Questions about the user interface of programs or machines.

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Menu select item stuck on screen after context or command menu has closed

Periodically when I select a menu command, the label or selected option gets "stuck" on screen and won't go away. I can close all open applications, including whichever one I was using when it got ...
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How to hide “Start” button in Windows 8.1?

Does anybody know how to hide this "Start" button in Windows 8.1 so that the task bar looks like it did in "old" Windows 8?
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Do text based browsers reduce network traffic?

Do text based browsers such as lynx, links and elinks consume less bandwidth than a GUI based browser (ie, Firefox, Chrome etc.)? I'm guessing no reduction in traffic. Rationale: I think a text based ...
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What are healthy color settings for a terminal window? [closed]

What are good colors to use for a terminal window (text and background) to minimize eye strain/damage? I feel like someone, maybe a design or medical professional, must have done research on this ...
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Windows program to remove titlebar, frame, etc from a window?

I like playing computer games in windowed mode, as opposed to full screen. I don't like staring at the title bar, frame, and other UI junk. I also don't like seeing other stuff on my desktop around ...
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How to disable the close (X) button on Google Chrome tabs?

Is there any way to make Chrome not display an X button for each tab? I have two reasons for this: When I have many tabs open, the X buttons take a lot of screen real estate and make the tab titles ...
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Change the font size of Visual Studio Solution Explorer

In Visual Studio (2012 in my case), is it possible to decrease (or increase) the font size of a user's Solution Explorer? I'd like to decrease it to save screen space a bit.
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Windows 10 VPN Connect Button Cumbersome

I installed Win 10 Pro and added a Windows VPN connection. When I press the network icon in lower right edge, I see all my connections including my VPN connection. However, when I click on it, the ...
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Is it possible to have several languages in Windows 8?

I had Windows 7 Ultimate before I upgraded to Windows 8 Pro and before, in Windows Update, there were updates that allowed me to install more language packs for Windows. After installing the updates I ...
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What is this little arrow on top of a tab in Google Chrome?

From time to time, but very rarely, I get a little arrow on top of a tab in Google Chrome as you can see in this picture: Why is there? what does it mean?
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How to change the UI language in Google Drive?

There is currently no option to change the UI language in Google Drive. Is it possible to change it somehow?
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What's a good macro recorder for Windows? [closed]

I'm looking for a tool that can record everything I do with my mouse/keyboard and playback recorded sessions. I've found some softwares that can replay macro using a script but none that can also ...
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3answers
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Web interface for Gitolite [closed]

Are there any front end apps or web interfaces for Gitolite? I'm about something not for repository viewing but for access management.
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Problems with screen in Windows 7? Graphics gets stuck [duplicate]

I'm having problems with graphics that get "stuck" in Windows 7, usually when selecting an item in a menu. See screenshot. It's removed if I change the resoultion of the screen. How can I fix this? ...
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How to remove http:// adding in addressbar of google-chrome/firefox?

Chrome add the http:// when I copy address from addressbar, i often paste the address to console, to ping or ssh, it is possible to copy only hostname from addressbar ? How to switch off that feature ...
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2answers
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Unfreeze a frozen osx UI using ssh without shutting down all applications?

My mac freezes occasionally, and most often I simply restart it by holding down the power button for 5+ seconds. Today however, I had been running a huge file scan for 14 hours when the UI froze ...
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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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Is there a way to disable custom webkit scrollbars?

Is there an extension, custom user stylesheet, etc. that will disable or revert the customization of scrollbars in Webkit based browsers like Google Chrome? I like the plain, native scrollbars but I ...
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Vimium-like navigation in Windows and all other applications

I used Vimium recently and was fascinated about its 'link hunt mode' feature. I wonder if there exists any tool like it in Windows such that pressing F would auto-assign a key combination for all UI ...
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'Un-select' a radiobutton? [closed]

I have always wondered if there is any way or trick to un-select a radio button once you have selected one. I'm asking this as a generic question, not regarding a specific program. it could be a ...
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How can I see the full name of NIC properties?

In the English version of my NIC properties dialog, I can read all settings just fine: But on localized systems, there can be a slightly different picture: What exactly is the difference between ...
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Is there any software to keep eyes distracted from monitor [closed]

I have a 19 inch LCD monitor but my eyes are hurting when sitting too much in front of the PC so I used an eye protector software, but it irritates me since it is a trial version, so I cannot edit its ...
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Is there a utility like Tweak UI that I can use for Windows 7? [closed]

I realize Microsoft stopped supporting Tweak UI with WinXP. I always liked its features to get rid of small annoyances. Is there a single go-to place for an app like that now with Win7?
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Is there any way to resize the tiles in MetroUI in Windows 8?

Well I really love the MetroUI in Windows 8 but is there any possibility to resize the tiles ?
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Can I customize Chrome / Chromium interface elements?

I've done a some searching and haven't seen a great solution for this yet. I want to customize some of the Chromuim UI elements. For example, hide location bar, hide tab bar, hide scroll bars, etc. ...
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Why might a browser sometimes ask for confirmation when going to an HTTPS page?

