I have been trying to drag a window from one workspace to another, or use the scroll wheel to switch workspaces, or mouse to the edge of a workspace to enter the next one, as I have been able to do since ubuntu 9. In Mate, half the screen turns light blue when I drag a window far enough, but I have no idea what that means or if it has any real purpose.
I have been exploring the dconf editor to find if I can set workspace options, but have not found any that can set any more parameters than can be set in the dialog box invoked by rightclicking the workspace icons in the launcher. I can set a keybinding ( 1 or 2, etc.) to send a window to a particular numbered workspace, but this is really so clunky I can’t believe someone gutted very useful features out of an older system in the name of ‘progress’!
Should I abandon trying to use Mate and reinstall xubuntu or Unity? Xubuntu also shows a tree directory in the side pane, not the list, which I find much easier to work with.
I have abandoned using Apple products for a variety of reasons, but way back in the 90’s, Apple OS8 allowed you to put an alias of a partition in the Apple menu, then when you clicked and dragged on it, you could open ANY file in ANY mounted partition with just one swipe, because the menu structure was totally hierarchical. This in an OS that could be installed from a 3.5" floppy disk, running on an IT PhD candidate’s idea of a sick joke, the Power PC processor. I wish we had software engineers of that caliber kicking around today!