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Showing posts with label Unity Tweak. Show all posts
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Sunday, 30 March 2014

Ubuntu: Unity Hints Tweaks and Tips

Ubuntu: Unity Hints Tweaks and Tips

Hey everyone I thought i should start putting more effort into this site so fortunately for all those who are regular visitors, I will now have regular weekly updates on our fav o/s. The bellow commands are compliments  of  wiki.indie-it . 

Autorun Media - Disable: How To

By default items such as optical media will autorun when placed in a drive, to disable this behaviour open 'dconf-editor' and locate the following key:
Tick the box for 'autorun-never'

DConf-Editor - Install: How To

The dconf-editor is an essential tool for configuring Ubuntu, however it does not come installed by default.

sudo apt-get install dconf-tools
After installation run from the launcher:
dconf editor

Desktop Switcher - Remove Icon: How To

This works for those who only require one workspace, if you want multiple workspaces but no icon this is not the fix for you.
Install compiz:

sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager
In the Unity Launcher search for compiz and launch the manager application.
Under 'Category' click 'General' then 'General Options' click the 'Desktop Size' tab, then move all the available sliders to '1'.
Logging out then in should remove the icon from the launcher, if not reboot.
Cribbed here.

Global Menu - Disable: How To

There are things you should do however before disabling the Global Menu Support (GMS). Most programmes will revert to individual menus however there are exceptions and if these are not sorted before you remove GMS you will be left without the buttons to close/minimise/maximise:
Firefox: You need to disable the add-on/extension for Global Menu Support before remove un-installing the items above.
Linux Terminal:~$

sudo apt-get remove appmenu-gtk3 appmenu-gtk appmenu-qt 
sudo reboot

Global Menu - LibreOffice - Enable: How To

While LibreOffice is Ubuntu's default office suite does not come with Global Menu support for Unity out of the box. To enable support open the Software Centre and search for:
Highlight the result and click 'Install'.

Lock Screen: How To


Login Sound: How To Disable

Go to the system icon in the top right hand corner of the screen (the icon to the left of your username), click on it and then click on 'Startup Applications'
In the 'Startup Applications Preferences' window under 'Additional startup programs' locate 'GNOME login sound' and untick the checkbox.
12.04 - Login sound has now been removed by default.

Multiple Instances Of A Programme - View All Instances: How To

Open the Unity Launcher
Click once on the programme you want to see all instances of
Click once more, all the instance of the programme should now tile on the screen while all the other programmes minimise

NFS Automounted Home LightDM Broken Login: How To Fix


sudo apt-get install gdm
Choose gdm instead of lightdm, then reboot. If it does not ask you first time (or if you want to change it back to lightdm), run

sudo dpkg-reconfigure lightdm

Quicklists: An Overview

It is possible in Unity to edit the information seen when you right click on a launcher icon.
You can add whichever folder shortcuts to the launcher just ensure you follow the same formatting, i.e.
[Writer Shortcut Group]
Exec=libreoffice -writer %U
The entries at the end of the line 'X-Ayatana-Desktop-Shortcuts=' can be edited to show the shortcuts in whatever order you require; i.e. alphabetically.
The '[.... Shortcut Group]' entries do not have to match the order shown in the 'X-Ayatana-Desktop-Shortcuts=' line.
After editing Quick Lists you will need to log out/restart after your final edit before the tweak will become live.

Quicklists: Google Chrome

Linux Termainal:~$

sudo cp /usr/share/applications/google-chrome.desktop ~/.local/share/applications
gedit ~/.local/share/applications/google-chrome.desktop
Add the following code to the end of the file:
[NewWindow Shortcut Group]
Name=Open New Window

[Incognito Shortcut Group]
Name=Incognito Mode
Exec=google-chrome --incognito
Save and close the file. Restart Unity
Linux Termainal:~$

unity --replace

Quicklists: Home Folder

Copy 'Home Folder' launcher file to your home directory:

mkdir ~/.local/share/applications
cp /usr/share/applications/nautilus-home.desktop ~/.local/share/applications
Open the file for editing in gedit:

gedit ~/.local/share/applications/nautilus-home.desktop
In the existing text find and delete the following line:
At the bottom of the existing text add the following, then close and save:
[Videos Shortcut Group]
Exec=nautilus Videos

[Documents Shortcut Group]
Exec=nautilus Documents

[Music Shortcut Group]
Exec=nautilus Music

[Pictures Shortcut Group]
Exec=nautilus Pictures

[Downloads Shortcut Group]
Exec=nautilus Downloads
Log out and log in again to see the changes.
You can add whichever folder shortcuts to the launcher just ensure you follow the same formatting.
NOTE: The items at the end of the line 'X-Ayatana-Desktop-Shortcuts=' can be edited to show the shortcuts in whatever order you require; i.e. alphabetically. The '[.... Shortcut Group]' do not have to match the order shown in the 'X-Ayatana-Desktop-Shortcuts=' line.

