How to make GNOME more like Windows

Geek 2.0 - May 26, 2020

How to make GNOME more like Windows - Intertuto

Create a linux desktop similar to Windows. Make your experience more efficient in case of adjustment problems by trying the standard GNOME desktop.

             Many are used to Linux, but GNOME is also a fantastic and user-friendly desktop. Given their habit, people have a hard time with a completely different operating system and become familiar with this unique desktop environment, but GNOME is flexible and capable of being configured so that its desktop looks like that of Windows. Using a Windows-like computer similar to Windows, you can revert to the default settings and get used to the offer of the standard GNOME installation.

Installation of dependencies

To install the necessary dependencies and a particular icon theme, follow the instructions below:

 Click on Show applications;

 Type terminal and click on the terminal launcher;

 Type the command:

sudo apt-get

install gnome-





full - y

 When prompted, type your user password;

 Let the installation finish.

After that, follow the following steps to install the Firefox browser extension which will allow you to add an extension from the web:

• Open Firefox and go to;

• Select Click here to install the browser extension;

• Click on Allow;

• Click on Add;

• Click OK;

• Refresh the GNOME Extension page and you are ready to install extensions.

Install extensions

The following extensions are required for installation:

• Dash to panel: an extension that transforms the GNOME dashboard into a traditional desktop panel;

• Arc Menu: an extension that turns the preview of GNOME applications into a traditional desktop menu.

Follow these steps to install an extension:

 Look for an extension on the GNOME extensions site;

 Click on the cursor on / off extension until it is on the position;

 When prompted, click Install;

 Let the installation finish.

Your desktop will be so close to the usual Windows structure after installing the Dash To panel and Menu Arc extensions.

Icon Themes

The icon theme is the last theme to take into account. In this article, we take the example of the Adwaita icon theme. To install it, follow these steps:

 Click on the newly installed Arc Menu button;

 Under Software, click on Tweaks;

 Click on Appearance and in the Themes section, select Adwaita for Applications, Cursor and Icons;

 Close the Tweaks tool.

Configure the dashboard in the dashboard

The last thing to do is to get rid of the Applications icon after installing the Arc Menu. We no longer need this icon which is obtained during the installation of Dash To Panel. Do this to get rid of it:

 Right-click the Applications icon, then click Settings in the dashboard;

 Click on Behavior, then on the ON / OFF cursor of the Show applications icon until it is in the OFF position.

To get the Dash To Panel settings after disabling the Show Applications icon is to use the Extensions section of the GNOME Tweaks tool. And if you feel the need you can also configure the dashboard. For example, you can activate the Background opacity option of the theme of the Replace panel (in the style section of the Dashboard parameter), then adjust the opacity parameters to your liking if you prefer a more translucent panel.

A Linux desktop similar to Windows

That's all there is to it for a Windows-like Linux desktop and it's your speed or ability to adapt to change that will make your work more productive or not.


This article teaches you how to get a Linux desktop similar to Windows. Try the modifications given in this article and judge if they will help you to make your experience more efficient if you have encountered adjustment problems while trying the standard GNOME desktop.

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