Anyone know of something like this for linux?


  • What does it do? Your link just gives me "Error connecting to database." Jun 7, 2011 at 8:49
  • Please include full question in the post. Apr 26, 2013 at 14:05

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The xfce4 window manager, at least, already does this. Probably most do but I can't verify right now.

  • I have used xfce for very years, but after KDE there is no step back (and I refer to monitors not desktops). THX.-
    – Igor Parra
    Jun 8, 2011 at 4:23
  • Up to you. I know you refer to monitors. XFCE has good support for xinerama and multiple monitors. I'm using it now with two monitors so can verify it does work as the link seems to describe. So the KDE switch doesn't do what you want? Is there a configuration option for that feature?
    – Keith
    Jun 8, 2011 at 4:42
  • Thanks Keith, OK, At least already we know that xfce can.
    – Igor Parra
    Jun 8, 2011 at 18:26

Deppend what distribution you are using. By default I see that generally have 2 or 4 desktop enables. You can change with shortcuts Alt+Tab or Ctrl+Alt+(Right/Left)Arrow. If you are using a popular distro you should have on the panel something like this (you see here desktops to the left of Trash, in this case):

Or you could add this doing Right click on panel, and choice "Add to Panel" option, and after Workspace switcher.

If you want to change the number of desktops you can do this with right click on you Workspace switcher/Properties/ and choice the number of desktops that you want. This works on Fedora, Ubuntu and others gnome distros.

If you want more for a gnome based distro you should see this link

If you have a kde based distro you should see this link

And for xfce based distro use Xfce menu > Settings > Workspaces Settings.

For later questions, it is better if you say which distribution or desktop environment you are using

  • Thanks, but I clearly say Multiple monitors, not desktops. I ask for a way to have the task switcher in 2 or more monitors at the same time. The link goes to an image that shows that feature in a Windows OS. I would like the same for KDE or linux in general.
    – Igor Parra
    Jun 8, 2011 at 4:22

I'm using Slackware64 with Enlightenment 17, and if I middle click on the desktop anywhere, on any screen, it pops up a list of currently running programs to switch to.

If I just click on the desktop, anywhere, I get the system menu up to run new programs from the menu, in my case the KDE menu.

Admittedly, this is not on both monitors at the same time, but wherever my mouse cursor is, it pops up the menu or list of running programs (list includes all programs running on any monitor) and my visual focus is usually where my mouse pointer is.

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