How to Install Elementary Tweaks on Elementary OS?


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In this post, I will explain what are elementary tweaks, what are the various customization it provides and how to install elementary tweaks on Elementary OS?

What are Elementary Tweaks?

Update: From Elementary OS 6 (Odin), “Elementary tweaks” has been renamed to Pantheon tweaks.

Elementary tweaks” is an essential package if you want to tweak Elementary OS.

Without elementary tweaks, it will be hard for a new user not only to customize elementary OS but also to minimize the applications.

Yes! by default you cannot minimise the apps in elementary OS. This is weird, I know, but this is how it is.

Other than minimising function, elementary tweaks provide many other customizations.

Customizations Provided by Elementary Tweaks

Here are the customizations that elementary tweaks provide.

Elementary Tweaks

1. Appearance

The appearance section allows you to customize GTK+ settings, Icons, Cursor and select a dark variant. The “window controls” section allows you to customize the window layout settings and show Gnome menu.

If you want a minimize button, then you can select a different layout that has a minimize button from window controls.

2. Fonts

In the fonts section, you can customize default fonts style and size for System, Document, Monospace, and Title bar.

3. Animations

You can also toggle animations using elementary tweaks. Not only that, but you also have more control on animations like setting its durations for opening, closing, snapping, minimizing and workspace switching.

4. Miscellaneous

The miscellaneous tab contains the max volume you want to use for your system.

5. Files

In the files tab, you have an option to select single click (default) or double click to open a file or folder. You can also set date format and enable restore tabs option.

6. Launcher

Under launcher tab, you have an option to show category view by default.

7. Terminal

In the terminal section, you can customize various options for your terminal like change background color, toggle natural copy-paste, follow last tab, toggle unsafe paste alert, remember tabs and enable terminal bell.

8. Videos

Videos tab gives you options like to stay on top while playing a video or to stop a video from playing instantly and move window from video canvas.

Pre-Requisites

Install Elementary Tweaks

Let’s start the installation.

1. Install software-properties-common package.

sudo apt install software-properties-common

2. Add the required repositories.

The pantheon-tweaks repository for Elementary OS 6 (Odin):

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:philip.scott/pantheon-tweaks

The elementary-tweaks repository for Elementary Hera or below:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:philip.scott/elementary-tweaks

3. Update repositories.

sudo apt update

4. Install elementary tweaks.

For Elementary OS 6 (Odin):

sudo apt install pantheon-tweaks

For Elementary OS Hera and below:

sudo apt install elementary-tweaks

5. Once you’ve installed pantheon or elementary tweaks, you can remove its repository.

On Elementary 6 (Odin):

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:philip.scott/pantheon-tweaks

On Elementary Hera and below:

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:philip.scott/elementary-tweaks

6. Reboot the system for the changes to take effect.

sudo reboot

Elementary tweaks package is installed on your system, you can now go to system settings and find “Tweaks” there.

after installing elementary tweaks
Elementary Tweaks under system settings

Conclusion

I hope this guide helped you to install elementary tweaks without any problems. You can now start customizing your elementary OS.

I think “elementary tweaks” package is necessary on elementary OS. Especially the minimize option.

What are your thoughts about this? Tell me in the comments.

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Rahul is obsessed with technology and programming. He is also the founder of TechSphinx. Being a technophile, he is always busy doing some techy stuff or learning about the latest technologies. When not busy with his usual routine (staring at the computer screen) he likes to write and share his knowledge with the world.
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