GNOME Shell is the user interface of the popular GNOME (which stands for GNU Network Object Model Environment) Desktop environment for Linux and other Unix-like operating systems. GNOME Shell supports functions like launching applications, displaying notifications and switching windows. Although GNOME Shell offers good functionality, the standard configuration doesn’t suit the requirements of many users and it is limited in terms of customization. Fortunately, there are options that will allow you to personalize your experience with the interface.
In this list, you will find the most practical and powerful GNOME Shell extensions.
This is a simple and practical extension that displays the current speed of your internet connection.
The Pomodoro technique is a time management solution that allows you to improve your productivity effectively. With this extension, you will be able to apply the principles of the Pomodoro technique by breaking down your tasks into time intervals and taking short breaks in between.
This is another fantastic option to improve your productivity and manage your time in a smart way. With this extension, you can keep track of the time spent on different tasks.
With Dash to Dock, the Dash in Gnome is turned into a Dock that can be easily configured and placed anywhere on your desktop. You will be able to launch applications and switch between them with impressive speed.
Like Dash to Dock, this extension will enable you to get a Dock on your desktop, in this case, you can transform the workspace thumbnails in the activities overview.
This extension allows Skype users to get notifications for new messages, change your online status or find contacts all within the shell interface.
You can personalize Gnome and enjoy an experience that suits your style by installing shell themes. The User Themes extension will enable you to get custom Gnome themes from Gnome Look.
With this extension, a clipboard manager is integrated with the Gnome Shell to store clipboard history. You can copy and paste up to 50 previous entries.
Drop Down Terminal allows you to toggle a drop down terminal with a keyboard shortcut. It is a practical solution to get a better terminal experience.
You can keep your computer “awake” with the help of this extension. It prevents the computer from going into sleep mode automatically.
You can organize your dektop by moving windows to predetermined workspaces automatically just as they are opened.
This extension allows you to get weather forecast in your gnome desktop from darksky.net or openweathermap.org. It is possible to customize the Open Weather’s appearance and to choose its location on the panel. You can also select the Temperature and Wind Speed units and other details.
If you want to change the behavior of the alt-tab, this extension will allow you to go through windows repeatedly in a coverflow mode.
This extension adds the option to search for new Wi-Fi connections without hassle, which is something that Gnome 3 doesn’t offer by default.
Withe Media Player Indicator, you can easily access the controls of multiple media players including Audacious, Rhythmbox and Clementine.
When you switch between workspace, a popup will appear on the screen. If you want to get rid of it, try this extension.
This will add a regular category-based menu to Gnome 3. Although it is installed by default, the Gnome Tweak Tool will need to be used to enable it.
You can add a menu to navigate quickly between mount points in the system with the help of this Places Status Indicator.
You can integrate todo.txt with the Gnome shell so that you can create, delete or mark tasks as completed.
This extension will enable you to configure the appearance of the “activities” button and the the panel. After installing it, open the settings using the Tweak tool and you will see all the options available.
Dynamic Top Bar is a simple solution to make the top bar transparent. If a window is maximized, the top bar will turn opaque again.
With this option, you can record screencasts of your Gnome desktop or from a specific window or area on the screen. It also allows you to record audio.