Questions related to the general behaviour or configuration of desktop environments, especially in cases involving several DEs. For questions specific to one DE, see the associated tags (eg. [gnome], [kde], ...).

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Is there a launcher that features tab-completion?

I'm looking for a "proper" launcher that also allows running raw commands, including tab completion. Hence, it must do two things, at a minimum. It's a "proper" launcher, hence respect ...
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Arch Linux problem: What is causing the black screen problem when logging into Cinnamon?

I first posted this in February, but I'm making the problem clearer because I had no responses in 6 months, and the problem still exists. My Arch boots to the terminal. I login as root. I start ...
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A desktop environment with mnemonics for Debian 8?

Mnemonics - the underlined letters in menus and buttons, controlled by the option gtk-enable-mnemonics - have been deprecated in GTK3, and indeed they are not available in my GNOME Shell 3.14.4. ...
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Is it possible to save the state of open terminals?

When working on certain projects, I routinely open a number of terminals, navigate each of them to various directories and resize and position them on my desktop. Is there any way to save this ...
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How to handle gnome-settings-daemon memory leak?

I recently moved to Fedora 21 x86 with Gnome 3 and have noticed that the gnome-settings-daemon has steadily increased to 50% of my system memory (8 of 16 gigs) in the last 7 days. I haven't been able ...
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Start text terminal shell from Linux DM?

Is it possible to start a shell in a text terminal from a Linux Desktop Manager such as GDM, MDM or KDM? I have a user that has a .profile with a bash select loop offering the option to startx (where ...
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LXDE (openbox): double click on text selects only part of word (not whole text)

I am using LXDE as my desktop environment (on Debian Wheezy). My question is related to how mouse behaves in LXDE, but could be general to other desktop environments. When I double click with my ...
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Xfce: How to specify row size in Alt+Tab window?

Alt+Tab window shows a list of open applications. Problem is it can put even 24 icons in a single row which makes navigation hard. Is there a setting to specify e.g. 5 icons per row?
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How to use chroot'd desktop environment on Android with external display, mouse and keyboard?

I have a chroot'd Arch Linux environment set up on my Android phone (a OnePlus One) and I would like to connect it to a monitor (directly or with use of some sort of passthrough/adapter eg. Raspberry ...
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In MATE desktop, Right click context menu not as desired

I want to right click on a folder and easily open it in my favorite music player, say VLC. I have chosen "Other Application" and selected VLC and the option to "Remember" this selection. The folder ...
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What is the story behind Client Side Decorations?

So, Gnome apps currently use exclusive Client Side Decorations, with GTK Header Bar containing buttons, menus, title. What is the story behind implementing Client Side Decorations? Is it Gnome ...
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Is it possible to change the default window animation in Gnome Shell (preferably to fade in/out)?

Instead of the default zoom in/out animations when opening and closing windows in Gnome Shell, is it possible to have a fade in/out animation? I am mostly interested in this because when opening a ...
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Why is KDE redirecting back to login page after initial load?

I am running a new install of Debian Jessie and just tried to install KDE and when I login choosing plasma as my desktop environment it goes to a plasma splash screen for a few seconds then goes right ...
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Why does my xfdesktop re-arrange folders automatically?

At random times, random folders get re-arranged on my desktop, it's so annoying! What can I do to let my dear OS know that I'd like my folders to stay where they are because that's the reason I ...
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Graceful shutdown with option to save files or cancel

How do I shutdown a desktop session gracefully from the command line without root, giving programs the option to ask the user to save files or cancel the shutdown? I know shutdown, halt, and other ...
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Show calendar on desktop via a widget?

I'm using Linux Mint 17.1 + MATE running Thunderbird v31.7 + Lightning for my mail/calendaring app. I'd like to have some kind of desktop widget to show my calendar, but screenlets doesn't seem to ...
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Is it possible to pin down given workspace to given monitor in modern DE?

Till now I had single monitor and I used 6 workspaces. I added second monitor, and I have still 6 workspaces in such way, that each workspace takes 2 monitors to display. It is not useful for me, I ...
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KDE Splash Screen doesn't disappear

Whenever I boot OpenSUSE, The KDE splash screen appears, which is normal. What is not normal, however, is that it never disappears again ! The previous session's windows just appear. KDE is ...
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Lightest hardware accelerated desktop system

I need a list of lightweight desktop environment that uses hardware acceleration either natively or from being on top of another library like Xlib, GTK+, etc. What I'm actually looking for is a ...
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Linux Deepin language switcher - making it smoother like in Ubuntu

I installed the latest Linux Deepin 2014.2 distro. It's a Chinese distro based on Ubuntu 14.04. The OS is great, but there's one annoying flaw - when switching language, there appears a transparent ...
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Using per-user keyboard XKBOPTIONS for all desktop environments

I have set the compose key correctly by typing setxkbmap -option compose:rwin in XFCE, but before that I just flipped a switch in Gnome 3. Meaning that desktop environment has different ways of ...
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Sharing content/apps between console and VNC console

I have a linux box that I use a lot from my Mac laptop (1920x1200 resolution screen) via VNC. At work, I have a dual-monitor setup for the Linux Box (1600x1200 each monitor). I use the VNC ...
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Where is my Cursor?

My OS is Ubuntu 13.10, I use the following code to remove the KDE desktop installed before: sudo apt-get purge kde* And then use the following code to install GNOME 3.10: sudo ...
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How to change desktop enviroment in Raspbian?

