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 enable keyboard layout indicator in gnome-shell? [closed]

I upgraded to 12.10 beta 2 and in gnome-shell I don't have the keyboard layout/language indicator in the top panel. I have two layouts enabled and I can switch between them. I used to have it in ...
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Can I hide the title bar of MPlayer in gnome?

I'm on a 10.04 machine with MPlayer, version SVN-r1.0~rc3+svn20090426-4.4.3. When you invoke MPlayer from the command line to show a file, it displays the file within a window. This bar has a title, ...
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How do I change the colors of the Ambiance & Radiance themes?

I am using Ubuntu 11.10 and i wanted to change colors in Ambiance/Radiance themes, by default it has orange and i wanted to change it to Blue, I tried using gnome-color-chooser, but it didn't work? ...
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Why is the printing setting is different in Gnome Shell vs. Unity?

why the printing setting is different in Gnome Shell vs. Unity in 11.10? Hey folks, i believe this is even a bug - more than a question. But i want to refine it before posting in Launchpad. Under ...
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Where does Nautilus stores bookmark names?

If I create a bookmark with Nautilus, its location is stored on ~/.gtk-bookmarks, but not his name. I've created a test bookmark named weirdy, and tried to do a grep on my home for that name, and I ...
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Does Ubuntu-GNOME 13.04 Contain Gnome Classic Session?

If I understand right, Ubuntu-GNOME will be using GNOME 3. I was wondering if it also included Gnome Classic as well, or if I would have to go download it?
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what is the difference between a GTK theme, Metacity theme, and Emerald theme?

I keep seeing themes as being labelled as metacity or GTK or Emerald. From reading in other places, I gather that Metacity is a window manager and changes the window borders, so what is a GTK theme? ...
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Reset gnome font configuration?

How do I reset the font settings - actual font and size - to their default? (I changed some values in System->Preferences->Appearance->Fonts) This is particularly important with the new Ubuntu font ...
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How to install the full GNOME desktop as close to upstream as possible?

Just like the title says. I don't want just Gnome Shell I want to know how to install the whole entire desktop, with the latest GDM(not the 3.0.4 currently in the repos), all the default apps, all of ...
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How can I add the Network Manager Applet to the panel after removing?

In rearranging the panel, I removed the Network Manager Applet. I tried to add it back, but it doesn't show up in the list (Add To Panel). I can start it up and see it as a running process ...
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How to remove GNOME completely?

I want make my installed Ubuntu as light as possible to launch only on 256MB RAM machine (VirtualBox)? So I'm thinking about removing GNOME and related components completely. How can I do that? This ...
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Is it possible to use multiple desktop environments on same system?

I am using Ubuntu 12.04. I want to try out KDE and other desktop environments. But I'm not sure if I'll like them enough to switch permanently. I want to be safe and make a transition in a piecemeal ...
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How do I stop the 'Free the Fish' Easter Egg?

I did 'apt-get install free the fish' to see what the Ubuntu 'Wanda the Fish' Easter Egg looks like. I have now had enough of the fish and want it to stop, which I could do by logging in and out. ...
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Grouping folders in Gnome

I wonder if it is possible to make Nautilus grouping files and folders as Windows do. This is the only thing I don't like in Ubuntu interface. In Windows in every folder my files are always separated ...
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Drop down terminal as smooth as gnome-shell's 'looking glass'

Is there a drop down terminal as smooth as gnome-shell's 'looking glass' that has a normal bash shell? Gnome-shell's looking glass (alt+f2 then lg then enter) is so smooth. I'd like to see a simple ...
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How do I make Firefox start always maximized?

I am setting up Ubuntu with gnome for my grandma. How can I make firefox start ALWAYS maximized.
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How to make Empathy run on startup?

I'm running Ubuntu 12.04. I'd like Empathy to connect when I login to my computer. I know I can browse using the Startup Applications tool (although the add/browse dialogue is still useless in GNOME ...
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Some windows don't fit on 1024x600, what can I do?

I read on Wikipedia that the netbook edition of Ubuntu was discontinued and that it is now integrated into the main distribution (as of 11.04). I tried 11.04 on my new Samsung NC110-A06AU with 10.1" ...
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How to disable Alert volume from the command line?

There is an option in the Sound Preferences dialog, Sound Effects tab, to toggle Alert volume 'mute'. It works and suffices for my needs to disable the irritating system beep/bell. However, I ...
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What are the icons on the top bar called? [duplicate]

What is that called? The reason I'm asking is that I'm creating a desktop application in Java (using the gnome java library - with GTK support) and I want my app to be visible there as well with a ...
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Layout change with Alt+Shift in Ubuntu 14.04 using Gnome 3.10

I know that many have asked that question before, but I have seen no one ask it for Ubuntu 14.04. I have a test installation of Ubuntu 14.04 with GNOME 3.10 and I have also installed the Flashback ...
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What are the alternatives to Network Manager for wireless?

I was wondering if there are any GUI alternatives to the Network Manager. It seems, I always run into problems with it (unstable connections, wrong icon shown, wrong notifications, etc.).
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How do I set GNOME to “focus follows mouse”? [duplicate]

I have two monitors that I use for development. I would like to use sloppy focus for switching between windows. sloppy focus -- whatever you mouse is hovering over is in focus. I know it's available ...
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Is there a settings manager available for Mutter?

