I am trying to set the screen timeout so that the computer does not timeout during transfer of a large file. How do I set the screen timeout?

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    You can set the time screen in System Settings -> Brightness and Lock – Emilio Galarraga Mar 26 '17 at 12:07
  • For 19,04 its on the power settings screen. – Paul Rooney Nov 25 '19 at 9:56

Select the System Settings from the icon located on the far right in your top panel. Once there select the Brightness & Lock settings. It will look as I've shown below. Change the "Turn screen off when inactive for" to never, and change the "Lock Screen" switch to off.

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In 18.04 it looks like this...

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    Under 18.04, there is no such setting. It is Settings > Power > Blank screen I guess. – slhck Jun 7 '18 at 16:51

I'm not exactly sure what I'm running, but it might help someone else to know that I found it under Settings Manager → Power Manager → Display.

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If you want to turn off the screen lock, run:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.screensaver lock-enabled false
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