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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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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Missing System Settings in Ubuntu 14.04 after customization

While playing with Ubuntu 14.04, 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 ...
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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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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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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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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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Create a custom shortcut that types clipboard contents

I want to automate keyboard input so that I can "paste" my clipboard contents to a remote KVM such as IPMI, or Raritan. To accomplish this, I installed xdotool and xclip. I then wrote a simple command ...
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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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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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Mouse configuration file

Which file (name & path) store the settings made in this window?
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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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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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“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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How to see a list of the keyboard shortcuts?

For example, how can I find out what 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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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How to change the units for storage size from GiB/MiB to GB/MB (binary prefix)? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it possible to switch Ubuntu back to base-2? Since a while ago, Ubuntu has adopted the policy of requiring decimal and binary prefixes to follow the relevant ...
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How do I reload system settings from command line on Kubuntu?

To better understand what I need: In systemsettings (KDE), in icon theme module, after I change the icon theme, I click apply. I need to know which command line I run to do the same when I click apply ...
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Why are items missing from System Settings; how do I get them back?

My settings window currently looks like this: Obviously, a lot of items should be there and they aren't. They have been present before in XFCE and in Unity. I've seen other questions about losing ...
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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 ...
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How to hide some icons in System Settings?

I installed programs to tweak Ubuntu settings. I found a blog that gave me good ideas, and also a good place to start. The problem is that these programs that I was installing in my computer to ...
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Prevent users from accessing “System Settings”

I'm administering a system and do not want people messing with their system settings (specifically the power settings). I've searched everywhere and cannot find a method for disabling the power ...
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I want to be asked for password for mounting drives

In earlier Ubuntu releases (As far as I remember Natty had it) we were asked for password while trying to mount the drive using Nautilus. But in Ubuntu 12.04 (also in 11.10) it is removed. But I want ...
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Tweaking User privileges Ubuntu 12.04

I would like to fine tune user privileges after reviewing default available privileges for a standard user. Is there a way to fine tune it? I was using 10.04 and 10.10 until now and I could not ...
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How can I call system settings app from the terminal?

How can I call system settings app from the terminal? example if I want to run Gnome PPP I just type: $ Gnome-PPP and it will Open, so how I can do this to run system settings tool? -related!
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How do I change graphics drivers in 13.10?

Where has the option to install proprietory drivers gone in 13.10? It used to be an option in system settings, but I can't see it there any more.
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Set web proxy using pac-file-url in lubuntu

I want to use a pac-file-url to set the web proxy rules for chromium in lubuntu. Chromium reads its settings from the system wide OS settings. I read How do I set systemwide proxy servers in ...
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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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Changing swappiness in sysctl.conf doesn't work for me

I'm using 12.04 LTS and can sudo sysctl to set swappiness to 10, but adding vm.swappiness=10 to sysctl.conf doesn't work for me - after I reboot, swappiness still reports 60 (default) I'd like to be ...
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How can I downgrade a system that accidentally had backports installed?

I installed a fresh Ubuntu system. Somehow - possibly through my own error - the backports repository got enabled. Then I did several upgrades. I noticed that this happened when networking suddenly ...
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How to install Ubuntu 11.04's system settings in Ubuntu 12.04?

I loved how System Settings (or Control Center) looked back in Ubuntu 11.04. The System settings in 11.10 looks like the one in OSX, which I don't like it. How can I have it in Ubuntu 12.04? Or ...