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How can I customise plank?

Plank has a hidden settings window for developers/OEMs. Hold down Control and right click anywhere on the dock Select "Preferences" Go nuts Please be aware that some of these options will lead to ...
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Does elementary OS perform any sort of remote data collection?

In a nutshell, no. You can check the elementary Privacy statement on the website, which says: Your data always belongs to you, and only you. We don’t make advertising deals or collect sensitive ...
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How do I change login background in elementary OS Freya or Loki?

You can change it by editing the file sudo -i scratch-text-editor /etc/lightdm/pantheon-greeter.conf There you will find the line default-wallpaper=/usr/share/backgrounds/elementaryos-default ...
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How can I make the dock's icons smaller?

You can hold Ctrl and scroll over the dock to change the icon size. There is also a hidden preferences window for Plank. Hold Ctrl and right click on the dock to open a context menu, then select "...
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How can I disable transparency throughout the UI?

In order to turn off transparency, open a terminal session and run the following commands, depending on your version of elementary OS: 0.4 Loki Turn off transparency in WingPanel gsettings set org....
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Elementary OS ignoring suspend disable

This is a known bug: https://github.com/elementary/switchboard-plug-power/issues/89 There's a workaround near the (current) bottom of the page: This problem is because the power settings are used ...
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What is "Pressure Reveal" in dock preferences?

Pressure reveal is a feature designed to make it harder to accidentally un-hide the dock. Instead of revealing any time the cursor hits the bottom row of pixels on your display, it reveals when you ...
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How do I change login background in elementary OS Freya or Loki?

Just copy your wallpaper to /usr/share/backgrounds (you're going to need root privileges to do so) and then select your wallpaper from System Settings -Desktop - Wallpaper. That should also change ...
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How do I enable NumLock at login?

Open System Settings and click Keyboard: Switch to the tab Options Now choose Miscellaneous compatibility options on the left side, and check Default numeric keypad keys on the right side. ...
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How can I adjust the mouse scrollwheel speed?

Adjust scroll speed This is based directly on an answer to a similar question on AskUbuntu by user stvn66. I have tested it under elementary OS 0.4 Loki. Unfortunately there is no simple setting to ...
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Does elementary OS perform any sort of remote data collection?

Ubuntu Ubuntu uses Unity as its desktop environment and this contains the code for Amazon Web Search and collecting data. elementary OS elementary OS has its own desktop environment called Pantheon ...
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How can I change the names of paired/connected remote bluetooth devices?

First of all, following steps are directly derived from answer by @wolf Note: This answer has only been tested on Ubuntu 16.04(Dropped here from google search. Thought to add my experience) And I ...
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How do I create a simple SMB file share?

You need to install samba server and make some edits in its config file: sudo apt-get install samba samba-common After that you have to edit the file /etc/samba/smb.conf Just add the following (of ...
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How do I update elementary OS when new versions come out?

For the moment is impossible to upgrade from one version to other, the problem is that they are based in the LTS versions of ubuntu and you can't upgrade from LTS to LTS, I don't know if the ...
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How do I enable NumLock at login?

Edit /etc/lightdm/pantheon-greeter.conf (in newer versions io.elementary.greeter.conf) with you favorite editor and remove the # on the line activate-numlock=true.
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How to change laptop lid close behaviour (to not suspend when the lid is closed)

The solution given by cheekyngeeky does not work for some laptops. Alternate solution: sudo vim /etc/systemd/logind.conf find line "#HandleLidSwitch=suspend" Replace line with "HandleLidSwitch=...
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How to reset elementary OS settings to default without reinstalling?

The following commands effectively take the same action a reset button would. You could try to use gsettings. First, create a file with all the keys in it: gsettings list-recursively | grep '^\S*' &...
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How can I make the dock's icons smaller?

A better method to configure very quickly is to Hover your mouse over plank and press Ctrl and then scroll the mouse. Up increases the size and vice-versa. This method does have a setback that you ...
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Why does my elementary OS Freya show an Ubuntu logo?

Logo changed because you use Moka icon theme. If theme was installed from PPA, logo can be returned to default by following command in the terminal: mkdir -p ~/.icons/Moka/48x48/places && ln ...
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How can I customise plank?

It is quite easy to fine-tune the settings of Plank. Navigate to ~/.config/plank/dock and open the settings file in your preferred text editor. You can view hidden folders by pressing Ctrl+H. ...
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How can I set Hot Corners shortcut to minimize all applications?

I haven't used commands you mentioned. but here is the solution for what you are asking. first you need to install wmctrl. sudo apt-get install wmctrl then here is the command for minimize. wmctrl ...
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Once locked, screen stays black and cannot be unlocked

Run sudo -i scratch-text-editor /etc/default/acpi-support Find and change POST_VIDEO=true to POST_VIDEO=false Find and change SAVE_VBE_STATE=true to SAVE_VBE_STATE=false Restart your laptop, issue ...
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How to set hot corners on a second display

It seems that as of now, elementary designs hot-corners to work like wingpanel and the dock and show them only on the primary display. https://bugs.launchpad.net/elementaryos/+bug/1385296 https://...
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Can I change the date format in the panel?

It's possible to change date & time format in Wingpanel, but there is no direct UI for this kind of setting. You can either install and run dconf-editor, navigate to com -> canonical -> ...
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When should dconf Editor be used or not used?

What you should always keep in mind is the fact that if a developer does not add a visual setting to his application (or to the system settings), he has a reason for that. elementary OS tries to ...
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How can I customise plank?

Run plank --preferences This will also work in other distros.
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