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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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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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 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 to disable global <Super>-p shortcut?

In ubuntu 11.04 there was a workaround using gconf-editor and setting key /apps/gnome_settings_daemon/plugins/xrandr/active to false. However there is no such key in gconf-manager using ubuntu 11.10 ...
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Multiple keyboards with different layouts

I have ubuntu (11.04) running on a recent macbook pro. I use both the built in keyboard and an external keyboard. I want to remap capslock on both keyboards to super, and I want to swap left-alt (mac ...
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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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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 to take screenshots of sections of the screen?

On Mac OS X, there is a handy key combo for taking a screenshot of any arbitrary rectangle section of the screen(Command-Shift-4). Is there something similar(maybe Compiz plugin) for Ubuntu/Gnome?
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Mouse pointer invisible after reinstalling Unity on top of Gnome in Ubuntu 13.10

I am using Ubuntu 13.10. I usually use Cinnamon and Gnome shell and had removed Unity and related packages. I re-installed Unity, and everything works fine except that the mouse pointer is no longer ...
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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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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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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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Open file dialog defaults to showing hidden files

My open file dialog is defaulting to showing hidden files, I have to press Ctrl-H to get to the files I want, but this is not saved across instances of the dialog. I can't find a settings panel to ...
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How to show seconds on the clock in GNOME 3?

Is it possible to show the seconds on the clock in GNOME 3?
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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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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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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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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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Is there a future for Gnome Classic?

Note: This question has the potential to cause unneccessary debate about the merits and demerits of Unity, Gnome3, and Gnome Classic. I would like to avoid that and concentrate solely on the issue of ...
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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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How can I get transparent window borders / titlebars in GNOME Shell?

There are plenty of GNOME Shell themes with transparent panels, and I might want a transparent window border / titlebar theme to go with it. The closest thing I can think of is Emerald, but that only ...
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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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Dual monitors with one above the other?

I'm using Gnome 3 and proprietary Nvidia drivers. I have tried to set in nvidia-settings my external monitor to be "above" my main one (it's a laptop). However, when I try to drag a window up from the ...
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Will GNOME 3.6 be backported to 12.04

Is there any chance that GNOME 3.6 or some of its components be backported to Ubuntu 12.04? Or should I upgrade to 12.10 to get GNOME 3.6?
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Why does installing gnome shell extensions from extensions.gnome.org fail silently?

On a fresh Ubuntu install (12.04, 64-bit), after installing gnome-shell, I've tried to install some extensions from extensions.gnome.org but got no result. I've tried with Firefox and Chromium and got ...
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How can I create themes for Gnome Shell?

What makes me feel good in Linux is customization. I've recently tested some great themes for Gnome Shell. They're really great, but sometimes I don't like some part of them. I looked into the files ...
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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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How can I move Chrome's buttons to the right in Gnome3's Shell

I switched from Unity to Gnome Shell in Ubuntu. Now Chrome has the buttons on the left side, but I want them on the right. How can I fix this without switching to the system titlebar? I also tried ...
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Ubuntu desktop suddenly points to home folder

As of now, my desktop has begun showing the contents of my home folder (~) instead of the contents of ~/desktop. I must have changed something, but I have no idea what, or what I was doing exactly ...
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How can I hibernate from GNOME Shell?

GNOME Shell doesn't have an option to hibernate in the session menu. I checked the GNOME Shell Cheat Sheet but hibernate is not mentioned there. How can I hibernate my machine from within a GNOME ...
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What is the relationship between .gconf, .gnome2, .cache, .local, and other dot-file hierarchies in my home directory?

According to this answer, .local .cache and .config are, by convention, configuration storage locations adopted by Gnome and Ubuntu. Are .gnome .gnome2 and .gconf therefore legacy configuration ...
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How to remove keyboard icon from keyboard layout indicator (to leave just the language abbr. alone)?

I'd like to remove a keyboard icon, so replacing "[###] USA" as keyboard layout indicator to just "En", an English or American flag, or "USA" at least. How can I achieve this? UPDATE: When I've ...
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How to edit gnome/unity menus without using Alacarte?

Alacarte crashes every time I attempt to edit a submenu or move an item from one submenu to another and then I'd have to wipe the application.menu files or my gnomeshell desktop would be useless. Is ...
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Has GNOME2 been forked?

I'm a GNOME2 fan, and I was wondering if the GNOME2 stack had been successfully forked (Mainly just the top and bottom panel) so we can use it in 11.10 when GNOME2 classic is replaced by Unity 2D. I ...
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How to make program autostart only in GNOME

I use both GNOME and KDE SC. In GNOME, I use Docky but I do not use it with KDE. So, I would like Docky to start up only when I login into GNOME not KDE. In KDE, there is an option to make a program ...
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Keyboard shortcuts don't work in gnome shell

After upgrading to 12.04 the keyboard shortcut of the windows manager (Metacity) such as my custom Alt+1, Alt+2 for desktop switching but also the default Alt+F10 for maximizing window stopped working ...
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What is the replacement for gnome-open in GNOME?

gnome-open is typically used to open files from the CLI using their associated mime-type handler. It doesn't appear to be installed by default anymore in 12.04. The errata has not been well ...
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Sometimes new windows don't come to the front when launched

I'm using gnome shell with new ubuntu for few days now and have experienced really annoying behaviour with new windows. Sometimes when I use another window and press e.g. Alt Ctrl T to open new ...
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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 Can I Remove Epiphany Without Removing Gnome?

I have Gnome Shell installed, and I want to remove the Epiphany browser. But when I click uninstall in the software center its says that Gnome-core is a dependency of Epiphany, so it will be ...
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Popup dialogs attached to window title and not movable

Not sure of the terminology here, but most of my popup dialogs (see screenshot below) are attached to the window title and cannot be moved. If the parent window is moved, the popup moves with it. Is ...
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Window decorations disappeared?

yesterday everything was fine and today when i logged on to my ubuntu 10.10 I noticed that the icons in the top of each menu dissapeared(I mean the the bar where the close mini maize etc..) this ...
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Ubuntu Gnome Facebook login error

I am not able to login into Facebook on online accounts of Gnome Ubuntu 13.10. Always get this message (shown in screenshot) Your popup is too small to display this page. Please enlarge it to ...
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How to prevent screen locking when lid is closed?

I have Ubuntu 11.10 with Gnome 3 (no Unity), gnome-screen-saver has been removed and replaced with xscreensaver. The screensaver stuff all works fine -- no complaints there. When I close my laptop ...
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Unlock keyring prompts three times instead of one time

When I have "automatic login" activated, the "Unlock the Gnome Keyring" box asks for my password. But this happens three times. There are three boxes asking me for my password. In 10.04 the box ...
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A PDF viewer supporting SyncTeX for Gnome

I am looking for a PDF viewer for working with LaTeX and SyncTeX (forward and inverse search) under Gnome. I know from previous questions in various forums that Okular has this feature, but I prefer ...
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How to update from Gnome 3.4.1 to 3.6?

I use Ubuntu 12.04 with Gnome 3.4.1. I've tried to upgrade to Gnome 3.6 to no avail. I added this to my /etc/apt/sources.list file: deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/gnome3-team/gnome3/ubuntu precise ...
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How do I get rid of all the Unity bars?

To make my question as simple as possible, I'll start with showing my desktop, so that I don't need to describe everything in words: Basically this is how I have been using Ubuntu 10.04 since it's ...