The Ubuntu System settings is often referred to the GNOME system settings. Use this tag if you have trouble using the System Settings in Ubuntu.

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“DO NOT USE” message in display settigs

I have a strange issue that I looked for solution in the net and found nothing. I'm using 2 screen. One is Dell UltraSharp U2312HM and the second is Xerox xm7-22w. The Dell is working perfect, but ...
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Lots of items are missing in system settings, what should I do?

I don't know when this happened, but lots of configuration items are missing What should I install? Specifically I need to configure the keyboard settings.
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What is the use of Hidden folders in home?

I saw so many hidden folders when I pressed Ctrl+H in my home folder ! their names are starting with a dot (.) ! like .themes , .config and etc.. Can I please get to know what can I do with those ...
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my System Settings Icon is messing

when I open "Systems Settings" button I found many Icons are messing.I don't know when it begins,is there any method to recovery all the Icon. this is all my Systems Settings Icon: ![][this is my ...
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Unable to remove advertising from Dash searches because of lack of “Security” item in System Settings

Ubuntu 14.04 on Dell Optiplex GX520. Launchpad suggested reinstalling System Settings, but that did not work.
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Unable to resolve “E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.”

In Ubuntu 12.04,I am trying to install less and handlers using npm.While installing npm I found this error sudo apt-get install npm Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree ...
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Transparent content in settings windows

After reinstalling Ubuntu 14.10 less than a day before, I now have the following issue: The background of the content section of every window in the system settings (except the overview) is ...
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Can't access System Settings or Catalyst!

Recently I did a "clean" install of Ubuntu 14.10 and I had everything running fine, using my AMD Radeon HD 6630M as the default graphics card, without issue (I have one of those stupid dual-graphics ...
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Can't find “Background” in system settings

So, recently I upgraded to 14.10 and since then I experienced some problems but slowly I managed to solve most of them. I used Gnome for while but few days ago I changed back to Unity and today when I ...
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Where is System Settings in Lubuntu 14.04?

I need to get to the sound settings and change the output to HDMI. From the menu, bottom left, I can choose System Tools or Preferences but neither contain a link to sound settings, which apparently ...
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Is the a Bug in Ubuntu 14.10 Regarding Date Formatting?

Yesterday I reinstalled Ubuntu 14.10. I noticed the date in the menu bar is in US format not my local format, ie Sun Nov 2 2014 13:56, not Sun 2 Nov 2014 13:56 When I go into Settings / Time & ...
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Ubuntu 14.10(Utopic Unicorn), Displays menu is Broken?

I recently upgraded to 14.10 from 14.04 from the software center, 2 days later I changed my Desktop Background from Settings-Displays , I may have updated the system with minor 3 to 10 MB updates from ...
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Ubuntu Studio 14.04 - login profile pic cannot be changed

I have recently performed a fresh install of Ubuntu Studio 14.04. I have 2 users setup to gain access to the system. The problem - i know it is not so much of a critical problem.. only aesthetic - is ...
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Desktop Background Folder won't save with existing setting

I'm having a problem with Settings Manager -> Desktop -> Backgrounds. I originally set Folder to Backgrounds Hiking for each of two monitors (in a 4 workspace configuration and Apply to all ...
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How to make font black and background white on dash window

Ubuntu 14.04.1 Theme Radiance Opacity 0 Background solid color white I want simple black text on white background like in normal books. Dash window: for selecting programs program label font color ...
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How do I disable “Lock screen” keyboard shortcut under Unity?

I don't want Super + L (that is the windows key pressed with the L key) to lock my screen. I have disabled this in settings, but it still happens. How do I make this not happen?
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installing pulseaudio 5 has crashed system settings and other icons

I installed Pulseaudio 5 as I need to send sound to satellite Android speakers. Any way after install: Pulse audio does not boot, System settings won't boot(from icon or the menu), sound icon missing ...
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How can I disable touchpad while typing in ubuntu 14.04?

I want the touchpad to get disabled while typing. Opening the system configuration and selecting "Pointing Devices" I can change only very basic settings, namely the primary and secondary button ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 Unknown Display

I have installed Ubuntu 14.04 in my machine(with Gigabyte motherboard), having an Acer 19" Monitor. Unfortunately its resolution not working properly. See the image. This is my xrandr -q output. ...
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Password protect changing wallpaper

In order to prevent someone (other than me) from changing my background, how can I make wallpaper changing an action requiring a password?
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How to mute sound effects in 14.04 via the command line?

Using the command line, I want to mute the sound effects in Ubuntu 14.04. The GUI way of doing so is going to System Settings (unity-control-center), then going to the Sound Effects tab: The answer ...
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Go to sleep based on screen activity

So, the behavior I want is: 1. Screen goes blank when inactive for [specified time]. 2. Computer suspends when screen is inactive for [specified time 2]. With the default setup, these two can be ...
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indicator-multiload (System Load Indicator) don't show cpu usage correctly

I have accidentally deleted CPU usage percentage from indicator-multiload menu and now I can't remember what it syntax looks like and can't go back to how it was. Possibility 1 (simplest one). Can ...
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Features missing after updating to 14.04, how to get them back?

I'm new to ubuntu. After recently being inable to use my Ubuntu, I switched it on, and a few updates were going through. After updates, I'm missing all this: my sound options from the top bar the ...
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restoring the applications settings

I am reinstalling Ubuntu with a separate home partition. I have been told that when I do this all the data in the home partition will not be harmed(when I use manual partitioning of course) and that ...
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“Date and Time Settings” GUI in Ubuntu 14.04 is not working?

