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How to set the terminal to "always on top" in elementary OS?

Although disabled by default, you can assign a keyboard shortcut to enable any window to stay on top in Gala. Simply assign your desired key combination to the Toggle always on Top option located ...
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How to change alt+tab behavior

It's theoretically possible to change this; Gala (the elementary OS window manager) can be extended by plugins. There even is a plugin changing the Alt+Tab behaviour called gala-alternative-alt-tab. ...
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How can I disable the rounded display corners Gala plugin?

This was a design decision made by the developers for Freya. There are some settings for Gala (the window manager in elementary OS) that control the corner masking. You can install dconf-editor (sudo ...
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What is the keyboard shortcut to move across workspaces?

I just posted this question in case others had the same problem as me. Here is what I discovered. The problem stems from SuperShiftLeft and SuperShiftRight already being assigned as shortcuts. ...
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Delay during login after entering correct password in Loki

OK after some digging around, the output of journalctl command showed the following when the delay occurred at the time of login finally happening after 90 seconds: Oct 11 20:50:18 skybird gnome-...
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Desktop displayed as a window

It is because of the Nemo file manager. Nemo could be installed by other applications as a dependency. To remove the desktop: pkill nemo Pkill will stop the nemo process. To run Nemo without an ...
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How to change alt+tab behavior

Detailed step by step guide of how I accomplished the desired behavior: Download/clone the fork: git clone https://github.com/jibbo/gala-elementary-alt-tab-switcher Install dependencies: sudo apt ...
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How can I completely unbind the default "switch windows" keyboard shortcuts?

I discovered a workaround via this answer to a related question. First, use gsettings to find the internal configuration setting we wish to change: gsettings list-recursively | grep -i switch # ... #...
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Windows(freya) always open in background?

IMO this is the single most frustrating bug present in elementary OS. Unfortunately the only realistic current fix for this bug I know about is applying this patch to gala and recompiling it yourself....
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How do I make all window corners to be rounded?

In what looks like a forward-looking change according to issue #5 on the stylesheet's GitHub repo, apps have to request the rounded corners via a class in elementary's GTK+ stylesheet. See pull ...
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Change workspace from the terminal?

I finally achieved this using the wmctrl command. sudo apt-get install wmctrl wmctrl -d gave me output: 0 - DG: 1366x768 VP: N/A WA: 0,30 1366x738 Workspace 1 1 - DG: 1366x768 VP: N/A WA: ...
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Enabling back-cycling when using alt-tab?

I just encountered an issue related to this in elementaryOS 6 (Odin). The Alt+Shift shortcut for switching keyboard layouts was interfering with the default Alt+Shift+Tab shortcut for cycling ...
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What is the keyboard shortcut to move across workspaces?

It seems to be a bug in the keyboard settings plug, use Alt instead of Shift to move an application. Move to workspace 1: Super+Alt+1 Move to workspace 2: Super+Alt+2 Move to workspace 3: Super+Alt+3 ...
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How to connect to elementary OS using rdp client (remmina)?

You can connect to a Linux machine using a RDP client if you install the xrdp package. However, what the xrdp really do is to translate the RDP to a VNC server, installed via package dependency. So ...
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Make Win + ↓ minimize the current window

If you go into System Settings --> Keyboard, you should be able to change the shortcut for minimizing the current window. If you change it to a shortcut that's already in use (such as Win+↓), the old ...
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Problems with High CPU use when Elementary OS is Idle and Unused

A recent article claims a bug exists that allows Samba to max out 100% cpu usage, if you re not using Samba or any of it's features change the permissions so it wont start on it's own. sudo chmod ...
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How to reduce title bar height?

I had the same problem with Visual Studio Code, except that I'm using Loki, but I don't see why it won't work with Freya. Go to /usr/share/themes/elementary/gtk-3.0 and add this inside apps.css : ....
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How do you disable edge tiling?

If you mean by sticky edges that windows change their appearance when they are moved close to the edge of the screen (e.g. get maximised), you can indeed disable this in elementary freya 0.3.2. The ...
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xrdp gray screen

This is a known bug in Ubuntu 14.04, which is the provider of all the base packages. Some people claim that you can install xfce desktop, and change your ~/.xsession file to use it instead, but I have ...
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How can I get multitasking / multiple workspaces to function in Loki?

EDIT: running dbus-send --session --dest=org.pantheon.gala --print-reply /org/pantheon/gala org.pantheon.gala.PerformAction int32:1 in Terminal issues the same dissatisfactory result. EDIT: ...
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Is possible to make Pantheon snap windows like Windows 10?

This functionality has been finally added with elementary OS 5.0 Juno.
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Gala Background services Icon

If you load appeditor from the App center you can go into Gala Background Services and deselect "Show in launcher". I had the same problem last week.
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How do I use gala picture in picture plugin?

I'm not actually sure if Gala is updated on elementary OS Loki, so if the following steps don't work you might need to build gala from source to get the latest version. When you press the combination ...
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Glitch in wallpaper during transition from greeter to gala during login to desktop with HiDPI

The elementary team were kind enough to review and accept my patch which is now in trunk! It should be available in Loki's greeter release whenever it next gets an update I believe. Again, this just ...
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Is there any fix for the high CPU usage of Gala?

It's not normal for it to be so slow. There might be a corrupt package. Try reinstalling gala. Open synaptic package manager by typing it in the applications menu search bar. Let it load. Once done, ...
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how to define a grid and snap windows to it?

This is generally a feature associated with a tiling WM. Gala is a floating WM and does not support anything more advanced than window snapping. An alternative would be to 'fake' tiling features ...
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Gala consuming a ton of memory with Nvidia Optimus

Known: Yes, Fixed: Seem Not Yet as there is a bug report still open. https://bugs.launchpad.net/gala/+bug/1488183 You can register in launchpad and flag that bug as it does affect you. So it will ...
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Desktop displayed as a window

As ansered by Jeroen, this is caused by nemo. I faced the same problem even in Loki. To fix this, I changed the .desktop file entry for nemo and added nemo --no-desktop in the entry. Use the following ...

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