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

Gnome Tweaks, one of the must have apps for configuring Ubuntu, removes GNOME Shell Extensions support by releasing version 40.

Which means in next Ubuntu release which will ship with Gnome 40+, you have to use another tool to manage Gnome Shell Extensions.

If you have tried out Fedora 34, you should already see the prompt at first launch of Gnome Tweaks: “Extensions management has been moved to GNOME Extensions”.

The “new” tool “GNOME Extensions” is available in Ubuntu universe repositories since Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. If you don’t have it, open terminal by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard, and run command to install it:

sudo apt install gnome-shell-extension-prefs

Then you can open it from system app launcher.

Different to the extensions tab in Gnome Tweaks, the GNOME Extensions tool displays built-in Gnome Shell extensions and user installed extensions separately.

Besides the slider icons to toggle on/off extensions and gear buttons to change extension settings, there’s a triangle icon after each extension. Clicking on the icon will expand the extension with a brief description as well as the website and remove buttons.

In addition, Fedora users can get the tool by installing gnome-extensions-app package. Other Linux with Gnome Desktop can install the flatpak package.

Looking a graphical tool to manage users and groups in Ubuntu Desktop? Try the classic Gnome user settings tool.

A user is anyone who uses a computer, and users may be grouped together into a “group”. Users and groups are used to control access to the system’s files, directories, and peripherals.

For those hate Linux commands, the classic GUI tool, which was default in Ubuntu when it was Gnome 2, allows to add, remove, edit users and groups.

Like system default User Settings, it offers options to add, remove, and edit all user accounts. Though there are a few differences:

  • It can generate random password for user account.
  • Automatic login option seems not working.
  • Custom user privileges under Advanced Settings.

By clicking on “Manage Groups” button, you can then add, remove, edit groups.

To add or remove a user from a group, simply go to group properties, and check or un-check the user name under Group Numbers.

To install the GUI user and group managing tool, open terminal from system app launcher and run command:

sudo apt install gnome-system-tools

Then search for and open “Users and Groups” from system app launcher and enjoy!

Run Ubuntu or other Linux with Gnome Desktop on E-Ink Displays? There’s now an E-Ink Mode Gnome Shell extension allows to easily toggle desktop appearance suitable for the monitors.

What does E-Ink Mode extension do:

  • Switch shell theme to built-in light high contrast one (User Themes extension is not required).
  • Switch GTK and icon theme to High Contrast
  • Switch Cursor theme to DMZ-White
  • Disable shell animations
  • Restore previous themes and animation settings when disable this extension

Though the things can be done manually step by step, the extension make it as easy as a toggle switch in Extensions tool. And so far Gnome 3.36 is supported.

How to Install E-Ink Mode extension:

1.) For Ubuntu, first make sure chrome-gnome-shell package is installed. And for the Extensions tool, install thethe gnome-shell-extension-prefs package:

sudo apt install chrome-gnome-shell gnome-shell-extension-prefs

2.) Go to the extension web page and turn on the toggle icon to install it.

Don’t see the toggle icon? Click the link which says “Click here to install browser extension” to install browser extension and refresh the web page.

It should enable E-Ink Mode once you installed the extension. To toggle off or remove it, use Extensions tool.

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Fancy some 3D effects on your Ubuntu Desktop? There’s a gnome shell extension that enables Windows 7 Aero Flip 3D style ‘Alt+Tab’ app window switcher in Ubuntu.

Coverflow Alt-Tab is the extension works on Ubuntu 20.04, Ubuntu 20.10, Ubuntu 18.04, and all other editions with Gnome 3 desktop.

1. If you’re first time installing a Gnome Shell extension, open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command to install the chrome-gnome-shell package:

sudo apt install chrome-gnome-shell

You may also install gnome-shell-extension-prefs, an utility to manage Gnome extensions.

2. Go to…/coverflow-alt-tab/. Click the link to install browser extension if it prompts.

3. Finally refresh the web page and turn on the toggle icon to install the Gnome Shell extension.

Once installed, press Alt+Tab and enjoy! For the preferences, use Gnome Tweaks or Extensions utility.

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For those who have Philips Hue compatible lights, now it’s easy to control them via a Gnome Shell Extension.

Hue-lights is an extension that offers a system tray indicator to control Philips Hue compatible lights using Philips Hue Bridge. The extension groups the lights in zones and rooms, allows you to control the state, the brightness, and the color.

How to Install Hue-lights Gnome Shell Extension:

In your web browser, go to the extension web site and turn on the toggle icon to install it.

Once you installed the extension, the system tray indicator starts automatically and discovers Philips Hue bridges in your home network. For choice you may add the IP manually.

Don’t see the toggle icon? Follow the link to install the browser extension (if it prompts):

Then open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command:

sudo apt install chrome-gnome-shell

And finally refresh the extension web page!

Uninstall the Extension:

To remove the extension, either turn off the toggle icon in the web page or use Extensions tool (install gnome-shell-extension-prefs package if you don’t have it).