Quicklists: LibreOffice

Copy 'LibreOffice' launcher file to your home directory:
cp /usr/share/applications/libreoffice-startcenter.desktop ~/.local/share/applications
Open the file in gedit:
gedit ~/.local/share/applications/libreoffice-startcenter.desktop
Lastly add the following to the file:

[Writer Shortcut Group]
Exec=libreoffice -writer %U

[Impress Shortcut Group]
Exec=libreoffice -impress %U

[Calc Shortcut Group]
Exec=libreoffice -calc %U

[Math Shortcut Group]
Exec=libreoffice -math %U

[Draw Shortcut Group]
Exec=libreoffice -draw %U

Quicklists: Mozilla Firefox

Copy the 'Firefox' launcher to your home directory:
cp /usr/share/applications/firefox.desktop ~/.local/share/applications
Open the copied file in gedit:
gedit ~/.local/share/applications/firefox.desktop
Locate and edit the following line:
Change it to read:
Add the following to the bottom of the document:
[SafeMode Shortcut Group]
Name=Open Firefox in safe mode
Exec=firefox -safe-mode

[ProfileManager Shortcut Group]
Name=Firefox Profile Manager
Exec=firefox -ProfileManager
To add a link to open a particular URL:
[MakeTechEasier Shortcut Group]
Name=Launch Indie IT
Exec=firefox ""

Quicklists: Mozilla Thunderbird

Copy the 'Thunderbird' launcher to your home directory:
cp /usr/share/applications/thunderbird.desktop ~/.local/share/applications/thunderbird.desktop
Open the copied file in gedit:
gedit ~/.local/share/applications/thunderbird.desktop
Locate and edit the following line:
Change it to read:
Add the following to the bottom of the document:
[Compose Shortcut Group]
Exec=thunderbird -compose

[AddressBook Shortcut Group]
Name=Address Book
Exec=thunderbird -addressbook

[ProfileManager Shortcut Group]
Name=Profile Manager
Exec=thunderbird -ProfileManager

Reset - Unity: How To

Been tweaking Unity and it has all gone horribly wrong, try the following:
Linux Terminal:~$
dconf reset -f /org/compiz/
unity --reset

Reset - Unity Launcher Icons: How To

Likewise for the Unity Launcher Icons is they have gone squiffy:
Linux Terminal:~$

unity --reset-icons &disown

Root User - Set Password & Allow Login Via LightDM: How To

Unlike many other Linux distributions Ubuntu does not by default come with a Root (super user) account.
Linux Terminal:~$

sudo -i
passwd root
Follow the prompts to add the password for root.
Linux Terminal:~$

sudo nano /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf
Add the line:
greeter-show-manual-login = true
Save changes (CTRL+o) press enter, then exit (CTRL+x)
Close the terminal and restart system
The above information gratefully gleaned from here.

Software Sources: How To Add

Software Sources can be accessed via the launcher, the Ubuntu Software Centre or of course via the terminal.

Scrollbars - Revert To Classic Style: How To

Open Synaptic and search for:
Uninstall the above.

Startup Applications - Show Hidden: How To

Linux Terminal:~$

sudo sed -i "s/NoDisplay=true/NoDisplay=false/g" /etc/xdg/autostart/*.desktop

Synaptic Package Manager

By default Synaptic Package Manager is not installed, in a terminal:

sudo apt-get install synaptic

HOWTO USB Drives - Disable Automounting

By default any external USB drive when plugged in will be automatically mounted, to disable this behaviour run 'dconf-editor' locate the following key:

Saturday, 19 October 2013

Software Scripts

Software Scripts

Ubuntu Software Scripts are simple to use for automating the the installation of software addons and plugins. I use a number of the scripts below to configure addons for Gimp that open up a whole new world of functionality within Gimp.

Also check out the LibreOffice scripts to make sure you get the full range of functionality from your office software. If you know of some scripts I have overlooked please contact me with links to your favorite scripts.

Easy Ubuntu scripts (Collection)

Collection Of Gimp Scripts

Tried and true Nginx init script.

Groovy Uno Office Scripts

TuxLite scripts

Sunday, 18 August 2013

New Unity Tweak Tool Unleashed for Power Users.

New Unity Tweak Tool Unleashed for Power Users.

Tweaking tools are often very popular software. Since Unity became the desktop on Ubuntu, a few different tweaking tools have surfaced. While some have faded, a new contender has emerged "to expose all the most needed Unity, Compiz, Appearance and Desktop settings in one interface.

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