Figure 316 Show the Desktop

Next to the icon used to minimise the windows is a blank area in which the list of open application windows appears, similar to the taskbar in Windows. When you open an application, it's listed on this area for easy access, as shown in the bottom panel of the following screen:

Figure 3.17: Open Applications

The next icon, workspace, enables you to split the windows that are open on your desktop into multiple workspaces. You can then navigate among the workspaces by pressing and holding down the CTRL+ALT keys, and then pressing either the left or the right arrow key. This reduces the clutter on your desktop and eases navigation between windows.

For example, you might have the Firefox window, an OpenOffice application, a search window and a calculator window open on the desktop.

Figure 3.17: Open Applications

Figure 3.18: The Workspace Icon

You can move the Firefox window to a separate workspace by pressing and holding down the CTRL+ALT+SHIFT keys and then pressing the left or the right arrow key. Two workspaces will be displayed in the bottom-right corner of the desktop - one workspace with the Firefox window and the original workspace with the other windows.

Figure 3.19: Switching Workspaces

Now, you have two separate workspaces. Notice that the Firefox window has shifted to the original workspace. So, depending on the task you perform, you can split the windows into different workspaces.

Figure 3.20: Splitting Windows into Workspaces

By default, Ubuntu provides two workspaces. If you want to split the windows into more workspaces, you have to add the workspace to the desktop by right-clicking the workspace icon and then clicking Preferences. The Workspace Switcher Preferences dialogue box appears.

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