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How do I change the cursor and its size?

I have recently created an Ubuntu 12.04 partition on my Windows 7 laptop. When installing it, I switched to "high contrast" mode, which has rather large cursors (by large I mean about twice as large ...
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Increasing scroll speed

I've recently switched to Ubuntu, and the one thing that has been bothering me is the scroll speed, which I can't seem to change. In windows I used to have it set around 7 lines, but it seem to be ...
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How can I reset compiz to the default settings?

I've got a bug that is reoccuring (no window chrome close/minimize/maximize buttons) that is solved by changing the visual effects level (e.g. from none to normal). Unfortunately, the desktop is ...
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Resetting CompizConfig Settings Manager settings

I was running 11.04 before upgrading to 11.10 recently and now I am not able to access my account. When I try to login, the console flashes up with some messages on it, then the NVidia logo pops up ...
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Will Ubuntu One support OS Settings sync?

Being new to Linux and to Ubuntu, I've taken quite some time to tune it to my needs on my netbook. As I'm now convinced by the OS, I plan to install it on my desktop in the next few days. I was hoping ...
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How can I reset all Rhythmbox preferences and library information?

Background: I cannot figure out how to make Rhythmbox scan ONLY the folder with my music in it. I want to delete all of its settings and start over. What do I have to do to make Rhythmbox think it's ...
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How to reset evolution settings to defaults?

I have not used Evolution for long time now and I would like to reset all the settings and start from scratch. How would I be able to do this?
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How do I turn off “show mouse” when I press Ctrl?

I've searched everywhere in the system settings but I still can't find it.
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How can I resize the System Settings window?

Having installed MyUnity, it also shows up as an entry in the System Settings dialog. However, the System Settings window does not adapt to it. Now I have to scroll down to see the bottom entries, ...
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Where to find administration, preferences, etc?

Where can I find it? And also, how can I add folder or file to the left menu? Thank you.
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No “Touchpad Tab” under Mouse and Touchpad settings. Detected as PS/2 Generic Mouse

I have a Dell Inspiron with Ubuntu 12.04 installed. I can use my touchpad fine but I can't scroll with it. When I run windows it uses two finger scrolling but for some reason it won't work on Ubuntu. ...
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How can I set my system to suspend when inactive to a longer amount of time

I run Mythtv on some Ubuntu 11.10 based machines. In the power settings, I can choose from a list of time periods from 5 minutes up to 1 hour for the the machine to suspend when inactive. I would ...
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How do I get Ubuntu to open folders with Nautilus by default?

After upgrading to Ubuntu 11.10, I once right-clicked on a folder and told it to open the folder with Movie Player ("Open with other application..."). No harm done there, right? Nope, now Ubuntu ...
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How do I make my windows “wavy”?

I installed an Ubuntu version about 6 months ago, and in the appearance settings, I could check a box that made the windows "wavy" when you move them. Like, whenever you moved a window side to side, ...
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How do I disable the blinking cursor in gnome-terminal?

I could have sworn that there was once a setting for this in the gnome-terminal "Profile". And then in some version of Ubuntu, that setting disappeared, and I had to use System ➜ Preferences ➜ ...
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Why are the hidden settings-folders not deleted when purging an application?

I did sudo apt-get remove --purge for several packages, but apparently the personal settings are kept. Is there a command or tool to delete them automatically?
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How can I configure Gnome Shell Notification settings?

I couldn't find where I can change Gnome Shell notification settings. I clicked the button that appears with "Don't Show Again" (or something like that) label on a notification, and now when that ...
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Where does LXRandr save its display configurations?

It looks like LXRandr can save configurations. But where are they saved and in what form? (I was thinking about activating them by shortkey.)
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Where to store user settings for an app?

If I want my application to store a few settings, that persist when an application closes, then where should I store them? I'm not talking anything complicated: two booleans and a string (although in ...
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More Print to file settings?

The settings in print to file option in Ubuntu is limiting and dangerous. All the applications apart from Mozilla print to a file ~/output.pdf, this is dangerous as you can overwrite a previous ...
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How can I change the folder icon?

I know how to change an icon this way. Also that doesn't work for folders inside Nautilus, but for application launchers. What I'm looking for is an equivalent to changing the icon for an ...
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How to get display settings persistent? [closed]

I have the following set-up: laptop with screen: 1366x768 external LCD monitor with: 1024x768 The monitor is permanently connected and recognised by the system. Screen is expanded to the ...
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How to set the default video player?

How to set default video player 12.04 (and other default app's) I try search system settings but can't find. (((
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Which programs use the new “Online Accounts”?

In Ubuntu Oneiric 11.10 it's possible to configure a Google Online Account. I'm able to configure this program to get access to Mail, Contacts, Calendar and Chat. But which programs use this data? ...
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How do you start-up in the login screen with Num Lock on? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to enable numlock at boot time for login screen? I use numbers in my password and would therefore like to start Ubuntu with Num-Lock enabled. This would also be ...
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Screensaver/blanking problem

I have upgraded to 12.10 and then downgraded again to 12.04 LTS because of the screensaver or screen blanking problem. After 10-12 minutes the screen goes black/blank when i dont do anything (idle). I ...
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Where do applications typically store data?

