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Typing Break in Xubuntu 12.04

I installed Ubuntu 12.04, and loathe the new interface so much I've switched to Xubuntu with sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop. Very happy with that so far. But the typing break I always used to ...
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Why won't Win 8 Remote Desktop Connection connect to a workstation within a Win Server 2008 domain [closed]

We have Win 8 (not Win 8 Pro) laptops that will connect to our Win Server 2008 machine via the domain name (xxx.domain.com), an allowed user name and PW. But we cannot figure out how to get to any of ...
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Windows 8 Start Screen Shortcuts for Desktop Apps

I am facing an issue regarding Windows 8 shortcuts. My app is not getting pinned for all users for the installed desktop apps. If a user is installing that desktop app, then the shortcut of the app ...
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How could I find out the path to the current desktop image, for Windows 8

Having recently upgraded to Windows 8, my script to retrieve the current desktop wallpaper image has broken. For Windows 7, How could I find out the path to the current desktop image?, this works ...
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Metro UI - multiple snapped view on one monitor, desktop on the other one

I tried Googling that but I didn't get anything so now I post it here. How I can get multiple snapped view (multi-app) on my second monitor while running my Desktop app on the primary one? It would ...
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How do I get the Windows 8 Desktop to stop refreshing itself while I'm working?

I have an Asus touchscreen laptop with Windows 8, not RT. The best way that I can describe the problem is: when I am working on something in the desktop, the desktop/screen refreshes itself. It ...
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GUI Apps without a graphical desktop

This may be a stupid question - But is it possible to run GUI apps (Firefox for example) on a computer where I don't have a graphical desktop installed (like GNOME, Xfce)?
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Windows 7 resizes desktop when I switch of a monitor

I have a workstation with two monitors and the desktop extended over them. I have a lot of applications open (generally maximized), and I have a personal preference which application is on which ...
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Is it possible to put Tiles on the windows 8 desktop?

I like the new tiles in the Windows 8 modern UI. Is there any way to put the live updating tiles on the start screen onto the desktop?
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Streaming the Desktop with VLC on Win7 x64

I'm using VLC 1.1.0 and Win7 x64 to Stream my Desktop to another Computer. At The moment I'm using this code to start VLC on the Server: vlc screen:// :screen-fps=30 :screen-caching=100 --sout ...
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How can I set my desktop background folder to a shortcut?

I have a shortcut in my Pictures folder that points to a folder in my Dropbox containing my desktop backgrounds. I would like for my desktop backgrounds to cycle through images in this folder. But ...
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What kind of JVM support is there for Modern UI apps?

Obviously, the JRE and Java applications and applets still work on the Desktop version of Windows 8. But is there a way to develop a Modern UI application in Java, or another JVM based language such ...
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Completely disable desktop in Windows 8

I am pondering whether to use Windows 8 as a first OS for completely non-computer-literate (as in, never used a computer) users. I think it might actually work well, except I think the desktop would ...
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Change HDD icon in Windows 7

How can I change the icon of one of my HDDs in Windows 7, not using the autorun.inf trick? I'm trying to speed up my laptop for every day use as much as possible so I mapped my desktop to a RamDisk. ...
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How do applications differ when they are run from the Start screen?

In Windows 8, when you open an application, say, Internet Explorer or Google Chrome, it looks strangely different than when you open the same application from the new Start screen. For example, Google ...
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How do I rotate Windows 8 screen?

Most mobile devices like tablets or smartphones have an orientation sensor that signals the OS to rotate itself when the device is rotated. But having installed Windows 8 on a desktop (or virtual ...
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Load ModernUI but also preload desktop on background

Login Windows load modern UI Only when I click on the "Desktop" tile shortcut that my desktop is really loaded, it take a few seconds to open everything (like rainmeter and other things) How can I ...
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Bigger icon just for one of the shortcuts on the desktop

On Windows 7 professional, I want a bigger icon just for one of the shortcuts on the desktop (only one program shortcut should have large icon, rest of the shortcut icons should be of the ...
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Can I configure Windows 8 to just use the Desktop and remove Metro as an option [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I turn off Modern UI in Windows 8? One of the single most annoying things for me is the Metro interface. Can I remove it entirely and still have a usable ...
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Desktop preview on start screen tile

Is it possible to display a preview of the desktop on the desktop tile, like you get when switching to it?
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Display webpage on desktop background (WinXP)

I want to display a website on the desktop background imitating the functionality of Active Desktop (I decided against using it because it is really limited). Here's what I'm looking for: It should ...
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Can I run nVidia's nView on Windows 7 x64?

As the title suggests, I want to run nView desktop manager on Windows 7 x64. nView used to come bundled with the drivers back in the Windows XP days, but I can no longer find it. Alternatively I ...
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Is it possible to make Windows only use part of my screen? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to trick windows 7 to use only a part of the screen The left 25% of my display is damaged, and I would like to make Windows not use this damaged portion of the ...
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How to set KDE desktop wallpaper from command line?

How do I set the KDE desktop wallpaper (jpg file) from command line (e.g., by a script, started by the user)?
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Moving windows on Windows like on Gnome (Alt+DnD)?

Is there a hidden setting or an external utility that would enable moving windows on Windows like on GNOME? I'm particularly thinking of moving windows using Alt + Drag and drop (which can be changed ...
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How do I disable RealVNC side scrolling?

