Universal GUI Navigation

UX DESIGNERS HATE HIM! ONE WEIRD TRICK TO CONQUER NEW DESKTOP ENVIRONMENTS!!!

As a technology professional, you may find yourself in a situation where you have to work with an unfamiliar desktop environment. While most Windows and Mac users tend to use their respective standard DEs, there are about a dozen various popular ones for *nix. It can take several hours to get used to the new arrangement, but you need to be productive right away!

Huh... (GNOME 3)

You could modify the desktop environment itself to your liking, however that takes time (and if you’re a UI nitpicker like me, A LOT of time!). Instead we will assign custom keyboard shortcuts to start our applications. How-To Geek has a guide for Windows users here.

Choose a base key (I prefer the Super, or windows key), plus a letter or number to launch the app. So to launch your text editor, you could assign the key combination Super + e. Need a calculator? Super + c. Media player? Super + m. Etc…

This is convenient because you don’t have to go clicking through folders to start the app you want. Even if you aren’t concerned about working on multiple operating systems, this is still the quickest way to run your apps.


Being a minimalist in the tech world ain’t easy,

or even a practical philosophy to cling to in many situations. However, I believe utilitarianism should still be applied where possible.