Get tweak­ing

Linux Format - - Perfect Your Desktop -

The Gnome Sys­tem Set­tings di­a­log doesn’t of­fer much mal­leabil­ity. If you’re se­ri­ous about cus­tomis­ing Gnome, you’ll need to use the Gnome Tweaks app. Al­though it isn’t an of­fi­cial Gnome app, many Gnome-based distros bun­dle it by de­fault so you might al­ready have it in­stalled. If not, grab it us­ing your dis­tro’s pack­age man­ager, since it’s in the of­fi­cial repos­i­to­ries of vir­tu­ally all desktop dis­tri­bu­tions.

Us­ing the tool is fairly sim­ple. The dif­fer­ent tweaks are listed un­der self-ex­plana­tory cat­e­gories such as Ap­pear­ance, Desktop, Top Bar and Workspaces. You can tweak the ap­pear­ance set­tings of the desktop, dis­play icons on the desktop, tweak the top panel, change the be­hav­iour of the Win­dows and Workspaces, and a lot more.

From un­der the Ap­pear­ance sec­tion you can switch to any shell or ap­pli­ca­tion theme you’ve down­loaded from gnome-look.org. The Desktop sec­tion en­ables you to show icons and place some com­mon ones such as the Home folder, Trash folder, Mounted Shares and Net­work Servers on the desktop. Af­ter you’ve ac­ti­vated this tweak, you’ll also be able to cre­ate doc­u­ments and fold­ers on the desktop. You can also man­age the in­stalled ex­ten­sions us­ing the Gnome Tweaks. Re­mem­ber to visit the Win­dows sec­tion to bring back the min­imise and max­imise but­tons in the win­dows.

You’ll have to first in­stall the User Themes ex­ten­sion be­fore you can change the ap­pear­ance of the shell with a shell theme.

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