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i3 WM: Default Workspace Settings

I've been playing around with the i3 window manager a lot lately, and I have to say I enjoy it very much! But one default setting that tripped me up (as set by i3-config-wizard) was the key bindings for workspace switching:

bindsym $mod+1 workspace 1
bindsym $mod+2 workspace 2
bindsym $mod+3 workspace 3
# ...

This works well until you start naming your workspaces. With these bindings, you will switch to workspace name "1", not number "1". So if you rename workspace 1 to "1: Firefox" and press Mod5+1, you'll end up opening a new workspace instead of going to the "1: Firefox" workspace. Not very intuitive! Luckily, we can easily get the desired behavior with a slight tweak to the config file:

bindsym $mod+1 workspace number 1
bindsym $mod+2 workspace number 2
bindsym $mod+3 workspace number 3
# ...

Posted Thu 11 July 2013 by Justin Holewinski in General (Linux, i3)