Completely Tweak Unity Settings In Ubuntu 11.04, 11.10 & 12.04 With MyUnity

Ever since the inception of Unity, the most pressing question for users has been its customization. In a few previous posts I reviewed a few application that can tweak Unity settings. These include Confity, Unity Launcher Editor and  Unity Plugin for Compiz Config Settings Manager.

MyUnity is a comprehensive Unity tweak, which provides full customization of Unity features, including the Unity Dash, Launcher, Desk, Panel and Font.

One of the biggest advantages of this application is its compatibility with Ubuntu 11.04, 11.10 and even the new builds of 12.04. This makes it possible to change Unity settings easily across all Unity supported Ubuntu versions, which is no longer possible with tools like Unity 2-D Settings, (which is not compatible with Oneiric). You can install MyUnity in Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot, 11.04 Natty Narwhal and 12.04 Precise Pangolin, by entering the following commands in the Terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:myunity/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install myunity

Once installed, launch MyUnity from the Dash to start customizing Unity settings. The Launcher tab provides options to change the Unity Launcher icon size, transparency, behavior, display and backlight settings. Whereas, using the Dash tab, you can turn “Blur” on/off or set it to “Smart”.


The Panel tab allows tweaking Unity transparency by keeping it active, half, optimal or disabled.


Similarly, the Desk tab adds some basic icons to the desktop, which include Home, Networking, Devices and Trash.

Desk 2

You can also change the Unity font size, format and related options (font antialiasing and hinting) from the Font tab.


The below screenshot shows some changes that I applied to Unity with this application. I added a few desktop icons, changed transparency, behavior, font and other display features.

MyUnity Tweak

Another good feature of MyUnity is that in case you mess up something or would like to simply revert the changes, you can click Default Settings from the bottom of MyUntiy interface.

Default Settings


MyUnity packages for Oneiric, Natty and Precise Pangolin can also be downloaded from the developer’s website.

Download MyUnity