Make the left caps locks (left of the "A") be a control key.
To fix this immediately run:
setxkbmap -option 'ctrl:nocaps' or setxkbmap -option 'ctrl:swapcaps'
To fix this at startup everytime:
Menu | Settings | Session and Startup | Application Autostart
- Hit the
[+ Add]button. In the pop up dialog:
- Make up a "name" and "description" of your liking, such as "Cntl <-> Caps". For the "command" , copy one of the preceding
Add Google to Linux Mint Firefox search engine choices:
The search bar (the one in the upper right) no longer has Google as an option. Ugh.
I was using Firefox 17.0.1.
- Visit http://www.linuxmint.com/searchengines.php
- Click on the Google icon at the bottom.
- Go to the search bar and choose Google (which now be an option).
From a google search on "Chrome PPA", I've copied the results from http://www.howopensource.com/2011/10/install-google-chrome-in-ubuntu-11-10-11-04-10-10-10-04/
Install the PPAs for google chrome which tell Ubuntu/Mint where to look for new releases. There are three commands.
wget -q -O - https://dl-ssl.google.com/linux/linux_signing_key.pub | sudo apt-key add -
sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb/ stable main" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/google-chrome.list'
sudo apt-get update
Then choose the distribution of your choice, by choosing one of the following. Choose "stable" if not sure.
sudo apt-get install google-chrome-stable
sudo apt-get install google-chrome-beta
sudo apt-get install google-chrome-unstable
UI: move the task panel or task bar
Right click on the panel (not an applet in the pane) and in
panel preferences, uncheck the
Lock Panelbox. Once this is done, at both ends of the panel there is a small dotted region, which can be used to select the panel itself, rather than an applet.
Select the panel and move it to one of the edges.
UI: focus follows mouse
Adjust the setting in
The Menu | Settings | Window Manager | Focus
UI: adjust the layout of your workspaces
If necessary, add the workspaces applet to the "task bar" or "panel", via right click on the panel:
Add New Items | Workspace Switcher | ... | Close "Add New Items"
To adjust the number of rows in which the workspaces are laid out:
Workspace switcher applet (right click) | Properties | Number of Rows
UI: keyboard shortcuts for the desktop GUI (not application specific)
The settings are at:
The Menu | Settings | Window Manager | Keyboard
UI: How to lock your screen
There are several ways to lock your screen:
- The underlying command to run is xflock4. You can run this from a terminal if curious.
- Use the default keyboard short cut cntl-alt-delete. This shortcut is set in
The Menu | Settings | Keyboard | Application Shortcuts
- On the right side of the panel, you should see your login name. Left-click on this to get a menu. One entry should be "Lock-screen".
- Right click on the panel (on the ends) and choose
Add New Items || Action buttons || Add || Close
Right click on the added Button || Properties || First button action : "Lock Screen"