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  • Writer's pictureMa Luisa Loque

How to Customize your Ubuntu Desktop

Now that you have install Ubuntu on your PC, you may want to customize it according to your preference. Initially Ubuntu’s dock (similar to Windows taskbar) is situated vertically on the left side of the screen. Its default colour is magenta and the icons maybe too big for you. You may want to change its wallpaper to show your favourite photo. Here are the steps:

  1. Change the wallpaper. Click the App menu (the icon with 9 squares – similar to the Start menu on Windows), select Settings. Under Settings navigate to Background. Here you can select from any the pre-loaded images. You can also add your own photo by clicking the Add Picture… button from the title bar of the Settings window. Note: You can select different background for light style or dark style.

  1. Change the style and color. Under Settings, navigate to Appearance. You choose the style you want to either Light or Dark. You can also choose your preferred color.

  1. Format the desktop icons. Under Settings => Appearance, scroll down to Desktop Icons, choose your size.

  1. Change the location of the Dock. Initially Ubuntu’s dock (similar to Windows taskbar) is situated vertically on the left side of the screen. To change it, In Settings => Appearance, scroll down to see Dock. Here, you can change the size of the icon, position on the screen (Left, Bottom or right), to auto-hide it when any windows overlap with it. If you’re using 2 monitors, you can also set which monitor it appears.

  1. Update Date & Time, time zone and time format. In the left panel of Settings, scroll down to Date and Time.

Now that you have customized your desktop, hope you enjoy using it.

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