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

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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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Spelling correction like swift/swype

I like typing and type with ten fingers since 20 years. Sometimes I make mistakes or don't know the correct spelling of a word. I like the swype-app in android phones. I am very fast although I use ...
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Firefox: Long lines in text area not visible

If you have long lines in a text area of Firefox, you can't see whether there is one long line or whether there are several short lines. I've attached two screen shots as an example. Firefox: ...
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How to configure keyboard layout switch on key press rather than key release in Ubuntu 15.10?

I am using Unity and using Shift_L+Shift_R to switch keyboard layouts. But in Unity layout switch going on key release (when I release both shifts) rathen than on key press. This is very unusable ...
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how to: app switcher displayed on choosen monitor

I'd like to choose which monitor the application switcher is displayed on. Currently, it's displayed on the active monitor.
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How to select text for copy and paste in Chrome by keyboard not using the mouse?

I have some online tutorial open in my Google chrome. It tells me to run some commands in a terminal. My current workflow is to select the necessary parts via mouse, and insert the copied text via ...
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What is overriding my window geometry? (Unity / 15.10)

Out of the box, on a freshly installed Ubuntu 15.10, if I start a terminal, it will launch a window which fills almost the entire screen. It's not maximized in the window manager sense, but its ...
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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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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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Gedit: Search next match … usability

Searching the next match with gedit makes me crazy. I press Ctrl+F The search input box opens I enter foo There is a match for foo. Nice Up to now everything is sane I want to search the next match ...
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Open html file with gedit from Unity Dash (Files lens)

I search a html file wit super-f. The file was found and Ubuntu displays these choices: open folder open file email file The above items where translated from german back to english. If I chosse ...
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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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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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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 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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Multiple terminal windows

I develop code. I use terminal alot. I use many terminal windows alot. I hate how tabs look. Any useful applications that allow for multiple terminal use, and streamline my development. allow me to ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Where has “scientific mode” gone in gcalctool 6.2.0?

Ubuntu 11.10 ships gcalctool 6.2.0 . In previous versions the calculator has five models: Basic, Advance, Financial, Programming and Scientific. However, in this version there are only four ...
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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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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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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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Drag and Drop across (fullscreen) applications, switching via Alt-Tab

Example Drag media file onto Totem's playlist to enqueue Bug in Compiz Especially for Unity (formerly Netbook Edition, being intended for small screens) this is quite a vital feature, as ...
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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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Nautilus statusbar visibilty - Quickly check free space

In prior versions, I would open Nautilus and check the statusbar, which would tell me how much free space there is. Now, the statusbar isn't shown by default. I know you can enable it from the View ...
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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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What keyboard shortcut should be implemented for a search & replace dialog?

Some text editors use Ctrl + H while others Ctrl + R -- some even know both. Should maybe the Find dialog double as Replace dialog, so Ctrl + F would be another option? Is there user experience style ...
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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, ...