Questions tagged [usability]

Usability is the ease of use and learnability of a human-made object, in this case, software.

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Resizing a window should be easier - increase boarder pixel count?

Currently its too difficult to resize a window by hovering cursor on window edge or corner until cursor changes to that double arrow pointer ... when I install Ubuntu 19.04 for people new to computers ...
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Center tray icons popup in Ubuntu 18.04

I'm using Dash to Panel to have my tray icons in the bottom-right corner of the screen, and there is something that bugs me off about the popup that the icons show when clicked. It appears to the ...
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Default Action for Cancel-Dialog in Gedit nearly not visible

I am getting older and my eyes see worse. If I close gedit, I can hardly see the default action which is "Save as..." Is there a way to make default actions (in all applications) more visible?
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How drag a window with ALT+click like in Unity in GNOME 3

How can I arrange windows in a certain position in GNOME 3 manually, like in Ubuntu 16 with Alt+Click?
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From Screenshot to “edit Image”

If I take a screenshot, often the next action is to paint on it. Sometimes I paint a circle around something, sometimes I blank parts to anonymize them. Below is an example of the window after the ...
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Orange lock screen

When I lock my screen, I come back to an orange screen with a white clock and date in the middle. Getting out of this screen to get to the password screen is quite tedious. Clicking on the desktop ...
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How to hide “quodlibet wants to inhibit shortcuts” message

Ever since upgrading to 17.10, whenever I click on the time elapsed bar in quodlibet (to manually change the current track playback time), I get a warning message that says "Quod Libet wants to ...
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How to type A with Circle in Ubuntu 16.04 With Dead-keys?

I see no dead-key symbol for circle in Fig. 1 which is about my used keyboard layout, English Dvorak, you can use English Qwerty with dead-keys to test the same thing. There is small circle at bottom-...
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Why does no file manager ask for higher permission if needed? [closed]

I just answered another beginners question about "Cannot write.......check permissions". Of course I know how to use chown/chmod; I'm working with command line anyway. But the average consumer does ...
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Input language groups switching windows style

I want to enable one more input language and I wonder is there any way to group similar languages? Suppose I have English, Russian and Ukranian. Russian and Ukranian are similar and it would be ...
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Spelling correction which feels like flying

Here is a screen shot of a typo: The cursor is at the "..." position. My dream: I press a magic keyboard short-cut and the spelling correction takes its best guess at correcting the typo. How to ...
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Thunderbird: History of seen Messages

Is there a way in thunderbird to step backward and forward in the history of last messages? Like in firefox: It has a history of the last visited pages. I would like to have a history of the last ...
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Enabling Ctrl+Alt+Del for X

How to I re-enbale the feature where Ctrl+Alt+Del will immediately kill X? I've been running into a graphics bug and I realized that, that was disabled in Ubuntu 16.10 for some reason. How do I get ...
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Highlight Window with focus even more

I have two monitors and sometimes I start to type into the wrong window. The window with the focus is highlighted in unity (Ubuntu 16.04) with a gray shadow. Is there a way to highlight the window ...
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What are good ePub viewers you have come across? I'd like to take notes and highlight important text paragraphs [duplicate]

ePub3 has become very popular in the recent years because it has had some style-improvements entails much more than before. I am looking for a good ePub viewer that is simple but has great ...
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Search for configuration (like Super-A for Applications, Super-F for Files)

Is there a way to search for configuration settings, like Super-A for Applications, Super-F for Files? I want to type in: "shortcuts" and then I want to see a list of things which match this term. ...
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Window decoration which respects titlebar colour AND supports Attach as Tab

It seems that some KDE features, such as Attach as Tab, are windows decoration dependent. Specifically, the otherwise excellent Plastik windows decoration does not support Attach as Tab. The default ...
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Interactive “open with” dialog mod?

I switched to Ubuntu this year from Windows. I like Ubuntu, but what I'm missing is smart "Open with" dialog. You should manually search for a program either from long list without ability to filter, ...
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How to Disable Hovering-App-Bar in 16.04?

I get this hovering bar as an artifact popping many times per hour without pressing Alt-Tab, which duration 3-15 seconds with/without interaction of mouse/touchpad/keyboard booting other Ubuntus and ...
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What is Suitable pageUp Key in Ubuntu 16.04 of Macbook Air?

There are some configs which use the button. I have replaced them now but I think pageUp can be necessary key in some applications. System: Macbook Air 2013-mid. What is suitable pageUp key in ...
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How to *Add To Panel* in 16.04? [duplicate]

In older distros, there is the feature: right-click the top-bar > Add To Panel. But not anymore in Ubuntu 16.04? I want to create a application icon-shortcut to the application bar. I want to use the ...
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Move Mouse with Many Lines in Google Chrome?

In Mouse settings, I get only where I cannot change to scroll many lines. So I want to move many lines only in Google Chrome. I cannot find the feature in Settings > Search Mouse and Select the ...
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Good system for writing coding excerpts (possible cloud based)

I am using Ubuntu for some time, and 99% of time I am using Goggle drive Documents for writing code excerpts. However, Google experience, although super fast when searching, works quite slow when ...
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Spelling correction like swift/swype

I like typing and type with ten fingers since 20 years. Sometimes I make mistakes or don't know the correct spelling of a word. I like the swype-app in android phones. I am very fast although I use ...
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Firefox: Long lines in text area not visible

If you have long lines in a text area of Firefox, you can't see whether there is one long line or whether there are several short lines. I've attached two screen shots as an example. Firefox: Emacs:...
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What is overriding my window geometry? (Unity / 15.10)

Out of the box, on a freshly installed Ubuntu 15.10, if I start a terminal, it will launch a window which fills almost the entire screen. It's not maximized in the window manager sense, but its ...
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How to select text for copy and paste in Chrome by keyboard not using the mouse?

