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Strangely, my openbox default rc.xml file has keyboard shortcuts for the commands DesktopDown and DesktopUp, but it seems that the only configuration option for the desktops is their number (which is interpreted as a linear setup of all the desktops, and you can navigate only right and left).

I'm very much accustomed to having a 2x2 grid of desktops... Is there any way to do that within openbox ? (I'm open to installing other things. I'm even expecting to have to, I just don't know what.)

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Took me a while but now I found a workaround. openbox.org wiki FAQ linked to a tiny program (called setlayout) which is doing the job

You have to compile it with:

  1. sudo aptitude install libx11-dev
  2. gcc setlayout.c -o setlayout -lX11

Call it with: ./setlayout 0 2 2 0

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I had to play around with this to get the setting I wanted, 1 column, 4 rows. If you want more than 4 workspaces, there is another setting that needs to be changed elsewhere; I tried ./setlayout 0 3 2 0 to try to identify which was row/column but got a 2x2 grid (not helpful). It turned out 0 1 4 0 was what I wanted. – stvn66 Jun 30 '15 at 12:41
    
For anyone who finds this using Arch like I did, install libx11, as there is no libx11-dev available. Still compiles/works fine though. – SnoringFrog Jan 25 at 4:43

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