Linux is known for its customizability and insane usability – but do you know how to do everything in Ubuntu? Here’s a few things you might not have known you can do.
I’m here today with a new Ubuntu video, sponsored by System76 – the best Linux PC distributor I can recommend These are a few of my favorite not-so-well-known things you can do in Ubuntu, some of which I only just learned recently. These are in no particular order I’m someone who rarely ever sees my desktop I keep just about all windows maximized – I use up all the screen real estate that I can.
But when I am on my desktop, I’d like it to be as useful as possible. So I was delighted to find out that you can actually set your Desktop directory to be your home folder so you have direct access without opening a file manager. To do this, open your Home folder and hit CTRL-H to show hidden files. Open the “config” folder and then find the “user-dirs” file. Open that in gedit or another text editor Here you can change all of your default directories. To make your Desktop show the home folder, just delete the “Desktop” after the “Home” listing on the Desktop line Save the file and reboot, log out and back in, or restart Nautilus.
This is pretty cool, and any desktop icons you have set to show – such as Trash, Network, mounted drives, etc – still show up on the desktop. You can customize these further. For example, I moved my Downloads, Music, Pictures, and Videos folders over to my secondary SSD so they don’t take up the smaller boot drive in my Lemur laptop Following a reboot this changes the directory shortcuts in Nautilus and everything – just keep in mind you will need to manually move any files over to the new folders or they will still be sitting in your actual Home folder.
This next tip is for those who frequently help out other Linux users such as myself. You can actually make web links that directly open packages in the Ubuntu software Instead of a normal hyperlink with “http so on and so on” simply link to “apt:<packagename” such as “apt:firefox” with no spaces. Then those running Ubuntu clicking the link from the web will be quickly prompted to install FireFox from the software center It’s pretty cool! Those not running Linux will just be confused by the links, but that’s okay! If you share a computer with less tech-savvy relatives or just don’t want to keep files immediately out in the open, you can instantly hide any file or folder by adding a period at the start of the file or folder name.
In Linux, any file starting with a period is hidden unless hidden files are set to be shown. You can toggle visibility of hidden files with CTRL H in Nautilus. To rename the file, select it, hit F2 and add a period Boom, gone This video is sponsored by System76 – a fantastic, USA-based company focused on distributing great Linux computers to help you unleash your potential.
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