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The popular Gnome 3 desktop session for Linux. Available in Ubuntu Software Center.

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This tutorial is going to show Ubuntu begginers how to enable Gnome’s default left panel (Dock), which has an auto-resize panel height.

In Ubuntu 18.04 and higher, the left panel (called Dock) is by default extended to all the available screen height, which looks just like it does in the previous default Unity desktop.

While the Settings utility only offers options to toggle auto-hide, icon size, and panel position, here’s how to enable auto-resize panel height (or width if panel moved to bottom).

1.) First search for and install dconf editor in Ubuntu Software.

2.) Launch dconf editor, and navigate to org/gnome/shell/extensions/dash-to-dock.

Scroll down and find the line says “extend-height” and turn off the switch.

In addition, for those familiar with Linux command line, open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run single command to do the job:

gsettings set org.gnome.shell.extensions.dash-to-dock extend-height false

And restore the change via command:

gsettings set org.gnome.shell.extensions.dash-to-dock extend-height true

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Feel that Gnome desktop ‘Alt+Tab’ popup is slow? There’s by default 0.15 second popup delay when you pressing Alt+Tab on keyboard.

It’s nothing serious for some people including me. But if you want to remove the delay to speed up task switcher popup, it can be done easily via gnome shell extension.

Open Ubuntu Software, search for remove alt tab popup and install the extension.

It takes effect immediately after you installed the extension. And as noted it effects all kinds of pop-ups.

To manage the Gnome Shell extension, install and open Gnome Tweaks, then go to Extensions tab.

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In Ubuntu 18.04 and higher, Gnome’s built-in screen keyboard can be enabled via universal access menu.

However, it only triggers automatically in Gnome Activities and Application menu, nowhere else. See the bug. Though it’s marked as fixed, I still have the problem in my laptop.

For those have the same issue, you can install the previous Ubuntu 16.04’s default onboard screen keyboard utility in Ubuntu 18.04 as a workaround.

Open Ubuntu Software, search for and install onboard as well as onboard settings.

Once installed, launch the utility from Gnome application menu.

In onboard settings, set up auto-show, layout, theme, etc and enjoy!

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For Ubuntu 18.04 Gnome desktop, system and app notifications are shown also in the lock screen.

For some who want to hide these notifications on the lock screen, this quick tutorial will show you how.

1. First, open Ubuntu Software, search for and install dconf editor.

2. Once installed, launch dconf editor from application menu.

dconf editor in unity dash

3. When it opens, navigate to org/gnome/desktop/notifications, and turn OFF the switch for “show-in-lock-screen”

That’s it. Enjoy!

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Gnome-Pro, a new GTK+ theme made by paulxfce, is a great theme for Gnome 3 Desktop with GTK > = 3.20.

A clear and easy-on-the-eyes theme that is meant for those who use the Gnome-desktop professionally on a daily basis. The focus in this theme is compatibility: GTK-2 applications and GTK-3 applications look virtually the same. Libre-office, Scribus, Evolution, Geary, Planner, GnuCash, LaTeXila, Geany, the Gimp, Inkscape,…

Chrome, firefox, Web and Opera have no issues with this theme.

About the looks, you will notice some Elementary-theme, Arc-theme and Gnome-OSX.

How to Install Gnome-Pro theme in Ubuntu 17.04:

The theme so far works on Ubuntu 17.04, Ubuntu 17.10, and it requires a few theme engines to work properly.

1. Open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T or from app launcher, when it opens, run command to install theme engines:

sudo apt install gnome-themes-standard gtk2-engines-murrine

2. Window buttons should be moved to right corner via command:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.preferences button-layout ":minimize,maximize,close"

3. Download the theme file from the link below:

Download Gnome-Pro (Files pane)

4. Extract the tarball, and move the theme folder into .themes in the root of your user directory.

Press ctrl+h to view hidden file folders, and create .themes folder if it’s not exist.

5. Finally select the theme via Gnome Tweak Tool. Log out and back in to apply changes.