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Alexander Omorokunwa
Alexander Omorokunwa

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Tweaking Desktop settings in Ubuntu Linux with powerful GUI tools.

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There are a couple of graphical tweak tools use to give a Linux desktop some customized looks and behaviour(s).

Tweak Tools are settings managers for the Linux desktop. It provides users with a fast, simple and easy-to-use interface with which to access many useful and little known features and settings of the desktop environment that one may want to configure.

Generally, Linux desktop tweak tools provide configurations like:

– Fonts: used in user interface elements and title bar. Font hinting and aliasing,

– Alternative user interface themes,

– changes in window management behaviour,

– icons: file manage desktop icons, icons in menus and buttons

– etc.

In this post I would be showing you how you can install two prominent tweak tools: the Unity tweak tool and the gnome tweak tool.

Install Unity Tweak tool (UnTT).

You can install it using the the ubuntu software centre by simply typing it (“ unity tweak tool ”) into the search bar and then click install:

unity tweak tool


Or you can use the terminal by typing the installation commands like this:

update package index:

sudo apt-get update

Install unity-tweak-tool deb package:

sudo apt-get install unity-tweak-tool

Install Gnome Tweak tool (GnTT).

Just like the UnTT, GnTT performs similar function like the adjustment of several advanced GNOME options that can’t be configured in gnome-control-center. To instal for the command line:

update package index:

sudo apt-get update

Install gnome-tweak-tool deb package:

sudo apt-get install gnome-tweak-tool

gnome tweak tool


You can also download the installable (.deb) package, depending on your system architecture, from here.

And install using the Ubuntu software centre;

gnome tweak tool installation


Or the command-line using:

sudo dpkg ~/Downloads/gnome-tweak-file-name.deb; 
sudo apt -f install

Happy Linux’NG!

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