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Why does this window have square corners?

On Windows 7 with the Aero theme, Notepad++'s Preferences window has square corners, no system menu icon, a close button, and a darker 1px border. This window also has an AlwaysOnTop attribute. (I ...
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How do I decrease the window shadow in Mac OS X?

I've found the default 40px Mac OS X window shadow too big: Is it possible to decrease it to, say, 4px? Update: I can disable shadows entirely with defaults write com.apple.screencapture ...
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In Firefox 4, how do I get the RSS feed button back?

I've upgraded to Firefox 4 and the RSS feed button was removed from the address bar! How do I get it back?
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Windows 7 Explorer keyboard shortcut: set focus to files/folders/content area?

Is there a Windows 7 Explorer keyboard shortcut to set focus to files/folders/content area (depicted below)? This has bothered me for so long... I want to set my explorer window's focus to the files ...
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My Windows 7 has suddenly stopped displaying Unicode symbols

For some strange reason, my computer suddenly doesn't show certain unicode characters anymore! I have no idea what happened. Affected applications include Windows Explorer (should be Japanese ...
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Which fork of GitX is the most active? [closed]

I've been using the original GitX but I've noticed it hasn't had any updates for quite a while. Which version of GitX is the most active, in terms of updates/stability/features? The original ...
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How do I disable tab stacking in Opera 11.01

There's new feature in Opera 11.01 called tab stacking. It helps you to hoard tabs. It works for (and annoys) me in Opera (11.01 build 1190) under Win32, but somehow doesn't appear in the same build ...
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Automate GUI tasks?

I have a Windows application which is deadware, and it lacks the option of exporting data into a file. The only way to extract data is to copy each line into the clipboard, and paste it in an editor. ...
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Better GUI for vim?

I enjoy using vim, its endless features and the way it does things (for the most part). I've been using it on and off (not as my main editor) for at least 7 years now, so while I'm far from being an ...
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Focus Follows Mouse or Sloppy Focus on Mac OS X

"Focus follows mouse" or "sloppy focus" is a feature common to X11 window managers on Linux/Unix, including GNOME, KDE, CDE, XFCE and window managers like Enlightenment, Fluxbox and Window Maker. It ...
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Starting Ubuntu without the GUI

I want to boot a "Ubuntu 10.04.2 LTS" server, but I want XFCE not to be started, nor X at all, only Shell. How do I tell my server to boot to the shell, not running XFCE at all? I have an SSH ...
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How can I set environment variables for GUI apps in OS X Mavericks?

I've been struggling to get an app to run in OS X Mavericks. I finally was able to get it to run by drilling into the .app bundle and running the shell script directly. It seems that JAVA_HOME needed ...
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Customizing fast-access buttons on left-hand side of File->Open dialogue in most Windows programs

In many Windows programs when I open a file, the GUI dialogue that starts with "Look in:" and provides a list of directories and files to open has a thin panel on the left-hand side with the following ...
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sudo access for desktop actions in Gnome/KDE?

I feel kinda silly asking this question. I'm using CentOS 5.4 and KDE. I downloaded an archive and I want to drag/drop the contents into a folder that I need root access to write to. I can obviously ...
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How could I describe the Save icon to a kid

How could I describe the Save icon to a kid. Problem: kids don't know anymore what floppy look like.
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Gtk SSH client for Linux?

I realise purists would say "use the command-line" but this is the age of Ubuntu and since I spend most of my time behind a proxy server I find it easier to configure and use PuTTY on Windows than ...
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Linux GUI Database Manager

Does anyone Know any KDE application for working with databases in a unified way? It must support several DBs (sqlite, MySQL, Oracle). GTK apps are also welcome :)
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Emacs: What features or benefits are unique to either GUI or terminal interface?

Emacs can be launched in it's own GUI window or within a terminal (using the -nw flag). What features or work-flow benefits are only available in one mode or the other? I.e. If a user habitually uses ...
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GUI to Change the Login Screen Wallpaper Image on Snow Leopard

the "standard" login screen background on OSC (Leopard and Snow Leopard) can be modified using these command line incantations: cd /System/Library/CoreServices sudo mv DefaultDesktop.jpg ...
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Run a GUI app on remote computer from SSH

I want to run a GUI application on my Ubuntu computer, but it should started by a shell script on my Debian server trought SSH. Is this possible?
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Buttons on my Ubuntu Machine

All of my buttons on any kind of popup window don't seem to work that great with my mouse, I sometimes have to press enter on my keyboard after clicking, I hear that there is a fix for this out there ...
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How to make the scroll wheel to affect always what's under the mouse pointer? [duplicate]

It happens to me so many times that I roll the scroll wheel over some scrollable element, but the thing DOES NOT SCROLL. What's worse, something else on another part of the screen may scroll. I know ...
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Get active network interface on Windows

I'm developing an application that provides a UI to windump, the packet sniffer. Windump has a "-D" parameter that lists all network interfaces it can find, and then you can specify which interface to ...
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Weird “scratches” in Firefox GUI on OS X

I've noticed, that sometimes in the left upper corner of the Firefox GUI there are "scratches" visible. Does anybody know where those scratches are coming from and why? Here are screenshots:
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How to record a mp3/m3u stream using VLC?