When I click on a link to an HTTPS link, the browser will sometimes ask for confirmation or channel me though a form before it will allow me to se the page. Why would it do this? (This question ...
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How to remove the User picture from Login and Lock screen?

Can I remove the User picture entirely from the login screen & lock screen in Windows 7?
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Can I move layers one pixel at a time (using arrow keys for example) in GIMP?

Downloaded GIMP yesterday and been working with it for 6hrs or so. I am positioning many different layers in a way that makes them interact properly. By properly, I mean subject to my aesthetic ...
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Recommendation for Wiki that supports WYSIWYG?

Currently we use a MediaWiki installation for writing documentation, but several of us find the markup format horribly arbitrary and awkward, with a mixture of Wiki tags and XML in the text, and the ...
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How to stop a certain window from minimizing?

I have developped a stock shares excel workbook that automatically updates through out the day by downloading the new rates, etc... I would like to keep it on one of my secondary monitors in full ...
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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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1answer
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How to remove animation of maximizing/minimizing windows in Win 7?

Since today, and maybe due to the latest Windows update, my system has an animation which slowly maximize (or minimize) the window until it completes (takes like 3 secs or a bit more on my machine). ...
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Smaller back button and thinner address bar in Firefox 30

I'm using the latest stable Firefox 30.0. I'm bothered by the big round Back button and the wide address bar that goes with it. I would like it to change it to a lean Back button (just a rectangle) ...
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SQLite: Data entry interface?

I'd to like to use SQLite to start tracking a few things. I won't have any trouble setting up the database itself, but I'd struggle at programming an interface. Is there any kind of open source ...
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How to make the Firefox's message “… is now fullscreen” less obtrusive?

Illustration of the problem When a web page in Firefox switches to full-screen then even though the website is allowed to switch to full-screen automatically (Tools > Page Info > Permissions > Enter ...
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How do you interpret the taskbar icon in windows 7 for Network connection?

One thing that annoys me to no end about Windows 7 is the status displayed by the network icon present in the taskbar. Often you can't identify what's making it have a grey color. It returns to normal ...
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Make single clicks behave as double clicks

On the computer, you have to double-click sometimes to launch an applications or open a document, while in other places (buttons, dock icons) a single click is enough. On the web, you generally have ...
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How to copy text without copying unwanted text?

I am trying to copy text in general, but there's links to parts of the page right on the left side of it. Whenever I try to copy just the text, it will highlight every text character to the left side ...
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1answer
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Can I somehow display git file statuses in sidebar in Sublime Text 3?

I've seen this cool feature in Atom, where in bottom left corner Git status is displayer (like which branch, how many files changed etc) and in the sidebar files that are created but not added and ...
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How to resize Yahoo Messenger window?

Yahoo Messenger is huge: And that's as short as you can make it, it won't shrink vertically anymore. How can I make it a more reasonable size, e.g.: In fact, if we're making it look better, ...
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No Firefox UI if launched during boot-up

At work I'm using Windows XP SP2. What I've noticed is if I launch Firefox while Windows hasn't finished booting up, it launches the firefox.exe process but fails to launch the associated UI i.e. ...
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Metrotwit does not display User Interface

I'm having trouble with MetroTwit on Windows 7 x64. The application installed fine, and also shows up in the process list in Task Manager, but does not display any UI whatsoever. There are no firewall ...
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Making Ubuntu Linux pretty

Mac and Windows Vista have such pretty user interfaces with all the transparencies and stuff. Is there anything for Ubuntu Linux to improve the way it looks?
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What is this type of UI component called?

What is this kind of UI component called? I think it makes more sense in certain cases than a set of radio buttons and I'd like to create a similar component for a web app I'm developing. I just want ...
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In Sublime, what do the left/right arrow buttons do in the top left of the interface?

I know it sounds like a stupid question, but clicking them does nothing noticeable, and I can't find any info after googling it.
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How to remove “Open menu”

I am using Firefox 29. I would like to remove this menu because I prefer the Menu Bar. How can I do this?
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Is there a way to get Windows 7-style docking in Mac OS X? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Windows 7 resize shortcuts to Mac OS X In Windows 7, if I drag a window to the far right or left of the screen, it will resize and reposition the window to take up half ...
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Is there a keyboard shortcut in Windows 8 to view password text?

Windows 8 introduces a new feature called Password Reveal. While using Windows 8, whenever you enter your password in the password field of a Windows 8 app, IE 10, or the login screen, a Password ...
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Disable “Print…” in Context menu of selected text in Chrome

When I select some text on page, displayed in the Chrome web-browser, and click with my right button, context menu opens. It has three options: "Copy", "Search %YOUR.SEARCH.ENGINE.NAME for ...
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Chrome Open in New Tab/Window Menu Items

Firefox and Internet Explorer both have "Open in New Tab" as the second option, whereas Chrome has it as the first option. This has become muscle memory for me by now, to the point that I don't use ...