Enable Different Wallpaper For Each Workspace In Unity ~ Ubuntu 11.04

  • Press Atl + F2 and run:

    gconf-editor

    Navigate to apps > nautilus > preferences and uncheck show_dekstop.

    Next, open the Compiz Setting Manager and go to the Wallpaper plugin.

    Click “New” to choose a wallpaper for your first workspace.

    Browse to select an image.

    Repeat the steps for all your workspaces. Once done, enable the wallpaper plugin.

    Unity’s theme will look weird after enabling the plugin. Restarting the computer will fix it.

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    July 18th, 2011 | Joe Steiger | 8 Comments | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

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  • Hozentroger

    Do you know if it works under 11.10?

  • Omar

    Hey Joe,
    Any update on this for 11.10?

  • I am really sorry.  I never saw your comment.

    It works in 11.10, just instead of the gconf portion.  Instead, open the Gnome Tweak Tool, under desktop, turn off have file manager handle the desktop.

  • It works in 11.10, except for the gconf portion.  Instead, open the Gnome Tweak Tool, under desktop, turn off have file manager handle the desktop.

  • Meinereiner

    12.04 seems to be the same as 11.10 thanks for the advice

  • Lucy

    – Only for Unity?
    – What happened to the icons in the desktop? No icons never?
    – Compiz-settings-manager, as well as other compiz plugins (which, I believe, are needed for this purpose) are not installed by default in Ubuntu 11.04.
    – You need to reboot or just restart Unity? How to?
    – Those wallpapers are horrible.
    – ALWAYS MISSING: **How to undo changes**, although in this case seems quite simple

    Good tutorial: well explained + good explanation in video (albeit for the accent), but too short leaving the reader with many questions in his mind..

  • Only for Unity? <– Or Fallback Gnome running Compiz.
    What happened to the icons in the desktop? No icons never? <– You can't have desktop icons with this.
    Compiz-settings-manager, as well as other compiz plugins (which, I believe, are needed for this purpose) are not installed by default in Ubuntu 11.04. <– Right, you need to install compiz settings manager.
    You need to reboot or just restart Unity? How to? <– You can also log out and log back in. Pressing alt + f2 and running unity –replace might work as well. Didn't try.

    Those wallpapers are horrible. <– I just used ones that came with Ubuntu.
    ALWAYS MISSING: **How to undo changes**, although in this case seems quite simple <– To undo, recheck the show_desktop box in gconf, and press the reset button in the compiz plugin and/or disable it: http://i45.tinypic.com/2nr0r5v.png

  • Geoff

    will this work in 12.04? 2D and 3D?