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I'm on trusty and I can't lock my computer by any means. When I press Super+L or use the Lock button in the panel, the behavior is the same: the screen turns black and if I move the mouse, my desktop pops up again, without ever locking.

I'm on Trusty x86 and I confirmed that if I create a new user account, I can lock the screen in that account. I checked the Lock settings in "Brightness & Lock" and everything is grayed out, as the following screen capture shows. How can I enable the usual system lock again?

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Do you use Unity Tweak Tool? You might have this option enabled and not even know about it:

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  • You're right. How did this get enabled in the first place? I re-enabled locking in UTT and now Ubuntu is locking smoothly again. Thanks.
    – ecc
    Apr 18, 2014 at 21:19
  • If you have a separate home partition it might be because of old settings from previous versions. I'm not really sure.
    – Canha
    Apr 18, 2014 at 21:25
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    I had the same problem, and could only fix it by installing this tool. The tool could not have caused my issue, but it fixed it.
    – Jeff
    Mar 4, 2016 at 3:57
  • Same issue, same fix (install unity-tweak-tool and disable this option). Thanks!
    – taranaki
    Aug 5, 2016 at 1:30
  • same issue on a new install of 16.04 same solution
    – dartdog
    Sep 26, 2016 at 12:04

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