Usability is the ease of use and learnability of a human-made object, in this case, software.

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How to copy/paste from “Sorry, the application XXX has stopped unexpectedly”

An app just crashed and I want to copy the error message and paste it into a search engine to hopefully find a solution. Unfortunately the error dialog does not allow me to copy/paste anything: In ...
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How can I set Super (Windows key) alone as a keyboard shortcut?

I have already disabled super as the shortcut for the dash as described here. Now I am trying to set it to launch the terminal in Settings -> Keyboard -> Shortcuts -> Launchers. It works when I type ...
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How to have programmer-friendly Dvorak with deadkeys in Ubuntu?

The current keyboard layout Dvorak with deadkeys is horrible. All those "¨` are under one key which is not practical for a programmer. OSX has well distributed programmer keys in Dvorak with ...
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How to get OSX-like Deadkeys for Ubuntu?

In OSX, you just press ALT/orSomething+F+A to get A with umlauts. I read you have to press in ubuntu SHIFT+6+F+A for the same in Ubuntu which is insane if it is the only combo. Assume you need to use ...
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To prevent Zooming keybinding in Google Chrome

I notice that I all the time press the Zoom keybinding in Google Chrome when try to close current tab by CTRL+W. try to reload the current page by CTRL+R Partially, the reason can be explained ...
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To Disable CTRL+SHIFT+C in Google Chrome of Ubuntu? [duplicate]

This keybinding is very irritating because it is very close to the copy-command Ctrl+C. Partially, the problem can be explained by my keyboard layout Dvorak such that the browser may consider the ...
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To have keybinding to move page up/down in Ubuntu's browser

I would like to scroll page up and down etc by CTRL+p/n or similar, like you have in OSX in most of the browsers. This is much better for wrists than using the keys next to my keyboard. How can you ...
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Any editor with CTRL+R binding for compiling LaTeX

I just had to replace my OSX with Ubuntu 14.04 and I want to find ways to get Textmate's capabilities to some text-editor: CMD+R compiles the document in Textmates and let's you choose different ...
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How to change tab in Google Chrome with the keyboard, in Ubuntu

In OSX, you can browse tabs in browsers by Ctrl+ N/p or similar. I have not found any keys in Ubuntu 14.04. How can you browse tabs of browsers by keyboard in Ubuntu?
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Can I use a lacie porche design 2Tb external hard drive on ubuntu without deleting the files on it?

Hi can I use a lacie 2Tb porsche design external hard drive without losing the files on it ?
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How to improve usability of Ubuntu by providing feedback? [duplicate]

I have several ideas how to improve the usability of the Ubuntu desktop. What the next step? Where should I post my ideas?
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Disable Gnome Shell document preview

I have a password protected LibreOffice Calc file. When I press the SUPER key and type the name it is shown. Now I press enter or click the file and it is opened with some document preview, but this ...
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Cgroups I/O read restriction

I am trying to restrict group to read operation to 100 per second. Here is my cgroups configuration: # Configuration file generated by cgsnapshot mount { blkio = /cgroup/blkio; } group ...
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Searching for a better method/framework/anything to build deb packages

For those that have downvoted, if you care to let me know why, I can try to improve the question. I have been scouring the pipes for an official page on an officially sanctioned method of building ...
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Minimal terminal editor alternative to vi and nano

What terminal/console mode alternatives to vi/vim and nano are available? I am looking for minimal, good looking and friendly text mode editor for complete newbies with PC. I remember I've seen ...
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Is it possible to retire packages that don't stand up to modern usability standards?

What is the Ubuntu process to deprecate and remove packages from repository? I quite often need a user mode FTP server to transfer files to my machine and constantly run over ...
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Why are terminal shortcuts different than the ones used elsewhere for the same task?

I ask this out of sheer curiosity. For pasting - why wasn't Ctrl+v made as a shortcut - which is standard - instead of Ctrl+Shift+v - which is not standard? Same goes with so many other shortcuts ...
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Scroll up the page to previous input on terminal

Sometimes it would be convenient to be able to scroll back to the output of the previous command in the terminal, especially if the output is extremely long. Is there a way to do this? EDIT: Let me ...
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Why are apt-get repositories hardcoded to a specific release?

From the usability point of view, I do not understand why on each release upgrade you have to manually patch all the URLs of apt in order to make them point to the newer distribution. Why is not ...
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Where do I get packages via windows? [duplicate]

I need packages, man. I can't find them. I can find 'source clones'. Are those packages? I'm not connect to the Internet in Linux, so I need to download the packages on my Windows system. Where ...
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How can I persistent disable left menu in Nautilus (F9)?

When I press F9 left panel hiding, but only before Nautilus restart.
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Can't change WiFi username after entering incorrect credentials (Ubuntu 13.10)

I have to enter a username and password to log into a new WiFi network. I entered the wrong username the first time I tried to connect. The username has been grayed out every time I've tried to ...
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autocomplete at desktop level

I often type the same words in several applications: Editor (emacs, vi) Webbrowser Shells It would be great to have an autocomplete of the words I typed during the last week available in all the ...
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Using Ubuntu without any knowledge of Linux

Can I still install and use Ubuntu without any basic knowledge of a Linux operating system - do I need any background knowledge of Linux to use Ubuntu? If so, what will be the limits of my experience? ...
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What will happen if i will terminate the update in between (from the terminal)

so i use computer for unknown time. sometimes i use it for more than 3 hr. and sometimes lesss than half hour. what will happen if i will stop the update from the terminal when the packages are being ...
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Where to find the Disk Image Mounter? is not in Dash, where it is?

