Ubuntu Tweak is an application to config Ubuntu easier for everyone. It provides many useful desktop and system options that the default desktop environment doesn’t provide.
Using Ubuntu Tweak, you can install almost all essential applications and games with a simple click, you can also change the window buttons from Left to right, backup your system and more useful features.
Ubuntu Tweak has lot of useful and interesting features. Here is the complete list of features.
- View of Basic System Information(Distribution, Kernel, CPU, Memory, etc.)
- GNOME Session Control
- Auto Start Program Control
- Quick install popular applications
- A lot of third-party sources to keep applications up-to-date
- Clean unneeded packages or cache to free disk space
- Show/Hide and Change Splash screen
- Show/Hide desktop icons or Mounted Volumes
- Show/Hide/Rename Computer, Home, Trash or Network icon
- Tweak Metacity Window Manager’s style and behaviour
- Compiz Fusion settings, Screen Edge Settings, Window Effect Settings, Menu Effect Settings
- Set the Shortcuts to archive quicker access your favourite applications
- GNOME Panel Settings
- Nautilus Settings
- Advanced Power Management Settings
- System Security Settings
- And many more is coming…
Install Ubuntu Tweak in Ubuntu via PPA On 13.10/13.04/12.10
Note: This PPA will only work on Ubuntu 13.10 and previous versions.
Open terminal and enter the following command:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tualatrix/ppa sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install ubuntu-tweak
Install Ubuntu Tweak On Ubuntu 15.10/15.04/14.10/14.04
Download the .deb file from the official website and install it as shown below.
To install the .deb file on Ubuntu 14.10, do the following steps. Go to the directory where you downloaded the latest Ubuntu-Tweak .deb file and do the following steps.
sudo apt-get install gdebi
sudo gdebi ubuntu-tweak_0.8.7-1~trusty2_all.deb
That’s it. Now launch Ubuntu-Tweak either from Unity Dash or Terminal.
This is how your Ubuntu Tweak Dash board will look.
Usage is very simple and easy. After launching the application, you will find four tabs namely,
In this section, you will find all important and popular applications listed as per the category. Click the on the app you want to install and you’re done. Just sit back and watch, the Ubuntu Tweak will download and install it for you.
For example, let us install Geary Email client application. To do that go to the Apps section and search for the Geary app. Select it and click Install.
Now, Ubuntu Tweak will install Geary app.
Then, you can launch the installed application from Dash, and use it as usual.
In this section, you can change the Appearance, Sound, Login Theme, Desktop, Wallpaper, Unity, Workspace, File manager settings.
For example, to define what and how icons should be appeared in the desktop, click on the Desktop Icons option. Here, you can rename and toggle the visibility of desktop icons as your liking. Be mindful that switching off this option will make your desktop unclickable.
Moreover, you can define the appearance and behaviour of your login screen such as disabling Guest account, Changing default and current desktop wallpaper, changing login screen logo and many.
This section has some administrative tweaks to do if you wish.
For instance, if you want to change the paths of defaults folders, click on the User Folder button. Be careful guys, do not change the location of your desktop folder unless you know what you’re doing. Leave the default values as they are.
Also, you can manually edit the software sources to suit your needs. To edit the sources list, go to the Source Editor section and edit as per your needs.
This is very important and most useful section of Ubuntu Tweak. It will help you to clean your system. You can clean your old unused kernels, browser cache, thumbnail cache and unneeded packages etc. If you don’t want to dumb your hard drive with unused packages kernels, go this section and make some space for the important applications.
For example, to clean the apt cache, go to the Janitor section and check the box Apt Cache on the left. Select the packages you want to clean and click the Clean button on the bottom right corner. That’s it. Now your Apt cache will be cleared.
What we have seen so far is only the basic usage. There are more options yet to see, and it is really difficult to cover all things in a single tutorial. Go, and check out every option, you will find more interesting and as well as useful settings available. In my personal experience, Ubuntu Tweak is a must have tool in your arsenal.