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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Missing System Settings after removing some packages

I installed or uninstalled some packages. I do not even remember what I was doing. As a result, now I can't see most of the system settings in settings window. Any idea how to solve this problem. ...
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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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Is it possible to remove items from “System Settings”

I would like to remove or disable some unused settings panels in system settings/gnome-control-center to keep my more "ambitious" users from messing with them. Specifically, I would like to ...
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Is it possible to add custom items to System Settings window?

For example, how to add a "Startup Applications Preferences" launcher to this Window?
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mouse and touchpad settings missing

I am using the latest version of ubuntu 14.04 in the new lenovo Z510 ideapad laptop. I came across this problem while i was trying to enable my two-finger swipe action. Usually the mouse and touchpad ...
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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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How to remove “online accounts” from “system settings”?

I uninstalled "Unity" and use "Gnome Shell" instead, but the new "online accounts" was still in the "system settings" menu. How can I completely remove it? I tried the command below but it doesn't ...
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How to add korean keyboard?

How do I add the korean keyboard typing system? I'm currently usins ubuntu 11.10. I have tried adding the korean keyboard under setting>keyboard layout, but It doesn't allow me to type in korean.
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How can I quickly see a list of the keyboard shortcuts?

For example to see which keys switch between multiple terminal windows. I'm trying to use the keyboard more and more and the mouse less. If I have multiple windows open I can use ialt-tab to switch ...
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Sound Settings is missing all output devices [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: My sound stopped working today, how can I fix it? I'm baffled by this discrepancy: This speaker test is successful: speaker-test -c 6 -D 'surround51:CARD=PCH,DEV=0' ...
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Is there a way to move/remove “system settings” from the shut-down menu?

In 11.04 "System settings" is at the bottom of window and when I try to shut down the computer I always click that instead of the shut down button. So is there a way to remove this system settings ...
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“Language support” icon missing in System Settings

The "Language Support" icon from the System settings has disappeared: (Also I can't find it from Dash) The last thing I've done was changing the keyboard input method system to "ibus". I tried ...
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Privacy and Search panels missing from System Settings in Gnome 3.8

Upgraded to Ubuntu Gnome 13.10 (Gnome 3.8). I was expecting to see Privacy and Search panel in System Settings. But they are missing. How do I get these? Do I need to install any additional ...
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How do I use non-regular variant of a font in Ubuntu?

How do I use non-regular variant of a font in Ubuntu? Simply stating, I was trying to use light variant of a font. However, I couldn't. Every time I select those light variant, Ubuntu reluctantly ...
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Appearance icon has disappeared from system settings menu

I go to system settings and appearance is gone. I tried searching it in the dash and it is not there. When I right click the desktop and select "Change background" the system settings window opens. I ...
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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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Mouse configuration file

Which file (name & path) store the settings made in this window?
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Create a custom shortcut that types clipboard contents

I want to simulate keyboard input so that I can "paste" my clipboard contents to applications that don't allow it (e.g. remote KVM). Right now, I'm trying to use xdotool and xclip: xdotool type ...
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My laptop keeps locking on lid close, ignoring my settings

Whenever I close my laptop's lid, it locks and I have to enter my password to get it to resume. In my power settings, I have selected "Do nothing" for the option "When lid is closed" for both "On ...
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After an upgrade, Unity system settings are transparent

I've upgraded from Ubuntu 14.04 to 15.04 and I now have a problem with my settings. If I go on system settings, there is no problem. But if I click on any icons, I get a partially transparent windows: ...
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Appearance, Online accounts disappeared in System Settings in Ubuntu 13.10

I was installing some apps and icons then I noticed that there were about 4 games installed, so I went to the Software Centre to remove them. Then I wanted to add my Facebook account to Online ...
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Change system settings depending on whether a monitor is plugged in

I'm currently using a Laptop running Ubuntu 12.04. When I'm at work I plug in a monitor, mouse and keyboard. Then I close my laptops screen and use it as a normal pc. Everytime I plug it in and plug ...
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Automatically dim brightness if battery is low

In Ubuntu 14.04 there is no option in the energy settings what to do when the battery is low. There is only a setting for action when critical. I would like to automatically dim the brightness on my ...
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System Settings won't load after Ubuntu 14.04 installation

Since I installed Ubuntu 14.04, system setting won't load. I click on it in the dash and my mouse indicates it is thinking, but then stops and never loads the system settings. The same is true with ...
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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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Settings for multiple monitors are not stored

I am running Ubuntu 12.04. on a Lenovo Thinkpad T400. I connected an external monitor as a second display. The laptop stands under the external screen. The laptop has a native resolution of 1440x900 ...
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Cannot type “ć” on Hungarian layout

I need help with keyboard layouts. My layout is Hungarian and on Windows I could type ć using AltGr-9 + c which is a c with an acute. However AltGr-9 + Space gives me a single quote (') and AltGr-9 + ...
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Configure xfce4-screenshooter settings

xfce4-screenshooter is the standard screenshot program in XFCE on Xubuntu. How can I configure the settings about which format it saves the screenshot in and in which folder? I noticed, that my ...
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How to upgrade Ubuntu and gnome without breaking existing settings?

