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I have an Ubuntu machine on which when I click the right gear button on the top right of the corner various different commands get executed. Sometimes shutdown, other times system settings get opened up. Does anyone know why this is happening?

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You would normally left click, not right click on that icon. It should do the same thing however. Does it work OK when you lift click? It sounds like a misbehaving pointer device; you could try a different mouse. Is this a desktop or laptop machine? –  fabricator4 Dec 23 '12 at 10:27
I didnt say I right click. I said the right gear button- but that is misleading-:-). Its a virtual machine. Several other virtual machines work well. Its only this particular one which has a problem. ANy packages I can reinstall to prevent this from happening? –  Sab Dec 23 '12 at 10:42
Yah, my bad. Probably a right-brain problem. I still think it's a control problem, not a problem with the Ubuntu configuration or software. It seems to think that after you've click the icon you have moved the pointer down and release the button. Check any and all mouse type configuration settings in the Virtual machine environment. You didn't say which VM your are running. I've been using VirtualBox for some time with no mouse control problems. –  fabricator4 Dec 23 '12 at 10:48
I am using vmware player. But several other ubuntu machines on the same vmware seem to work just fine. Is there anything I can do apart from a reinstallation to solve this issue? –  Sab Dec 23 '12 at 12:26

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