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How can I install Typing Break?

I've just upgraded to beta 2 of Oneiric/11.10 and the typing break has gone. I've gone into the system settings and looked in "Keyboard Layout" and "Keyboard" and can't find anything. Has it just ...
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Enabling native shortcuts on Gnome - 3

How can I enable the native shortcuts like Alt + Ctrl + T: Terminal Alt + Ctrl + D: Show Desktop on Gnome 3.
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How can I disable the Universal Access Settings icon?

In Gnome 3 on the top right corner I have this universal access icon with all these options which I am not intending to use in the meanwhile. How can I disable/hide the useless for me icon there?
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How to get GNOME Shell Calendar to sync with Google Calendar with Thunderbird installed?

On GNOME Shell, I want to use the Calendar and have it synced with my Google Calendar account, but I have Thunderbird on my computer. I have seen a couple of posts making Thunderbird default through ...
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How to get the GNOME 3 login manager installed?

I was wondering if it is possible to get the GNOME 3.2 GDM login theme working on Ubuntu 11.10. I installed GDM alongside LightDM, but the GDM greeter is really ugly.
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How to add a printer in gnome-shell

I'm using Gnome Shell (although I'm not sure whether the "Printers" app is part of that or just part of Gnome). I go to "Printers" from the overview, click the + button on the bottom left, choose ...
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How can I find the location (on the desktop) of a window on the command line?

I'm trying to write a little script to help manage my windows via keyboard shortcuts. In order to do what I want, I need to be able to find the current location and size of the "active" (focused) ...
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How do I clear all gnome shell notifications?

I use Jupiter as a power manager. Now I get a good number of notifications from it. I do not have problem with the fact that I get all these notifications. I do however, want to be able to clear all ...
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Is there any tweak to bring back emblems in Nautilus?

I read the following dev email Removing 'Backgrounds and Emblems' and when i read this part: Note that this does not completely remove the ability for extensions (e.g. Dropbox) to add emblems ...
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How can i change the default name for the screenshots made by gnome-screenshot?

Gnome-screenshot 3.1.2 uses filenames like this one Screenshot at 2011-07-31 12:13:04.png making it rather easy to see when it was taken. The problem is that it uses the colon ( : ) character ...
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Will the upcoming “Gnomebuntu” be an official variant?

I have heard some things about Gnomebuntu which is to be a new Ubuntu variant, although that may not be its final name. There is an article at world of gnome, which describes it as a community ...
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Can I set up 2 monitors to be 2 separate Gnome virtual desktops instead of one big?

If I plug an external CRT to my laptop, it normally either displays the same picture as the laptop's panel, or extends the desktop area. But I'd like it to be a separate virtual desktop (a workspace, ...
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How to delete a panel in the classic desktop?

I'm using 12.04 beta 2. I installed the classic desktop and I'm using the AWN dock. I tried right clicking on the bottom panel to delete it like you used to do in earlier versions, but nothing ...
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How to run an Application as another user?

I use krusader for file management stuff. the problem is that apache's DocumentRoot should be under chown www-data:www-data /path/to/www. so using krusader (which is run under my account) I've not ...
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What's the easiest way to mount Windows share as a local folder in home directory?

Via Gnome Nautilus I can easily mount Samba shares from my Ubuntu Server. However, these "mounts" are kinda of fake. Many applications I run do not recognize that Gnome has mounted these server ...
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Where is the Gnome-Shell Shutdown options

My girlfriend is using Gnome-Shell (That traitor!! ^^) and she wants to know where is the options for Shutdown like in Unity (Another point for me and Unity hehe). How can I add/find this option to ...
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How to create an Ask Ubuntu search button in gnome-shell?

On the overview in gnome-shell, there are two search buttons for Google and Wikipedia. Is it possible to create a similar button for Ask Ubuntu?
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Can I apply a different GTK3 theme from the main one to an individual application?

For example, can I keep Ambiance as main theme but assign elementary theme to elementary's app?
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How do I disable the Help F1 key?

When the Gnome desktop has focus, hitting F1 brings up "Ubuntu Desktop Guide". How do I disable this keyboard shortcut? UPDATE: This problem seems to be gone in Ubuntu 12.04 (hitting F1 while the ...
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Install Gnome 3.10 in Ubuntu 13.10 without breaking Unity

I just installed the Ubuntu 13.10 RC. Everything works fine so far. The thing is i want to also install Gnome 3.10 and i worry that this will break Unity. I know how to install the latest gnome ...
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How do I set a shortcut to screenshot a selected area?

In gnome's screen shot program, the quick keys PrtScn captures the entire screen and alt+PrtScn captures the active window. Is there a way to script or set up the third capture option of a selected ...
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How to change Gnome Shell calendar default application?

In Gnome shell calendar menu, when I click on "Open Calendar" it tries to open Evolution - even if it's not installed - Is it possible to change the default calendar? P.S. Gnome shell Calendar ...
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How can I switch between gnome-shell and unity without logging off?

How can I switch between unity and gnome-shell without logging of my account. This will help me to switch between both anytime.
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What's a simple “colour picker” app for GNOME?

I need a small tool to ‘pick’ a colour anywhere on the screen (so that I basically get the hex code for it). Earlier, I've used KDE's KColorChooser for this. According to this page, "Gpick" sounds ...
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Reset Unity and Gnome to default values [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I reset my Unity configuration? How do I reset GNOME to the defaults? Apparently I've messed up a lot with my Unity and Gnome 3 settings and now my system looks ...
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How can I make Ubuntu/GNOME look better i.e more smaller and compact?

