Ubuntu 18 Post Install Steps

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Gabriel Staples
Started: 19 Sept. 2019

Ubuntu 18 post-install steps:

  1. Shrink dock icon size down to make more space on left-hand bar: Settings → Dock → Icon Size (I recommend 28~30 pixels on a 16” 1920x1080 display)
  2. Install Chrome: https://www.google.com/chrome/ → Download Chrome
  3. Make nemo default file manager so you can see many more files (and more neatly) in a given folder: https://askubuntu.com/questions/1066752/how-to-set-nemo-as-the-default-file-manager-in-ubuntu-18-04/1173861#1173861
  4. Add shortcut keys to snap windows to corners and edges: https://askubuntu.com/a/1089033/327339
  5. Fix Chrome scroll speed: https://askubuntu.com/a/991680/327339
  6. And add Ctrl + Alt + P shortcut key to disable/enable track pad: https://askubuntu.com/a/1109515/327339
  7. Add Show Desktop icon (also accessible with Win + D): https://askubuntu.com/a/1109490/327339
  8. Install Shutter & fix its Edit button: https://askubuntu.com/questions/1029085/how-to-enable-the-edit-button-in-shutter
  9. Install gnome-tweak-tool (https://linuxconfig.org/how-to-install-tweak-tool-on-ubuntu-18-04-bionic-beaver-linux) and use it (shows up in start menu as “Tweaks”) to:
    1. Show battery percent in top bar: Tweaks app → Top Bar → Battery Percentage
    2. Show date in top bar: Tweaks app → Top Bar → Date
  10. Install Sublime Text using apt: https://www.sublimetext.com/docs/3/linux_repositories.html
    1. And add a 120-char ruler: https://stackoverflow.com/a/11319526/4561887
  11. Install latest LibreOffice (uninstall old one first): https://libre-software.net/how-to-install-libreoffice-on-ubuntu-linux-mint/
    1. And add the nice color pallette from before: https://superuser.com/a/1395448/425838
  12. Add gnome-system-monitor to your Startup applications so it will open at boot so you can always know what your computer is thinking about
  13. Create custom desktop launcher icons and “start menu” launchers for your 3rd-party applications you like which don’t add them automatically: https://askubuntu.com/questions/64222/how-can-i-create-launchers-on-my-desktop/1014261#1014261
  14. Edit “~/.bashrc” file to customize your terminal experience:
    1. Always show your shell depth and git branch you are working on, if any: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/4511407/how-do-i-know-if-im-running-a-nested-shell/57665918#57665918

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