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

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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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Is there a way to get an indication after I double click a desktop icon?

I'm setting up edubuntu for my son's kindergarten, and I put shortcuts on the desktop for some of the applications. The problem is that when you double click an icon, you get no visual hint that ...
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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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Removing PPAs to proceed with update manager seems risky

After failing to update 11.10, I found a non-working PPA source, which was some guy's repository, containing software that I didn't manually install. How do I know the consequences of deactivating ...
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Is there a zoom function for Unity 2D?

Gnome Shell and Unity (3D) via Compiz offer to zoom into the desktop. Is there something similar for Unity 2D please?
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How to update Ubuntu without problems?

Ubuntu constantly offers me number of updates. But it takes lots of my time to review such offers to find relevant updates (for example, if I am not interested in kernel updates). Second, it almost ...
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Why are configuration files stored in so many different locations in the home folder?

My question arises out of frustration and curiosity for the reasons behind the mess. Let me ask by example, all referring to the home folder: thunderbird stores its files in .thunderbird google ...
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Why did show desktop icon go away and how do I get it back? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a Unity equivalent of the GNOME panel 'show desktop' applet? So first the rant.. I don't understand how you can release an operating system without a ...
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Top left window corner pixel without clickable function

From 11.04 getting used to quickly push the mouse into the top left corner to make the launcher appear, I have to realize that in 11.10 only the Globalmenu appears. What's the intended functionality ...
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Shortcut to select a Terminal-window?

I like to use CTRL-ALT + Numpad-keys to align 4 terminal windows on one monitor (One in each corner of the screen). Is there a way (shortcut) to quickly make a particular one active for typing without ...
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Desktop environments that allow Drag'n'Drop across applications via Alt-Tab

Which desktop environments allow to drag'n'drop files/data across applications while task-switching using Alt-Tab (without the need to move mouse cursor to a specific UI element and/or wait for other ...
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Is Ubuntu doing GUI research?

Is there any serious graphical user interface research for Ubuntu? I mean, are there any improvements planned by Ubuntu in order to improve it's default user interface? Just for example I don't ...
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How to scroll in any direction with evince PDF viewer using mouse dragging

When viewing large PDFs with small print where one has to zoom in to be able to read even on fullscreen, it would be nice to be able to move the 'paper' with the drag of the mouse (hand cursor type). ...
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How do I send keystrokes to a specific app?

I'd like to be able to bind a global keystroke send a sequence of keystrokes to a specific app. Specifically: I'm using the Last.fm client, and I'd like to be able to start/stop music with a global ...
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What affects the text color in Google Earth?

The text color in Google Earth (installed via Google's package) has recently changed to become unreadable: It hasn't always been this way, but I don't know what I did that caused it to change. ...
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How are typical users expected to read the documentation in /usr/share/doc?

I recently learned that there is a huge pile of documentation in /usr/share/doc. It seems like much of it is gzipped so that it is not directly accessible without administrative privileges: $ gunzip ...
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How can I do these things in Unity?

there are a few things that I used to do regularly with the "Ubuntu Classic" interface and I can't figure out how to do them with the Unity interface (provided it is possible to do them at all): ...
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Require button press to open Unity launcher to resolve usability issues

General discussion of usability issue I'm having a few usability issues with the Unity Launcher. I'm using 11.04 with the Auto-hide feature activated. When I go to close a window (or press the back ...
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Application indicators don't seem to have tooltips — is this due to conformity to touch interfaces?

I very much liked the weather details showing up simply by way of mouse over the weather icon of the datetime applet. (The indicator-weather shows similar infos only via click, currently as menu items ...
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Is possible to change desktop wallpaper in Unity? If yes, how to do? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I add new wallpapers? I've installed Ubuntu Netbook edition 10.10 on a new latptop for a people whit zero knowledge of how to use a computer. Me and other people ...
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Refreshing the wireless network list?

When I wake up my laptop (Ubuntu 10.04) from suspension, it does not recognize the available wireless networks. The only way to refresh the list is to disable wireless networking, and than enable it. ...
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Should a new screenshot tool automatically set itself to work on pressing the PrtSc key?

Having just written my perfect screenshot tool, I've been trying to work out how it should set itself up for use by people who are not me. Screenshots are traditionally taken by pressing the PrtSc ...