I've got a screensize mismatch going on between my server/client sides that results in my "full screen" view actually only showing about 75% the width of the server side (and more than 100% height). ...
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Create a draggable desktop inside another desktop (nested desktops)

Is there any software that makes it possible to create a draggable desktop inside another desktop (where one desktop acts like a window within the other desktop?) I think this would be an extremely ...
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How to use HDMI display device audio output without extending the desktop to that device?

I have 3 screens connected to my video card. Two of the screens use the DVI connection and the third uses the HDMI connection. The screen on the HDMI connection has integrated speakers, so I want to ...
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Is Windows really using the 3D Graphic Card? [closed]

I'm wondering if Windows 7 or 8 (even dropped transparency!) is really using the power of a dedicated graphic card? Is there any remarkable influence on the speed of daily windows usage (word ...
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Change Desktop via voice command and set 3-screen-wide wallpaper of a bitmap?

I am running an "updated LCARS New Evolution" Desktop with Stardock, which takes up the center of 3 screens and casts a bitmap wallpaper of the United Federation of Planets on the side screens. From ...
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Show HTML on desktop like conky on linux

I'm migrating to org-mode and trying to replace desktop calendars (Rainlendar) with org-agenda outputs. Conky is my first choice, but after all it is not easily written to show such things like the ...
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Stretch Wallpaper Across Dual Monitor With Different Resolution

I am using Windows 7, and I have two monitors with two different resolutions (1920x1200, 1280x1024). I am trying to stretch my wallpaper across both monitors and I am wondering if it is possible to do ...
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Remote Linux system via Windows 7

I have a dual boot with Windows 7 and Fedora. Though I can log into both without any problems, I am trying to log in to the Linux account via the Windows account. Is that possible? Or, is it possible ...
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Possible to make the Windows 8 start menu less fancy for VNC?

I use Windows 8 on a virtual machine through a VNC connection. The VNC server is integrated into VMWare so that even if I lose network connection on Windows 8, I can still access it. Overall, my ...
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Windows 7 hangs while loading desktop

I am facing a weird problem. My computer hangs while loading the desktop, and only the background shows up; no icons or bars load. If I power the system on and off about 4-6 times, I may be able to ...
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Disable Win+1-9 Hotkeys

Just downloaded Dexpot (virtual desktop application), and would like to assign the desktop switch hotkeys to Win+1-9, but these are already being used the by the system. Is there an easy way to ...
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How to put Volume/Network/Username icon to bottom panel in CentOS?

To better explain here's a screenshot:
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Recover Windows Opening Off Screen?

Background: I have a three monitor setup, but sadly one of my monitors has died (control board is probably bad). I'm using Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit with an ATI Radeon HD 5670 card. The third ...
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OSX best performance remote desktop?

I am new to osx. I began using OSX Mountain Lion few days ago and now finding out best performance remote desktop solution. I only have bandwidth around 1.5 MBytes per second. I tried two solutions ...
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Is there a way to make Windows 8 delay loading the start screen until all startup programs have loaded?

Currently Windows 8 will get to the start screen a good 10-15 seconds before my startup programs have loaded. Since these include my touchpad driver as well as a gamma correction program, I would ...
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Windows sometimes minimizes game and shows the desktop?

For some reason, every once in a while when I'm playing a full-screen game in Windows 7, the game will minimize and focus will be given to the Desktop. I don't know what does this because no other ...
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Preventing Windows from automatically removing broken desktop shortcuts

I have two external harddrives which I'm using for archiving purposes, because of that they are turned off most of the time. I have some shortcuts on the desktop to some directories on these external ...
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How to force Windows to save desktop icon positions?

Is there a way to force Windows to save desktop icon positions?
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TightVNC Viewer Remote Desktop

I am using TightVNC Viewer to Remote Desktop my RHEL virtual machine from Windows. But it just shows me almost half of my RHEL desktop with lots of black space on both sides of the window. I want to ...
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Windows Desktop 'ghost' rectangles

I use Windows 7 Ultimate (upgraded from Home Premium) on a 2011 HP desktop PC with 10 GB RAM and Nvidia GeForce GTX550Ti. All related drivers and software updates are installed. For some time now, ...
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Moving “Workspace Switcher” in Ubuntu Unity Launcher

I need the Workspace Switcher in Unity's Launcher at the very top just below Dash or Nautilus. I need this because when I run VirtualBox the commands CtrlAlt↑/↓/←/→ are not ...
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Is there a Windows 7 shortcut to open Windows Explorer showing the Desktop?

Is there a Windows 7 shortcut to open Windows Explorer showing the Desktop? I know that WinD goes to Desktop, but I want to see it in the Windows Explorer. I also know that WinE opens the Windows ...
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How do you disable Icon grid snapping in Windows 7?

Remember the "Snap to Grid" context menu option when you right clicked the desktop? Well I was trying to arrange my icons in a certain way (like a brick stagger), and it was a no go. They just kept ...
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Create a desktop shortcut to the currently viewed web page in Google Chrome

Is it possible to create a shortcut to a web page on the desktop from Google Chrome? I remember that Internet Explorer had a feature like this, does it exist in Chrome as well?
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Gnome Settings - gsettings vs gconftool-2

In Gnome 3 desktop icons are hidden by default. I tried to show them this way gconftool-2 --set -t bool /org/gnome/desktop/background/show-desktop-icons true It didn't work. So i tried: gsettings ...