How to make Gnome in Ubuntu 18.10 sane

The default settings after an Ubuntu installation are worse than merely the caps lock/control keys being in the wrong position.  The following is a list of settings to get a more sane desktop.  I’ll be repeating my command for swapping caps lock and control.

Swap caps

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.input-sources xkb-options "['ctrl:swapcaps']"


Since ancient times, one has always been able to alt-tab through open windows. Now, by default, alt-tab switches between windows of an application and meta-tab is the new alt-tab.  I don’t like that, so I did this:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.keybindings switch-windows "['<Alt>Tab']"
gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.keybindings switch-applications "['<Super>Tab']"

Now, if you ever find that you need to switch applications instead of windows like you have for decades, you can do both!

Getting alt-drag and alt-resize

I really like alt-drag and alt-right-click-resize, so this is how I got them back.

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.preferences mouse-button-modifier '<Alt>'
gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.preferences resize-with-right-button true

One other important thing I learned about was the “gnome-tweaks” package, and the wonderful complement to it: “apt install gnome-extension*” to get a bunch of extensions.


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