What Desktop Session Am I Using?
Useful Keyboard Shortcuts
Alt+F9 - Minimise current screen
Alt+10 - Restore/Maximise current screen
Alt+` (or Alt + the key to the left (on a UK keyboard)) of the Number 1 Key ==
This appears to work in Gnome 3 and Unity. Pretty much everyone knows the classic Alt+Tab to scroll through the list of open applications, however the Alt+` will scroll through the open windows of a particular programme, e.g. Evolution mail with an opened message and a compose window.
You can tweak certain attributes of the Gnome Terminal when it is opened, edit the shortcut properties.
Multiple Tabs All As Current User:
gnome-terminal --tab --tab --tab
Multiple Tabs With One Tab As Root:
gnome-terminal --tab --profile=Root --tab --tab
Note: The above does not appear to work with Ubuntu.
Web Site Links / URL Handler
Hold the CTRL key down when clicking a link in the Gnome Terminal.
Gnome 3 Specific
How To Disable AutoMount Of Drives
dconf-editor > org.gnome.desktop.media-handling > automount (untick)
Tip and Tricks and Cool Stuff
Things that don't seem to work or need fixing
Keyboard set it as UK Turn off Accessibilty Gnome Screenshot Viewing graphics files in Nautilus
Nice - Zukitwo - http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php/Zukitwo?content=140562
Keyboard set it as UK
User Menu > System Settings > Region and Language
However, it does not give me the £ pound symbol!
In Gnome Terminal it would not show me the £ pound symbol, but I had to update my Gentoo Locale Settings to en_GB.UTF8 and then change the Terminal Character Encoding as follows:-
Terminal > Set Character Encoding > Unicode (UTF-8)
Turn off Accessibilty
Viewing graphics files in Nautilus
Install the new Gnome 3 'Eye of Gnome' application.
System Key (Windows Key) - Switches to the overview of open windows/applications
Delete Key Functionality
In Gnome 3 the DELETE key no longer functions instead you have to use a combination of CTRL+DELETE, to restore Gnome 2 functionality open a terminal and type:
gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface can-change-accels true
In Nautilus select a file to delete, go to the 'Edit' menu on hover the mouse over 'Move to Wastebasket', it will still show CTRL+DELETE, press the DELETE key twice and the legend will change to 'DELETE'.
To change back the behaviour to default open a terminal and type:
gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface can-change-accels false
Power Off or Restart: How To
Click on the User Menu, default top right hand corner where your user name is displayed
Press and hold down the ALT key (also known as the modifier key)
The menu option 'Suspend' will change to 'Power Off' for as long as the modifier key is held down
Click on 'Power Off' then on the new dialogue window that appears select 'Cancel' 'Restart' or 'Power Off'
Custom Application Launcher
You will need to be root to edit / create .desktop files - all you app launchers can be found in /usr/share/applications.
$ cat /usr/share/applications/thunderbird.desktop [Desktop Entry] Name=Mozilla Thunderbird Comment=Mail & News Reader Exec=/usr/bin/thunderbird %U Icon=thunderbird-icon Terminal=false Type=Application Categories=Calendar;Office;Network;Email; MimeType=text/calendar;x-scheme-handler/mailto;