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If you don’t like how your files and folders look in Gnome, you can use a different icon theme. If it’s only a specific icon you’d like to swap, it is very easy to change icons in Gnome 3. You can change any file or folder’s icon for a custom one as long as you have your own icons in SVG or PNG format.

Note: while this tutorial is for Gnome 3, the same trick can be done on other Linux file managers and desktop managers.

Start by firing up your favorite file manager to find the file or folder whose icon you aren’t quite fond of.

Point the file dialog to the image file you want to use as an icon. It’s worth noting that officially, Gnome also supports the XPM format apart from SVG and PNG files. Still, it’s suggested you avoid it since it’s only “supported due to backwards compatibility reasons.”

When you return to the main Properties window, the icon preview on the top left of the properties panel will have updated, showing the image you selected in the previous step.

Close the Properties dialog, and your file or folder will, from now on, show up with your custom image as its icon.

That’s it. It is that simple to change icons in Gnome 3. Don’t forget to check out some of the best desktop themes for Gnome 3, too, or set a different wallpaper on each monitor.

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How To Change App Icons On Ios 14 With Shortcuts

While iOS 14 brings some much-needed customizability to iOS, iPhones are still missing some key features when it comes to customization. Namely, the ability to use custom icon packs. Custom icon packs help you drastically change the look of your device which can be a huge plus point for some users. Thankfully there is a quick workaround that will help you change app icons on iOS without even jailbreaking your device. So let’s get started.

How to change app icons on iOS 14?

Instead of directly changing icon packs that require root-level file system access, we will use Apple’s Shortcuts app that helps you create shortcuts for particular apps that can then be customized in your way. The only downside to this workaround is the fact that the new icon will open Shortcuts first and then the app that you linked to it. This might be a dealbreaker for some users but it is currently the only way to customize icons on an iOS device.

Related: Best Aesthetic Wallpaper Pictures for iOS 14

Things you will need

An iOS 14 device


Download the Shortcuts app on your iOS device and launch the app.

Now tap on the ‘+’ in the top right corner of your screen.

Tap on ‘Add action’.

Now search for ‘Open app’ in the search bar.

Scroll down and tap on ‘Open App’ under the Actions section.

The action will now be added to your new shortcut. Tap on ‘Choose’ as shown below.

You will now get a list of all the apps installed on your device. Find the app you wish to change the icon for and tap on it to select it. For this example, we will be using Filmic Pro.

Once the app has been added to the shortcut action, tap on the ‘3-dot’ menu icon in the top right corner.

Now add a name for your shortcut. This name will only be used to identify the action in the Shortcuts app so you can customize the name to your liking.

Now tap on ‘Add to Home Screen’.

Enter the name for your home screen icon under ‘Home Screen Name and Icon’. We recommend you use the official app name if you are going for the official look.

Now that you have entered the name, tap on the icon beside the text field.

Tap on ‘Choose Photo’.

Now choose the photo that you wish to use as your app icon from your photo library. Tap on it to choose it.

You will now get the option to crop your icon. Select the desired dimensions based on your preference and once you are done, tap on ‘Choose’ in the bottom right corner of your screen.

Finally, tap on ‘Add’ at the top right corner of your screen.

Once the app is added to your home screen, tap on ‘Done’ in the top right corner again.

Now go to your home screen and you should have the new App icon available on your home screen.

Tap the icon to launch the app and the app you chose should now be open.

Video Guide

What to do with the original app icon on the home screen?

You can remove the app icon from your home screen and move it to the app library. This way it will be hidden away and be only visible alongside the shortcut you created only while using the spotlight search. Let’s take a look at the procedure.

Find the original icon on your home screen. Now tap and hold/ force touch on the icon depending on your device.

Now tap on ‘Remove App’.

Select ‘Move to App Library’.

And that’s it, the app should now be moved to your App library and should no longer be visible on your home screen.

Can you avoid opening Shortcuts app every time you tap on Shortcut?

While you CANNOT ignore the Shortcut app upon tapping on a shortcut, you can, however, speed up the process by follow the method below.

