How I Customised My Pop!_OS


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How I Customised My Pop!_OS

Why I chose Pop!_os?

  • Pop!_OS is a Linux distribution on top of Ubuntu. So, you get all the benefits of using Ubuntu and it`s well-maintained.

  • No Snap garbage (.deb or flatpak only).

  • Built-in tiling window manager features.

  • Better implementation of Gnome 3.

  • Provides an AMD iso and a separate nVidia ISO with no video driver setup needed.

  • More hardware support, especially newer devices as System76 sells hardware with Pop installed.

  • Probably more.... so there is no reason to use Ubuntu over Pop!_OS

After I installed Pop!_OS I spent some time to customize it, so let me show you what I was able to do.

Install Gnome Tweaks Tool

The gnome tweaks tool gives you additional configuration, and first of all, add minimize and maximize buttons.

sudo apt install gnome-tweak-tool

then open the tweak tool and make the changes.

Install the GNOME Shell integration extension for Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox

Now open it and install all the apps you want.

This is my list of apps.

  • Dash To Dock

    A dock for the Gnome Shell. This extension moves the dash out of the overview transforming it into a dock for an easier launching of applications and a faster switching between windows and desktops. Side and bottom placement options are available.

  • Hide Top Bar

    Hides the top bar, except in the overview. However, there is an option to show the panel whenever the mouse pointer approaches the edge of the screen. And if "intelligible" is enabled, the panel only hides when a window takes the space.

  • Transparent Top Panel

    The transparent top panel in the Overview. Also adds drop shadows to text and icons for those using GS 3.38.

  • Tweaks & Extensions in the System Menu

    Put Gnome Tweaks and Extensions (on Shell 40 and later) in the System menu.

  • Sound Input & Output Device Chooser

    Shows a list of sound output and input devices (similar to gnome sound settings) in the status menu below the volume slider. Various active ports like HDMI, Speakers etc. of the same device are also displayed for selection. V20+ needs Python as a dependency. If you want to continue with the old method without Python, use options to switch off New Port identification. But it works with only English.

  • Toggle Night Light

    This extension lets you toggle the night light from the top bar by clicking it.

  • Vitals

    A glimpse into your computer's temperature, voltage, fan speed, memory usage, processor load, system resources, network speed and storage stats. This is a one-stop shop to monitor all of your vital sensors. Uses asynchronous polling to provide a smooth user experience.

Customize the Terminal

The default Terminal language is bash but I'll change it to zsh .

Bash and zsh are almost identical which is a relief. Navigation is the same between the two.

The commands you learned for bash will also work in zsh although they may function differently on output.

Zsh seems to be much more customizable than bash. I’ll now run through a few features and how they differ in each.

Auto-completion Auto-correction Plug-in support.


Install ZSH

sudo apt install zsh

Set default shell to ZSH

After the installation is complete, it automatically selects ZSH as the default shell.

You can use the following command to check the current shel echo $SHELL.

In case your default shell is not ZSH, then run the following command to make it default:

chsh -s $(which zsh)

Might need to logout or restart to take effect. (If that didn't work,install oh-my-zsh, which has a script that defaults zsh.)

Install and configure the oh-my-zsh

sudo apt install curl 

sh -c "$(curl -fsSL"

Oh-my-zsh is now installed on the system, and the Z shell has been configured for utilizing the oh-my-zsh framework with the default configuration.

Change Default Theme!

The Oh-my-zsh framework provides many themes for your ZSH shell.

You can go to the themes directory and see the list of available themes.

cd ~/.oh-my-zsh/themes/

ls -a

To change the default theme, we need to edit the .zshrc configuration file. Let's open it in the nano editor:

nano ~/.zshrc

Let's say we want to use the theme candy. Then change the ZSH_THEME with candy theme as below.


Save and exit. And reopen your terminal.

My favourite ZSH theme is PowerLevel10k

Install Powerlevel10k using the following command:

git clone $ZSH_CUSTOM/themes/powerlevel10k

Then you need to enable it, and change the value of ZSH_THEME to the following in the ~/.zshrc file :


Configure the Powerlevel10k Theme or just restore the terminal.

p10k configure

Plugins (Optional, Good to have!)

git clone ${ZSH_CUSTOM:-~/.oh-my-zsh/custom}/plugins/zsh-syntax-highlighting

git clone ${ZSH_CUSTOM:-~/.oh-my-zsh/custom}/plugins/zsh-autosuggestions

Activate the plugins In the ~/.zshrc file replace the line starting with plugins=() to the below line.

plugins=( git zsh-syntax-highlighting zsh-autosuggestions )

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