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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I Accidently Made My User Folder “Desktop”

I have the same problem as 'Andrew' had but now on windows 10 (I accidentally changed a User folder into a a desktop. Is there a way to restore original user folder?) But, I am unable to rename/move ...
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Atom on macOS: doesn't switch to app when opening file from shell

Using Atom (latest version) on macOS 10.15.6 Catalina. I often open files in Atom from the shell, like this: atom SomeDocument.txt When Atom is not running yet, Atom correctly appears with the ...
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windows 10 desktop icons moving around sneakily

my father has this problem on Windows 10 PC. He has maybe 50 shortcuts and excel files on the desktop. Auto arrange icons is off. Align to grid is on. He has rows of icons so for example in the lower ...
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Why am I getting a weird, blocky black background on my Windows desktop?

My Desktop looks like this. The icons show the desktop background behind them only after hovering over them. It doesn't happen all the time. The desktop became that way upon highlighting it, as you ...
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Creating desktop shortcuts with “tasks” on right-click in Windows 10?

I have noticed, that when I right click on, say, Firefox shortcut in Windows 10 taskbar, I have some extra options: Namely, I have Open new tab, Open new Window, -- and New Private Window, which ...
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Turn on laptop while folded and without pressing laptop button

Planning to make my windows laptop act as a console and would like to hide it in a tight space which wouldn't allow me unfold my laptop. Would be great if there's an external switch that could be ...
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Auto shutdowns on windows 10, remote attacks [duplicate]

Few days ago my windows 10 desktop was attacked, and changed the shutdown file/process, or modified it. Now there's a random shutdowns after 5 seconds or 30mins to 3 to 4 hours. Found a similar post, ...
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How to bring windows back up, after opening a new window on the desktop in Win10?

Question:: How to bring windows back up, after opening a new window on the desktop in Win10? Situation:: Lets say you have 3 windows of applications A, B, C currently opened on your screen, and welly ...
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Desktop icons keep rearranging after reboot

I've got a weird issue with my Windows 10 - after every restart it rearranges icons on desktop, since I've got multi-monitor setup it's a little bit annoying. It looks like running a game in lower ...
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Graphical glitches around borders and crashes in linux with ASRock X570 and AMD Ryzen 7 3700X

Problem I am experiencing severe problems trying to run linux on my desktop system. Graphical glitches occur even during the installation process (ubuntu/manjaro/kde neon) sometimes so severely that I ...
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Windows File Explorer Not Displaying Desktop Correctly

My file explorer isn't showing the relationship of the Desktop shortcut with other shortcuts correctly. As you can see here, "This PC," "Libraries," etc., are showing under "...
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Windows 10 Desktop and Taskbar not responding after startup

Recently, it randomly happened a few days ago, where I would boot up my PC and when I click on the taskbar, it will just turn white and say Microsoft wants to kill this process because its not ...
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My Pc turns on and turns off right away

I have got an old, about 8 years old PC. I haven't got any problems with it until now. One day I let it On for night, because I was patching COD- Warzone. At midnight, I woke up and pushed the turn ...
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Weird blank window in Task switcher (User Information?)

I've noticed, at several occasions, that while I do not have any active applications running, if I press Alt-Tab for the task switcher - and against any expectations, there is a blank window there: ...
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Video conferencing: how do I share my wide-screen display/desktop without it being scaled down for the recipients?

