In Ubuntu 09.04 to 10.10, I was able to do this using the following method:

sudo cp /usr/share/applications/gnome-appearance-properties.desktop /usr/share/gdm/autostart/LoginWindow

to enable Appearance Preferences at login.


sudo unlink /usr/share/gdm/autostart/LoginWindow/gnome-appearance-properties.desktop

To disable the above feature.

This no longer works in 11.04.


Curious question - if you do the following and logout:

sudo ln -s /usr/share/applications/gnome-appearance-properties.desktop /usr/share/gdm/autostart/LoginWindow/gnome-appearance-properties.desktop

You will see:

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As you can see I've italicised the login font.

To prevent the appearance window from appearing, login and then run:

sudo rm /usr/share/gdm/autostart/LoginWindow/gnome-appearance-properties.desktop
  • Works perfectly, similar as previous versions of Ubuntu. – iglvzx Nov 21 '11 at 23:07

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