GNOME Teak Tool Icon-There are several ways by which you can customize the appearance and behavior of Ubuntu. The easiest way is using the GNOME tweak tool. It is also have another name as GNOME Tweaks or simply Tweaks.
I have mentioned this many times in my tutorials in the past. Here, I list all the major tweaks that you can do with this tool.
I have used Ubuntu here but the step should apply for any Linux distribution using the GNOM desktop environment.
- 1 Download and Install GNOME Tweak tool in Ubuntu 18.04 and other Latest versions
- 2 Download and Install GNOME Tweaks tool from Software Center for linux
- 3 1. Change Theme
- 4 2. Disable animation to speed up your desktop
- 5 3. Control desktop icon
- 6 4. Manage GNOME Extensions
- 7 5. Change fonts and scaling factors
- 8 6. Control touchpad behavior such as disable touchpad while typing, right click on touchpad
- 9 7. Change Power Settings
- 10 8. Decide what is displayed in the top panel
- 11 9. Configure the application window
- 12 10. Configure Workspace
Download and Install GNOME Tweak tool in Ubuntu 18.04 and other Latest versions
The GNOME tweak tool is available in the Universe repository in Ubuntu, so make sure you have enabled it in your software and platform:
Enable Universe Repository in Ubuntu
After that, you can install the GNOME Tweak tool from Software Center. Just open Software Center and search for GNOME tweaks and install it from there:
Download and Install GNOME Tweaks tool from Software Center for linux
Alternatively, you can use the command line to install the software with the appropriate command:
sudo apt install gnome-tweaks
Customize GNOME desktop with tweaks tool
The GNOME tweak tool enables you to make many settings changes. Some of these changes such as wallpaper changes, startup applications etc. I’m going to focus on tweaks that are not available in the settings by default.
1. Change Theme
You can also install new and latest themes in Ubuntu in various ways. But if you want to change the newly installed theme, you have to install GNOME Tweaks tool.
You can find the theme and icon settings in the Appearance section. You can also through different browse through the available themes and latest icons and set the ones you like. Changes come into effect immediately.
Replace Themes with GNOME Tweaks
2. Disable animation to speed up your desktop
There are subtle animations for opening, closing, maximizing application windows. You can disable these animations to reduce your system slightly as it will use slightly less resources.
Disable animation for a slightly faster desktop experience
3. Control desktop icon
At least in Ubuntu, you will see Home and trash icons on the desktop. If you do not like, you can choose to disable it. You can also select which icons will be displayed on the unix desktop.
Control desktop icons in ubuntu
4. Manage GNOME Extensions
I hope you know about the GNOME extension. These are small ‘plugins’ for your desktop that enhance the functionality of the GNOME desktop. There are a lot of GNOME extensions that you can use in the top panel to get CPU consumption, clipboard history and more.
I have written in detail about installing and using the GNOME extension. Here, I think you are already using these and if so, you can manage them from within GNOME Tweaks.
5. Change fonts and scaling factors
You can install new fonts in Ubuntu and apply system wide font changes using the Twix tool. You can also change the scaling factor if you think the icons, text are too small on your desktop.
6. Control touchpad behavior such as disable touchpad while typing, right click on touchpad
GNOME Tweaks allows you to disable the touchpad during typing. it can be useful when you type fast on a laptop. The bottom of your palm can touch the touchpad and the cursor moves to an unwanted location on the screen.
Disabling the touchpad automatically when resolving this issue.
Disable touchpad during typing
You’ll also notice that when you press the lower right corner of your touchpad for a right click, nothing happens. There is nothing wrong with your touchpad. It contains system settings that disables right click for any touchpad screen in such a way that it does not contains the actual right click button (like the old ThinkPad laptop). Two finger click gives you right click.
You can also get it back by choosing the area under mouse click simulation instead of fingers.
Fix right click problem
You may have to restart Ubuntu to take effect changes. If you are a lover of Emacs, you can also do Keybinding with Emacs.
7. Change Power Settings
There is only one power setting. This allows you to keep your laptop in suspend mode when the lid is closed.
8. Decide what is displayed in the top panel
The top panel in your desktop shows some important things. You have calendar, network icon, system settings and activities options.
You can also display battery percentage, add date with day and time, and show week number. You can also enable hot corners so that if you move your mouse to the top left corner of the screen, you will see all the activities with the running application
If you have a mouse focus on the application window, you will see that this menu is displayed in the top panel. If you don’t like it, you can close it and then the application menu itself will be available on the application.
9. Configure the application window
You can decide whether the maximum and minimum options (button located at the top right corner) will be shown in the application window. You can also change their position between left and right.
Application window configuration
There are some other configuration options as well. I don’t use them, but feel free to explore them on my own.
10. Configure Workspace
The GNOME Tweaks tool allows you to configure some things around the workspace.
The GNOME Tweaks tool should be a utility for any GNOME user. This helps you configure the looks and functionality of the desktop. I wonder if this tool is not even in the main repository of Ubuntu.
If u have any other latest tweek of gnome tool and if i miss anything that i dont know then lemme know in comment ?