5 Tips to make your life easier with Ubuntu

By | September 13, 2014
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imagesUbuntu is a Linux based Operating System, developed by Canonical Limited . It’s latest version Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Long Term Support) was recently released on 24 July, 2014 . Now what makes this OS unique is the fact that its one of the most user-friendly Operating Systems available in the market that provide all the the features of a Linux based Operating System. The main idea behind Ubuntu is based on the South African philosophy of Ubuntu , which is translated as “the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity”. Currently it used Unity as it’s desktop environment which has literally transformed the way things since it’s 10.10 release. What makes it more appealing is the wide array of applications available for Ubuntu in the market, which is by far the largest for any Linux based distribution  and backing of Canonical Limited ensures that they provide support for bug-fixes and other stuff.

Also See: Install Gnome Desktop Environment in Ubuntu 14.04

Now for those who have installed Ubuntu here are 5 tips to make your life easier with Ubuntu:

1. Turn your Ubuntu laptop into a Wi-Fi hotspot

Like Windows, Ubuntu offer the ability to create wireless access points on your laptop, so that other devices can access the internet from your your laptop. So lets see how t0 configure:

Step 1 : Select System Settings

System Setting ubuntu

Now Click on the Network Icon

network select in ubuntu

Step 2 : Select the Wireless network option

Turn your Ubuntu laptop into a Wi-Fi hotspot

Click on ” Use as Hotspot.. ” option . You will be prompted to Create a Hotspot.

Use as hotspot in Ubuntu

The following screen appears, telling you that a hotspot is created with the network name and some randomly generated security key.

ubuntu wireless hotspot

Note : This works only for wired connection because when you create a wireless access point, you get disconnected from other networks.

2. Add bookmarks to a Location in Nautilus File Manager in Ubuntu .

Nautilus file manager is the default file manager available in Ubuntu . It offers exceptional functionality and is one of the characteristic features which makes Ubuntu out of the league. It has some default bookmarks for almost all the important folders that are required, however it is possible to add custom bookmarks to the sidebar to allow for more direct and easy access .

Step 1: Click the Files Icon

Nautilus File Manager in Ubuntu

Open the Folder/Directory you wish to bookmark

Bookmark in Ubuntu

Step 2: Select the Bookmark menu

Now Click on Bookmark this Location

Bookmarks menu in Ubuntu

The folder name is displayed is the left pane.


bookmark Nautilus File Manager in Ubuntu

 3. Creating Custom Keyboard Shortcuts

Being a Linux based Operating System, there is a good chance that you will be using keyboard shortcuts for fast and easier access. Ubuntu also provides a feature to create your own default desktop shortcuts.

Step 1 : Click on System Settings

System Setting in ubuntu

Step 2 : Click on Keyboard

keyboard select in ubuntu

Now click on the Shortcuts tab to view or add keyboard shortcuts.

shortcut tab to view and add keyboard shortcut

 4.  Turn off Shutdown/Restart Confirmation Dialog Box.

Ubuntu always displays a confirmation dialog box when you attempt to shutdown your computer, which at times can be quite annoying. Here are the steps by which you can remove this confirmation box.

Steps to remove confirmation Box

Press Ctrl + Alt + T to open the terminal

ctrl+alt+T to open terminal

Now type the following command

gsettings set com.canonical.indicator.session suppress-logout-restart-shutdown true

Screenshot from 2014-09-13 01:33:55

Now when you will shutdown the system, no confirmation box will appear.

Steps to restore confirmation box. Open the terminal and type the following command

gsettings set com.canonical.indicator.session suppress-logout-restart-shutdown false

Screenshot from 2014-09-13 01:34:36

 5. Using two clipboards to copy/paste test.

All Linux Distros generally come coupled with 2 clipboards . The first clipboard is the default one, i.e. the one used with Ctrl + C , Ctrl + X and Ctrl + V commands. Their is however a second clipboard available, which is invoked automatically. Whenever you select any text, it gets copied into the second clipboard. You can then use the middle click button on your mouse to paste the test. Really cool, right ?

Screenshot from 2014-09-13 01:57:48

We hope these 5 tips will help you save a lot of time and make working with Ubuntu more easier.


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