Turn off the Open Officeorg splash screen

OpenOffice.org applications can take some time to start and during that period the splash screen stays on top of all other windows. To turn off the splash screen so you can get on with other tasks while OpenOffice.org starts, open a terminal window and type the following to open the OpenOffice.org central configuration file: $ gksu gedit /etc/openoffice/sofficerc

Change the line that reads Logo=1 to read Logo=0. Save the file. The changes will take effect the next time you start OpenOffice.org.

For more OpenOffice tips and tricks, see Tip 121, on page 168; Tip 149, on page 194; Tip 249, on page 288; Tip 295, on page 343; and Tip 308, on page 361.

If you've got a number of virtual consoles running at the same time, it can become confusing to know which of them—1 to 6—you're currently switched into. To find out, just type tty. The result will be something like /dev/tty2, and the number at the end refers to the virtual console number.

For more virtual console-related productivity tips, see Tip 46, on page 109; Tip 179, on page 219; Tip 193, on page 232; Tip 18, on page 76; Tip 207, on page 241; and Tip 233, on page 276.

See which virtual console you're working at virtual console or terminal session.

Adding a bit of variety to the desktop experience is always good and Drapes can be used to rotate the desktop background to a different image at a predefined interval, or whenever the icon it adds to the notification area is clicked.

It can be installed by using Synaptic to search for and install drapes. Once installed, run it by starting a command-line prompt (or by hitting (A!t +F2]) and typing drapes. Upon first running, Drapes will add a notification area icon at the top-right of the screen. Right-click this and select Preferences. Once the Drapes dialog box appears, click the General tab and check Start Desktop Drapes on start[[Author: sic]] .

Following this, you can add whatever wallpapers you want by clicking the Display tab and clicking the Add button. Navigate to where your wallpaper images are stored (if you wish to add the Ubuntu defaults navigate to /usr/share/backgrounds) and use [Shi ft]-select to select many files at once. Then click Open. Following this they will all be imported into Drapes and will added to the list of wallpapers to be periodically used as desktop backgrounds. They will be sorted and categorized according to size upon being imported, but you can ignore this. To vary the timing, click the General tab and change the slider under the Timing heading.

For other wallpaper-related enhancements to Ubuntu, see Tip 139, on page 180; Tip 144, on page 187; Tip 1, on page 62; Tip 237, on page 279; and Tip 290, on page 338.

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