Grouping windows

Paul Smith phhs80 at
Fri Dec 11 13:53:07 CET 2009

On Fri, Dec 11, 2009 at 7:44 AM, Yves-Alexis Perez <corsac at> wrote:
>> > I would like to hear your opinion about the following feature
>> request.
>> >
>> > Computer screens are becoming larger and larger. This fact opens up
>> > new possibilities concerning the way one uses computers. For
>> example,
>> > one can be writing a document while looking at several relevant and
>> > connected documents to the material one is writing. However, XFCE
>> (and
>> > no other competitor, I guess) has the possibility of grouping
>> > different windows to give to user the chance of putting all groped
>> > open windows to the forefront at once when necessary; one has bring
>> to
>> > the forefront each window one at time. To have the option of
>> grouping
>> > open windows in the described sense would be very useful, in my
>> > opinion. And you, do you agree with this enhancement?
> You might want to file an enhancement request on the bugzilla (so it
> doesn't get lost).
>> Have you tried to use workspaces to organize you windows?
> Yeah, same thing as David. With the 4.6 ability to open a new workspace
> next to the current one, and to delete the active workspace, I've
> changed a bit the way I use them. Basically I have a minimal set of
> static workspaces (0, 1, 2 or 3 depending on the box I'm in) and a set
> of dynamic ones.
> 1: irc, jabber, “main” stuff
> 2: mail (full screen)
> 3: web browser (full screen)
> The, as soon as I switch to a new activity, I open a new workspace
> (bound to alt+insert), open some terms, maybe a new browser etc. If I'm
> interrupted, need to switch to another activity, fine, I open yet
> another workspace etc. I can switch back to the previous activity when I
> want, and all the windows/apps are in the state I left them. When the
> activity is done, I just quit all apps and then close the desktop (alt
> +delete) (I could use a keyboard shortcut to close all the windows on
> screen and delete the workspace at the same time, but atm it's fine like
> that).
> It's only a workaround (and a new way of working) for your question, but
> I find the workflow quite convenient.

Thanks to all respondents. In fact, I had not thought about using
different workspaces, which are the solution for my problem.


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