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Is there an option to turn off dimming the desktop when asking/prompting the password for administrative tasks? Like in Windows User Account Control.

It hurts my eyes everytime it dims my desktop instantly.

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Open Configuration Editor (gconf-editor) and navigate to /apps/gksu. Now, tick off the box that says 'Disable Grab'. Alternatively, you could run

gconftool-2 --type boolean --set /apps/gksu/disable-grab "True"

in a terminal.

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That works, although it makes the dialog appear in an ugly transparent window here: img.xrmb2.net/images/782507.png –  htorque May 26 '11 at 6:37
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