So, without further adieu, let’s get to the tippage!
Global keyboard shortcuts
We all know that keeping your fingers on the keyboard makes for much more efficient computing. But did you know you can create global keyboard shortcuts for GNOME? This is done with the help of the gconf-editor tool. Here’s how it’s done:
- Enter gconf-editor to start up the tool.
- Navigate to Apps > Metacity > keybinding_commands.
- Right-click in the pane that lists all of the entries.
- Scroll until you see a list of command_N Where N is a number from 1-10
- Double click on one of these entries (remember which number you double clicked on).
- In the Value section enter the command you want to use.
- Click OK.
- Navigate to Apps > Metacity > global_keybindings.
- In the Value field enter the key combination you want to use for that app (for example
f for firefox).
- Click OK.
- Test out your short cut.
Did you know you can have GNOME remember everything you have open when you next log in? This way you can resume working in the same state you were when you left. To do this navigate to System > Preferences > Startup Applications. In this new window click on the Options tab and check the box for “Automatically remember running applications when logging out”.
Now the next time you log out and log in, your apps will be there for you.
Speed up boot time with profiling
Ubuntu 10.4 has reached the 10 second mark for boot time. But what if yours isn’t quite reaching that goal? You can speed this up using the profile option. To do this follow these steps:
- At your boot screen press “e” (for edit).
- Use your arrow key and move down to the entry beginning with “kernel”.
- Press “e” again.
- Add “profile” (no quotes) at the end of this line.
- Hit Enter.
- Click “b” (for boot).
Remove menu delay
If you are like me, you want menus to pop up instantly. By default there is a slight delay for menus. To change this follow these steps:
- Open up a terminal window.
- Enter nano ~/.gtkrc-2.0
- Add a single line gtk-menu-popup-delay = 0
- Save that file
- Log out and log in.
Speed it up with no effects
If you find your GNOME desktop to be a bit sluggish, you might gain some speed by disabling special effects. To do this navigate to System > Preferences > Appearance. In this new window click on the Visual Effects tab and select None. This will boost your dekstop performance.