GNOME (GNU Network Object Model Environment) is a collection of GTK-base software that provides the desktop environment GNOME-Shell. This is a very general tag that should only be used for questions referring to GNOME in general, and not a specific component.

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How to start an app with “Always On Top” set?

There are a couple of applications that I find myself marking as "Always on Top" every time I use them, so I wonder if there is a way to automatically set them as so, whatever way I start them (menu, ...
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Is it possible to customise the search engine buttons in GNOME Shell?

When searching in gnome-shell, there are two buttons towards the bottom of the screen which can be used to search with Wikipedia and Google. Is there any way to customise these? If, say, I wanted to ...
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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 ...
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How do I disable Compiz in the Ubuntu Classic session?

I would like to disable Compiz in Natty (Ubuntu Classic). I have tried to access this through System > Preferences > Appearance but the "Visual Effects" tab is no longer there. On previous releases ...
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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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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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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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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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What can I use instead of gnome-open?

What is a current replacement of 'gnome-open' command (generic open of files based on the type)? Before: gnome-open mydoc.pdf # opened PDF in default application Now: gnome-open The program ...
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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 can I create a application launcher for a .sh file?

I have this run.sh file, and I've create a symbolic link into my desktop. When I double-click on it the file the following dialog appearsr And I have to click on "run" each time. How can I create ...
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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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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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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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Typing “↑” (upwards arrow) with a keyboard shortcut

When I'm programming, I find useful to use some unicode symbol like ← ↓ → to indicate in comments different things. In ubuntu I can type ← ↓ → respectively with ALT GR + Y, ALT GR + U, ALT GR + I. ...
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Where is the user's profile picture stored in Gnome 3?

In Ubuntu 11.10, I can set my profile picture through the User Accounts settings panel. I can select an existing picture and it will help me crop that picture to look nice. The final product is not ...
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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 do I install KDE?

I want to have both KDE and Gnome shells on Ubuntu. Ubuntu has Gnome by default. How do I install KDE?
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Will Ubuntu 11.04 use GNOME 3?

Will Ubuntu 11.04 use Gnome 3? If so, what differences for end-user is going to be? I know that there won't be Gnome shell, but what about the login screen? Will Ubuntu continue using that old (GNOME ...
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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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What actions does Ubuntu trigger when battery is low?

When the battery is low, the screen gets dimmed after a few seconds already. This appears to be some special power-saving mode, and might be related to the time in ...
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How to set Google Chrome as the default browser?

How can I set Google Chrome as the default browser? If I set it in the browser settings, nothing happens. The browser says it's default, but in preferred applications in Gnome, there's only Firefox to ...
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Remove title-bar of all maximized Gnome 3.8 windows

(Gnome-Shell, 13.04, upgraded, Gnome 3.8) Recently, I upgraded Ubuntu to 13.04. the default desktop is gnome-shell. Except Nautilus, other software border doesn't disappear when I make them to be ...
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How can I disable Ctrl+Q for all applications (system wide)?

A lot of applications like Firefox, Chrome etc, get closed when I accidentally press Ctrl+Q instead of Ctrl+W because of the proximity of the Q and W keys on the keyboard. Is there a way this shortcut ...
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Moving windows from the keyboard

Is it possible to move windows from the keyboard itself without touching the mouse? I know I can do a Alt + Left Click and drag the window, however I am hoping there is something I can use to move it ...
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Decrease mouse sensitivity below the standard limit

I've got a USB mouse attached to my Ubuntu notebook. This mouse is (unfortunately) really sensitive, and so it sometimes gets hard to hit small icons with the mouse pointer. This is really a hardware ...
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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 to programmatically swap the caps lock and esc keys?

I am a heavy Vim user and one of the first things I do when I start working on a clean ubuntu installation is to swap the caps lock and esc keys to reduce hand movements over the keyboard. So far I ...
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What represent the StartupWMClass field of a .desktop file?

I am working on this pre-existent .desktop file and I have a doubt: The file content is: [Desktop Entry] #Icon=connect-data-space Icon=XCloud Categories=Utility; Type=Application ...
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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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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 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 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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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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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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Using different wallpapers on multiple monitors (Gnome 2 + Compiz)

This seems like a simple question, yet I could not find any satisfying answer using Google or Ask Ubuntu. So I have a triple-monitor setup. Basically what I want is simply to have a different ...
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How do I “alt-tab” between windows using Gnome 3?

All of the references I've found for Gnome 3 keyboard shortcuts list that alt+tab switches between applications and alt+` switches between windows (some actually say alt+~, but I think they're ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 do I boot into the console and then launch the Ubuntu desktop from it?

At the Ubuntu login page I have to hit Ctrl+Alt+F1 to be able to login as an user using the command line. But how do I get to the command line first and then start the Ubuntu desktop from it?
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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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Is there a way to get a workspace grid in Gnome 3.x?

Is there any setting/plugin/hack/workaround that will allow me to run Ubuntu with the Gnome 3.x/Gnome Shell desktop while retaining a 2x2 or n x m workspace grid instead of the default Gnome ...
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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 reason for tying some applications to GNOME?

I don't want Evolution, Tracker and other packages in my computer (Ubuntu 14.04, GNOME 3.9, Shell 3.10.4), but GNOME depends on these packages . I've read some tricks for disabling some of them ...
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How can I make gnome-shell treat both monitors in the same way?

Gnome-shell seems to like to leave one monitor as "fixed" when you switch workspaces. Additionally, there is no preview in the Activities view of my secondary monitor. Also, on the second monitor, ...
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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 ...