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How do I refresh Gnome 3 applications

From Desktop entries in Arch linux wiki, this works on later versions of Gnome: update-desktop-database ~/.local/share/applications
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How to scale the resolution/display of the desktop and/or applications?

Linux display This is detailed in depth on how does Linux's display works? QA. On most desktops system (like KDE or Gnome) there are settings available on their respective settings panel, this guide ...
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Can I run GUI programs without needing a desktop environment?

You can get apps that talk directly to the framebuffer (VLC or fbi), but IMHO, it's not worth the hassle. Just go for a lightweight window manager, like OpenBSD's cwm, dwm, i3, spectrwm... the list ...
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Can I run GUI programs without needing a desktop environment?

A Window Manager (wm) is what you are thinking of. It's not a full-blown Desktop Environment (de), but can open apps/terminals with a keybinding and uses less resources. There are lists of window ...
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How do I refresh Gnome 3 applications

Please refer to the XDG Desktop Menu Specification. To update the list of available desktop launchers in the Applications menu please run: xdg-desktop-menu forceupdate The update will be reflected in ...
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How do I refresh Gnome 3 applications

Cross-posting this from the Ubuntu question site. You need to: Update the timestamp on the top-level icon directory Run gtk-update-icon-cache Note: hicolor is the default theme which app developers ...
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Why are my application.desktop files not showing up in Linux application menu?

There is very insidious desktop file key - TryExec. According to docs: TryExec Path to an executable file on disk used to determine if the program is actually installed. If the path is not an ...
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Cleaning up KDE application menu (applications-kmenuedit.menu)

I think the menu file is generated from the *.desktop files on your system. You may look at the following locations /usr/share/applications ~/.local/share/applications/ And remove whatever you don'...
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How to know the types of windowing system, window manager and desktop environment of a Unix-like OS

From Ask Ubuntu.SE: If you have wmctrl installed, wmctrl -m will identify the window manager for you. Thomas already mentioned the XDG_CURRENT_DESKTOP environment variable for identifying the desktop ...
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Linux Mint 18.3 Cinnamon Desktop scaling feature missing

You can get to the Desktop Scaling by opening System Settings>General in the Preferences section. There is also a post on the Mint User Forums that could also prove to be useful in helping scale ...
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Play audio output as input to Zoom

Make Zoom accept monitor as input (Ubuntu 20.04) With the new PulseAudio version 13.99+, you can no longer select "System default" as mic in Zoom, which was a way of tricking Zoom into using ...
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Automatic shutdown after no activity

You could just edit /etc/systemd/logind.conf, uncommenting these lines: IdleAction=hibernate IdleActionSec=120min If you want to shutdown, then use poweroff instead of hibernate. Note: You need to ...
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How to scale the resolution/display of the desktop and/or applications?

do not use xrandr --scale since it creates a different resolution (blurry) I recommend to switch to "Wayland" instead of "X11", since xrandr --scale scales a rasterized frame-...
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x11vnc change resolution

As per manual page, to specify VNC port to listen on, you can use -rfbport str option. Or use -autoport n to automatically probe for a free VNC port starting at n (e.g. 5900). To specify the ...
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ffmpeg: record screen area selected by mouse

Slop (an application that queries for a selection from the user and prints the region to stdout) appears to be the easiest tool exactly fitting your purpose… since… it provides an example linked to ...
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Can I run GUI programs without needing a desktop environment?

Yes, this is perfectly possible; I used to do this all the time. A bit of background: What we talk about under the name 'X Windows' is in fact 'the X Window System', which encompasses a network ...
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Terminal only as "Desktop"

One way or another, you would need X running. But you can get something like what you're asking with a tiling window manager. One of the earlier ones was "ion" (not as popular now). Further reading ...
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Terminal only as "Desktop"

Technically, all you need to run GUI programs is the X server. You can run just a terminal emulator and run all programs from that. However life without a window manager is not comfortable at all: ...
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Why do freedesktop .desktop files not allow relative paths?

You could use an inline shell script to compute the path: Exec=sh -e -c "exec \\"\\$(dirname \\"\\$0\\")/some_app\\"" %k Yes, two levels of escaping are required.
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Mousewheel/touchpad scrolling in Browsers

Feature is called "Coasting speed". To disable it you can use: xinput --set-prop --type=float "<your device>" "Synaptics Coasting Speed" 0 0 to list devices you can use: xinput list ...
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Deepin: Switch to next desktop

Yes! They are: Win/Super + Right Arrow Key Win/Super + Left Arrow Key Win/Super + 3 If you press F1 while beeing on the Desktop it shows a little manual where you can find more details. In the ...
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Show complete workspace preview in gnome-shell activities

This extension may be the right one: https://extensions.gnome.org/extension/1351/show-workspaces/ A comment from that site how to achieve this without an extension: You can avoid having to install ...
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Play audio output as input to Zoom

We had exactly the same problem with Zoom in Linux (Ubuntu, Lubuntu and Gentoo). The solution turned out to be as follows, and does not require using PulseAudio Volume Control: Launch the application ...
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Make program start on second virtual desktop (XFCE)

I'm not sure if you can start it in the other workspace, but you can move it there with a script. Have a look at this page: https://wiki.xfce.org/faq, at the subitem "How do I programmatically ...
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lxde desktop shortcut remove prompt that ask action (open execute)

Open PCManFM, Go to Edit/Preferences/General, Check box for "Don't ask options on launch executable file" From https://askubuntu.com/questions/333256/how-to-skip-execute-file-dialog-in-...
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Desktop icons showing files of home

I have finally found an answer here.I have restarted my computer and now everything is behaving as it should. The problem seemed to be in the file~/.config/user-dirs.dirs: there was a line ...
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Select area on screen with pointer

The slop application provides this functionality. It supports selecting an arbitrary area or a particular window, and allows for changing the appearance of the selection box. To use it, either click ...
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Best way to check if Nautilus File Manager is running?

The best way to check whether there are any Nautilus windows open is to check for them on the session D-Bus: gdbus introspect --session --dest org.gnome.Nautilus \ --object-path /org/gnome/...
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Can I run GUI programs without needing a desktop environment?

It sounds like you want an X11 (or Wayland) window server running for graphical applications. I suggest you install and configure a minimal window manager (I recall that pekwm doesn't get much in your ...
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Why are my application.desktop files not showing up in Linux application menu?

I had a similar problem. Inpired by toto's post above, I tried xdg-desktop-menu install myFileName.desktop I got an error message that told me, myFileName must contain a dash. So changing myFileName....
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