This simple tutorial shows how to enable Compiz Desktop Cube effect in Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander.

1. To get started, first enable workspaces by going to System Settings -> Appearance -> Behavior tab. Check the box which says “Enable workspaces”

enable workspaces ubuntu 13.10

2. Press Ctrl+Alt+T to open terminal. Run commands below to install Compiz Config tool and plugins:

sudo apt-get install compiz-plugins-extra compiz-plugins-main compizconfig-settings-manager

3. Open CCSM from Unity Dash. Click to go into General Options configuration page. Under Desktop Size tab, Horizontal Virtual Size to 4

customize desktop size

4. Now enable Desktop Cube and Rotate Cube effects from CCSM main window. Finally you can rotate your desktop by hold down Ctrl+Alt and left click to drag your mouse.

Desktop Cube Ubuntu 13.10

That’s it! To revert back default settings, run command in terminal:

sudo apt-get install -y dconf-editor && dconf reset -f /org/compiz/

Log out and back in. Compiz should be functioning just like it was after you installed Ubuntu.

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