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How to backup and restore the system?

You can use TimeShift for creates system restore point. TimeShift for Linux is a application that provides functionality similar to the System Restore feature in Windows and the Time Machine ...
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How can I clean the system from unnecessary files?

Remove packages that were automatically installed to satisfy dependencies for some package and that are no more needed: sudo apt-get autoremove Clear out the local repository of retrieved package ...
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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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Odd Window appears when I lose connection, 'Unable to load Page'

This is the Captive Network Assistant (CapNet Assist). It attempts to find out if your network traffic is being caught in a captive network portal (like what you find in the airport or a coffee shop) ...
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Is there a task manager for elementary os freya?

elementary OS doesn't ship with a system monitor by default. I would recommend installing GNOME System Monitor from Software Center:
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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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How can I clean the system from unnecessary files?

CCleaner is not directly available for elementary. You can use BleachBit for this purpose. Install bleachbit from software center. If you are comfortable with terminal: sudo apt-get install ...
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elementary OS going Zesty

No. This is because Ubuntu based distros that are not official spins like Linux Mint and elementary OS are based on the latest LTS versions. This is done because LTS releases are more throughly tested ...
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Stable 'use and forget' elementary OS install: how?

elementary is meant to be stable. Only to those who want it stable. You have complete freedom to have your OS work like you want it to. Just forget about doing the maintenance yourself, and touching ...
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Is there a task manager for elementary os freya?

One of the GUI-based task manager is LXTask Lightweight, simple Monitors processes Can kill processes Real GUI Installation: From Software Center Or From terminal:(If you are comfortable with ...
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Is there a task manager for elementary os freya?

If you want to use CLI, you can use htop. Installation: From Software Center Or From terminal: sudo apt-get install htop To start htop you have to run htop in terminal. It can list all the ...
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Stable 'use and forget' elementary OS install: how?

Don't try to change display managers, desktop managers, or greeters. They're an intrinsic part of your system, you would be better off picking an OS that uses the one you want. Drivers for Video or ...
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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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Can I pay with PayPal to download elementary OS?

The way to download and pay with Paypal is at the moment (October, 31, 2016): Download the OS typing 0 in the "Custom" section; afterwards press "Purchase elementary OS". Next to this you should ...
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How to hide partition from pantheon files?

Since you are already familiar with Disks and elementary OS is based on Ubuntu, why not use this application again? Just open Software Center, search for Disks and install it. start Disks select the ...
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Odd Window appears when I lose connection, 'Unable to load Page'

I have faced this issue when working with static network profiles in Elementary OS Freya 0.3 and switching between local networks without a public gateway. Like Daniel had mentioned, this is a Captive ...
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How to run multiple command sequentially?

You can make shell scripts to achieve this. A shell script usually starts with #!/bin/bash. Let's say you want to execute sudo apt update and ls but you don't want to type it every time. So a shell ...
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Where are the settings for which applications are loaded as part of the Pantheon Desktop?

Pantheon uses a component called Cerbere as a watchdog type service that launches and monitors the additional desktop components. By default, the processes it starts and monitors are: wingpanel, plank,...
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How can I clean the system from unnecessary files?

Linux remove unuseful files automaticly way more than windows. An app like CCleaner for windows will not have much work and it is unuseful I think. It can still detect a very few mistakes, remove the ...
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Function keys on t450s always active

This is usually a BIOS setting. If there is nothing in there (perhaps it is set to Ctrl rather than Fn), you could try pressing Fn+Esc to toggle FnLock as is reported to work on earlier Thinkpad ...
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Where is the option to add online accounts listed? It certainly isn't under settings in my system!

Online accounts hasn't been released into stable yet. You won't have it on a clean install. It's still in development.
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I've deleted a file I need in the /lib directory. I am struggling to recover that file

Run sudo apt-get install --reinstall libssl1.0.0 in the terminal to reinstall the libssl library on system I recommend before deleting a important file always rename it to YOURFILENAME.old or ...
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How to view all existing user of my system?

It is normal for your system to have some system users and system users are usually not listed in the user accounts under system settings. To check them execute the following command in terminal, ...
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user is not in the sudoers file. This incident will be reported

How can I add new user to sudoers file? If you wish to create a user with sudo privilege, execute, sudo adduser --ingroup sudo <username> If you wish to add an existing user, execute sudo ...
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Is it possible to use elementary OS from a live USB while persisting its data?

elementary OS does not officially support being used as a persistent live USB. However, the following method can be tried at your own risk: It is possible to use third-party software to have your ...
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How can I remove and disable swap space?

Temporary sudo swapoff -a Permanent First we must tell the system not to attempt to mount the swap partition on boot. sudo scratch-text-editor /etc/fstab Comment out (place a # before) or delete ...
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How can I restrict a user's account?

At the moment, elementary OS doesn't come with any parental controls. There is some work being done however here Disallow adding and removing programs By default, non-administrative users cannot ...
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Set as Desktop Background is missing

Update An update has been released to address this issue within Freya. If you are running Freya, please update. If you are not yet running Freya, please upgrade.
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How do I fix this error when trying to install packages?

The script says "You might want to run 'apt-get -f install' to correct these". Have you tried running sudo apt-get -f install? It will attempt to correct broken dependencies. Afterwards, you would ...
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