This Tool Allows to Customize Ubuntu 22.04 GNOME Desktop with Advanced Settings

Last updated: June 25, 2022 — Leave a comment

Want to configure the top-bar, dock, overview and other Gnome shell components with more settings? Shell Configurator is now updated with GNOME 41 & 42 support.

It’s an extension for add, remove, configure, and customize GNOME Shell with advanced settings. With it, you can:

  • Select login into blank desktop, overview or app grid.
  • Hide or auto-hide top bar.
  • Show/hide panel elements, e.g., Activities, clock, app menu, system menu (aggregate menu).
  • Change height size of top-bar.
  • Move top-bar to bottom.
  • Enable/disable Dash (the dock).
  • Remove the separator in dock between favorite and running apps.
  • Show or hide search in overview.
  • Set how many rows and columns in app grid.
  • Change looking glass size and postion.
  • Change notification bubble, OSD position and time out.
  • Show the new screenshot UI in top.

How to Install Shell Configurator:

For Ubuntu 22.04, press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal and run the command below to install Extension Manager:

sudo apt install gnome-shell-extension-manager

Then, click “Activities” on top bar, search for and open the app:

Finally, navigate to ‘Browse’ tab, search and click install the “Shell Configurator” extension:

To open the settings dialog, switch back to “Installed” tab in Extension Manager and click on the gear button for the extension.

For other Ubuntu edition as well as Fedora, Debian with GNOME, use the on/off switch to install extension in the link page below, after installed the chrome-gnome-shell agent:

sudo apt install chrome-gnome-shell


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