Debian 11 Tweaks

All screenshots are of the Debian 11.4 Mate Desktop Enviornment, if you used a different desktop environment things will be different.


Open a terminal with Ctrl Alt t and go to Edit > Profile Preferences Colors Tab

Uncheck Use colors from system theme and set text and background colors to suit.

Debian 10 Terminal

To see hidden files (files that start with a dot) like .bashrc you have to check Show Hidden Files in the file manager.

Debian 11 File Manager

Open up .bashrc in your home directory and add the following to the end to fix pasting a new line in the terminal.

# fix paste newline
if [[ $- == *i* ]]; then
    bind 'set enable-bracketed-paste off'
Debian 11 File Manager Debian 11 File Manager


Go to System > Preferences > Look and Feel > Screensaver

  1. Set Regard the computer as idle after: 2 hours

  2. Uncheck Activate screensaver when computer idle

  3. Uncheck Lock screen when screensaver is active

  4. Click Close

Screensaver Settings

Go to System > Preferences > Personal > Startup Applications

  1. Uncheck Power Manager

  2. Add a new Startup Application with the following command

xset -dpms s off s noblank s 0 0 s noexpose
Debian 11 No Blank

Auto Login

Open a terminal (Ctrl Alt t) and edit /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf

sudo nano /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf

Page down until you get to [Seat:*] and below that uncomment (remove the #) from autologin-user= and add your user name and uncomment autologin-user-timeout-0.

Ctrl x, then y, then Enter to save

Debian 11 Auto Login


System > Preferences > Hardware > Monitor or Displays depending on the Debian version.

Set the desired screen resolution then click on Apply and if you like it click on Keep this Configuration then Close.


Go to System > Preferences > Look and Feel > Appearance

Background Tab Select a nice Desktop image or add one. I like Dexxus Right click on the link and select Save Link As and save in Pictures

Auto Mount

To stop the annoying popup for auto mount every time you plug in a USB drive run the following in a terminal.

gsettings set automount false

Edit the Menu

Add Mozo to edit the Menu

sudo apt install mozo

A reboot is required after installing Mozo

Mate Tweak

Add Mate Tweak to System > Preferences > Look and Feel

sudo apt install mate-tweak

Update Path

Create a directory in your home directory called bin and add it to the path.

Open the .bashrc file in your home directory (need to show hiddend files to see it in the file manager) and add the following

# set PATH so it includes user's private bin if it exists
if [ -d "$HOME/bin" ] ; then

# set PATH so it includes user's private bin if it exists
if [ -d "$HOME/.local/bin" ] ; then

Compose Key

To set a compose key for entering special characters go to System > Preferences > Hardware > Keyboard. On the Layouts tab select Options…

Debian 11 Compose Key 1

Select Position of Compose key and pick the key you want to use.

Debian 11 Compose Key 2

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