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Unity Desktop Extras

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Here are some of the extra goodies that are included with the Unity desktop shell. Be sure to take a closer look so you can get the most out of this great desktop.

Extra Packages

Come and see all of the extra packages that can be installed to add extra functionality to the Unity desktop. You will also find more information about many of the less important components of the Unity desktop.

Unity Desktop Workspaces


The Unity desktop even provides a unique workspace switcher which can be accessed from inside the dash or using keyboard shortcuts. Workspaces can help you group windows together on different virtual desktops to reduce clutter and keep things organised. With Unity you can easily move windows between workspaces then switch back and forth between your workspaces for efficiency.

Unity Desktop Workspaces

Unity Desktop Application Indicators


Application indicators are small icons and applets that sit in the system notification area of your top panel.

Install More Unity Application Indicators

Try adding additional application indicators to your Unity desktop indicator panel. By default users are already provided with multiple application indicators, but several users have contributed their own as well. You can quickly fill up your panel with several cool application indicators that you can put to good use. We provide a long list for users to try.

More About Application Indicators

Many of the icons will change to notify the user of changes to the status of applications and hardware. Certain items will only appear in your system indicator area if you have the necessary hardware enabled. Some of the standard indicators include a network manager, a sound menu which now has Banshee integration, a messaging menu, a clock, and a session menu that you can use to switch users or log out of your system. Some applications will also provide their own indicator icons.

Unity Desktop Application Indicators

Unity Desktop Keyboard Shortcuts


The Unity desktop also includes several useful keyboard shortcuts that will enhance your desktop efficiency. Additional keyboard shortcuts can also be added at any time.

Available Shortcuts

Unity offers keyboard shortcuts for many tasks. Use shortcuts to interact with the dash, the launcher, windows, and workspaces.

Unity Desktop Keyboard Shortcuts

NotifyOSD Desktop Notifications


The on-screen notification tool called NotifyOSD has also been added to the Unity desktop. This tool displays cool pop-up notifications windows that also have a stylish look.

Installing NotifyOSD

You can also install NotifyOSD on other desktops and distributions. The development team is also hard at work to increase support for NotifyOSD.

NotifyOSD Desktop Notifications

Zeitgeist Event Logger


The Unity desktop also uses the Zeitgeist event logger to keep track of your system history. Zeitgeist will remember all of your recently used files and applications, and many actions such as closing or saving files.

Dash Integration

The Zeitgeist event logger is also well integrated into the Unity desktop dash. This will help you find the files, folders, and applications that you use most often.

Zeitgeist Event Logger

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