Whether you need help to stay focused, maintain timeliness, or find shortcuts to avoid repetition, these Linux tools have you covered.

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Productivity is a subjective term, but essentially, it’s a measurement of how efficiently a particular task is completed. Everyone has different things that keep them productive—some people need help staying on task, some people need a particular kind of work environment, some people need alerts and reminders to avoid missed deadlines, and some need assistance with repetitive, manual chores. Luckily, there are myriad tools and technologies available to provide you the specific support you need. In particular, if you are a Linux user, there are some tweaks that can help you increase your productivity; here are two that I use on a regular basis.

Clipboard Indicator

Are you someone who uses a lot of copy and paste functions between several documents in your day to day usage? If so, then Clipboard Indicator should become one of your go-to solutions. Install Clipboard Indicator as a GNOME extension to your Linux distribution. In my experience, it has a minimum performance impact on GNOME Shell—at least, less than other solutions I have tried.

This tool adds an indicator menu to the top panel and caches your clipboard history. You can set the history size, preview the number of characters you want to view. It shows notifications on copy and acts as a temporary space to store whatever you copy.

The easiest way to install the extension and connector is to use your distro’s package manager.

For Fedora, CentOs, or RHEL, use:

$ sudo dnf install chrome-gnome-shell

On Ubuntu or Debian, use apt install instead.

Once it’s installed, go to https://extensions.gnome.org/ and check your installed extensions.

If you use Firefox, use the Firefox browser add-on and install the GNOME Shell integration. You will see a small footprint icon in your Firefox toolbar, which will take you to the Extensions page. On that page, search for the Clipboard Indicator extension and toggle to enable it.

Now, follow the prompts to download the GNOME extension and activate it. You can check your ~/.local/share/gnome-shell/extensions location to view the extension.

Voila! You’ll see a new icon in the top-right corner of your GNOME desktop. Copy anything and experiment with its settings.

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