I'm a software developer and routinely video conference, sharing my entire desktop to show what several tools are doing at once. Unfortunately, I've come to realize that many of the common screen ...
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Connect 3 monitors to my laptop and desktop

I'm trying to implement the following scenario. I have a 3 monitor setup and want to switch between my desktop and laptop which connected to those external monitors. I tried with HDMI splitter and ...
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ASUS Z97-A ATX Devil's Peak System Fails to Power-on

I have a Devil's peak system for the last 6 years. I recently moved the box between rooms (gently) and now the power button does not work. Symptom: push power button, no fan, no noise, no response ...
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Desktop Tripping AFCI Breaker

I'm experiencing a problem with my desktop tripping an AFCI breaker repeatedly. It's tripped ~20 times in the past 24hrs. It occurs while I'm playing a game on my desktop, upon resetting the breaker ...
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Surround sound in Windows 10 without extra hardware

Is there any way to get surround sound in Windows 10 without purchasing extra hardware? I have several outputs on my motherboard along with an output on my monitor, but is there a way to output a set ...
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Can I use my laptop as a second monitor if the desktop is using a ethernet [duplicate]

I recently fixed my old laptop and I was wondering if I can use it as a second monitor for my PC, even though my PC is using an ethernet cable, as my motherboard doesn't support wifi.
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Windows 7 - When I click on desktop empty space doesn't change automatically

Ok so that's what's happening right now, this peculiar behaviour it's only seen from a folder or open program to Desktop, for instance, I'm in Recycle Bin and click on Desktop, but nothing happens, it ...
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How do I (temporarily) pause the desktop background picture in Windows 7 to view one a little longer?

How do I (temporarily) pause the desktop background picture in Windows 7 to view a particular picture a little longer? Can I not use the keyboard "pause" to do this?
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Windows 10 desktop Icons rearrange when I change displays

I have two displays. Monitor 1 is 60hz 2650 x 1440 Monitor 2 is actually a drawing tablet, 1920 x 1080. I've had the tablet for a year and the monitor since I got my computer in 2017, but lately, I ...
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Getting desktop calculator to appear by touching one of the calculator keys on the keyboard?

Is there a way I can get my desktop calculator to appear on the monitor by simply touching one of the calculator keys on the keyboard? (That's all I had to do when I had Windows-8)
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Managing windows overlapping: docking a window on the desktop

I'm looking for a way to manage the windows overlapping. In particular, I'd like to reach this goal: given more than 1 window (e.g. Chrome, Excel), I want to dock the Excel window on a part of the ...
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How to snap windows to each other?

On Windows 10 its possible to snap an application window to (left/right) size or to the corners, one have just to drag the window there. On macOS windows stick to each other, so its easier to position ...
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Adding computer's description to BGInfo

Is it possible to add the computer description value to BGInfo? The closest information I've found so far is the <Host Name> (available in the defaults field) but I guess I would have to write a ...
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Mate desktop notification timeout is annoyingly long

I'm using mate desktop environment, and I'm loving it. But the notifications are very annoying. Covers too much space when there are are too many slack messages. It's also taking too long time to ...
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How can I disable trending searches in Desktop Chrome (Win 10)?

When I click on the Google address bar in a new tab, it automatically and immediately displays trending searches, like this: picture of google trending searches on Chrome Desktop on Windows 10 How can ...
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Desktop background won’t save

I saved a bunch of jpg’s in a folder to use as a slideshow background and it won’t save. It reverts back to random images. I’ve (at Microsoft’s suggestion) updated to the latest version of Win10 and ...
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Can I use my laptop's bluetooth as a bluetooth dongle for my desktop?

I bought a Lego Wedo 2.0 Kit that requires Bluetooth on the device to connect to the Lego Block. What I want is to use my laptop's internal Bluetooth on my main desktop PC. So I can use the Lego Block....
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Would there be any problems if I install an 8GB RAM stick to my desktop computer which has 4GB RAM installed?

I am going to purchase an 8GB 1333MHz DDR3 RAM stick for desktop computers, my computer supports dual channel, I will post my RAM specifications below, and I have observed a strange and interesting ...
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Sort by name isn’t working in Windows 10

Up until the latest Windows 10 update I could use the right click and sort by name option to have icons arranged alphabetically, starting with my recycle bin in the top left corner. Now every time I ...
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Having a Secure / Copy Protected DESKTOP Environment in Cent OS Linux

We have a VPS / Bare-metal server rented on a data-center and we access them over internet through user ID and password. That is direct access and there's no VPN in between. We access GNOME desktop ...
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Not booting with new PCIE 4.0 NVME disk

