Questions tagged [desktop]

The part of a graphical user interface upon which other elements like icons, windows, toolbars or widgets are placed. For questions about software that provides this interface (like Gnome or KDE), use the [desktop-environments] tag. For questions about non-portable personal computers, use the [desktop-computer] tag.

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Changing desktop wallpaper with a batch script only works some of the time

I'm using a batch script to change the desktop background. I'm using a test script to just do this one component which will later be become a part of a more involved script. The test script has the ...
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Windows 10 - how to change desktop icon for URL shortcut?

In Win7, one could give a desktop shortcut to a URL (website) any image one wanted, but that seems not to be the case in Win10. It forces the same image, in this instance the Firefox icon, for all URL ...
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With a Gigabyte motherboard where I have flashed the BIOS, if I reset the CMOS will it also reset the BIOS to default?

I have a GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-DH3 motherboard. In March 2020 I flashed the BIOS in order to make it compatible with a Windforce graphics card. This caused Windows 7 to think my computer was new and it ...
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KDE Plasma desktop cluttered with knote icons

My desktop is covered with hundreds of empty notes. I can remove them individually, but how to get rid of them completely? Is there a file that I can delete? Where are they stored? They started to ...
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Windows 10: Strange taskbar flickering and cursor delay for jumplists

For the last couple of months, I've been facing a very strange flickering/delay issue in Windows 10 that I cannot resolve. There are two problems: Some time after every reboot, I have noticed that ...
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Windows 10 randomly places new desktop icons in top left corner

Sometimes when I, for example, extract a folder from an archive with WinRAR to the desktop, the folder gets placed in the top left corner of the desktop and messes up the ordering of other icons. But ...
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Hidden Icons Window In Windows 7 Occupying 50% Of The Screen

I'm running Windows 7 Enterprise and for the last few months, whenever I select the 'Show Hidden Icons' button in the bottom-right corner of the taskbar, the window that appears on screen is huge - ...
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Cinnamon: “An applet or extension” stopped working and now I have a black screen. How to fix that, properly?

So I have been taking a lot of time exploring Linux and various Desktop Environments (Budgie, MATE, Cinnamon, GNOME 3) while looking for the most accessibility friendly one that I could use as a daily ...
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How to remove Start Menu Layer on my Desktop

I had pretty much the default before. As you can see, all my icons have disappeared and I now have a "back" button. Clicking the windows icon does nothing, and on top of that, I can't minimize or ...
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icon overlapping on my desktop (Windows 10)

My icons suddenly overlapped on my desktop. Cannot find a way to fix it. I tried to right-click and go for the options there (align etc...) but nothing. How can I fix this
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How to remove a launcher from Cinnamon main menu

I am running cinnamon desktop on Ubuntu 20.04. I want to remove a launcher from the Other section of the main menu. How can I remove it?
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Opening Word document saved to the Desktop takes it straight to Print

When I click to open a Word document on the Desktop, it does not open and instead goes to Print. A little notice saying it is printing literally flashes across the document and it begins to print. I'...
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Is there any way to change what folder is shown on your desktop

I am wondering if there is a way to change which file is shown on your desktop, I do a lot of stuff from the command line so i like my files to be close to the home directory, but i also like to have ...
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Switching the two active windows on two monitors

at my new workplace, i have two different sized monitors, so having the important stuff on the bigger screen becomes more important. I wondering if theres a hotkey/shortcut to just switch the two ...
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is there a way to undo a move to your desktop

I accidentally moved my whole download folder to my desktop. Now my desktop is over loaded with icons. Is there a way to undo this? Or do I have to go back and delete them all?
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Why did terminal delete all my desktop files?

I have been looking for a way to delete a folder which I simply cannot delete on my Mac. I guess this folder must belong to an old system because its folder name contains HFS+. Anyway, I came across ...
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‘Disconnected’ word appeared on the up right edge of the desktop

There’s a word in a box just like the names of the software or the files that appears when you move the cursor to it, that have the word ‘Disconnected’ inside of it, and I can’t click it or move it, ...
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(W10) force a shortcut to launch window in specific virtual Desktop

i need my desktop shortcut to always automatically launch the linked window into Desktop2 instead of the default. i tried to use VDesk as suggested in this discussion but it did not work (i assume ...
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how do can I make the start menu stop showing on the opposite side of start button?

A few days ago, probably due to some unholly combination of keys, my start menu started showing on the opposite side of the screen as far away from the start menu button as possible. See pic related: ...
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Dock any application to edge of screen

Is there any way to dock a window to the edge of the screen in Windows 10 in a way that blocks any other window to cover that area. Essentially like the taskbar, but I want to choose the window to ...
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Minimize screen 1 in Windows 10

I'm using Windows 10 with two displays. When I click right-down on my right-most screen, all windows minimize and my desktop is shown. Is there a way to only minimize the windows of one screen? ...
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How to upgrade xdg-portal using Flatpak

I'm seeing errors in my journal which others have suggested are due to a bug in this xdg-desktop-portal package. The issue is described at https://github.com/flatpak/xdg-desktop-portal-gtk/issues/...
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Unable to connect to WiFi on Windows 10 [Hardware Related]

Whenever I try to connect to different WiFi networks on Windows 10, it displays "Unable to connect to this Network". I'm pretty sure the issue is related to the wifi adaptor of the laptop. The WiFi ...
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Empty wine desktop under linux?

