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I'm using xmonad, so I can't see the regular Ubuntu menu to get to the tools in the settings and preferences menus. I have to invoke them by name. Does anyone have a list of the names of these tools? (so that they could be started from the command line)

In particular, I need the Network Proxy Settings tool.

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You can access them by running gnome-control-center. Many of them are not separate applications, but are modules which are embedded in the control center directly.

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You can directly open the Network Proxy Settings tool, with the following command,
gnome-control-center network

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