The gnome shell extensions are a great to way to customize your awesome shell. You could customize it in any way you want it. There are extensions for every usage you can think of; from a shell calculator and a screenshot tool to system monitor and a presentation mode. With the introduction of extensions.gnome website installing extensions is a breeze.

What are the most popular (by download) extensions? See below for the extensions from rank 5 to 1.

5. Frippery applications menu
This extension replaces the activities button on the top panel with a gnome 2.x style menu.

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To install, go here page and click on the on/off switch.

4. Battery percentage indicator
This extension adds a percentage label next to the battery icon on your gnome shell. This is one of the features that must have been default.

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To install, go here page and click on the on/off switch.

3. Music integration
This extension adds an easy way to control the music player from the gnome shell panel.

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The extensions support volume, shuffle, repeat etc. and can be integrated to the volume icon or can have its own icon in the panel.

To install, go here page and click on the on/off switch.

2. Applications menu
Another extension to enable the applications menu on the panel. (So much for the new paradigm of desktop interaction….)

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This extension do not replace the activities menu rather add an icon next to it.

To install, go here page and click on the on/off switch.

And the most popular extension for the gnome shell desktop is…

1. Alternative status menu
May be this one is not much of a surprise to most of us. I guess, all of us are using this (the gnome developers included…). Only some key gnome personals hang on to their adamant attitude that suspend should be default behavior instead of shutdown.

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For the newcomers, this extension adds a shutdown/restart option to the user menu.

To install, go here page and click on the on/off switch.

7 responses »

  1. arupajhana says:

    4 of these are a way to amend the default gnome shell rather than tool extending the features. The music integration is the only “add-on” , while the other ones are correcting gnome shell behaviour. Despite i do like using this desktop, this Top5 is not meaningless.
    Battery and alternative status menu should become default.

    (Cinnamon is not meaningless neither.)

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  5. You mean somebody actually INTENTIONALLY argued against having a “Power off” and “Hibernate” option in the Alternative status menu and actually won it? I thought it was just an oversight? Where can I read logs of the arguments? I have GOT to read how that person managed to pull it off

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