The Activities overview in GNOME Shell is where you can manage windows, applications and workspaces.

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How do I run a spesific virtual machine from Gnome Activities menu?

Now I have to go and doubleclick /path/to/vm/file.vmx to run a certain VM (VMware Player forgets my VM's probably because of me using zfs). I get a visible icon to menu but vm will not run. [...
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How do I create a shortcut to Gnome 3 Activities menu? [duplicate]

I created ~/.local/share/applications/bt.desktop file containing entry [Desktop Entry] Name=btsync Exec==~/Progs/btsync Icon=un-reboot.png Type=Application Terminal=true; Command ~/Progs/btsync ...
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How to change keyboard shortcut to launch Activities Overview?

The SUPER key is currently the default key to launch the Activities Overview, however due to an incident involving large amounts of chocolate cake the key no longer works properly and does not always ...
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Gnome crashes when I drag to reorder favorites in Activities. Why?

I recently installed gnome-shell to try it out (I've been using openbox alone, which I think I still prefer!) and my problem is that Gnome crashes (sometimes just restarts the DE, sometimes actually ...
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How to not show minimized windows in GNOMEs activities overview?

In the overview every open Program is shown, but I only want to spread the windows that aren't minimized. Is there a way to disable this feature?
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Unable to view search results in the Activities Overview for locations I have previously disabled but now re-enabled in the settings

I just went into Settings > Search > Search Locations, disabled the search results for my home directory and then re-enabled them with the little slider next to the item. However even after re-...
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Autokey doesn't work while in Gnome activities overlay

I've followed this tutorial to set up emacs-like keyboard shortcuts in Autokey, for navigating left and right and such. The shortcuts work as expected everywhere (like selecting files in nautilus), ...
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Gnome activities search for open application

Somehow I managed to alter my Gnome activities to always open an application in a new window by default - how can I set it back to always prefer currently open applications? So, e.g., when Nautilus is ...
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How to replace the Activities Overview button with the Applications Menu in GNOME 3?

I currently have Ubuntu GNOME 15.10 with GNOME 3.18 installed, however even though I like mostly everything about GNOME 3, I would like to remove the Activities Overview button, and get the ...
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How to rearrange the open windows in the Activities Overview?

In the Activities Overview the current windows which are open are displayed and automatically rearranged, but what I would really like would be for me to be able to manually rearrange them, so for ...
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What application manages the list of applications in the Activities Overview

What application manages this list of application in the Activities Overview?: Is it GDM? Tracker? I mean the application which shows them there graphically, the one that actually puts them there, ...
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Gnome 3.18 Activities overview and application list very slow with Ubuntu 15.10

Ok, any help would be great: After updating to 15.10 and Gnome 3.18, the activities overview has become very unresponsive. Arranging windows from desktop to desktop is slow and when opening and ...
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Activities configurator not working after upgrade to GNOME 3.18

I recently upgraded from Ubuntu GNOME 15.04 to 15.10, and also upgraded to GNOME 3.18, however I now have a problem, I want to rename the Activities button to Activities Overview and I also want to ...
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My mouse keeps moving to the upper left side of my computer

This happens whenever maximizing or minimizing tabs, clicking on anything in the 'activities' tab or switching workspaces. It's driving me crazy! Any fix for this? I am using a Logitech m325 wireless ...
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Unable to launch xdiagnose through GUI in normal way

I am in need of doing some diagnostics work with xdiagnose, however when searching for it in the Activities Overview, and then clicking on it, absolutely nothing happens, when in the past it would ask ...
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How to get the Gnome Activities overview to only open when clicked on [duplicate]

I am running Ubuntu Gnome 15.04 (with Gnome Shell obviously), and I have noticed that sometimes when I quickly hover over the Activities button in the top-right-hand corner, that it opens the ...
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Change language of the gnome shell overview

I noticed that the search results of settings in the gnome shell overview stay in English although my system language is German. I doesn't really disturb me but I'm wondering a bit why this happens. ...
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Why do I have a different wallpaper in Activities Overview of Gnome Shell, and how do I remove it?

When I open the Activities Overview in Gnome Shell (cursor in top left corner), my wallpaper changes to a different wallpaper than the one I have selected in the Background Settings. Why is this ...
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always show notifications in activity overview (gnome shell 3.10)

I want the notification bar to be always shown when I use activity overview. In some version of Gnome Shell (maybe 3.2 or 3.4) it was by default so I was wondering if it can be done in Gnome Shell 3....
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Gnome Application Folders

I have Ubuntu Gnome 13.10. In Gnome Activities under All Applications there is some folders containing apps. For example there is a folder called Utilities which containing Archive Manager, Calculator,...
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Is it possible to move the top activities bar of gnome shell to the bottom of the screen?

I have set up a normal user account in my computer as a guest account, which lots of my friends use. I love the gnome shell, and I set it as the desktop environment. The problem users of my computer ...
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Missing icons in Gnome-Shell overview

There are applications icons missing in my Gnome-Shell 3.8.2 overview, but this wasn't like that on a fresh install with Gnome3-PPA enabled. I do not have or had the Gnome3-Staging-PPA enabled. I had ...
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No recent files in GNOME Shell

I upgraded from an almost default install of 11.10 to 12.04. All went well. I can boot into GNOME Shell. Get Activities overview, except that there are no recent files! In 11.10, I used to get Recent ...
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How do I turn off Gnome Shell Activities Animations?

I'd like to turn off the animation (windows zoom back) effect when the activities overview is activated because it really gets slow and laggy with a lot of open windows. Is there ANY way to do this, ...
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On-the-fly file search in gnome 3?

I recently switched to Gnome 3 (on Onereic 11.10). I was a big fan of gnome-do (on Gnome 2), where I heavily used the "files and folders"-plugin. This allows to configure a list of files and folder to ...
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Prevent gnome-shell's dash from listing Recent Items

I am using gnome-shell in Ubuntu 11.10. I am getting annoyed when dash search lists Recent Items. I have tried many ways to prevent it like Deleting activity.sqlite and activity.sqlite-journal files ...
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Activity log manager is not preventing Zeitgeist from logging files

I am running Gnome Shell and I do not like Zeitgeist indexing all my files. This makes the overview search in gnome-shell very slow. I do not want the overview to search recent files, so I installed ...
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How to set Applications as the default view in GNOME Shell Activities when there are no windows open?

If there are no windows opened, it doesn't make any sense to have the Windows view as default when we go through Activities.
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Bind GNOME-Shell activities overview to custom mouse button

I have a Logitech G500 mouse which has a third button between the usual "backward" and "forward" mouse buttons. I want to bind the GNOME-Shell activies overview to that button button. I tried to do ...
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Disable automatic activation of Gnome Shell activities on mouse over

I have been searching for a way to disable the "hot corner" feature of the Activities button in Gnome Shell. I would prefer it to require a click such that I don't keep accidentally activating it upon ...