Ubuntu Tutorial: How to personalize Ubuntu–Part 1

Hey guys!

I did a review on Ubuntu about a month ago and promised a tutorial or two, so here’s one on how to personalize your Ubuntu Desktop! Of course, you will need to have installed Ubuntu or use it on a LiveCD. After you have booted into Ubuntu, continue reading!

1: Window ribbon style

Unlike Windows or Mac, Ubuntu lets you change the top bar style to fit your preferences! This is how you do it:

  1. Right-click on the desktop and click “Change Desktop Background”
  2. Click the “Theme”tab.
  3. You will be presented with a list of themes for you to use.

You can also use some other themes you find on the Internet to change it up a bit!

2: Window ribbon button position

This is a bit harder, but once you get the hang of it, it’s a piece of cake!

  1. On the desktop, press ALT+F2 and type “gconf–editor” in the box that appears. Click “Ok”.
  2. Navigate to apps—> Metacity –> General
  3. On the right, you will see a list. Navigate to “button_layout”

Now you can change the button layout. Check the help text below it for more info.

3: Templates

This had me stumped for so long. But, I have it down now! Here’s how you do it!

  1. Go into the Ubuntu Software Center and download and install Ubuntu Tweak.
  2. Open Ubuntu Tweak and navigate to “Manage Templates”
  3. On the right, move all of the items from the right of the screen to the left.

That’s how it’s done!

I’m going to go ahead and end this part of the tutorial right here, so thanks for reading and I’ll have a part 2 up pretty soon! Smile

-Ben

How to enable custom notifications in Windows Vista, 7 and 8

Something I like to do in Windows is enable my own custom notifications to tell me when I have something planned on that date. Sure, you could set an alarm, but this is so much cooler. What this does is makes a dialog box, opens a program or sends an email at a certain time or event.

NOTE: You must be logged in as an administrator or have the administrator password to preform these steps!

  1. Go into Control Panel –> System and Security –> Administrative tools
  2. From the list, double-click Task Scheduler and enter the password or click “Yes”
  3. After the program opens, click Create Basic Task.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions. It’s pretty easy to do now.

There you go! You now have your own custom notifications in Windows. Sure, you could set an alarm or even code a program to do this, but it’s easier to just follow these steps! Smile

-Ben