I recently switched from Windows 10 to Ubuntu 17.10, which has ditched Unity in favor of Gnome 3. However, by default, the interface is not very friendly nor familiar for long-time Windows users. Here is what I did to make it feel like home – to me, at least.
I know there are themes that mimic Windows 10’s appearance but I wanted a more “genuine” Gnome experience without changing my habbits too much. I am quite satisfied with the result so I wanted to share it here.
First, I installed Dash to Panel, an icon taskbar which replicates KDE and Windows 7’s taskbar. It also removes the top bar, which I did not like. I configured it to put the clock at the right of the menu, like in Windows, I disabled the Activities button and enabled the Desktop button (click at the right extremity to show desktop).
To recreate the “Start” menu, I used Arc Menu, positionned on the left and mapped to “Super” (Windows key).
From there, I installed some other extensions:
- Advanced Volume Mixer
- Alternate Tab
- Clock Override with the format %d/%m %H:%M:%S
- Hide Shutdown Button, which I wrote
- Removable Drive Menu
- Remove Dropdown Arrows
- Screenshot Tool
- User Themes
Then, I installed the Paper icon theme:
sudo apt-get install paper-*-theme
And finally, the Arc theme:
sudo apt-get install arc-theme