid Gnome Shell Extension is still found in Ubuntu 18.04 as of October 2 2019. Turned my 6 vertical desktops into a 3 x 2 grid right away.

  4. The author says he’s not maintaining this extension anymore though…