Using wine under linux, I want to start up a Windows desktop which doesn't run any program. I then want to interact with that desktop's Start menu, desktop icons, etc. I know that I can run a ...
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Icon spacing and monitor disordered on Windows 10

this morning I switched on my laptop (with a second monitor) and my icons on the desktop were disordered, they had a too long spacing (width and height) and they were on my second monitor. I searched ...
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Mounting USB through Graphical Display results in “Not authorized to perform operation” on Lubuntu

I know how to use commands such as the following lsblk # locate usb connected disk/part mkdir mount-point sudo mount /dev/sdx path/to/mount-point But what I don't understand is why my desktop ...
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Having “Next desktop background” only affect one screen

So I have a few monitors set up at work, and they are all set up to slideshow their background over a huge set of images Sometimes one pops up that I dont want up. Right-clicking the desktop you get ...
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Why is the desktop not showing when typing dir on cmd?

i can not acess Desktop by "cd Desktop". Ps: I had onedrive linked to my microsoft account, I disabled it and the problem persists (I don't know if that influences something)
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Hide Specific Desktop Icons

I am looking for a way to hide icons that are placed on my desktop from Active Directory. I do not use these icons and want to declutter. If I delete or move them, my PC will restart during off-hours ...
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nearest neighbour scaling for non-native resolutions in linux?

how to enable "nearest neighbour" scaling algorithm for non-native resolutions in linux? also known as "pixel doubling" for (for example) when 4K screen is set to use 1920x1080 resolution. see here ...
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Removing the watermark from windows 10 desktop

There is a watermark at the corner of windows 10 desktop showing Os and version information. How do I remove that?
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Where is my desktop background slideshow stored?

I switched laptops a few years ago and somehow Windows was able to move my old deskstop slideshow onto my new computer. I've recently decided I wanted to change my background, however I do not want to ...
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Open software on the same screen as the cursor

I have two monitors and it is annoying when I open software, it opens on the other monitor and not where the cursor is. How can I make it open on the screen where the cursor is?
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How does Rainmeter work behind the scenes?

I've recently come across this popular application called Rainmeter (https://www.rainmeter.net/), that allows users to create custom "skins" to display instead of the default Windows 10 Desktop and ...
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How to map a key to go to desktop?

Before you say anything, I know I can use win+d to go to desktop. I would like to be able to just use the windows key instead of win+d because I'm trying to replace the start menu and taskbar with ...
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PC “sleeps” (screen off, no reaction, but still running) and it won't wake up

Short description of the problem first: After being on for a while, my computer will show a black screen as if it were in hibernate mode or something (it's still on, the fans are still turning, but ...
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Pc turns on but monitor remains off no beeps

Before the issue appeared I heard a lot of beeps and the desktop keep turning off (screen was still working). After a few more tries the beeps stopped and my computer powers up, but monitor does not. ...
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From a place outside my home network how can I use RDP to connect to a computer at home that is using a vpn

Sorry for the loaded question, but its rather specific. So, I have a second computer that I currently use a VPN with a static IP on. I would like to be able to control this computer remotely while it ...
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Disable live thumbnails on Youtube web site

Please note this is not about the Youtube app. It is about using the Youtube website on a desktop from a browser. I am using the old Youtube website layout (?disable_polymer=1). One of the features ...
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Windows 10's desktop image turning all black

Today i'm having a little problem with my Thinkpad t61 win10-upgraded pc. The desktop's background at some points turns all black (this is not explorer.exe crashing, explorer is still alive). Then, ...
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Make an application believe it's in focus when is not?

I have a program who stops when I use other window. It only works when focused, and it doesn't need to be focused at all. Is there any way to have it in background/minimized/de-focused, and keep it ...
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Can't CD to Desktop anymore

In my Windows 10 box, I can't cd to Desktop anymore. C:\Users\me>cd Desktop The system cannot find the path specified. C:\Users\me> What's wrong with my computer?
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Desktop and Taskbar crashing/refreshing when signed into Microsoft account

TL;DR: explorer.exe crashes when a user profile is logged into a Microsoft account. This does not happen on local accounts, even local accounts made on the same machine. This is about the fourth time ...
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Opening the first file in an application's file list from a shortcut icon

In earlier version of Windows/Word it was possible to get a desktop icon to not only open the application, but also to open the first file in its list of recently accessed file. This was done by ...
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Chinese string and extra icon resources in second desktop.ini file

I'm aware that Windows makes use of two different desktop.ini files for the Desktop - one for the user desktop and one for the Public desktop. However, I've noticed for a while that one of my desktop....
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How to Restore Previous Desktop Theme after Windows 10 1903 Upgrade

I just installed the Windows 10 1903 Feature Upgrade. My desktop is now a bright light blue. I want the previous theme back. I looked at themes and backgrounds, and there's very little there, and ...
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BIOS battery drains withing 1 week

I have a Compaq presario sr1210IL desktop PC. I recently refurbished the PC by adding new RAM, BIOS battery. It has been working fine, but one thing I noticed is that my bios battery drains so quickly ...
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Sometimes one of my two screens wont “turn back on”

I have two monitors set up, on my PC, which work perfectly, almost all the time. Whenever I want to watch a film, I turn one monitor off (i.e. press the power button on the front of the monitor ...
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Change icon on Mate menubar

How can I change the Ubuntu Mate logo icon to a custom icon by the applications menu in Ubuntu Mate without changing the theme?
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Disable Desktop Icon Auto-Arrange on Login/Startup in Windows 10, VGA and Displayport to VGA monitors connected

I'm trying to troubleshoot a way to keep my desktop from auto-reverting upon login/startup. I'm running an HP laptop into a docking station with a single VGA cable and a Displayport to VGA for my ...

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