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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What is the relationship between Unity, Gnome, Gnome 3, Compiz, Metacity, and LightDM?

I am learning about Graphical User Interfaces in Ubuntu and constantly come across different terms, which cause a lot of confusion for me. I have tried reading easy-to-understand tutorials about the ...
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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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Enable horizontal scrolling in Ubuntu

There is no option in Mouse & Touchpad Settings to enable horizontal scrolling in Ubuntu 13.04+ (Raring/Saucy/Trusty) (GNOME 3.8+): No horizontal scrolling even by enabling two finger scroll or ...
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Adding custom applications to Gnome launcher

Looking for a utility that allows me insert an item into the list of applications that GNOME knows about. For example: I have downloaded Eclipse EE (I have some very special plugins that I need to ...
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Difference between Unity and GNOME

I often come across the terms Unity and GNOME while reading about Ubuntu. I understand that Unity is the default desktop environment for Ubuntu. What is GNOME and how is it related to/different from ...
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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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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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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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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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Gnome 3 Ati Fan always on

Hello I am using Ubuntu 11.10 with Gnome 3 installed. I have issues with the fan (I know that there are many threads about this but nothing has worked). I am using Dell Studio XPS 1640 running ...
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A light alternative to gnome-system-monitor?

As I'm programming a little game, I often use gnome-system-monitor to check if there's any memory leak in my program. But the monitor takes too much lime to launch and is pretty slow. Could you ...
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Permanently set keyboard layout options with setxkbmap in gnome/unity

Ubuntu 13.101 (and maybe upstream gnome) introduced very annoying bug: pressing keyboard layout switch shortcut makes focus go away to some system window, then back to window where shortcut was ...
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Clean removal of KDE 4

I recently installed KDE in to my Ubuntu 10.04 machine using apt. (i.e apt-get install kde-desktop) After a while I got enough with the testing and wanted to have gnome again. So I removed all the ...
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How to revert unity and remove gnome desktop?

I just installed gnome in Ubuntu 13.10 following this article at www.omgubuntu.co.uk After reboot , weird things started happening : Gnome desktop always crashes (hang and unusable) no mouse cursor ...
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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 to disable nautilus from handling the desktop? [duplicate]

As it is the only way to activate transparent themes in Gnome-shell: How to disable Nautilus from handling the desktop? Can I make it handle the desktop again? What will happen to the unity and ...
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What additional thumbnailers are available and how do I install them?

Question: Ubuntu's file manager, Nautilus, comes with a wide support for file previews. These thumbnails are handled by helper programs called thumbnailers. The number of thumbnailers that come ...
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Gnome 3 change system notification to be as unity?

the notification area in the bottom of screen is annoying, can i change the place and look of it to be as in unity? "at the right top and disappears when hover over it"? and also is there an ...
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Reinstate window snapping feature after reverting to Gnome Classic

How do I get the window snapping feature working again after reverting to Gnome Classic on 11.10 like suggested in this answer to How to revert to Gnome Classic
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“Simple” gnome applets in Unity - stickynotes

I guess this is a related question to Can I use GNOME applets in Unity? (moved by suggestion of @Jorge Castro) I'd like to use stickynotes_applet in Unity.. Now in Gnome, this applet gets added to a ...
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Why I Can't swap the windows on Window List at gnome panel after upgrading?

I am sorry but let me include an image for better explanation. I had been entered into Classic Mode. Sorry for my insufficient information. At 10.10, the 'boxes' can be swapped and in appearance ...
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Is it possible to have different GTK+ theme in Unity and Gnome Shell?

I sometimes use two different Desktop Environments like Unity and Gnome Shell (comparing, testing, creating screenshots, etc.) but Unity looks bad using Adwaita theme, which is the same with Gnome ...
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Why should I use gksudo for Gtk apps instead of sudo? [duplicate]

I read somewhere that people should use gksudo for applications that use the Gtk GUI instead of sudo? What's the reasoning for this?
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How to customize the ubuntu gnome 3 desktop?

This is maybe a stupid question, but how can I choose my own background image on ubuntu gnome 3?? I click on Settings -> Background -> then I click on the current background preview to change it but I ...
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How can gnome based applications such as rhythmbox use a proxy

I happen to be using xubuntu but I dont think the desktop-environment is applicable in this context. I noticed that some gnome-based applications such as rhythmbox cannot fetch any information from ...
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Jalali Calendar

Will Gnome add the Jalali (=Persian=Shamsi) calendar as a default calendar, like what KDE has? I saw that KDE has many calendars that can be used as default instead of Gregorian calendar.
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Scale title bars and menu in Ubuntu 14.04 with Gnome

I've installed gnome in my new 14.04 (not the Ubuntu-Gnome distribution). I've noticed the title bars are huge though, and I would like to change. The things is that this solution from here is not ...
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Mouse selects everything on its own

I have a strange problem that my mouse keeps selecting everything I point to. For example, if I open Rhythmbox, then at the top of the screen there is a text which says which song is playing. If I ...
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Indicator applet-less applications?

Since I heard that indicator applets are going to replace the notification area, I wondered what was going to happen to applications that use the notification area and don't have an indicator applet? ...
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Chromium “Show in Folder” opens in text editor

When I try and open a file I downloaded in Chromium, it opens in a text editor. (Geany) I click on the arrow in the download bar and select "Show in folder". I'm using Chromium daily stable and ...
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Can't use GNOME Shell extensions due to “error parsing schema”

I get this error in the gnome-tweak-tool konsole dialog CRITICAL: Error parsing schema org.gnome.shell (/usr/share/glib-2.0/schemas/org.gnome.shell.gschema.xml) And then a series of other errors ...
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Resizable screen mode for VirtualBox behaves strange with Ubuntu as guest

I have Ubuntu both as guest and as host. I use VirtualBox 4, just downloaded from the official repository. After installing the guest extensions, I got this strange problem: When I activate the ...
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Gedit 3.6.3 in Ubuntu 12.04?

Hi I would like to know if I can upgrade gedit to version 3.6.3 in Ubuntu 12.04 without the webupd8 ppa. I think the process would be similar like this: Is there any way to Install Latest Nautilus ...
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How to set Monday as the first day of the week in GNOME Calendar applet?

What is the recommended way to change the first day of the week to Monday (instead of Sunday, as in the screenshot below)? I couldn't find anything related in Clock Preferences, nor in System -> ...
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Multi display issue with Ubuntu GNOME 14.04 [closed]

Fresh install of Ubuntu GNOME 14.04 with 3 displays (fglrx driver). I can correct the screens order in System Settings / Display but it is not saved when I close the session and reopen it. Screens ...
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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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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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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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Does gnome-fallback.desktop require accelerated graphics in 13.10?

I am trying to run gnome-fallback.desktop under VncServer. After upgrading to 13.10, my VNC no longer works - it just shows an empty terminal window, with no session. These are the sessions that I ...
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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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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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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 disable alt-f1 / alt-f2 shortcuts?

I can assign Alt+F1 and Alt+F2 to any function I like in the keyboard configuration window, but its not beeing used. Alt+F1 is always 'dash home' and Alt+F2 is always 'run'
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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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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 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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Periodic Keyboard Lag/Delay

On two of my computers running Natty with Gnome 3, I'm having periodic keyboard lag. It happens at a random interval after starting the computer. Basically, the keyboard will stop functioning ...
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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 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 can I update my gnome to gnome 3.18?

I'm using Gnome 15.04 currently.