I have PRIME X570-PRO and recently bought a WD BLACK SN850 NVMe disk. When I install it I don't get past the bios logo screen (where it says press DEL to enter bios). Pressing del or F2 doesn't work ...
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Acer desktop “connected but no internet”

So I woke up and went to my desktop tower and Saw the internet wasn't working out of the blue, The internet was connected but had "No Internet, Secured" under it. So I ran a system restore ...
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Windows 10 fullscreen in only portion of the screen

I was wondering if it was possible to make it so that when you fullscreen an application in Windows 10, it would only take up part of the screen. I am planning on purchasing a 34" monitor and I ...
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Randomly change Windows Desktop Theme

I enjoy using Themes for my windows 10 desktop background. But each theme only has (roughly) 10 - 20 images and I get bored with the repeats quickly. I'd like to have Windows randomly change the ...
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One computer connects at 100Mbps, other computers connect at 1000Mbps

I have a client whose home PC is connecting to a wired ethernet connection at 100Mbps instead of 1Gbps/1000Mbps. The odd thing is that when I connect other devices, they connect at 1Gbps with no ...
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Swap processors?

I have a couple of new laptops but this were smashed to bits (sadly) and rendered the systems unusable. So, since the sockets of the ryzen are AM4(Picasso), isn't supposed (at least theoretically) to ...
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Mixing two RAM with different CAS Latency / Timing

I already have : 8GB + 8GB RAM with 3200MHZ / CL16 / Timing 16-18-18 I want to add : 8GB + 8GB RAM with with 3200MHZ / CL16 / Timing 16-20-20 The different is with the timing which 16-18-18 and 16-20-...
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Code Snippet creation is not available in lightning menu

In slack desktop app for mac (version 4.11.2 3768d69-s@1605843152), I can't find the way to create code snippet with syntax highlighting. It used to be accessible from lightning menu from message box, ...
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What causes sound and animation stutter when Linux slab allocations are under heavy pressure?

I noticed that when doing heavy disk operations the sound from Youtube videos and games, and the gnome-shell Wayland compositor animations would stutter. It seemed to come and go. My Ubuntu 20.04 ...
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Set Default Desktop Resolution {Windows 10}

I have a Windows 10 laptop which off late has started behaving a bit oddly. My desktop resolution on every restart changes to 1024 * 768 for some reason. I have a standard 1920 * 1080 display and I ...
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How to separate taskbar buttons of the same process on Windows 10 taskbar?

Windows 10 still has the taskbar like previous versions, and I set the buttons to never-combine mode. The taskbar buttons of different apps can be dragged to reorder, however, those buttons of the ...
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Connecting a USB-C HUB to my USB-A-only desktop

I am looking at purchasing a hub like this one so I can easily connect my two monitors, mouse, and keyboard to my laptop, and also easily switch between laptop and desktop with minimal effort. The ...
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Is there a clever way to group a bunch of files together besides using a folder (for Windows desktop background images)?

I have many photographs, and I want to pick about 1000 of them to use as Windows desktop backgrounds (aka wallpapers). The easiest thing to do is copy the ones I want into their own folder, and then ...
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How can I get my gnome lockscreen as default instead of the grey system one?

Suddenly my lockscreen changed from the gnome (blue one) lockscreen that detects the username and asks for password to the login screen that asks for both username and password. I am trying to get it ...
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Windows 10 User Desktop, Documents, & Download folders disappear when redirected

We have found that in Windows 10, a user's Desktop, Documents, and Download folders disappear from c:\users\%username%\ when redirected to a network share. Nevertheless, these folders remain visible ...
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How to allow desktop wallpaper folder to be changed when using the Windows 7 Personalization control panel has no effect?

A Win7 box is unable to have its desktop Wallpapers folder changed in the Windows 7 Personalization control panel. The Personalization control panel allows selecting a new folder, but it has no effect....

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