I like Ubuntu and I don't use Windows except at office but I have always felt that every thing in Ubuntu/Gnome is a bit bigger than it should be i.e the fonts, desktop icons, the window borders and ...
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How can I add an application to the list of Open With applications?

I installed Komodo Edit from a download (wasn't available in Software Center.) I want to be able to open .php files in Komodo, but when I right-click and choose Open With Other Application, Komodo ...
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Extensions are turned off after reboot [closed]

I am running Ubuntu Gnome 13.10 with Gnome 3.10. My problem is that every time I reboot the OS all the shell extensions are turned off. The weird thing is that their settings are kept. They are just ...
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How do I change the font DPI settings?

I installed Oneiric on a clean system, and found that the font tab is gone from the Appearance settings. This is a problem, because by default the text in Ubuntu is too large. I changed the text from ...
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Adding a CPU monitor widget in the top corner like in Gnome2

I wonder if you can add a widget or something like it in the top corner (next to volume and WiFi and things like that) that displays current use of CPU and maybe RAM. I know you could add stuff like ...
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How to use Unity's global menu in GNOME Shell, if possible?

I was woundering is the is a way/possibility to use Unity's global menu with GNOME Shell on Ubuntu 11.10? It would be really nice to have it. Does anyone have an idea on how to make this real?
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open nautilus as new tab in existing window

Currently, if I click a launcher/shortcut icon etc i will get a new nautilus window. If there is already a nautilus window open, I would rather it open up in a new tab in the existing window (as if I ...
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Cycle around the “end” of workspaces in Gnome?

I have a typical Gnome setup, in which i can move/switch between workspaces, by hitting ctrl+alt+‹or›arrow. But when i'm in workspace 1, hitting ctrl+alt+‹ has no effect, and similarly for my maximum ...
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Multiple shells in one window

The default behavior of my shell window is to create tabs. I can switch between those tabs but only one tab can be visible at a time. Is it possible to open multiple shells in the same window? E.g. ...
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How do I stop the screen from being locked on suspend?

On GNOME the screen locks when I suspend, and I find that a bit annoying (no one else in the house uses ubuntu anyway haha). What can I do to stop this?
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How do I disable window move with alt + left mouse button in GNOME Shell?

There are lots of posts on this about Unity, this is about gnome-shell As with other posters, I use apps (Inkscape in particular) that uses Alt-Click and Alt-drag. Gnome-shell is grabbing this off me ...
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How do I show date next to time in the panel with gnome-shell?

I would like to show the date in the bar up the top there (next to the time). I can not see any obvious way to enable this.
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How to reverse colors for the current window in gnome shell?

I dislike that most websites use a black font on white background for their sites, as it gets too tiresome for me to read. Back in the days of 11.04, using Gnome2 with compiz, there actually was a ...
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Is it possible to keep GNOME 2 in 11.10?

Unity has been both praised and hated by different people for various reasons. Mark Shuttleworth for example says that it's designed for widescreens as an example. I do fully agree with that ...
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How can I reduce the time taken to login by postponing/delaying some startup applications?

I have setup some applications to startup on each login (e.g., redshift-gtk, gtg) automatically but after adding these to startup applications (System -> Preferences -> Startup Applications) ...
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Compiz-like effects in Gnome shell?

In Gnome-shell we do not have compiz any more? In KDE4 we have the native desktop effects, I would like to know if the Gnome-shell we will need yet of compiz.
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Which is correct: “GNOME Classic” or “GNOME Fallback”?

Since the availability of Unity and GNOME Shell, I have noticed widespread confusion over whether the more "traditional" version of the GNOME desktop environment should be referred to as "GNOME ...
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Can the Gnome 3.6 notification area be shrinked?

I find the GNOME Shell 3.6 changes to the message tray irritating. Is there a way to switch the message tray to the old model or to at least shrink the items and stop it from pushing the entire ...
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How to hide Firefox titlebar in Gnome Shell?

I am running Gnome-shell 3.2 in Ubuntu 11.10. Is there a way to hide the firefox title bar and make it like Chrome's ? I would need the min/max buttons in tab-bar. There was a tutorial in webupd8, but ...
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Can we have Mac like 'labels' on GNOME?

Can we some how use color labels on icons like OS X?? Something like this:
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Documentation for gnome shell extension development?

I have been wanting to develop some Gnome Shell extensions since they are just in javascript, however I have been looking and there is practically zero documentation, everywhere I look people just say ...
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How to hide window title and menu bar in GNOME Shell?

Is it easily possible in GNOME 3's gnome-shell to achieve similar appearance of windows' title and menu bars as with Unity's Globalmenu?
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Is Gnome 3 lighter than Gnome 2?

As we are going toward Gnome 3, I would like to know what to expect. May be a more responsive desktop, faster startup of apps? Or should I start to thinking in another DE if performance is a concern? ...
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List of addons/extensions for gnome-shell

This list is now more or less superceded by https://extensions.gnome.org/ where extensions can be one click installed and configured. There are several addons for gnome-shell. Please help me compile ...
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How to remove items from Places sidebar in Nautilus 3.6?

I am attempting to remove bookmarks from the Places sidebar in Nautilus 3.6. Specifically, I would like to remove the "Pictures" item. I have found answers for older versions in which one can remove ...