Whenever I log out from a Gnome session (by clicking on the "power" button in the top panel and choosing "Log out...", I have to answer the "Are you sure..." question. How can I configure my system to avoid this question?

Since I already have performed two actions (clicking on the panel button, and selected the "Log out" item), it is quite probable that I actually want to log out. :)

  • Just to play devil's advocate, being a list of actions "log out, switch user, restart, etc" it's not very hard to miss and accidentally select the wrong item, especially with a trackpad.
    – TJ L
    Sep 24, 2010 at 18:18
  • That's why I like the logout button on the panel. Especially since with several users there is lots of logging out, but almost no use of the other items in that menu.
    – Dennis
    Sep 24, 2010 at 20:29

4 Answers 4


You can try the following command

gconftool-2 -s /apps/indicator-session/suppress_logout_restart_shutdown –t bool true

or open Configuration Editor and set it using the gui with below steps:

  1. Press Alt+F2 and enter "gconf-editor"
  2. Navigate to apps -> indicator-session
  3. Check the box next to the name "suppress_logout_restart_shutdown" on the right hand side pane.
  4. Exit Configuration editor.

More details can be found here.

  • For me the command there returns Must specify a type when setting a value (10.10)
    – 8128
    Oct 16, 2010 at 13:12
  • There was an error in the gconftool-2 invocation (using -type instead of --type or -t). Strangely, we happen to encounter it only now... it could be because this key was already present in 10.04 and removed in 10.10. Can you try gconftool-2 -g /apps/indicator-session/suppress_logout_restart_shutdown and post the output on your system ? (For now I have edited the answer in anticipation of this)
    – koushik
    Oct 17, 2010 at 1:19
  • It outputs true - but I had already changed the key using gconf-editor yesterday...
    – 8128
    Oct 17, 2010 at 7:04
  • OK, until someone can verify on a vanilla 10.10 install, I will assume the error was in the wrong usage of the long option syntax, which I have fixed now.
    – koushik
    Oct 17, 2010 at 11:58

There may be an easier way, but I always do the following.

Either in a terminal or by hitting ALT-F2 and entering run, start...
select apps
select gnome-session
select options
uncheck logout_prompt

Then for each of my family members I right click on the panel
select Add To Panel
Add a logout button

Doesn't get any more convenient than that.


By far the easiest way is to use Ubuntu Tweak. No command-line. Just a simple checkbox.

  • Could you explain exactly what settings to set?
    – nanofarad
    Aug 16, 2012 at 19:02

Have you tried pressing Ctrl + Alt + Backspace? Works for me (GNOME classic without effects on Ubuntu 11.10).

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