How to fasten opening of an app via Shortcuts

You can fasten the opening of apps via Shortcuts by reducing the app animation and transition effects which Apple neatly allows you to do through the ‘Reduce Motion’ option inside iOS. When you enable ‘Reduce Motion’, all motion effects like animation, parallax effect, and screen transitions will be turned off which will result in faster launching of apps on a regular basis and will also speed up app launches via Shortcuts.

This should make app animations and app launches faster but for best results, we also recommend that you enable the ‘Prefer Cross-Fade Transitions’ option after enabling ‘Reduce Motion’.

How to remove an app shortcut from the home screen

If you don’t wish to keep the shortcut that you made, you can remove it from your home screen by long-pressing on the shortcut icon and then selecting the ‘Delete Bookmark’ option that pops up on the screen. This will remove the shortcut from your home screen but the created shortcut will still show up inside the Shortcuts app on your iPhone.

How to delete a shortcut entirely

Now that you know that removing a shortcut from the home screen doesn’t delete it from the Shortcuts app, there’s still a way to delete it entirely.

To do this, you need to open the Shortcuts app and tap on the ‘Select’ option available at the top right corner of the screen. Now, select the shortcut you wish to delete (in this case, the one labeled Backdrops Shortcut) and then tap on ‘Delete’ at the bottom right. You will need to confirm this action by tapping on the ‘Delete Shortcut’ option from the dialog that appears below.

There you go! The shortcut that you created using the Shortcuts app has been deleted from the app and you can’t access it again.


How To Hide All Desktop Icons In Mac Os X

Want to hide all desktop icons on a Mac? Desktop icon clutter can really impact workflow by overwhelming you with files and just too much stuff to look at. Inevitably, it can be hard to avoid since a lot of apps download things to the Desktop by default, we save things there, screenshots go there, it quickly becomes the generic catch-all location for documents and stuff that we’re working with.

If you decide you have too many icons on the desktop and maintaining the desktop is just too much to deal with, you can actually toggle a secret setting in Mac OS X to turn off the Mac desktop icons completely, thereby preventing them from being displayed at all. This effectively hides all the icons from showing up on the Mac desktop only, but all of your files and stuff will still be accessible from elsewhere through the file system and Finder. You can think of this kind of like disabling the desktop, because you can still actually save files and folders to the desktop, it’s just that the icons will not show up. Instead, you’ll just see your desktop wallpaper.

How to Hide Desktop Icons on Mac OS X from Appearing Completely

If you’re ready to hide all desktop icons on a Mac, you’ll be using the command line to accomplish this task. Here is how you can hide all Mac desktop icons by basically disabling the desktop from appearing:

Launch Terminal, found within /Applications/Utilities

Type the following defaults command string exactly:

defaults write CreateDesktop -bool false

Hit enter / return

Next you will then need to kill the Finder so that it relaunches and the changes take effect, do that with the following command in the Terminal prompt:

killall Finder

Again hit Return, this refreshes the Finder and the Desktop

Once the command is executed correctly, the Finder will refresh and all desktop icons will instantly disappear – the files will still exist, they are just no longer visible on the desktop.

This trick works to disable the desktop and hide all the desktop icons exactly the same in all versions of MacOS and Mac OS X, from Mac OS X Snow Leopard to OS X Yosemite to MacOS Mojave and everything in between, and presumably later too.

You can expedite the hiding of the desktop icons on the Mac by turning the command string into a single line to be copied and pasted into the Terminal window, like this:

defaults write CreateDesktop -bool false;killall Finder;say icons hidden

The desktop will no longer display icons, effectively hiding them from appearing. All of the files still exist, but they’re now discretely hidden in your home folder’s “Desktop” directory rather than cluttering up the visible desktop.

If you’re wondering what this looks like when it’s in effect, it’s basically a super-clean desktop like this:

Notice how there is literally nothing on the desktop? Just a clean image of the background wallpaper? That’s what this trick does.

Note that this process is different than simply hiding things like Mac hard drive icons and network shares from showing up on desktop, because this trick is all inclusive and hides every single icon regardless of what it is, completely preventing them from appearing on the Mac OS X Desktop whatsoever, despite still technically being stored in the users ~/Desktop directory. It’s obviously easy to implement, and it’s also easy to reverse if you decide the feature isn’t for you and you want to see everything visible as usual again.

