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Ubuntu 23.10 with GNOME 45 has replaced the top-left ‘Activities’ with a workspace indicator. By hovering over it, you can use mouse scroll to switch workspaces.

This is done by a simple extension called “Workspace Scroll”. Like the volume icon, with that extension, you can move mouse cursor over the top-left indicator, then scroll the middle mouse button to switch workspaces (aka Windows’ Virtual Desktop).

This can be useful for mouse heavily users, since it saves you a few mouse clicks!

How to Install Workspace Scroll

To install the extension for this feature, firstly press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal.

Then, run command to install “Extension Manager” app:

sudo apt install gnome-shell-extension-manager

Next, click on top-left button to open overview, search for and launch “Extension Manager”.

Finally, use the tool to search and install the “Workspace Scroll” extension under ‘Browse’ tab.

For other Linux with GNOME 45, such as the upcoming Fedora 39, Arch/Manjaro etc, just open the link below:

Then use the ON/OFF switch to install that extension. If you don’t see the switch, install browser extension via the link in the page and refresh.

After installed the extension, just move your cursor to top-left indicator button, and scroll the middle wheel to verify.

In the recent update of Ubuntu 23.10 daily build, the GNOME desktop has been updated to v45 beta. And, here are some visual changes.

The default wallpaper now has a dark variant. Meaning changing Ubuntu Desktop to dark style will also change to dark style wallpaper. Though, the final wallpaper is not revealed yet!

The ‘Files’, aka Nautilus file manager, has been redesigned with more stylish layout. Which, supports drag and drop web image into file, and implements Global Search.

Redesigned Nautilus File Manager

And, there’s new system extension to enhance tiling window support. Not only half screen tiling, it also support tiling window to quarter screen size, with either drag’n’drop or keyboard shortcuts, as well as features such as Tiling Pop-up and Tiling group.

By going to ‘Settings’ -> ‘Ubuntu Desktop’, you’ll see the new toggle options. Though, you can get even more by using “Extension Manager”.

Via the latest Gnome Shell package updates, the top-left ‘Activities’ button is finally replaced by an indicator. Now, it displays a white pill that indicates which workspace you’re on. Depends on how many workspaces you have, all others are indicated via gray dots.

As well, you may found the app menu, to indicate which app window is on focus, has also been removed. Though, the new Window Focus animation is not implemented at the moment.

They are even more great new features in Ubuntu 23.10. To try it out, just download the latest daily build image from the link below and install it in either real or virtual machine.

For Ubuntu 23.04, Debian 12, Fedora 38 and other Linux with GNOME 43/44, there’s now an extension allows to monitor and control your remote Transmission downloads via system tray indicator.

It uses Transmission RPC protocol for interacting with remote PC/server that is running Transmission GTK, daemon, or Fragments.

With the indicator, user can easily add new download via torrent link, monitor all the downloading process, and one click to open the web UI with more options.

How to Install the Indicator Applet

For Ubuntu 23.04 user, firstly search for and install “Extension Manager” from Ubuntu Software.

Install Extension Manager in Ubuntu 22.04+

Then launch “Extension Manager” and use the tool to search and install “Transmission Daemon Indicator NG” extension.

For other Linux with GNOME 43/44, just go to the link below:

Then, turn ON the toggle switch to install the extension. If you don’t see the ON/OFF switch, install browser extension and refresh the page.

Configure the Indicator Applet

Once installed, the applet should appear immediately on your panel. You can open the settings page either from applet’s drop-down menu, or via “Extension Manager”.

Of course, in the server (either local or remote) that’s running Transmission, you have to enable the Remote Control first from preferences.

Transmission GTK, enable Remote Control

For Transmission daemon running in the background, edit the ‘/etc/transmission-daemon/settings.json‘ file to enable RPC remote control, setup user & password, whitelist, etc, before being able to connect.

Remember to use systemctl reload transmission-daemon.service to apply changes, since start or restart may reset your password in the config file.

Ubuntu 23.10 is going to introduce new enhanced tiling window support! Here’s how you can try it out in Ubuntu 22.04 & Ubuntu 20.04.

For those who don’t know what is window tiling, it’s a window management behavior that snap window to screen edge/corner to be half or quarter-tile. So, you can work with 2, 3, or 4 app windows side by side in your screen.

Ubuntu so far has basic tiling support, that can only snap window to left or right half-tile. An enhanced tiling is available soon via a new built-in extension called “Tiling Assistant”.

By either dragging or use keyboard shortcut, user can tile window to left, right, top and bottom half, which is called Edge Tiling. And, tile window to top-left, top-right, bottom-left, and bottom-right quarter of screen, called Corner Tiling.

And, after tiling a window, it has a tiling pop-up feature that automatically show you ‘Super + Tab’ app switcher style pop-up to choose which app to auto-tile to the remaining screen space. And, when click focus (raise) a tiled window, all windows in the tile group raise together.

Install Tiling Assistant in Ubuntu 22.04/20.04

Like ‘Ubuntu Dock’, the new extension is a fork of the community maintained ‘Tiling Assistant’ extension. Which, support GNOME desktop from version 3.36 to 44 at the moment.

Ubuntu 22.04 user can firstly search for and install “Extension Manager” from Ubuntu Software.

Install Extension Manager in Ubuntu 22.04+

Then, launch the tool and use it to search & install “Tiling Assistant” extension under Browse tab.

For Ubuntu 20.04, first press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal and run command to install the agent and Extensions app packages:

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

Then, go to the link below and use ON/OFF switch to install ‘Tiling Assistant’:

If you don’t see the ON/OFF switch, install browser extension with link in the page and then refresh!

After installed, the extension, launch either “Extension Manager” or “Gnome Extensions” app and open the settings for that extension to configure the new tiling behavior.

Run Ubuntu on laptop or other machine with touchscreen? You can enable touch feedback with an extension.

It’s ‘Touch X‘, an extension that support GNOME from version 40 to 44. Meaning for Ubuntu 22.04, 23.04, Debian 12, RHEL 9, Fedora, Arch, Manjaro and other Linux with recent GNOME.

In these systems, it supports ripple feedback where the screen is touched. The feedback looks a bit like the locate mouse pointer function as the screenshot below shows you.

I don’t have a touchscreen device running Ubuntu. However, you can install and try the extension out by following steps one by one.

Install Touch X Extension

Firstly, open Ubuntu Software and use it to search and install the “Extension Manager” app.

Install Extension Manager in Ubuntu 22.04+

Then, click on top-left ‘Activities’ to open overview screen. When it opens, search for and launch “Extension Manager”.

Finally, navigate to ‘Browse’ tab in Extension Manager, search and install “Touch X” extension.

Once installed, switch back to “Install” tab. Then, click on the gear icon for that extension to open configuration page.
There you can change the color and radius of the ripple feedback.

For other Linux with GNOME, go to the extension web page via link below:

Then turn on the toggle switch to install the extension. And, use GNOME Extensions (available in Gnome Software) app to configure it.

If you don’t see the ON/OFF switch, install browser extension via link in that page and refresh it.