Material Shell | Transform Your GNOME Desktop

Material Shell is a new extension for the GNOME desktop that will transform the way you interact with your computer. It does this by implementing a new interface that organises your windows in a predictable grid layout. You can customise the way Material Shell organises your windows in the extensions settings. My favourite modes are the ones that focus on tiling your windows on the GNOME desktop. The tiling features are not too dissimilar from the Pop Shell from Pop!_OS.

Some of the main features of Material Shell are ;

  • Spatial Model – Organises windows in a predictable grid.
  • Interface – Gives you an “at-a-glance” view of the spatial model that you can navigate with a mouse or a touchscreen.
  • Tiling – Automatically tile windows to utilise all available screen space.
  • Persistence – Material Shell will remember your windows organisation and layout across reboots

It also comes preconfigured with keyboard shortcuts to make navigation easier for keyboard driven users. These shortcuts can be customised but by default they work around the W,A,S and D keys. Which is pretty handy for PC gamers that will be used to having their left hand in the position.

Material Shell can be installed in a few different ways and will work on any distribution that is running GNOME 3.34 and up. The easiest way to install it regardless of which distribution you’re using is jumping over to the GNOME extensions website here and enabling the extension. If you’re on Fedora or Arch you will also be able to install it via their package managers ;

Fedora

sudo dnf install gnome-shell-extension-material-shell

Arch

yay -S gnome-shell-extension-material-shell-git

You can also get the most up to date version via their Github repository. What do you think of Material Shell? Let me know in the comments below!

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