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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 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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Where are shell/terminal settings stored?

i updated my ubuntu but it crashed during installation and i was not able to recover it (my hard drive crashed). i changed my hard drive and re-install ubuntu i saved all my important docs (bookmark, ...
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Firefox: open downloaded files with system default application

When I download a file with firefox, it always asks me with what program I want to open it with, even when that type of file is recognized by the system, and I can double click on it in Nautilus and ...
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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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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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Where does one set the extent of the Desktop in Ubuntu?

I would like to control the dimensions of my Ubuntu Desktop. Currently the files I download onto the Desktop do not seem visible, as the Desktop extends well below what's displayed on the screen. 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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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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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 learn the command which will start an application in Unity's 'System Settings' from the command line?

How can I discover the command-line name (i.e. actual location) of one of Unity's System Settings applications? For example, "User Accounts", "Backup", "Appearance", and so forth? I wish to know this ...
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How do you turn off touch on a Wacom Bamboo CTH-470?

I bought my girlfriend a Wacom Bamboo CTH-470 recently and it is running well after installing wacom-dkms. I have now run into a wall that I don't know how to get around. The touch on the tablet will ...
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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 to restore LightDM settings?

I've been playing with some of the settings on simple LightDM manager, and I'm not really sure I like what I've done. I've uninstalled LightDM manager but settings remains. How can I restore LightDM ...
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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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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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Is there a “Settings history”, or a log of changes in configuration?

P.S. I have just found Is it possible to monitor dconf for changes? It, together with the answer by Volker Siegel, answers my question. A note for Xubuntu users: some settings are not in dconf, but in ...
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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 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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Saving monitor settings?

Is there a way to save my monitor settings? I have an external monitor at work, but each morning i have to plug it in, rearrange the windows from being side by side to being on top of each other. Can ...
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Is there a command or tool to delete unneccessary settings in the home-folder automatically?

I want to get rid of all the settings eg. of wine which aren't deleted when purging it, but don't want to delete them all by hand. Is there any tool, that lets me do this? If not that might be a ...
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How to remove limit on core dump file size

I would like to increase the maximum size limit for core dump files as a regular user. Using bash, I can set it like this: $ ulimit -c 100 which works well the first time I set it. However, the ...
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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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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 I remove the mouse battery indicator? [duplicate]

I just upgraded from 13.04 to 13.10 and it seems there has been a new notification/status bar thingy (sorry I'm new to Ubuntu) for my mouse battery. It is in the place where it normally tells me how ...
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How to increase audio levels on Xfce?

I have Ubuntu installed and installed Xfce as the interface which I run because it's faster. Since I am using a laptop, my speakers are sometimes much lower than what I like them to be which is why ...
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How to print using only the color cartridge?

My printer ran out of black ink, but the color cartridge still has a lot of ink. I want to print using only ink from the color cartridge. I used to be able to do this using advanced printer settings ...
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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 do I make my synclient settings stick? - Ubuntu 13.04

The default setting for synaptics touchpads includes a paste functionality mapped to the upper right corner of the touchpad. I can disable this behavior by running the command synclient ...
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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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How do I restore my mouse sensitivity/acceleration settings to their defaults

I changed the mouse sensitivity/acceleration settings in System Settings\Mouse and Touch Pad. How do I restore these settings back to their default values?
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Can't unmute sound after playing video

I'm running Ubuntu on a Toshiba C660 (4GB RAM, Intel Core i5). My soundboard is integrated and after trying to play a song on youtube my volume is muted. I can't unmute it (appears like it's unmuted , ...
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System Settings icons missing in 14.04

I did a fresh install of trusty 14.04, but a lot of icons are missing. I installed from DVD which was painfully slow and I hope to avoid repeating the process, especially since I started customizing ...
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How do I switch off “continuous” mode permanently in Evince?

this is an FAQ on the website for Evince but without any answer. I searched gconf but with no luck. Even on a per document basis, Evince won't remember this setting! I want it to be off. Any help on ...
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Which programs are tweakable in gconf-editor? and: What governs which ones end up there?

I am happy that gconf-editor exists, and is readily accessible (once you know about it), but it seems strange that there are two completely seperate places to customize an application's look and feel. ...
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Why isn't CompizConfigSettings Manager installed along side Unity?

If unity is shipped by default, and using CompizConfigSettings is recommended for configuration, shouldn't CompizConfigSettings Manager be installed along with it?
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Unable to change the Flash microphone settings

I want to find out the name of a song by singing or humming it on Midomi. I follow these steps: I go on the website «www.midomi.com»; I click on the area «Click and Sing or Hum»: a message appears ...
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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 to force Dolphin to not execute executable files

Dolphin has a nasty habit to execute whatever executable file I accidentally click on. How to turn off this behavior? Is there anything like in Nautilus which would allow to select appropriate action? ...
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How can you transfer wireless settings from Windows to Ubuntu?

Wubi did not transfer the wireless settings during the install. How can I transfer them? I DON'T want to install anything, nor retype the information, it's really complicated.
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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 to make Nautilus name column display at the width of the longest filename

Prior to a recent glytch where I lost some of my custom settings, Nautilus would open directories and display the name-column wide enough to show the longest filename on display. It did it ...
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How to configure idle period for auto locking screen

I just installed a fresh Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin). I noticed that, there is no screensaver settings, which is fine. I like to control the period of time after which the blank screen is ...
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Mouse configuration file

Which file (name & path) store the settings made in this window?
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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 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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How do I disable or undo the launcher autohide setting?

I set my launcher settings to auto hide, and now I can't seem to find anything. I need to restore the default setting for the launcher. The settings menu doesnt seem to have a way to restore.
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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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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 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 ...