How do I capture/record directly from a MP3/M3U stream of a radio station, using VLC player, setting up VLC via its graphical user interface (GUI)? I prefer the Windows version of VLC but ...
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Alternative to MySQL Workbench? [closed]

Is there a free alternative to MySQL Workbench? I really need a visual database designer that doesn't crash every five minutes.
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Possible to get a transparent, borderless CMD prompt on the desktop for Windows?

I use Windows 7, but am a big fan of Linux. However for this computer, I have to run Windows and wanted a transparent always on terminal for my desktop, something like this: I tried using Glass CMD ...
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How do I change the color of this area of my Windows 7 windows?

I see this color everywhere in my Windows applications. I can't find anywhere that I set a color that is this disjointed with the rest of the color scheme (which is gray, not blue). How do I change ...
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GUI tool for applying patch files for windows

There any number of good GUI diff-tools for windows (I use Araxis Merge, and kDiff3), but none of them (that I can find) will apply a patch file. I would expect it to work like this: I open a base ...
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Good free OCR with GUI for correcting mistakes? (for Windows)

I've used SimpleOCR, which has a nice GUI for correcting mistakes. Unfortunately it makes a lot of mistakes! (and suffers other bugs and limitations) On the other hand Tesseract is more accurate but ...
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Meaning of the clockwise/counter-clockwise rolling circle in Google Chrome

When using Google Chrome I've observed that the icon that holds the favicon.ico shows a rolling circle before a page is fully loaded. It appears as if the circle is rolling counter-clockwise when the ...
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What Gui would be suitable for my home Ubuntu Server?

I'm a noob on Ubuntu Server and after installing it I found that it works only in command line mode. From this page I found that there are security risks to installing a GUI on servers. It also ...
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Is there any GUI tool to configure /etc/fstab?

I have little experiences in configuring the 'fstab'. I'm looking for any GUI tool that helps me with this. If possible based on gtk and should be available in Debian.
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Virtualbox in Headless mode

I used the virtual machines in virtualbox in a "headless" mode instead of a GUI mode. what are the advantages of using it in a headless mode?? by headless does it mean that the server doesnt have a ...
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Is there a nice GUI for CVS under Linux?

I'm wondering if there is a nice modern GUI for CVS under Linux, something that will make files comparison visual and easy ...
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Turn pngs to one ICO file

How do i convert a series of pngs of 16,24, 32, 48, 64, 128 to one *.ico file
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Linux services: is there a GUI for services?

I am looking for a GUI program, that shows running services from /etc/init.d (and /etc/init), and allows to manage (start / stop / runlevel) them. What can you recommend? Background: even though I ...
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Moving windows using keyboard…faster?

I like using keyboard shortcuts because it's faster as it does not force me to move my hands off the keyboard. In Windows I can use them to move windows around desktop: Press Alt+Space to open ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 booting in command line?

I just restarted my Ubuntu OS and now, for some reason, my Ubunut 12.04 boots in command line...without the GUI? I use Wubi and haven't really done anything out of the ordinary. I've managed to get ...
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hide GUI that briefly spawns when running a process from the command line

I'm running a build command on Ubuntu 12.04. The command opens a GUI for a few seconds, and then closes it. I'm finding this kind of disruptive -- is there a way to alter the command-line syntax to ...
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Positioning cursor using eye movement

I'm interested in replacing my mouse with a camera and software to automatically place the cursor under point on the screen I'm looking at. Where could I find something like this?
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Windows 7 “sunny” network icon

In Windows 7, I sometimes see this "sun" icon overlay in the networking tray icon: What does it mean? Bonus points: cite docs.
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No Refresh Button in Firefox URL Bar

When running Firefox 10 on a Windows computer, I see a refresh button incorporated into the URL bar at the far right side. However, running in Ubuntu (11.10), I do not: However, I see pictures on ...
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What are the Pros and Cons of using Virtual Desktops?

I have always loved the idea of virtual desktops, but have never been able to fully embrace them. Everytime I try to adopt virtual desktops I tend to find the context switching too jarring compared to ...
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Better window arrangement for Windows XP?

Does anyone know of a tool or plugin for Windows XP that allows me to "dock" a window on one half of the screen, as if that half were an entirely separate display? Ideally, I'd like to be able to ...
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How to port Firefox OS to ordinary computers?

The Last time I asked this question, people told me it wasn't clear and closed my question. I am new to this website (or any other questions website), so for that, I'm sorry and I will try to ask ...
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Annoying unison.log on Mac OS X home

Unison GUI for OS X keeps creating a "unison.log" file in my home directory. That's retarded, it should either hide the file (".unison.log"), or place it in a proper place, not in my home directory. ...
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SVN client for Ubuntu with Context menu

I've been wondering if there's an SVN client for Ubuntu (10.04 lucid lynx) in Gnome (not kdesvn since it's for kde) with context menu, so if you right-click on an SVN repository you have the options ...
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Bash shell: how to reconcile portable configuration files and GUI terminal start-up types (login or interactive)?

In an attempt to "properly" implement a standard configuration of my preferred shell, bash, for use across multiple platforms, I've come across some confusion when dealing with terminals that are ...
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How to prevent stacking of windows in the Windows 7 taskbar?

Is there a way to get Windows 7 to show two separate icons in the taskbar when I have two instances of the app running instead of having them stacked on top of each other? Windows XP had similar ...