I'm running Raspbian “wheezy”, a Debian based Linux distribution for the Raspberry Pi and I would like to know where I can change the desktop environment that boots with the OS. In particular, how can ...
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Broken link/launch behaviour on Kubuntu 11.10 desktop after rekonq uninstalled

Since I removed rekonq from my system, numerous apps which launch links, e.g. Stackapplet and Thunderbird are not correctly launching links with Firefox, which I am using now as my primary browser. I ...
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Setting the LANG environment variable for xfce

I am on a multi user Debian Stretch system which has en_US.UTF-8 as default locale, but I want de_DE.UTF-8 for my user. I was able to set it for terminals, by adding export LANG=de_DE.UTF-8 to ...
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Stuck in failsafe xterm session

When I log in through the login screen, I'm presented with the following message: This is the failsafe xterm session. To get out of this mode type 'exit' in the window in the upper left corner ...
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Launching application without titlebar and window decorations

I want to launch VLC without the titlebar and window decoration. I'm using the following line to launch VLC: vlc -I dummy --no-video-deco --no-embedded-video test.mpg Unfortunately this doesn't ...
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Install multiple XAMPP with multiple PHP versions. Each to simulate a different production Server

In Windows you can install or unzip multiple "portable" XAMPP Servers side by side. This was very helpful, because that way I could configure each XAMPP server to simulate a different production ...
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What controls the design of the context menu and what controls the interaction with the context menu?

I was trying to see if it would be possible to customize the way my context menu looks. I don't want a theme, I want to make the context menu square or circular or something similar to that. Would ...
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debian gnome3 running script after x starts

I have a command that I need to run after x starts for all users but before I log in. #enable backlight setpci -v -H1 -s 00:01.00 BRIDGE_CONTROL=0 #remembers the previous backlight brightness echo ...
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How to disable the wallpaper manager in various DEs?

I'm making a script that sets the background image/wallpaper using feh. However, feh only works for WMs and DEs with no wallpaper manager (such as i3, xmonad, openbox, etc etc). I want to know how to ...
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Cinnamon Panel is completely unresponsive

I'm using a Debian Stretch box with xfce, but I wanted to try cinnamon for some time. When I switch to cinnamon (2.6.13 from the debian repositories) in the login screen the desktop loads up fine, ...
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Cinnamon Menu Applet Won't Display

Cinnamon version: Cinnamon 2.6.13 OS: Fedora 21 When I run cinnamon --replace, there is no error messages for menu applet: js-Message: JS LOG: About to start Cinnamon St-Message: cogl npot ...
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How do I change the budgie “start” menu icon?

I would like to know how to change the menu icon as well as where the menu icon is in the filesystem.
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Is there a way to have a music piece played the moment you enter into a DE?

Is there a way a music piece played the moment you enter into a DE. It would be best if there was a DE-agnostic way so it wouldn't matter which DE I used/floated through. I am looking for something ...
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No package found for gnome fallback

OK I installed fedora 22 and it came with gnome 3.16 which to be honest is the ugliest desktop environment ive used In my whole Linux experience. As an ex kali user, I really adored fallback. But I ...
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Which environment offers the most visual customization?

I remember a while back looking at a youtube video about Linux (Maybe ubuntu) when the user would move the window you could see it wobble, and it has some colorful visual effects. I'm wondering which ...
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How do I change the menu icon in budgie desktop?

I'm curious as to how to do it I've only used budgie once or twice. It shouldn't be a simple task like a right click would it?
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switching desktops by mousing off the end

I just changed distro's to openSUSE 13.2 with pretty much default installation options, which includes the KDE (Plasma) desktop. I have three monitors, with the main one in the middle. I run a ...
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Unable to operate mouse in GUI on Ubuntu Server in VBox VM

Mouse can't work on Ubuntu Server (minmal virtual machine mode) in VBox VM. I ran: sudo aptitude install --without-recommends xserver-xorg-core sudo aptitude install jwm startx output: -bash: ...
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Build customized Linux using Ubuntu or Debian Source

I want to customize a Ubuntu or Debian distribution for my Raspberry Pi. How can I remove packages and applications from Ubuntu or Debian? And is it possible to modify the GUI (graphic interface) of ...
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Slow dragging of windows in Debian 8 LXDE

I did a fresh installation from Debian 8 with LXDE desktop iso. Everything is lightning fast except dragging of windows of programs.
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Using Wayland on my Debian upgraded system

So I just installed the latest Kali Linux on my laptop which was based on what is currently an oldstable. I then upgraded the whole thing to current stable, which then upgraded my Gnome Desktop to ...
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indicator-messages in Linux Mint 17.1

I still remember a mail drop down menu in Ubuntu (when I still used Ubuntu), like here [1] Now I've installed indicator-messages but the mail drop down menu doesn't show up in either MATE or Cinnamon ...
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Speed up “Search” in GTK file chooser

When I open a file in GTK application, there is "Search" box at the top of "Places" list. I assume it can be used to search file which is located somewhere in the filesystem by its' name. But it takes ...
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Where is the .xsession file in linux mint?

I would like to know how I can use start up scripts in .xsession in order to change the look of my Desktop, I assumed .xsession was in my home directory so I performed at my home directory: ls -a to ...
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Opening Nautilus without --no-desktop, on Xmonad on top of Ubuntu, what happens?

I have a standard Ubuntu install with an Xmonad install on top of it [1]. Now, when I run nautilus from the command line a view unexpected things happen. While Nautilus does appear, there is now also ...
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Cinnamon doesn't load at launch loading LXDE instead, what is wrong here?

Hi I Found myself with this weird issue that after installing Cinnamon desktop environment on a Debian-based linux distro, with apt-get upgrade apt-get install cinnamon, at the log-in moment even ...
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Linux window movement (delay)

I use linux at home and windows for work. One thing about most linux desktop environment that bothers me is the window movement. I'm using cinnamon right now. When I grab the window to put it in the ...