I have some online tutorial open in my Google chrome. It tells me to run some commands in a terminal. My current workflow is to select the necessary parts via mouse, and insert the copied text via ...
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Gedit: Search next match … usability

Searching the next match with gedit makes me crazy. I press Ctrl+F The search input box opens I enter foo There is a match for foo. Nice Up to now everything is sane I want to search the next match (...
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Open html file with gedit from Unity Dash (Files lens)

I search a html file wit super-f. The file was found and Ubuntu displays these choices: open folder open file email file The above items where translated from german back to english. If I chosse "...
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How to copy/paste from “Sorry, the application XXX has stopped unexpectedly”

An app just crashed and I want to copy the error message and paste it into a search engine to hopefully find a solution. Unfortunately the error dialog does not allow me to copy/paste anything: In ...
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To Disable CTRL+SHIFT+C in Google Chrome of Ubuntu? [duplicate]

This keybinding is very irritating because it is very close to the copy-command Ctrl+C. Partially, the problem can be explained by my keyboard layout Dvorak such that the browser may consider the ...
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Any editor with CTRL+R binding for compiling LaTeX

I just had to replace my OSX with Ubuntu 14.04 and I want to find ways to get Textmate's capabilities to some text-editor: CMD+R compiles the document in Textmates and let's you choose different ...
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How to change tab in Google Chrome with the keyboard, in Ubuntu

In OSX, you can browse tabs in browsers by Ctrl+ N/p or similar. I have not found any keys in Ubuntu 14.04. How can you browse tabs of browsers by keyboard in Ubuntu?
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How to improve usability of Ubuntu by providing feedback? [duplicate]

I have several ideas how to improve the usability of the Ubuntu desktop. What the next step? Where should I post my ideas?
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Disable Gnome Shell document preview

I have a password protected LibreOffice Calc file. When I press the SUPER key and type the name it is shown. Now I press enter or click the file and it is opened with some document preview, but this ...
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Cgroups I/O read restriction

I am trying to restrict group to read operation to 100 per second. Here is my cgroups configuration: # Configuration file generated by cgsnapshot mount { blkio = /cgroup/blkio; } group ...
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Searching for a better method/framework/anything to build deb packages

For those that have downvoted, if you care to let me know why, I can try to improve the question. I have been scouring the pipes for an official page on an officially sanctioned method of building ....
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Minimal terminal editor alternative to vi and nano

What terminal/console mode alternatives to vi/vim and nano are available? I am looking for minimal, good looking and friendly text mode editor for complete newbies with PC. I remember I've seen ...
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Is it possible to retire packages that don't stand up to modern usability standards?

What is the Ubuntu process to deprecate and remove packages from repository? I quite often need a user mode FTP server to transfer files to my machine and constantly run over http://packages.ubuntu....
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Why are terminal shortcuts different than the ones used elsewhere for the same task?

I ask this out of sheer curiosity. For pasting - why wasn't Ctrl+v made as a shortcut - which is standard - instead of Ctrl+Shift+v - which is not standard? Same goes with so many other shortcuts (...
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Scroll up the page to previous input on terminal

In the work that I am doing, sometimes the output of a certain command is so large, that it becomes very challenging to find the first few lines of the output. By large I mean so large that scrolling ...
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Why are apt-get repositories hardcoded to a specific release?

From the usability point of view, I do not understand why on each release upgrade you have to manually patch all the URLs of apt in order to make them point to the newer distribution. Why is not ...
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Where do I get packages via windows? [duplicate]

I need packages, man. I can't find them. I can find 'source clones'. Are those packages? I'm not connect to the Internet in Linux, so I need to download the packages on my Windows system. Where ...
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How can I persistent disable left menu in Nautilus (F9)?

When I press F9 left panel hiding, but only before Nautilus restart.
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Can't change WiFi username after entering incorrect credentials (Ubuntu 13.10)

I have to enter a username and password to log into a new WiFi network. I entered the wrong username the first time I tried to connect. The username has been grayed out every time I've tried to ...
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autocomplete at desktop level

I often type the same words in several applications: Editor (emacs, vi) Webbrowser Shells It would be great to have an autocomplete of the words I typed during the last week available in all the ...
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Using Ubuntu without any knowledge of Linux

Can I still install and use Ubuntu without any basic knowledge of a Linux operating system - do I need any background knowledge of Linux to use Ubuntu? If so, what will be the limits of my experience? ...
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What will happen if i will terminate the update in between (from the terminal)

so i use computer for unknown time. sometimes i use it for more than 3 hr. and sometimes lesss than half hour. what will happen if i will stop the update from the terminal when the packages are being ...
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Where to find the Disk Image Mounter? is not in Dash, where it is?

I'm running Ubuntu 13.04. Disk Image Mounter is installed, but not located in the "Dash" Where can find this utility to use?
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unable to use the 13.04 applications after login

Installed 13.04 and after login the desktop files are displayed for the home folder. But I am not sure how to run applications moving the muse to the edges shows nothing. I can use Ctrl + T and Ctrl ...