Unity Tweaks in Ubuntu 11.04
As I said in my previous post, my upgrade to Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal (love the name) was almost perfect. I’m getting to grips with – and actually quite liking – the new Unity interface. I know that everyone’s opinion varies, and that whether you like a new UI or not is entirely personal and subjective. Here, though, are a few tweaks which have made Unity a bit more usable for me. Like adding your favourite folders (from the old “Places” menu) to the Home folder launcher.
A couple of my initial gripes with Unity centered around the fact that it seemed to take me a tad longer to get where I wanted to be. For instance, my Documents, Pictures, Downloads and root directory shortcuts had vanished along with the Places menu. This handy little tweak gives you the following menu, when you right click on the Home folder in the Unity launcher:
To get this, simply download the script from this link.
When you have downloaded it (assuming it is in your Downloads folder), open a terminal window and type:
chmod +x ~/Downloads/tweak_home_folder.sh
You may have to log out of Unity in order for the changes to take effect, but when you log back in simply right click on your Home folder in the Unity launcher to see the new menu.
Also, I found that task switching had slowed down in Unity. To speed things up again, do the following:
- Go to System Settings
- Run the CompizConfig Settings Manager
- If this is not visible, then drop to a terminal and type:
sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager
- When you get into the CompizConfig Settings Manager, select the Window Management category
- Then select the Scale applet
- Click on Bindings and I chose the Bottom Right corner of the screen to initiate the window picker.
Now all I have to do is flick my mouse pointer to the bottom right of the screen, and I can quickly task switch.
I also modified the default launcher behaviour through System Settings -> Launcher & Menus, so that the launcher is now only activated when my mouse pointer is in the top left corner of the screen. This saves a lot of frustration when my wildly erratic movements take the mouse pointer too close to the left of the screen.
Hope you enjoy these. I’ll add more tweaks as I find them!