So to be perfectly clear, this will hide your icons from showing on the Desktop by disabling that feature, but your desktop data, files, folders, and everything else is still available by manually going to the “~/Desktop” folder of the user account. None of your files are missing, they’re just tucked into your user Desktop folder on the Macintosh HD.

How to Show Desktop Icons Again in Mac OS X

To show the Desktop icons again, return to open the Mac Terminal and type the following defaults command – notice the only difference between the disabling of desktop and enabling of desktop is ‘false’ has been turned into ‘true’, thereby re-enabling desktop icon display on the Mac:

defaults write CreateDesktop -bool true

Again, kill the Finder and your icons will show on the desktop as usual:

killall Finder

Finder will relaunch, and the desktop will be revealed again with all of it’s icons shown. The image below shows an exaggerated example, with tons and tons of icons sitting on the wallpaper:

Similar to the hiding trick, you can condense those commands into a single command string to reveal the desktop icons again.

defaults write CreateDesktop -bool true;killall Finder;say icons visible

This even gives you a nice auditory clue announcing the state of the icons (icons hidden, or icons visible).

Other than being a nuisance to look at, desktop clutter can actually slow down a Mac (or any computer, for that matter), since each individual icon and thumbnail must be drawn by the operating system anytime the desktop is accessed or shown. As a result, every single file sitting on the desktop takes up a little slice of memory, and redrawing the thumbnail icons uses a tiny bit of CPU, but with hundreds of files laying about those will accumulate to a significant burden on the computers resources, thereby slowing down the computer. This is particularly true with old Macs, but it applies to newer models as well.

So when in doubt, keep that Mac desktop tidy and free of too many icons, or just hide the icons and files display like we described here so that you can gain a nice little speed boost until you sort through your files.


How To Disable The Touchpad When A Mouse Is Connected In Gnome

The vast majority of laptops come with a built-in touchpad as the primary input device for controlling the on-screen cursor. However, most users prefer to use an external mouse as it is easier to use than the touchpad. In this case it is useful to disable the touchpad so that you don’t accidentally touch it while typing.

Although GNOME Shell provides a way to turn off the touchpad completely in the “Mouse & Touchpad” settings, it can be tedious to fiddle with the settings every time you need to turn the touchpad on or off. It’s possible to configure GNOME to automatically disable the touchpad when your mouse is connected and enable it again when you don’t have your mouse nearby.

As usual, there’s an extension for that.


If you’ve never installed a GNOME Shell extension before, you need to install the “GNOME Shell Integration” browser extension and native host connector.

Here are the links to install the Gnome Shell Integration browser extension in Firefox and Google Chrome.

The way to install the native host connector depends on your distribution.

You can install the connector directly from the Ubuntu repos if you are on Ubuntu 17.04 and later:


apt-get install


If you are on Ubuntu 16.10 or earlier, you need to add the following PPA to your software sources before installing the package.

Open your terminal and type in the following commands:


add-apt-repository ppa:ne0sight




apt-get update


apt-get install


Other distro users can find installation instructions on this page.

Once you have installed both the browser extension and native host connector, you may proceed with the instructions below.

1. Open this link in your browser to install the Touchpad Indicator extension.

2. Toggle the Off switch to “On.”

If you see a new touchpad icon on the top bar, it means Touchpad Indicator is now installed on your computer.

Now you need to configure it so that it automatically detects when a mouse is connected so that it can switch the touchpad off and on as needed.

2. Select the “Auto Switch” tab and set “Automatically switch Touchpad On/Off” to “On.”

3. If you want to receive a notification when the touchpad is disabled or enabled, you can toggle “Show Notification” On as well.

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Gnome Pie Is A Slick Application Launcher For Gnome

To install, open a terminal and type the following:


add-apt-repository ppa:simonschneegans




apt-get update


apt-get install


Once you launched Gnome Pie, you won’t see anything on your screen. You have to go to the system tray and select the “Preferences” option from the Gnome Pie icon.

