If you are not satisfied with a default GNOME look & feel, you can extend its functionality easily by installing one of a hundreds extensions. Here are my favorite ones:
- Auto Move Windows
- Dash To Dock
- Drop down terminal
- System monitor
Auto Move Windows
Auto Move Windows — allows to map application to a predefined workspace. I use it along with Startup applications GNOME Tweak Tool setting to be ready for work right after login.
Dash to Dock
Dash To Dock — makes the left Dash panel a nice-looking dock.
Caffeine — disables screen saver. I don’t use it frequently, but sometimes it comes in handy.
Drop down terminal
Drop down terminal — drop-down terminal with a configurable transparency. No need to keep a separate instance running as it is easily accessible by pressing a hotkey.
Pomodoro — timer to apply Pomodoro technique. Helps to take breaks.
System monitor — drop-down panel to watch resource consumption. Useful when running multiple heavy applications.