Mint 12 Tips & Tricks Guide (updated Jan 10)

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Re: Mint 12 Tips & Tricks Guide (updated Dec 6)

Post by borfo » Tue Dec 06, 2011 11:46 pm

If you want to disable the auto-maximize and window tiling behaviour that happens when you drag a window to the top or side edges of the screen, you can do this:

gconf-editor

/ > desktop > gnome > shell > windows > uncheck "edge tiling"

Then logout, log back in.


Also, DockbarX is really great.
http://www.webupd8.org/2011/09/dockbarx ... eable.html

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Re: Mint 12 Tips & Tricks Guide (updated Dec 6)

Post by bimsebasse » Wed Dec 07, 2011 1:13 am

Also going in - keep them coming :D
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Re: Mint 12 Tips & Tricks Guide (updated Dec 6)

Post by Middy » Wed Dec 07, 2011 2:58 am

bimsebasse wrote:That's a good tweak, Middy, gonna put that in if it's OK.

Can see you're also enjoying the new zukini theme :)
Definitely OK :D

Haha, nice call on the theme. I really like it!

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Re: Mint 12 Tips & Tricks Guide (updated Dec 6)

Post by axel668 » Wed Dec 07, 2011 4:05 am

Thanks for this really great guide, makes Mint even more pleasurable to use :)
Would be a real feature though if the TOC entries were clickable ... Gnome3 will not go away,
so maybe would be worth moving this over to the WIKI ? You could still post updates in the thread ...

Cheers, A.
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Re: Mint 12 Tips & Tricks Guide (updated Dec 6)

Post by bimsebasse » Wed Dec 07, 2011 12:26 pm

There's a wiki?
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Re: Mint 12 Tips & Tricks Guide (updated Dec 6)

Post by Oscar799 » Wed Dec 07, 2011 12:31 pm

WIKI?
For Mint ?
No
It was repeatedly spammed and vandalised so it was taken down over 2 years ago
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Re: Mint 12 Tips & Tricks Guide (updated Dec 6)

Post by bimsebasse » Wed Dec 07, 2011 3:51 pm

cocorocara wrote:just one more tweak please ...

the size of the icons in the Menu (alacarte) ...

i want to *increase* the size of the icons on the left ... the vertical box.

i went through the css for the menu but didn't see any reference to icon size ...
Missed this one!
You can see in this theme screenschot: http://lgsalvati.deviantart.com/gallery ... 0#/d4eb6sk
... that it can be done, but haven't fiddled it with myself yet - download that theme and compare the .css to see if you can find the part that determines favourites bar icon size,
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Re: Mint 12 Tips & Tricks Guide (updated Dec 7)

Post by Major Grubert » Wed Dec 07, 2011 5:17 pm

About 2l :

You can change in .css font-size to 6pt or 7pt

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.app-well-app > .overview-icon,
.remove-favorite > .overview-icon,
.search-result-content > .overview-icon,
#overview .journal-item {
    border-radius: 4px;
    padding: 6px;
    font-size: 7pt; /* was 8pt */
    color: white;
    transition-duration: 200;
    text-align: center;
    text-shadow: black 0px 1px 2px;
    border: 0px; 
}

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Re: Mint 12 Tips & Tricks Guide (updated Dec 7)

Post by Major Grubert » Thu Dec 08, 2011 11:13 am

You can change the position of the dock (from dock extension) :

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gsettings set org.gnome.shell.extensions.dock position left
or in dconf-editor navigue to org/gnome/shell/extensions/dock and put left instead of right in field position

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Increase notification area icon size

Post by aelfinn » Thu Dec 08, 2011 1:27 pm

To increase the size of the notification area icons, which seem to me to be way too small: in gnome-shell.css locate the “.system-status-icon” value and change “icon-size” to, for example, 16px.

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Re: Mint 12 Tips & Tricks Guide (updated Dec 6)

Post by cocorocara » Thu Dec 08, 2011 4:31 pm

cocorocara wrote:Thanx for the prompt reply! Finally I could fix that really tiny font!