I have been using Ubuntu 12.04 LTS for about 5-6 months, and have everything configured as per my liking. I use GNOME classic as the DE instead of Unity, and am comfortable with it. There are couple ...
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A setting which disables a network connection after a specified period

Is there any program or setting which can automatically disable a network connection after 5 minutes when it is enabled manually? So that the user will have to enable the connection every 5 minutes ...
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When is an option ON and when is it OFF?

I am a new Ubuntu user. I was curious to install it. But I have some difficulties to understand the options in the system preferences. It's because I don't know if an option is on or off (see ...
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Touchpad not detected

I am using Ubuntu 14.04 in the new Lenovo Z510 Ideapad laptop. To check if my Touchpad is detected I typed the command xinput list and this is my output: I tried everything mentioned in ...
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system settings not showing all settings [duplicate]

This is a weird problem I am having after installing ubuntu 14.04. When I click on system settings, it shows only 7 fields:           Personal: Language ...
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How can I set CTRL+SHIFT+W to open an internet browser?

Small question here. I try to set CTRL+SHIFT+W to open an internet browser. Every time I add it to the keyboard shortcuts in the settings, it takes back a level in the settings menu rather than ...
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How to find out console equivalents of Ubuntu System Settings GUI?

How do I in general find out, what the very nice "System Settings GUI" in Ubuntu (say 12.04) does and how to replicate the changes in command line? Many people ask questions like "how to change the ...
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How to permanantly turn off online results

I don't like getting online results when searching in my dashboard, so I went to System Settings > Security & Privacy > Search, and I turned the setting off: But when I restart my ...
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How to restore deleted startup applications

I am running Ubuntu 14.10 I have accidentally remove some of my startup applications from the "Startup Applications Preferences" GUI, and I don't know what they were, is there a log somewhere which ...
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What are the 'Other Software' PPAs?

In my "System Settings > Software & Updates > Other Software" section I have always (since install) had the two at the top disabled, and seem to always had these Independent ones which say that ...
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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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Remap shortcut to a single key cannot be used

I want to remap my workspace switcher shortcut to a single key, specifically the Page Up/Page Down keys for going to the top/bottom workspace. But Ubuntu will not let me do this using System settings ...
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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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How do I start the Privacy and Activity Manager from command line?

This is the "Security & Privacy" dialogue in System Settings.
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Unable to change brightness with ubuntu 13.10 on ASUS 453t series (It worked with Ubuntu 13.04)

The brightness icon is shown but nothing happens. Even if I try to change the brightness in "System Settings" nothing happens. The thing is it didn't happen with Ubuntu 13.04, so I would like to know ...
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System Settings icons missing

Is there any way to reset the System Settings Control Panel page? The Control Panel was fine, but the for no apparent reason, PRIVACY, BACKGROUND and a host of other icons have vanished... My system ...
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Is there another way to verify Ubuntu 12.04 settings for Flash Drive handling than System Settings?

I have two identical Acer tablet Netbooks with Ubuntu 12.04 LTS installed, and being new to Ubuntu, I have tried hard to keep their settings in sync, so I know better through changes if the system ...
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How do I configure the system?

I've just installed Ubuntu 12.04 and am completely stuck on how to administer the system. Initially I just want to open a port on the firewall, but there doesn't seem to be any obvious way to do that. ...
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How to open System > Administration?

I'm new to Ubuntu and while browsing over forums I saw goto System > Administration and so on. So I wanna know how I can actually goto System, means where can I find System then Administration and so ...
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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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Window resize area, Firefox automaximizes and Giant Ubuntu Bar

everybody Yesterday (Feb 07, 2014) I updated my Ubuntu 12.04 and now I'm feeling I'm going postal! The ubuntu bar changed its size for the comfortable 24px I had set to 20457px or something ...
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blutooth always on after reboot

I don't use bluetooth on my laptop. But my Ubuntu installation doesn't remember my preference to switch-off bluetooth. After rebooting, Blutooth is again switched on. What is the reason? What is the ...