In the Preferences window, you can configure it to startup on login, show indicator (aka the tray icon) and whether to open Pies at Mouse. What this means is that when you activate Gnome Pie, should it appear at your mouse tip or at the center of the screen. In addition, you can also change the theme of the launcher.

The Pies tab is where you will be spending most of your time on configuring. Each group of applications is known as the Pie while each application is known as the Slice. In the Pies tab, you will see several Pies (Bookmarks, Main Menu, Session, Multimedia, Applications, Window) with their own shortcut key.

Under each pies is a series of slices (applications/actions/commands) that you can configure. For example, under the multimedia pie, you have the various slices (Play, Stop, Next track, Previous track) to control the music player.

Gnome Pie in action

Similarly, you can press “Ctrl + Alt + M” to access the Multimedia pie and select the action for your music player.

As can be seen, Gnome Pie is highly configurable. You can customize the keyboard shortcut to your preferences and add your own pies and slices. It might take some time to get use to, but it is sure a fun and interesting way to access your applications.

Check it out and let me know if you like this way of accessing your apps.

Gnome Pie is available for Gnome only and works in both Gnome 3 and the Unity desktop.


Damien Oh started writing tech articles since 2007 and has over 10 years of experience in the tech industry. He is proficient in Windows, Linux, Mac, Android and iOS, and worked as a part time WordPress Developer. He is currently the owner and Editor-in-Chief of Make Tech Easier.

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How To Change Snap To Grid Settings In Photoshop

While aligning layers in your project, the snap to grid settings can be a huge help or a massive nuisance. That’s why knowing how to change the snap to grid settings will make your life a lot easier, since you’re not forced to use snapping all the time.

Snapping automatically adjusts an object to sit at a specific point, pixel, grid, or guide, depending on the settings you choose. This is especially useful if you’re working with a grid over your canvas to guide your placement. The effect is almost like a magnet: if you hover an object close to a grid line, the object will “snap” over to fit into the grid. This will allow you that extra bit of precision when placing objects on the canvas and could give your project a cleaner overall appearance.

So to help you make the most of snapping, let’s break down everything you should know about using this feature of the program.

How To Enable Snap To Grid In Photoshop

To reiterate, Snap to Grid helps you precisely place objects in Photoshop by “snapping” the object to a particular position within the grid. To enable Snap To Grid, first make sure you’ve enabled a grid on your canvas. It should look like this:

Now, any elements you add to the canvas will automatically “snap” to fit in with the lines of the grid.

How To Disable Snapping In Photoshop

There may be times when you’d like to disable snapping so that you can place elements freehand. Since snapping adjusts the location of your object automatically, even just barely, it may prevent you from placing your object in the specific area you want. Especially if that area isn’t lined up with the grid. 

For instance, I’d like my purple rectangle below to fit in line with the edge of the canvas so that no white is showing between the rectangle’s stroke and the canvas border.

But with snap to grid automatically lining the shape up with the grid, I can’t move it there without hiding half the stroke.

This will allow you to freely place your object without the automatic adjustment fitting it into the grid.

You can also momentarily disable Snap to Grid while you’re using the Move tool by holding down Command/Control. Keep in mind that this shortcut only works with the Move tool active (shown below).

This shortcut will only disable snapping while you’re holding down Command/Control – beyond that, snapping will remain in effect until you uncheck Snap under the View menu.

What To Do When Snap To Grid Is Not Working Or Grayed Out

In some cases, Snap to Grid may not be working properly. Maybe your objects are not snapping into the Grid the way you’d expect, even though Snap to Grid seems to be enabled. Perhaps Snap to Grid isn’t even available for you, as the option is grayed out in your menu. Here are some easy fixes to these common issues with Snap to Grid.

– Make Sure You’ve Enabled The Grid – Try Snapping Only To The Grid

Both the Grid tool and the Snap settings are designed to help guide you as you arrange objects in your project. Now that you understand how to enable and disable snapping, you should find it much easier to get the exact composition you want.

With snapping under control, it’s time to learn how to make the most of grids and guides in Photoshop!

Happy Editing!

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