CC
hmmm ... now that the top and bottom panel fonts are fixed, i find that the fonts elsewhwere are still tiny. For example the drop down menus from the panels such as Calendar, the system settings, etc.

If only the keyboard shortcuts would work in MATE, I will switch to it immediately. This fiddling and tweaking is really not my cup of tea ...

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Re: Mint 12 Tips & Tricks Guide (updated Dec 7)

Post by bimsebasse » Thu Dec 08, 2011 4:35 pm

It's all in the theme css file. But yes it would be nice with a GUI to handle these things - with all the shell users out there it can't be too long before we see either an expanded gnome tweak tool or a new program to tweak shell appearance. If Ubuntu had gone gnome shell instead of Unity, there probably would be at least one now.

You could also simply change theme to one with larger fonts, Mint-Z (and the Zukitwo theme it's based on) has smaller font than what is the norm for themes.
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Re: Mint 12 Tips & Tricks Guide (updated Dec 7)

Post by DrHu » Thu Dec 08, 2011 6:07 pm

Great tips!...

And to control system startup programs, I use rcconf, easier to look through list than have to edit each one separately..
--but there are others available, such as bum or sysv-rc-conf; they may be more or less complicated looking
http://blog.ubuntu-tweak.com/2007/09/30 ... asily.html

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Re: Mint 12 Tips & Tricks Guide (updated Dec 7)

Post by RedCell989 » Fri Dec 09, 2011 5:56 am

Thanks for the bleachbit tip! 2.3GB recovered from useless stuff! :)

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Re: Mint 12 Tips & Tricks Guide (updated Dec 7)

Post by bimsebasse » Fri Dec 09, 2011 7:17 am

Yes it's surprising how much useless fluff a standard linux OS actually has, and always feels good to run bleachbit the first time on a fresh install and see how much goes :D
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Re: Mint 12 Tips & Tricks Guide (updated Dec 7)

Post by gfreeau » Fri Dec 09, 2011 9:58 am

Remove icon from application title:

This removes the icon from the application title in gnome 3.

1. Go to your shell themes directory

2. Open gnome-shell.css and find .panel-button #appMenuIcon

If your theme has multiple css files like mine (Faience)
grep -r 'appMenuIcon' *
To find which file it is in. (panel.css in my case)

Find

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.panel-button #appMenuIcon {
    app-icon-bottom-clip: 1px;
}
Change width and height to 0px;

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.panel-button #appMenuIcon {
    app-icon-bottom-clip: 1px;
    width: 0px;
    height: 0px;
}
Find

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.app-menu-icon {
    width: 24px;
    height: 24px;
}
Change too:

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.app-menu-icon {
    /*width: 24px;
    height: 24px;*/
}

Save, restart gnome.

Looks like this: http://www.keleko.com/images/gnome-application-icon.jpg
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Re: Mint 12 Tips & Tricks Guide (updated Dec 6)

Post by gazzaf » Fri Dec 09, 2011 5:13 pm

Middy wrote:I don't know if anyone else would be interested in this, but after a little fiddling I discovered how to disable the display desktop icon/button.

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Open usr/share/gnome-shell/extensions/windowlist@linuxmint.com and edit the extension.js - Comment out line 715
well i am interested but as a newbie that java dont look the same as i've got. Any suggestions ?
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Re: Mint 12 Tips & Tricks Guide (updated Dec 7)

Post by anti_user » Fri Dec 09, 2011 9:18 pm

excellent job sir!
thanks!

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Re: Mint 12 Tips & Tricks Guide (updated Dec 7)

Post by Major Grubert » Sat Dec 10, 2011 10:29 am

New extension usefull to extend Window List when it is in top panel : https://extensions.gnome.org/extension/ ... -left-box/

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Re: Mint 12 Tips & Tricks Guide (updated Dec 7)

Post by z06gal » Sat Dec 10, 2011 3:27 pm

Those who have the weather extension, are you having any trouble setting it for the center of the panel? Mine stays on the right for some reason. I have it set for center but evidently it prefers the right side. Lol :D

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