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Rename workspace with i3-input using numbers and text

asked 2013-05-09 12:26:29 +0000

emanuel gravatar image

Hi !

As described in the user guide, I added the following binding to rename workspaces: bindsym $mod+r exec i3-input -F 'rename workspace to %s' -P 'New name: '

But I cannot use a number as preffix in order to take advantage of selecting workspaces with the i3 command workspace + number since i3-input would delete every whitespace.

e.g: "2: Music" would be named "2:Music" and bindsym $mod+2 workspace 2 wouldn't select that workspace.

What can I do ?

Thanks in advance!

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answered 2013-05-09 21:41:48 +0000

badboy_ gravatar image

updated 2013-05-09 21:42:00 +0000

Short answer: workspace number X


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Oh .. I feel terrible ! I read the entire i3 user guide and the answer was under my nose..thanks buddy.

emanuel gravatar imageemanuel ( 2013-05-10 01:08:01 +0000 )edit

You are not the only one reading over the keyword 'Number' :)

joepd gravatar imagejoepd ( 2013-05-10 05:53:53 +0000 )edit

answered 2013-05-20 13:50:41 +0000

ndemou gravatar image

updated 2013-05-20 16:02:52 +0000

If you've read the accepted answer and the link and still don't get it (like I did see my PS bellow) then here it is in black and white:

this keybinding will take you to the workspace having a name starting with 1

bindsym $mod+1 workspace number 1

whereas this will take you to the workspace named "1" (nothing more nothing less)

bindsym $mod+1 workspace 1

There's a good chance you have the later syntax in your config.

So, to give you the big picture, if you want to work with named workspaces you must:

  1. define a keybinding like this in your config (I chose $mod+n from reName because $mod+r was allready taken for Resize):

    bindsym $mod+n exec i3-input -F 'rename workspace to "%s"' -P 'New name for this workspace: ' (unimportant details regarding this command in notes [1],[2])

  2. make sure that your config has bindings with the number keyword for switching to your workspaces (i.e. lines like this: bindsym $mod+1 workspace number 1 and not like this: bindsym $mod+1 workspace 1)


1: the user guide omits the double quotes around %s but they are needed (names with spaces will be truncated if you don't use them -- maybe other bad things will happen).

2: super-geeks can also directly execute commands like this: i3-msg 'rename workspace 1 to "1: foo"' in order to rename a workspace.

PS I can't tell you how bad I felt after trying and retrying for many minutes to rename and access my workspaces with $mod+<num>. Either it was a silly moment or the guide and the syntax begs for misunderstandings. In (my very biased opinion at the moment) it's more of the later :). It seems that this particular topic (working with named workspaces) of the otherwise excellent user guide is full of traps:

  1. $mod+r is presented as an example both for resizing clients and for renaming workspaces
  2. the keybinding command that uses i3-input omits " around %s. As a result renaming to anything containing spaces fails. The examples always have spaces in the names.
  3. the topic of this thread
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great answer. How can I get it to display the number of the currently focused workspace by default. Lets say I am on workspace "2: www" and I want to rename it to "2: editor". When I press hotkey I want prompt to deafult to "2: " since that is the prefix I would always want

majkinetor gravatar imagemajkinetor ( 2013-10-12 14:37:51 +0000 )edit

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