Originally Posted by leonardevens
Can anyone recommend extensions to gnome 3 which i might find useful and which won't lead me up a garden path I don't want to get stuck in?
To answer your Desktop question:
You need to install gnome-tweak-tool, which really needs to be there by default. It installs as "Advanced Settings". You can tweak font settings, decide what's on the desktop, etc.
Open "Advanced Settings", click on "Desktop" and turn on the option to "Let File Manager Handle the Desktop". Icons for Home, Computer and Trash appear. Anything you drag into the Desktop folder shows up.
To get icons to launch applications onto the Desktop, open Nautilus and go to /usr/share/applications. Right click on an icon and you will see a "Copy to..." option. One of the destinations is the Desktop.
Get your extensions at extension.gnome.org. Very easy to install them, or remove them right at that site.
Some extensions can be configured. Do it there by clicking on the link to list your installed extensions. The configurable ones have an extra little icon to their left.
Extensions often seem to be sensitive to the Gnome version. You can filter for that on the site.
I just try them and keep what I like, deleting what I don't. Ihaven't run into any problems caused by an extension gumming up the works. I use extensions to kill the launcher and add a nice little dock.