Debian 9 Tweaks

All screenshots are of the Debian 9.13 Mate Desktop Enviornment, if you used a different one things will be different.


In System > Preferences > Hardware > Keyboard Shortcuts add the keyboard shortcut Ctrl Alt t to open a terminal by clicking on Run a terminal and the Shortcut will change from Disabled to New Shortcut… now press Ctrl Alt t and the new shortcut will be saved.

Debian 9 Terminal Shortcut

Open a terminal (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 9 Terminal

Open up .bashrc in your home directory and add the following to the end to fix pasting a new line in the terminal. You need to check Show hidden files in the file manager to see a file that starts with a dot.

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


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

Debian 9 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 9 No Blank

Reboot the PC

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:*]

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 9 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

Auto Mount

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

gsettings set automount false

Edit the Menu

Add Mozo to edit the Menu in a terminal (Ctrl Alt t)

sudo apt install mozo

A reboot is required after installing Mozo