To configure the operating system based on the Linux kernel in different ways. If it would be specifically about Ubuntu, then it is best to use the official tool called GNOME Tweaks.
In our today’s article will address all 10 basic options, allowing you to change the appearance of the desktop of your operating system. Every step of customization of Ubuntu, for clarity, will be accompanied by a screenshot. Thus, you will be able to understand where and what we pressed. Getting down to business.
Install GNOME Tweak Tool in Ubuntu
It is available in Universe repository, which is available by default in Ubuntu, the only thing you need to do is enable it or verify that it is active. To do this, run the application menu, using the button at the bottom left corner of the screen.
Select utility Update application and wait until the completion of checking thereof. After that click on the settings button.
In the General tab Ubuntu Software make sure the check mark next to the item , Free and free software support community (universe).
Now we can go directly to install GNOME Tweak Tool. Return to the main menu and launch applications indicated in the screenshot utility:
Using search, find the right app:
In the next step click the install button:
Now, to make changes to the system, we will need to log in. Enter your password and click Confirm.
Wait until the installation is complete, GNOME Tweaks.
Ready. Now we can go directly to work with our program.
An alternative option is installing GNOME Tweaks involves the use of the Linux terminal. Run our terminal by going to applications menu or using the Ctrl+Alt+T. In the next window, enter the command:
sudo apt install gnome-tweaks
Write our password and wait until the completion of automatic installation. Then go to work with the described program.
How to use GNOME Tweaks
So, let’s consider 10 most important settings in the Gnome Tweak Tool that allows you to make your operating system more beautiful and more convenient.
1. Autostart apps
If you need to have any program run with the operating system, use the tab Autostart. Then you just need to press the button with plus and from the list select the target program, and then click Add.
2. Settings top bar
The setting lends itself and the top panel. We can enable or disable the following functions:
- The application menu;
- The battery charging display;
- The clock display (including seconds);
- Date display;
The name of the tab appearance speaks for itself. ‘ve set up: application, mouse pointer, icons, shell (shell), background picture of the desktop and screen lock:
For owners of a relatively weak machine it is recommended to disable the animation. This significantly improve the performance of your computer.
The subject Shell is the ability to customize the look of not only Windows programs, but of the whole shell as a whole. For example: application menu, sidebar and so on.
4. Keyboard and mouse
In the next section of the GNOME Tweak Tool, we can configure the appearance of additional sources of input to enable or disable composite key, to activate the Emacs mode, add a box when you press the middle button or adjust the acceleration profile.
You can also adjust the position of the cursor, enable or disable the touch pad and emulate mouse clicks.
The configuration menu of Windows, Ubuntu includes such a list of possibilities:
- Attaching a modal dialog box;
- Resize with the right button of the mouse.
- Setting key modifier actions on the window;
- Setting the focus window;
- Actions in the window title;
- Double press of the button;
- Press the middle mouse button;
- A second press.
In addition, we can enable or disable the buttons in the window title. Primarily adjusted their position (left or right), and the second set of buttons themselves.
On Linux operating systems using multiple desktop environments. We can set their number and each of the tables to set a comfortable for you way. For example, if we work, go to the first workspace. If you turn to other tasks, immediately switch to the second. This approach is very convenient and is a huge advantage compared to Microsoft OS.
Desktop settings in GNOME Tweak Tool can be adjusted by the following parameters:
- Show or hide icons;
- Displaying the home folder;
- Displaying the recycle bin;
- To enable or disable the icons of the network and devices.
The next section is also very interesting. There are concentrated supplements, which can significantly extend the functionality of the shell of the operating system. In this case, only two of them, but in the future you can install new plugins from the repositories.
Operating systems Linux can be flexibly configured fonts. We can individually configure them in window titles, text fields, documents, and so on. You can enable and configure hinting and choose the font size and type. Supported configuration of smoothing.
For people that have vision problems, there is the scaling.
10. Power supply
Next the configuration section includes only one element. We can enable automatic activation of standby mode when closing the laptop lid. This saves battery life of the device.
This concludes the overview of the GNOME Tweak Tool and how you could understand it is very useful for everyone. Do your system more beautiful, gradually dealing with new and new functions. Install the add-on Gnome Shell, and thus provide the individuality of its Linux! If in the process you have any questions, you can always ask them in the comments.