Ade Malsasa Akbar contact
Senior author, Open Source enthusiast.
Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 23:04

Continuing previous part, in this part I will talk especially for Budgie Desktop Settings. It is equivalent to Tweak Tool on GNOME or Unity, a graphical tool to adjust desktop preferences. With this, I can add more panel, add and rearrange applets, and put icons on desktop. This is the last part of my journey on Budgie Desktop. I hope everybody can have fun with all this Budgie series. Enjoy!

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See also Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

1. Budgie Desktop Settings

This is the center of attention right now. We control everything related to Budgie with this.  It may look simple, but for panel and each applet I can find so many configurations. It is far more simpler than GNOME Tweak Tool and I believe many users will like it simpler too.

(Budgie Settings)

2. Desktop Icons

Everybody loves icons on desktop. And you can set it up under Appearance > Desktop. You can enable Home, Network, Trash, and active Disks or Partitions.

However, because the foundation is GNOME 3, Budgie also asks you every time you first launch each application on desktop. For my personal perspective, I think it's better if it doesn't.

3. Window Controls

Right or left, relocate them from Appearance > Windows. It also includes attach/detach modal dialog. As Budgie uses GNOME 3 as foundation, every modal dialog is attached to parent dialog, by default you cannot move modal dialog separately off the parent. On Budgie, you can easily turn that off.

(Control buttons on left side)

4. Panels

Create new panel and remove one easily under Panels section. The settings of a panel is not found by right-clicking the panel, but under Budgie Settings > Panel > select panel name > Settings. You can have up to 4 panels. You can change the position, thickness, transparency, and make it hides automatically. 

(Top panel with 80 point thickness)

When you created a new panel, it is empty. You need to add Applets to it to make it useful. Arranging items on panel is done not by click on panel but under Settings > panel name > select an applet > click up or down button.

(Every panel is divided into Start, Center, and End sections)

Many applets you can choose from the Add Applet dialog.

5. Bottom Dock

Panel can be treated as dock if you enable Dock mode under Panel > Settings. The name "Bottom Panel" becomes "Bottom Dock" if you enable it.

6. Desktop Theme

GTK3 Theme is acceptable by Budgie Settings if you put the theme folder in /usr/share/themes. On my test, it cannot read from ~/.themes. For example, I installed Flat Remix GTK and I can enable it from the Settings like this.

On the contrary, icon theme can be put in ~/.themes. I tried Flat Remix and it works.

7. Startup

You can add or remove startup items under Autostart section. Click the plus button on top > select Application > select one name of applications appear. To remove on, simply click the minus button available on each name.

Closing words

That's all. The feeling when customizing Budgie is lighter (easier) than customizing GNOME, although Budgie is basically also GNOME. This is the last part as I said on the top. To Ikey Doherty, thank you, you have developed an easy to use and attractive desktop environment. I really want to see you continue the Budgie Project again. To dear readers, enjoy Budgie Desktop!

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