The Basic Essentials You Should Do After Installing Ubuntu

Make The Up/Down Keys Search History

This assumes you are using the Gnome terminal. This has been tested with Ubuntu 14.04.

  1. Edit ~/.inputrc with this command (to apply the change to the current user only):

    or, to apply it system wide (assuming you have admin privileges):

  2. Add the following lines:

  3. Save then close the file.
  4. Execute this command in a terminal (not that you cannot source the .inputrc file):

  5. Done!

Turn On Mutiple Workspaces

Multiple workspaces (also called virtual desktops by Ubuntu) is a great feature to enable for increased productivity.

Assuming you are using the unity interface (the default for Ubuntu v14.x or v16.x), navigate to System Settings, then click Appearance, and then click the Behaviour tab. Tick the Enable workspaces checkbox and you’re done!

To switch workspaces, press Ctrl-Alt (on a Windows keyboard) or Cmd-Alt (on a Mac keyboard) along with an arrow key, e.g. Ctrl-Alt-RightArrow to move to the workspace to the right.

To Add More Workspaces

Easy, change the vsize and hsize settings! Say you want 6 (2 across, 3 down):

It always has to be arranged in a grid, but you can practically have as many as you want.