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    Default How to set up different applications to each virtual desktop

    How can I set up different applications for different virtual desktops?

    I succeeded to set up different background for each, but whenever I try to add an application to desktop #3, it keeps popping up on desktop #1.

    Tried to lock/unlock widgets, it doesn't make a difference.
    What step I am missing in the process? because obviously there is something ....

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    Default Re: How to set up different applications to each virtual des

    When you are adding applications to the "Desktop", it is going into the ~/Desktop folder. If you have specified "Folder View" in the "Desktop Settings" for both the desktops, then you get the same content. Try changing one to something else.
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    Default Re: How to set up different applications to each virtual des

    Thanks, problem is solved now.

    I went to look into Folder view,, as you said. My problem was, that when added the folder view to desktop #1, I insisted to choose in the Location section "Show Desktop Folder", instead using "Home".

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    Default Re: How to set up different applications to each virtual des

    I gather you guys have been talking about icons appearing on specific desktops. Is it possible to force an app to actually open on a specific desktop, wherever it is launched from?
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    Default Re: How to set up different applications to each virtual des

    Yes, by setting up Activities rather than thinking about windows. Select the Activity Bar widget and associate activities with it.

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    Default Re: How to set up different applications to each virtual des

    You might have misunderstood my question, apologies for not putting this more clearly:
    I do have Activities, one for each desktop. But how do I force, say, OpenOffice (or Firefox or whatever) to launch from Activity/Desktop 3, even if clicked on from Activity/Desktop 1? It's probably impossible, or so obvious that I'm unlikely to find it
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    I'm not using KDE so I don't know does it have such possibility, but if not, you can use Devil's Pie to do this.

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    Default Re: How to set up different applications to each virtual des

    Ah, Devil's Pie - I remember that from my Gnome days, thought it only worked with Metacity/Gnome. Thanks for the tip, a quick google suggests that it might play with KDE4.
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