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7 More Useful GNOME-Shell Extensions

It’s been almost a week since GNOME launched a public alpha of their handy ‘extensions’ site – which makes adding extra functionality to the GNOME-Shell desktop a wheeze.

We highlighted five handy extensions before the weekend, but those were taken from the handful of extensions that were uploaded at the time.

Since then even more have been added. Below are some screenshots, witterings and all important download links…

Music Integration

Ubuntu’s slick Sound Menu doesn’t work in GNOME-Shell, but for something similar to it (but a bit glossier) check out the following ‘Music Integration’ plugin. It offers up album art, player controls, volume bar and playback options.

music integration plugin for gnome shell

extensions.gnome.org/extension/30/

Remove Accessibility Menu from GNOME Panel

Although providing easy access to accessibility options on the desktop is important, not everyone makes use of them.

If you’d like to remove the Accessibility Menu from the GNOME 3 Panel, you’ll want this extensions…

extensions.gnome.org/extension/43

Auto-hide top panel

As the name implies this extensions auto-hides the top GNOME panel.

Double-clicking on the panel turns the hding feature on and off. But this results in some flukey behaviour. For example, when the panel is ‘unhid’ opening the calendar applet will cause the panel to hide again.

But the add-on will no doubt prove handy for those who are looking to eek out the maximum amount of screen estate possible.

extensions.gnome.org/extension/42/auto-hide-top-panel/

Binary Clock

Be a nerd and swap out a legible panel clock for one that requires a bit of brain-powered deciphering to understand.

binary clock gnome shell extension

extensions.gnome.org/extension/46/

Zeitgeist powered jumplists

Seif [Lotfy, Zeitgeist founder] showed off this very extension to OMG! Ubuntu! readers several months back. Now it’s easily available for GNOME-Shell and Zeitgeist fans alike.

Note that only applications which use Zeitgeist ‘data providers’ will display information.

extensions.gnome.org/extension/33/

Lock Key Status

GNOME Shell already does a pretty good job of letting you know when you’ve hit the CAPS LOCK or NUM LOCK key by way of a super discreet ‘toast’ pop-up.

But for a more-omnipresent keylock notification try this handy tray-area extension.

key lock gnome-shell extension

extensions.gnome.org/extension/36/

Trash

I always forget to empty the trash. At least I did until I started using Unity thanks to its ‘easy to see, easy to empty’ launcher item.

GNOME Shell users can get something super-similar with the following ‘Trash’ extension. It doesn’t appear when the trash is empty, but offers a super-easy way to clean out the cruft when it’s needed.

gnome shell trash panel item

extensions.gnome.org/extension/48/