Is there a GUI settings manager for Mutter? Something where I can adjust the window shadow size, or the hot corners, or opacity, etc...
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How do I make the clock stop chiming every hour on the hour?

I'm using a fully updated 11.10 install. After I installed the gnome-shell 3.2 package the clock started chiming every hour (it sounds like a doorbell). If I'm listening to something that needs to ...
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Why does Unity depend on Gnome

In the light of some similar questions I have received, I took the liberty of creating a simple question that addresses this which are: Why does Unity depend on Gnome and to what point is the ...
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How to move a window between monitors with Gnome Shell? [duplicate]

I see this question is "answered" by stating that there is no way to do this in GNOME: How to move windows around and between monitors, using keyboard short cuts? I have doubts that it should be ...
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How to move windows around and between monitors, using keyboard short cuts?

On MS Windows we can use Super + Arrow to move a window to the right and the left of the screen, maximize, minimize and even move it to another screen. Is there a way to configure this feature on ...
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Enable networking without the gnome-applet

I've switched to XMonad as my window manager. Sometimes when I put my laptop to hibernate, it's hanging and won't shut down. I have to force it off by pressing the powerbutton for 5 seconds. After I ...
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Selective mounted volumes for the GNOME Desktop and Nautilus Sidebar

By default 'mounted volumes' are shown on the Ubuntu desktop. I usually disable this (gconf-editor or Ubuntu Tweak) because I don't want, for instance, my Windows partition on the Desktop. However ...
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Is it possible to place windows with keyboard shortcuts in Gnome-Shell?

With Compiz in Unity, I could press Ctrl-Alt-6 to place a window on the right-half of the screen, Ctrl-Alt-4 to place it on the left half, Ctrl-Alt-7 to place it in the top left quarter of the screen, ...
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Where can I set the default programs?

Where can I set the default programs/applications on Ubuntu 11.10 in order to set VLC as the default video player (and not manually associate each file format with VLC)? I'm on GNOME Shell.
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Stop Screen Dimming After 60 Seconds (MacBook running 12.04)

I'm running Ubuntu 12.04 on a MacBook air - everything works fine, apart from the fact that the screen dims after 60 seconds of activity. Is there any way to stop this? My computer is on mains ...
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How do I hide CIFS volumes in the Places menu?

I originally started an Ubuntu forums post about this but I never received any responses. Anyways, I've got my Documents, Music, Pictures, and Videos folders pointing to Samba shares on my server via ...
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Install Gnome Software Center

I installed Ubuntu Gnome 13.10 and then upgraded the Gnome version to 3.10. But, all new apps in 3.10 such as Gnome Software Center, Maps, Weather etc are not included. So now, I wonder how to get and ...
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Gnome 3 always hangs after logon

The problem I'm having is that after logging into GNOME Shell 3.4.1 on Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS. After a short period of time (approx 0-2 minutes) gnome shell becomes unresponsive. Hovering on the corner ...
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After the removal of Ubuntu Classic in 11.10, will I be able to install it once again?

After Ubuntu Classic is removed in 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot), will I be able to re-install it?
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Gnome Shell not showing Dropbox on top panel

Today i'am installing Gnome Shell with this commands: sudo apt-get install gnome-shell First everything was fine, but I think there is less. A few minutes later I realized that no one Dropbox icons ...
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Multimonitor menu bar

Does anyone know of a way of extending the menu bar from one screen all the way across to the other, so that the gnome menu bar spans both/all monitors? I'm basically looking for something similiar ...
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Is it possible to replace notify-osd with Gnome 3 Indicators? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Gnome 3 notifications are replaced with notify-osd when the machine goes to sleep I have gnome shell installed in ubuntu 11.04 fully. It still, however, uses the ubuntu ...
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Everytime I try to do updates via the update manager it prompts me to enter my password [closed]

So I do, and then it just hangs there, from there I can close the box using the "X" in the corner, then the update will continue, I am guessing this is not the intended behavior, any ideas as to what ...
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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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How to disable the drop shadow effect at the edge of windows in Gnome Shell?

Here is: I try to find in gnome-tweak-tool, but I have no luck. I'm using Gnome Shell v3.8.3 on Ubuntu Gnome 13.04.
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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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Can't add to panel nor delete panel

I cannot add any applet to any (top or bottom) panel, cannot delete any panel nor create a new panel. When I right-click on the panel the only options available are: Properties, Help or About panels. ...
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How can I switch my current session between Unity, Unity 2D, and Gnome?

If I am currently logged in to Unity, is there a way for me to switch my current session to Unity 2D or Gnome without logging out and in again? I know I can restart Unity by running unity --replace. ...
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Remove Gnome Shell completely after installing it?

I wanted to try gnome-shell in 11.10 (also 12.04 now) I removed it, however, classic Gnome is still there and the battery icon is changed (too big and can't use a icon pack on it like faenza) Also, ...
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Remove unwanted shortcut gnome classic

On ubuntu 11.10 using gnome classic I accidently made an error and now I have to deal with a redirect button to the gnome tweak tool in the top bar of the gnome interface, right next to the locations ...
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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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Is there a way to install Unity or Gnome Shell along with Lubuntu?

I'm using Lubuntu for a while now, but found a couple of details that I wanted to view with Unity (that's another story). Ok, the thing is: I've tried on a VM with Lubuntu to install Unity (sudo ...