I was wondering if there was a standard location for storing user level application data. What I mean by that is stuff like Firefox bookmarks, Skype message history/password, etc. I'm asking because I ...
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Is Ubuntu recognizing and/or using my NVIDIA graphics card?

This is my first post here, and I'm pretty new to Ubuntu/Linux. I currently have no other OS except for Ubuntu 13.10. (I used to have Win7 until i got a new terabyte hard drive). My current PC build, ...
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How do you save the brightness settings? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Desktop doesn't remember brightness settings after a reboot It becomes quite annoying to lower brightness each time I boot up my system so, I've been searching how ...
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How can I make my windows “burn” when I close them?

I have CompizConfig Settings Manager installed, but I don't know how to make windows burn when I close them. How can I make this so?
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How to open on single mouse click

Somehow I changed the setting from the default double click to single click which makes the right click open the file when I want the right click menu. So I need to know where I did it so I can ...
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How to change the date format in Nautilus list columns?

The date format of the date columns is really long "Tue 12 June 2012 17:12:34 PHT". I would prefer a shorter version, e.g. 12/06/2012 or 12/06/2012 17:12. I tried to change it in Settings/Language ...
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Dash does not keep “sources” filter setting after reboot

I love that its finally possible in 12.04 to turn off the "recommended software" section (or whatever its called) in the dash... yet my understanding of it was that it would be possible to turn it off ...
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How can I revert ubuntu settings after gnome-shell install

I have Ubuntu 13.04 32 bit. Recently, I installed Gnome 3 because I wanted to try something new. It looked and felt awful, so I removed it via ppa-purge. Unfortunately, some of my setting were ...
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Doesn't suspend when closing lid on a Dell Inspiron N5110

This is what advanced settings tell me: Shell > Laptop lid close action on battery > Suspend Shell > Laptop lid close action when on AC > Suspend The screen is on when I open the lid after closing ...
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Player to set short-keys for 1-second ahead/back jump?

I need to transcript to text some recordings and I need to jump back and forth, but sometimes 2-3 secs, sometimes 10, or more, or less. (On the long run these differences are not trivial in this type ...
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Keyboard Layouts missing in Keyboard Layout --Precise upgrade

This is from a bug I reported that never got a response. That was a 11.10 upgrade and now with a Precise upgrade, the issue continues with the Precise upgrade. Symptom I can't add alternative ...
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Enforcing corporate desktop and short cuts on Ubuntu 12.04 Unity

How can I enforce the same desktop image and pre-created desktop shortcuts for all users on Ubuntu 12.04 Unity and prevent users from changing them please?
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How to make a sound effect play whenever I click?

I know that sounds like a weird idea, but I kinda want to experiment with this. Over the past few months, I've kinda turned Ubuntu into my own little Frankenstein's monster, but whatever you tell me ...
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How to set an application to open in a certain position on the screen?

Say I wanted an application to open its window in the center of the screen instead of some inconvenient place like the top left (I have a pretty big monitor, so I'd have to raise my head. Also, the ...
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How can I use gsettings to configure settings with relocatable schemas?

I am trying to configure a setting with gsettings in the Terminal, to avoid having to install special non-default applications to configure the settings. However, when doing so, gsettings complains ...
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How to change the hibernate and suspend settings at a system-wide level in Xfce?

I've found the following commands : xfconf-query -c xfce4-session -np '/shutdown/ShowSuspend' -t 'bool' -s 'false' xfconf-query -c xfce4-session -np '/shutdown/ShowHibernate' -t 'bool' -s 'false' ...
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How to stop reordering of the same kind multiple preview windows in task switching?

When using task switching in the default graphical mode of Ubuntu 12.04, if they are multiple windows of the same kind, eg. multiple Terminal windows, you can see them all together and select which ...
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How to reset all themes

My themes have gotten pretty messed up (installed different icon sets and controls etc, made custom themes combining different elements) Is there an easy way to just remove all the custom themes and ...
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Where are theme and Compiz settings stored?

Which files in ~/ store settings for Compiz, GTK and icons? Every new user uses files from etc\skel. I want, when I create a new user, for that user to use my GTK theme, Compiz settings, icons and ...
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How do I revert old theme customizations after they re-appeared in Ubuntu 11.10?

The first thing I noticed after upgrading from 11.04 to 11.10 is that my wallpaper changed to the one I used to have ages ago - probably before I upgraded from 10.10 to 11.04. Which is not a big deal, ...
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How do I turn off effects so VNC can paint properly?

On ubuntu 10 the VNC would not repaint unless you disabled the effects. By right clicking on the background and going to the effects tab then selecting "no effects" out of the three options of "no ...
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In settings menu “Background” entry appears rather than “Appearance”

"Appearance" still appears in the dash but opening it only opens system settings. I have a feeling this problem is related to this one
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Remapping keys on Apple keyboard

I'm using the German Apple keyboard for both MacOS X and Ubuntu 12.10. $ lsbusb ... Bus 002 Device 004: ID 05ac:0250 Apple, Inc. MP110Z/B I've successfully remapped the exchanged < and ^ ...
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Where are the proxy settings saved? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I set systemwide proxy servers in Xubuntu, Lubuntu or Ubuntu Studio? I'd like to built a script to switch the proxies between home and work. I know that you can ...