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Workspace moving behaviour across multiple screens

asked 2012-09-17 15:47:51 +0000

anonymous user


Hello, thanks for this beautiful window manager. But today I bought a second monitor and experienced a strange behaviour when moving windows to a workspace on the other monitor.

I enabled "workspace auto back and forth" and changed the bindsyms to something like "bindsym ..... move workspace x; workspace x". Now when I move my window to another monitor, the focus stays on the current one because "move workspace x" changes focus automatically for different monitors.

Is there a possibility to let "move workspace x" behave with different monitors like with a single one?

The version of i3 I'm using currently: i3 version 4.2 (2012-04-25, branch "release-4.2") © 2009-2012 Michael Stapelberg and contributors

I would appreciate if someone could help me.

Have a nice day!

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Can you please share your entire config at a nopaste service like and give an example with real workspace names and output names?

Michael gravatar imageMichael ( 2012-09-17 15:56:08 +0000 )edit

Thank you for your response. As you requested I copied my entire config to pastebin: Workspace 1 is the left monitor, Workspace 2 the right one. If I press Super+Shift+2 to move a window to workspace 2 and directly change focus, only the window will be moved.

iiiuser gravatar imageiiiuser ( 2012-09-17 16:06:31 +0000 )edit

I also experienced that my other bindsyms (Super+CTRL+2), which are actually for moving without following with the focus, works for workspaces on different monitors like Super+Shift+2 on the same one. Actually I think it's kind of a feature that I didn't understand.

iiiuser gravatar imageiiiuser ( 2012-09-17 16:10:52 +0000 )edit

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answered 2012-09-18 10:11:37 +0000

Michael gravatar image

At this point (after you provided your config file), I’d say it’s a bug. Please file a ticket at with a full debug-level logfile and all the information you provided here.

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