Making the logout screen nicer

When exiting openbox, it is the application oblogout that is responsible to give you the choice to shutdown, restart, suspend, hibernate, logout or lock. This application has also a configuration file at

In here we can change the standard theme for the icons from Numix to foom.

This is the exit screen with icons from numix.

This is the exit screen with icons from foom.

And this is the exit screen if you select the oxygen icons.

How and what do we change to have these icons?

 

Keyboard shortcuts

The application “Obkey” will give you a graphical way to add keyboard shortcuts. You can edit them manually in ~/.config/openbox/rc.xml.

We will show you how to make a personal keyboard shortcut.

Some of the important keyboard shortcuts.

Super + spacebar – activate openbox menu

Shift + Super + Pause/Break – quit openbox

Shift + Super + Q will close any focused application

Super + D will open an extra menu – dmenu

Super + F11 – reconfigure openbox
Super + Shift + R – reconfigure openbox

Ctrl + Alt + T  – Gnome-terminal
Super + Return  – Gnome-terminal

Ctrl + Alt + B  – Nemo
Super + Shift + Return  – Nemo
Ctrl +Alt + N  – nemo –quit

Ctrl + Alt + F  – Firefox
Ctrl + Alt + G  – Gimp
Ctrl + Alt + I  – inkscape
Ctrl + Alt + w  – sublime text
Ctrl + Alt + S  – spotify
Ctrl + Alt + c  – catfish

Super key and keypad numbers will move your windows around and tile it automatically.
Super + Shift + arrow down will unmaximize the window
Super + arrows will move your window around

Super + F will toggle between maximize full

Super + Shift + D will toggle show desktop

Super + L  will log you out of this session

Super + Shift + Q will xkill any application

Shift + Control + Escape will give you gnome-system-monitor

Print will give you a scrot or screenshot

Ctrl + Print will engage an active dialog with gnome-screenshot

Super + F1 – Firefox
Super + F2 – Sublime text
Super + F3 – Inkscape
Super + F4 – Gimp
Super + F5 – Meld
Super + F6 – Vlc
Super + F7 – VirtualBox
Super + F8 – Nemo
Super + F9 – Evolution
Super + F10 – Spotify

Alt + n or arrow right – next variety wallpaper
Alt + p or arrow left – previous variety wallpaper
Alt + f  – favorite variety wallpaper
Alt + t  – trash variety wallpaper
Alt + arrow up  – pause variety wallpaper
Alt + arrow down  – resume variety wallpaper

 

 

 

 

Keyboard shortcuts explored

Obkey is the gui way to take a look at the possible shortcuts. The gui writes this information back to ~/.config/openbox/rc.xml.

You can make your own keyboard shortcuts like ctrl+alt+t to activate a terminal of your choice and many others.

Follow the tutorial to know more.

 

 

Parcellite is a clipboard manager

Parcellite is installed standard and you can find it at the top in your tint panel. It can be useful but the icon was not nice. Then I saw that you can the change the icon in the Preferences/Display/Parcellite Icon Name. I changed mine to clipittrayicon to get an all white icon for the toolbar. Top right – second icon.

 

Compton to make openbox sexy

Compton is already installed via the installation of Antergos. The compton file is already installed in ~/.config/compton.conf.

BUT the configuration of this file does matter. You can set the following features in this file.

  • shadow
  • exclude shadows on some of them like a conky
  • opacity of menu’s
  • inactive applications become transparent
  • frame opacity
  • active applications become tranparent
  • dim inactive windows
  • fading of menu’s, applications, …

We will copy/paste the compton.conf file from the github.

 

Tint2 panel

You can continue to work with the tint2 panel and learn how to change and use the configuration settings or you can use to xfce4-panel and choose to use that one as a panel for application indicators.

We have chosen to edit the tint2rc file and try to figure out some of the settings.

 

 

My personal logout theme

In the meantime I could not resist to make my own oblogout theme : Sardi-Oblogout – hosted on this github with scripts to install and change.

When exiting openbox, it is the application oblogout that is responsible to give you the choice to shutdown, restart, suspend, hibernate, logout or lock. This application has also a configuration file at

In here we can change the standard theme for the icons from oxygen to sardi-oblogout.

 

 

Redesigning of the openbox menu

Take the time to figure out how obmenu-generator works because it will pay off in the future. The configuration files are easy to read and adapt to your personal needs.

 

 

Tint2 revisited and revamped

You can keep working on the settings of your panel tint2. The gui of tint2 and the possibilities of this panel did surprise me. You can do a lot of things.

Let us go over some of the settings that I have learned and setup in the meantime.

 

 

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If you still need more information about Openbox then may be you could check out the article about installing openbox on Archlinux.

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