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When you’re running your laptop on battery, Ubuntu dims the screen after a few seconds of inactivity. It annoying and here’s how to increase the timeout.


  • Increase Ubuntu screen dimming timeout on your laptop
  • Enjoy!

To get started, open dconf Editor from the dash search results.

In next window, navigate to org -> gnome -> settings-daemon -> plugins -> power. You’ll find the key which says “idle-dim-time”, change its value to what you want.

change idle screen timeout


Ubuntu desktop keeps going blank or dark when it is idled for a certain time. That’s not good if you’re watching movies on screen. Here’s the guide to stop your screen being turned off.

Open Brightness & Lock from Unity dash search results, or from System Settings

You’ll see the window as the below picture shown. Select “Never” in the drop-down box after where it says “Turn screen off when inactive for”.

That’s it! There also provides options to disable lock screen and dimming.


This simple tutorial will show you how to install and change the boot screen animation themes on Ubuntu 13.04 to replace default purple splash.

First, the boot screen animation is called Plymouth. If you’re looking a GUI tool, please refer to plymouth manager.

For manual may, follow the below steps:

1.) There are some plymouth themes available in Ubuntu Software Center by default. Search for and install what you want:

2.) To change the themes, press Ctrl+Alt+T to open terminal, then run this command:

sudo update-alternatives --config default.plymouth

You’ll see a list of available themes to the default, just type the selection number and hit Enter.

3.) Finally, apply the changes:

sudo update-initramfs -u

Now, restart your machine and see the magic!