Tips in ubuntu

Tip : 1 Adding or removing entries from menu using alacarte

Ubuntu comes with the Alacarte Menu Editor, so you can customize your menus and add entries for applications that don’t automatically appear after they are installed.

Open your terminal and type alacarte

An editor will open

  • In Alacarte’s left-hand pane, choose the submenu the new entry should appear in.
  • Choose File->New Entry. In the New Entry window, choose a Name, Comment, Command and Icon. The Command will usually be the package name, Name is what will appear on the menu, and the Comment will appear in the tooltip that appears near the menu entry. Icons are added to the /usr/share/pixmaps directory by default, or can be chosen from anywhere in your files.

To change the order of menu entries, use the up and down arrows on the right-hand side of the Alacarte window.

To stop a menu entry from being displayed, use the checkboxes beside each entry. This does not erase the menu entry, so you can restore it later in the same way.

Tip : 2  Moving buttons to left and right side in ubuntu

One of the more controversial changes in the Ubuntu 10.04 beta is the Mac OS-inspired change to have window buttons on the left side. We’ll show you how to move the buttons back to the right.



How to move the window buttons

The window button locations are dictated by a configuration file. We’ll use the graphical program gconf-editor to change this configuration file.

Press Alt+F2 to bring up the Run Application dialog box, enter “gconf-editor” in the text field, and click on Run.

If gconf-editor is not available install using sudo apt-get install gconf-editor

The Configuration Editor should pop up.

The key that we want to edit is in apps/metacity/general.

Click on the + button next to the “apps” folder, then beside “metacity” in the list of folders expanded for apps, and then click on the “general” folder.

The button layout can be changed by changing the “button_layout” key. Double-click button_layout to edit it.

Change the text in the Value text field to:


Click OK and the change will occur immediately, changing the location of the window buttons in the Configuration Editor.

Note that this ordering of the window buttons is slightly different than the typical order; in previous versions of Ubuntu and in Windows, the minimize button is to the left of the maximize button.

You can change the button_layout string to reflect that ordering, but using the default Ubuntu 10.04 theme, it looks a bit strange.

If you plan to change the theme, or even just the graphics used for the window buttons, then this ordering may be more natural to you.


After this change, all of your windows will have the maximize, minimize, and close buttons on the right.

Tip : 3  The screen resolution is not right, after installation of the restricted proprietary driver for some NVIDIA graphics cards

2. Note: the following applies only to Nvidia graphics cards running on the Nvidia restricted driver.

Click on the grey Ubuntu logo (Dash home). Query: terminal.
Click on Terminal.

type (use copy/paste):

gksudo nvidia-settings

press Enter

Now you can configure your screens properly, with this handy tool from Nvidia. As follows:

– Click on “X Server Display Configuration” (in the upper left)

– On the right: click on the tab Display (probably open already)

– Resolution:click on the arrow after “Auto”

– Choose the screen resolution that you want

– Click on “Save to X Configuration File”

– Click on “Save and exit”

– Do a full reboot of your computer. Now the screen resolution should be right.

What do you think of Ubuntu’s visual change? Let us know in the comments!


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