Things to do after installing Ubuntu 14.04

The article at the bottom of this post gives the original full list of suggested things to do/tweak after installing Ubuntu 14.04, in this post i’m going to go over only a few of them which i consider important. You can also check out my post on Unity Panel Indicators.


The first thing i do on a fresh install is to install flash, if you use firefox then install flash with this command :

sudo apt-get install flashplugin-installer

If you use chromium/chrome then use these commands to install flash :

$ sudo apt-get install pepperflashplugin-nonfree

$ sudo update-pepperflashplugin-nonfree –install

Unity Tweak

To install unity tweak tool type this in to a terminal :

sudo apt-get install unity-tweak-tool

Enable one click minimize feature ** NEW **

One click minimize is a new feature of Ubuntu 14.04 and is disabled by default, to enable it you need to install CCSM (Compiz Config Settings Manager) :

sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager

Go to Dash and Search “CCSM” > Then go to Unity plugin > Tick ‘Minimize Single Window Applications’ feature :


Remove online search results from Dash

Fixubuntu has made a script to disable online search results returning in the Unity Dash, in a terminal type this then press enter :

wget -q -O – | bash

Disable overlay scrollbars

To disable overlay scrollbars simply enter this into a terminal :

gsettings set com.canonical.desktop.interface scrollbar-mode normal

Show username on panel

To show the logged in username on the panel enter this into a terminal :

gsettings set com.canonical.indicator.session show-real-name-on-panel true

Locally integrated menus

To display locally integrated menus in non maximised windows do the following, go to System Settings > Appearance > Behaviour > under ‘Show the menus for a window’ > select “In the window’s title bar”


To enable the default firewall in Ubuntu enter this :

$ sudo ufw enable

If you would like a GUI to configure the firewall then simply enter this into a terminal :

sudo apt-get install gufw

Then search for “gufw” in the Dash to configure it. Thanks to L3RG in the comments section for the updated/corrected information. 🙂

Restricted Extras

There are some restricted extras which can’t be installed during initial installation, however you can do it manually afterwards with this command :

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras

Reset Unity

If you mess things up and would like to get Unity back to how it was then enter these commands in a terminal :

sudo apt-get install dconf-tools

dconf reset -f /org/compiz/

setsid unity

unity –reset-icons

For a more detailed explanation of any of the steps above, as well as many more things to do, refer to the original article below. Enjoy tweaking !

Things/Tweaks To Do After Install Of Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr – Ubuntu/Linux News, Reviews, Tutorials, Apps.


4 thoughts on “Things to do after installing Ubuntu 14.04

  1. Great post! I used some of the tweaks you listed. Only one thing. gufw is just a GUI for ufw, and you can just to `sudo ufw enable`, which should be good for most people, but gufw is a nice GUI for more configurations.


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