I keep seeing instructions that suggest I go to "System Settings". I have no idea how to do that.

  • Which desktop / window manager are you running? – Prashant Sep 25 '15 at 5:57

System Settings if present by default as a shortcut in Ubuntu taskbar :

system settings

If you don't have this shortcut you can open it by doing :

Command line way :

Open a terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and type :


Graphical way :

Open Unity dash (click on the Ubuntu logo on the taskbar or use the Windows Key key of your keyboard) and search for "System Settings" :

dash system setting

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    I'm not sure what the taskbar is but I don't see a Ubuntu logo. I used your keyboard suggestion but don't see "System Settings". unity-control-center was not installed. I'm installing it now. – David Robinow Sep 24 '15 at 12:59
  • The taskbar is the bar on the left of your screen with all the icons. Do my pictures seem similar to your screen ? – hg8 Sep 24 '15 at 13:01
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    OK. Installing "unity-control-center" worked. Thanks. – David Robinow Sep 24 '15 at 13:03
  • For completeness, on a more up-to-date Ubuntu 18.04+, it's gnome-control-center. – isync 2 days ago

Click the wheel in the top right corner of the panel and then select System Settings.


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  • I don't have a wheel in the top right corner. – David Robinow Sep 24 '15 at 13:00
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    You're probably running a different GUI environment than Unity. – Reinier Post Sep 24 '15 at 17:27

Unity Sidebar

Systems Settings is there as default short-cut in the Unity sidebar. If you hold down your "Windows" key, the sidebar should pop up. Keep it pushed and each icon will come up with a number on top of it. Press the number over "System Settings".

Hope this helps!

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