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Workspaces enable you to manage which windows are on your screen. You can imagine workspaces as being virtual screens, which you can switch between at any time. Every workspace contains the same desktop, panels, and menus. However, you can run different applications and open different windows in each workspace. The applications in each workspace will remain in place when you switch to other workspaces.
By default, four workspaces are available. You can switch workspaces using the Workspace Switcher applet. In the following figure, Workspace Switcher contains four workspaces. The first three workspaces contain open windows. The last workspace does not contain any open windows. The currently active workspace is highlighted.
Figure 3-1 Workspace Switcher
Each workspace can have any number of applications open. The number of workspaces can be customized. For more information about adding workspaces, see Adding and Deleting Workspaces.
Note - Workspaces enable you to organize the Oracle Solaris Desktop when you simultaneously run various applications. One way to use workspaces is to allocate a specific function to each workspace.