Gnome and its file manager, Nautilus, have some interesting, useful but hard to discover tricks built in. Here is a short selection:
Dragging a file with middle mouse button will show a menu upon release, allowing you to select among move, copy, link to, and cancel. Similar to right-mouse drag in Windows.
- Alt-left drag in any window will let you move that window, without having to hunt for the title bar. Just click anywhere in a window while the Alt key is pressed, and you can move the window.
- Alt-middle drag allows you to resize a window without having to hunt for the edges of the window.
- Alt-right click anywhere in the window will bring up the window menu (the one that is usually located by pressing on the top left corner of the title bar).
- Double-clicking on the title bar will expand a window to full-screen.
This behaviour can be modified in System menu –> Preferences –> Windows. Look for the “Titlebar Action” section – the “roll up when double-clicked” version can be very useful to manage the palettes and toolbars of applications like the GIMP, Inkscape or Scribus.
To add an item to your Places menu, as well as to the Places sidebar in Nautilus, navigate to that location in Nautilus, and choose Bookmarks>Add Bookmark.