I'm running Ubuntu 13.04. Disk Image Mounter is installed, but not located in the "Dash" Where can find this utility to use?
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unable to use the 13.04 applications after login

Installed 13.04 and after login the desktop files are displayed for the home folder. But I am not sure how to run applications moving the muse to the edges shows nothing. I can use Ctrl + T and Ctrl ...
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Is there a faster way to switch between program instances?

I find it kinda slow to have to wait for the animation when all the instances of a program (e.g. all open firefox windows) are placed as thumbnails over the screen. Is there a faster/smoother way to ...
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updated to ubuntu 13.04, 3 finger gestures are gone

Before Gnome3, Ubuntu emulated middle click with 3 fingers tap on the touchpad. After Gnome3, it was used to drag windows (and maximize/restore). I missed the very useful middle click gesture, but at ...
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How can I tell when Files is done searching? [closed]

When I search for files in Files, it can take anywhere from a few seconds to several minutes for files to stop being added to the search results. Sometimes I think the search is done, but then more ...
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How can I stop Files from oversimplifying file types?

When I sort files by type in Files, both JPEG and TIFF file types are described unhelpfully as "Image". This oversimplification makes sorting effectively useless for me: When writing this question ...
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How to get hibernate button in unity shutdown dialog in Ubuntu Raring 13.04?

I checked that hibernation works on my laptop via pm-hibernate command, and then enabled hibernation. The unity panel menu shows an option for hibernation now, and it works fine. My question here is, ...
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How to make unity set window properties (sticky, on top) to some windows (google talk)

I have Ubuntu 12.04 and I would like to the default Window Manager to help me setting "Always on Top" and "Always on Visible Workspace" properties to some windows. Ideally matching the title with ...
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How can I make Unity dock notifications more visible? [duplicate]

By default dock icons of applications where something is going on have a very faint glow effect. Is there any way to make them stand out more? Like jump around, have a colored arrow or something like ...
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How do we get Canonical to fix their certificates? I can't access Ubuntu Wiki

I'm getting certificate errors when accessing Ubuntu Wiki. This is forcing me and I assume others who have rigorous security with their web browsing to create exceptions for these sites. They have ...
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How to move application specific folder out of home folder?

In my /home/myuserI have many folder like .thunderbird, .mozilla, .skype, etc. And meaningful for human folders like Downloads, Documents, become lost among folder with configs, cache, etc. How to ...
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How to iconize all windows for current application, Unity [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where should people give feedback on Ubuntu? I am used to Docky, and miss the ability to easily iconize/hide all windows for a given application, or to see a list of the ...
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How to modify default printscreen behaviour?

The Prnt Scrn button currently takes a screenshot and saves it in ~/Pictures. How can I modify the behaviour I want for the Prnt Scrn button? Use case: I want to take a screenshot and go to GIMP and ...
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What are the different ways I can contribute to the One Hundred Paper Cuts project?

I want to get involved with the One Hundred Paper Cuts project, but I don't know what there is to do. I'm not a programmer so I'm not sure if I can even contribute anything. Can someone please explain ...
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How to ask developers to think about high resolution screens [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to make a Unity suggestion? I just got a ASUS N56VZ laptop, and it`s all good, but the screen resolution 1920x1080px. I am not asking, how to scale ui elements. If ...
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Ubuntu 12.04: Open launcher elements only with double click

Sometimes I click the icons of the launcher by mistake and I have to wait until the program opens to close it again. How to open the programs in the launcher only if I double click them? Thanks.
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My Ubuntu 12.04 LTS slowed down

My Ubuntu 12.04 LTS worked fine for few months after I installed it. But it has now slowed down considerably. For example: initially it took about only 2 or 3 seconds to load LebreOffice Writer, but ...
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How can I customize fonts and backgrounds for gnome-terminal?

Mac has background-color -theme adjusting. During summer, I realize why it would be so super-cool: it is hard to see anything with standard settings when there are so much sun-light. So how can I ...
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Why should I go through the purchasing process to install a product priced $0.00?

In Software Center, I have to run through the purchasing process even if a product is priced with 0$ (e.g. 'Full Circle Magazine'). That makes no sense to me. If the price of the product is 'zero', It ...
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How to disable screen edge obstruction in KDE?

Whenever I enable any action in KDE -> System Settings -> Workspace behaviour -> Screen Edges selected screen edge becomes unreachable by the pointer which is bounces against it. I don't want ...
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What hinders Ubuntu from getting traction in the professional field? [closed]

If this is not the place to ask this, please forgive this Ubuntu cub, I want to ask, what do people do with Ubuntu? As an Ask Ubuntu user I can see that most of the users (including myself) are ...
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How can I disable the minimize button?

When I accidentally minimize windows in Unity it's so hard to find them I usually don't even bother and just open a new one instead. How can I get rid of that terrible button so I don't ever click it ...
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How do I go back in the browser?

I use the browser full screen. Every-time I try to press the back button, the Ubuntu side menu pops up. Some people told me I need to do it very very fast, and it will work, but I am somewhat ...
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Can I snap windows by using Super Key? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Way to automatically resize 2 windows to take up half of the screen Can I snap windows to the left, right, maximize by doing Super+ArrowLeft, Super+ArrowRight, ...
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How to change LUKS passphrase?

Having installed Ubuntu 11.10 with whole disk encryption and LVM, I need to provide a way for users to easily change LUKS passphrase. Preferably, this should be done using GUI tools, thus, enabling ...