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For Ubuntu PC or laptop with a low resolution monitor, some app windows may be bigger than screen height, thus it’s NOT fully accessible especially for the bottom part.

This usually happens in some Qt apps and Gnome Extension settings dialog in my Ubuntu laptop with 1366×768 screen resolution. A workaround is moving the app window above the top of the screen. Here’s how to do the trick in Ubuntu!

Move app window above screen top

Option 1: Super + Drag

Normally, dragging an app window will maximize it when hitting top bar in Ubuntu Linux.

However, by press and holding Super (aka Windows) key on keyboard, it supports for clicking down anywhere of an app window and moving the pointer to drag it above the screen top.

Option 2: Alt + F7

Without holding any keyboard and/or mouse key, there’s also Alt+F7 keyboard shortcut can do the trick.

Once you press the key combination on keyboard, the current window will be caught via a little hand icon (🤚) in center. Then, just move the mouse pointer will move the app window to anywhere, even above the top of the screen. To release it, just do a single click afterwards.

That’s all. If you know any other method to deal with the issue that app height is bigger than screen size, tell me by leaving a comment here!

Want some cool desktop animations? the ‘Burn My Windows’ extension added some more animation effects for Ubuntu 20.04+, Fedora workstation, and other Linux with GNOME 3.36+.

Previously when user clicks to close an app window, the extension applies a burning window down effect.

Now, more effects have been added to disintegrate your apps in Ubuntu Linux with style. They are: ‘Energize’, ‘TV Effect’, ‘Wisps’, ‘Matrix’, and ‘T-Rex-Attack’.

See the short videos for new effects when closing app windows:

There’s also new “Broken Glass” effect in upcoming release to shatter your windows into a shower sharp shards!

For each animation, there’s a setting page to change the animation speed, scale, color, etc.

Burn My Windows settings (via Gnome Extensions App)

Install Burn Windows Effect:

1. Ubuntu user needs to first press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal, and run command to install the ‘chrome-gnome-shell’ package:

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

Also install ‘gnome-shell-extension-prefs’ package for the settings dialog:

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

NOTE: Ubuntu 21.10 has Firefox as Snap package by default, which does not support installing Gnome Extensions so far. Use another browser or install Firefox as native DEB.

Don’t see the toggle icon? Use the ‘Click here to install browser extension‘ link to install browser extension and refresh the page.

After installation, search for and open ‘Gnome Extensions‘ app from activities overview screen:

Manage Gnome Extensions

When the app opens, click the gear button for ‘Burn My Windows’ and select your favorite animation!

Want to display time and date on your Ubuntu Desktop as widget? Without Conky or any other app, there’s now Gnome extension can do the trick by adding a live clock on your wallpaper.

It’s ‘Showtime’, an extension based on the Budgie Desktop widget. It displays transparent live digital lock, weekday, as well as date on the background wallpaper. And, it shows date and time in both vertical and horizontal styles.

Wallpaper clock

Wallpaper clock vertical style

User may change the display position by press and holding Super (Windows) key, and dragging to move it.

As well, it offers preference settings via “Gnome Extensions” app that allows to configure:

  • 12-hour or 24-hour format.
  • The display color.
  • Date and clock display format.
  • Date and clock font family and size.
  • Shadow transparency.

How to Install the Extension in Ubuntu:

The ‘Showtime’ extension so far supports Gnome 3.36, 3.38 and 40. So it will work in Ubuntu 20.04 and Ubuntu 21.10.

1. Install ‘chrome-gnome-shell’:

Firstly, press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, run command to install the ‘chrome-gnome-shell’ and Gnome Extensions packages if you don’t have it:

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

This package enables ability to install Gnome Extensions via a web browser.

2. Install the Extension:

Next, click the link button below to go to the extension web page and turn on the slider icon to install it:

For the vertical style, install this one instead.

If you don’t see the toggle icon, install the browser extension via the link in that page and refresh it.

NOTE: The pre-installed Firefox in Ubuntu 21.10 is a Snap package that does NOT support for installing Gnome Extensions so far. Use another browser or install Firefox as deb.

The widget should appear immediately after installation. After that, press Super (Windows) key and drag to move its position, and open ‘Gnome Extensions‘ from overview screen to configure it’s appearance.

Manage Gnome Extensions

That’s all. Enjoy!

For Ubuntu 20.04+ and other Linux with GNOME desktop (e.g., Fedora workstation, Debian and Arch Linux), there’s an extension lets you quickly locate mouse pointer.

The extension is called “Jiggle“. It highlights the mouse pointer position when it moved rapidly by applying 3 cool animation effects: Cursor Scaling, Spotlight, and Fireworks.

Cursor Scaling animation. Original pointer can be turned off

Fireworks effect

spotlight animation

User may choose one of the three effects to function. And each has options to configure the shake threshold, speed, and other settings.

Choose effect & change the “Shake Threshold”, etc.

Install Jiggle extension:

The extension at the moments supports for Gnome 3.36, 3.38 and 40. Though it works on GNOME 41 as reported.

1. Install Gnome Extensions App:

Before installing the extension, press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, run command to install the ‘chrome-gnome-shell’ and ‘gnome-shell-extensions-prefs’ packages:

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

The first package is required for installing Gnome Extensions from web browser in Ubuntu based system. The latter installs the app for managing extensions.

2. Install Jiggle:

Next, go to the extension web page via your web browser. And then turn on the toggle icon to install it:

https://extensions.gnome.org/extension/3438/jiggle/

If you don’t see the slider icon, install the browser add-on and refresh the page.

After installed the extension, search for and open ‘Gnome Extensions‘ from Activities overview screen.

Manage Gnome Extensions

Finally, open settings for ‘Jiggle’ and apply your favorite animation and enjoy!

There are a few extensions (e.g., Dash-to-dock and Dash-to-panel) to change the Gnome Shell ‘Dash’ appearance and behavior. Here I’m going to introduce the new extension called “Dash from Panel“.

GNOME Shell Dash:

The ‘Dash’ is the bottom bar in GNOME Activities overview screen, that shows favorite apps and running applications. Ubuntu by default uses ‘Dash-to-dock’ extension to bring the Dash out of overview screen as a left panel. And, there’s a ‘Dash-to-panel’ extension for choice to combine it with top-bar into single Microsoft Windows style bottom panel.



Dash from Panel

This is a new gnome shell extension. It does not change the default ‘Dash’, but only let it appear as dock at top when moving the cursor over top bar. So, user may access favorite and running app icons quickly without triggering ‘Activities’ overview.

The extension uses native GNOME Shell Dash to display as “dock”. And, it’s very light. As a new project, Dash from Panel so far lack options to configure the position, dock size and padding etc.

Install Dash from Panel:

The extensions so far support GNOME 40+. Users of Ubuntu 21.10+, Fedora 34+, and Arch Linux may install it via following steps.

1.) For Ubuntu user, press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal. And run command to install the ‘chrome-gnome-shell‘ package first:

sudo apt install chrome-gnome-shell

2.) Go the extension page in your web browser via the link below and turn on the toggle icon to install it.

NOTE for Ubuntu 21.10+, the preinstalled Firefox is a Snap package that so far does not support installing Gnome Extensions. Use another browser or Firefox as Deb.

If you don’t see the toggle icon, install the browser extension and refresh the web page.

The extension works immediately after installation. User may manage the extensions later via ‘Gnome Extensions‘ app, which can be installed via:

sudo apt install gnome-shell-extension-prefs

And other systems may install it from Gnome Software.