I have been trying to access the Date and Time setting in my Ubuntu 14.04 to modify the time (which is wrong). I click in the hour in the top-right corner of the top bar, and then in "Date & Time ...
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How often is the time/date updated automatically?

I am running Ubuntu 14.04 32-bit in a VMWare VM. I suspended the VM for a weak and then resumed it. I noticed that the time/date was incorrect, likely due to the fact that it was still set to the time ...
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How to lock screen when mouse is moved to right-bottom corner?

I'd like to lock the screen when I move my mouse to the bottom-right corner. Is there a compiz-configuration for that task? I could not find anything in the compizconfig-settings-manager and system ...
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System Setting is not working and it doesn't show anything [duplicate]

This is what I get when I go to the System Settings (Ubuntu 14.04): I tried to reinstall ubuntu-desktop et similia but anything changed But if I uninstall ubuntu-desktop, System Settings shows me ...
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Ubuntu 14.04: After login, top- and sidepanel don't load and system settings don't open

I have Ubuntu 14.04 on a Medion Erazer with the Nvidia GTX570M card. At first, while I had not installed the last nvidia driver, each time I would try to suspend my pc it would freeze frame on the ...
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How to avoid the automatic disk check every 30 reboots? [closed]

It it has to do a disc check from being powered down 30 times like that.I have to do it that way cause it wont power down regularly and I'm running Linux ultimate edition x64 2.3. I know its out dated ...
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how to change input language

I want to have the ability to switch between my input languages, but I cant drag and drop the languages in language support, because the languages seem to be greyed out, what should I do?!
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How to change separately speed of pointer for mouse / touchpad?

Recently I've connected USB mouse to my laptop with touchpad. In Mouse and Touchpad settings section I see only touchpad pointer speed. Now mouse moves a pointer too fast. How do I change that? ...
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System settings and pavucontrol report different sound cards

I want to select the soundcard on a per program basis. I read that I could specify that with pavucontrol. However, pavucontrol only sees the currently active sound card, while system settings shows ...
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How can I get more granular control of Unity scaling factor?

In the Displays section of the settings, Unity has an option to set "Scale for menu and title bars". This option is presented as a slider with notches every .125. However, I find that the optimal ...
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Appearance option in System Settings suddenly gone

Recently, volume and sound stopped working. Soon after I lost the ability to go into System Settings other than through the console. Then many of my launcher icons vanished. Now my workspaces have ...
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Where are the configuration files that correspond to the system settings menu stored?

In 14.04, I want to make a copy of my system settings (specifically my display), so that I can copy it into a virtual machine and have everything be the same every time I break and reinstall my ...
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Why do weird printers show up in the Ubuntu printing dialog?

After upgrading from Ubuntu 13.04 to 14.04 the system printing dialog shows printers I never installed: "Farblaser" and "Laser" are printers I installed, the other two show up out of nowhere. ...
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System Settings isn't opening [closed]

I can click on system settings, however nothing occurs. My output when trying to open it in terminal: unity-control-center libpulsecommon-4.0.so: cannot open shared object file: No such file or ...
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Duplicate system setting entries ubuntu 14.04

so here is my problem !(https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xaf1/t31.0-8/q71/s720x720/10560499_10202554417517299_8713822214062991785_o.jpg) how can remove these duplicate entries ?
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Cant get every icons in System settings in Ubuntu14.04

I don't know what's wrong, I can't see any icons in system settings, i'am using Ubuntu 14.04, how can i get it back. There are only 5 icons in settings now.
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gnome-control-center can't be accessed by Unity search, sound devices not recognized

I don't know what happened, but after a recent update I can no longer find System Settings via Unity's search button on the dash; I have to manually open it from the command line. My system no longer ...
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A faster Ubuntu 14.04.1, will LXDE break things? [closed]

I know using LXDE instead of Gnome will speed up my older machine. But, will some apps be unusable, since many seem to be designed just for use on the Gnome desktop? Also, can anyone recommend other ...
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the system freezes: black screen with color blocks

the system freezes randomly and the screen turns black, with a lot of color blocks flashing. I just can turn off the computer with the power button. I'm working with a laptop Dell studio 1558, i5 ...
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kdesudo does not work in Kubuntu 14.04

I recently installed Kubuntu 14.04, after which kdesudo seems to work only half the time. For example: $ kdesudo systemsettings kdesudo(29361) KDESu::KDESuPrivate::KCookie::getXCookie: No X ...
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Hide a particular account from user accounts

How to hide a particular administrator account from user accounts in system settings? I need it for security reasons. Is it possible?
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Ubuntu 14.04 does not have Keyboard in All Settings

All Settings contains: language support Security privacy Printers Landscape service Software & Updates but I don't have "keyboard". Why?
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Removing “user accounts” from system settings

I don't need user account management on my system settings for security reasons. Is it possible to remove user management from settings? Although i don't want it for all user accounts. As given ...
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Environment Variable - how does properly set them (bashrc or profile) [duplicate]

I am very new in Ubuntu and I am lost about Environment Variable. I have read some Forums but I didn't understand yet. If I type java -version I got the java confirmation but if I type echo ...
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Keyboard settings ignored

Running 14.04. When I restart my laptop, it defaults to the qwerty layout, even though dvorak is the only input method allowed in my text input settings. See the screen shot below; making this screen ...