Fedora setup: application launcher
One thing I really like about Fedora workstation as a distribution that it contains the essentials to start using it right away as a desktop OS. It has all the basic utilities you need (like a file manager and a photo viewer) complemented with some software that you're likely going to use (browser, office suite, audio player).
The first thing I change after a fresh install is changing the dock/application launcher in the Gnome desktop environment. With the pre-installed applications I change it to this with a specific order:
The reason I do this is that I can launch these applications with a keyboard combination of super-key + number. As I use Windows 10 daily for work I use the same order on the Windows taskbar and launch applications with the same keyboard shortcut (windows-key + number). The difference being the actual specific application I use on either computer (for instance nr. 5: Gnome files on Fedora and Explorer on Windows).
With the basic setup this will result in a dock with these applications:
- Gnome Calendar
- Gnome Photos
- Gnome Files
- Gnome Software Center
- Gnome Terminal
For all other applications that aren't in the dock I'll just use super-key, type the first 2 or 3 letters of the application and hit enter. Visually it will use the Gnome applications view with search and results.
By the way: any desktop OS that doesn't have this application menu launch + search functionality as default with this keyboard shortcut, is broken by design in my opinion.