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Launch more than one instance of a program in Ubuntu on another workspace

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For the insanely organized amongst you there are times you may wish to run more than one instance of the same program – but on a separate workspace.

If you open an application in workspace A, then move to workspace B and click that application’s icon in the Unity launcher, you’ll be jumped back to workspace A.

Instead, to open another instance of the program, simply middle mouse click (or if you’re on a laptop, press both left button and right button simultaneously to simulate a middle click) on the icon which will spawn a new window with the same application.

It’s the little things that count!

The video below by Ubuntu user johnekerr shows an alternative method of achieving the same thing by using Natty’s Applications Dash.