Windows users looking to move to Linux will love the familiar Linux Mint desktop environment. Cinnamon enables a traditional desktop experience that is great for beginners, with multiple customization options to suit different needs.

Are you looking for ways to tweak the look of your Cinnamon desktop? If you nodded yes in the affirmative, read on to find out how to best customize your desktop.

1. Activate system effects

Effects tab cinnamon

Even if this function is not used that often, the developers have taken the trouble to develop and provide desktop effects extensively. The Effects section deals with various aspects of the desktop in terms of menus, windows, dialog boxes, etc.

Feel free to play around with overlay scroll bars as you adjust various window options. There's a lot to review and use under the Effects option.

2. Optimize the font settings

Font selection cinnamon

Under Settings there is an option to customize the system fonts. Users can easily switch between font styles and sizes across the system.

You can either refine the entire look of your Cinnamon desktop with font settings or just get by with the basic fonts, the choice is yours. Either way, each type of setting is ideal for beginners just venturing into the world of Linux.

3. Change themes and icons

Themes interface

Many users appreciate the wide variety of topics available in Linux Mint. Everything is in front of you and you don't have to explore the entire system to change a few settings.

Unlike some other operating systems, you have everything exactly where you want it to be. Take control of the window manager, panel customizations, and built-in icons, and change whatever you want with just a few clicks.

Switch between dark and light themes, change the window borders, or play around with the settings, all at your convenience.

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4. Play with cinnamon applets

Cinnamon applets

Cinnamon applets contain all the elements that a user can place at the bottom of the desktop. Items like the calendar and keyboard layout are standard options that users can choose. In addition, you can add or remove items in the Installed Applets section using the button Administer Tab.

Some additional applets that are highly recommended are the weather and CPU temperature display. If you want to move an applet to another panel or place it in a different position, just right-click on the panel and switch from panel edit mode to function mode. Then drag the applet into the panel where you want to place it.

5. Add more cinnamon desklets

Add cinnamon desklets

Desklets are elements that can be placed directly on your Cinnamon desktop. This includes a variety of options that range from desktop clocks to picture frames to startup programs.

To access Desklets, go to the Settings menu. There you will find a variety of options to choose from. Alternatively, you can even right click on your desktop screen and that Add desklets Opportunity.

Under the General Settings Tab allows you to customize a few options: desk decoration and position, desk width, etc. These options generally deal with the orientation and placement of the desks.

6. Desktop wallpapers

Customize Cinnamon Desktop Backgrounds

Many users enjoy working on a good desktop that is soothing to their eyes. Because of this, it is important to choose wallpapers that appeal to your soul.

To change your desktop background, right click on your desktop and select Change the desktop background. A window opens on the left with the available wallpaper options, while the right shows a preview of the images in each wallpaper folder.

Users can add their folders by clicking the + Icon at the bottom left and choose your favorite background. You can also choose to have a slideshow on your desktop by clicking settings and the choice Slide show Option for the background.

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7. Add more panels

Customizing Panels on Cinnamon Desktop

The list of customizations doesn't end here. Users can change the control panels on their Cinnamon desktop. All you have to do is right click on the existing panel and select Control panel settings. Just a note: as soon as you change the panel layout, your system will prompt you to reboot in order to activate these changes on the desktop. Therefore, it is best to save urgent work in progress beforehand.

Users can access the + and Buttons to change the value for the display delay. It only takes a few milliseconds for the changes to reappear on the panel. You can set the font size from your screen and edit the panels at the same time.

8. Customize your desktop screen

Customize the Cinnamon desktop

If you don't like what's on your desktop, you can easily change it to Cinnamon. Right click on the desktop and click To adjust. Users can resize the icons and move the placement of elements from the horizontal to the vertical layout and vice versa.

You can return to your default settings by clicking Reset grid spacing. Still not satisfied? Feel free to explore other options within these settings, from disabling the icons on the desktop to re-enabling them, depending on your immediate needs.

You can also place the icons on your primary and secondary monitors if needed.

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Customizing the Cinnamon Desktop for Ease of Use

If you are a beginner migrating from Windows to Linux, you will love the Cinnamon desktop. In this desktop environment, you can enjoy the sights and get yourself downright dirty with the Linux commands. In short, Cinnamon's user interface is known for its customizable and stable attributes.

Its desktop rarely crashes, making it an even better choice among the multitude of Linux desktop environments currently available. Explore the settings and customize your desktop to suit your work fantasies.


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Wini Bhalla
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Wini is a Delhi based writer with 2 years of writing experience. While writing, she was associated with digital marketing agencies and technical firms. She has written content on programming languages, cloud technology, AWS, machine learning, and much more. In her free time, she enjoys painting, spending time with her family and traveling to the mountains whenever possible.

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