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I am a new Ubuntu user. I was curious to install it. But I have some difficulties to understand the options in the system preferences. It's because I don't know if an option is on or off (see picture).

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This means it is ON.

This one makes it more clear: when 'auto-hide the Launcher' is set to OFF it grays out the selections that would be available if 'auto-hide the Launcher' was set to ON:

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Thank you. I still find it confusing though. Is there a way to have checkboxes? In the real world, sliders work for me. On a desktop it confuses me. I always have to take a little break and think: 'Is this thingy on or off?'. Do I slide it to off or is it off and I will slide it to on? And the other way round, of course. Very confusing concept. – Mélodie Corignole Oct 5 '12 at 9:21

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