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Why can't I place files on the desktop by default, and how can I get this feature?

elementary tends to take a perspective of "why?" rather than "why not?". Coding and supporting a feature like placing an icon view over the wallpaper takes time to design, code, test, etc. This would ...
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Can I swap the close buttons from the left to the right?

Here is another approach without installing any additional software. Open a terminal session and run one of the following commands: Default Button Style gsettings set org.pantheon.desktop.gala....
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Why can't I place files on the desktop by default, and how can I get this feature?

While Daniel Foré adequately explains the design decision, it does not answer the actual question. You can get the old desktop paradigm back by installing the Nautilus file manager (part of the GNOME ...
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Can I swap the close buttons from the left to the right?

Yes you can. First you need to install dconf-editor with: sudo apt-get install dconf-tools Once it is installed, open it and search for the entry: org/pantheon/desktop/gala/appearance/button-layout ...
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LibreOffice 5 on Freya: Title bar and/or menu bar is missing

Uninstall the package libreoffice-gtk3 and install libreoffice-gtk instead. sudo apt-get remove libreoffice-gtk3 sudo apt-get install libreoffice-gtk LibreOffice should be usable again.
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How to fix drag and drop issue on elementary OS Freya?

EDIT: This has been fixed in the latest release of elementary OS. Please download and install the latest release from our home page. I've voted to close this as a duplicate of the How to Report an ...
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Why can't I place files on the desktop by default, and how can I get this feature?

Although this question is quite old, there is a more acceptable answer for the OP's question now. Appcenter has an application called Desktop folder now, which you can install and use. https://github....
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Can I scale everything at 125%?

I think what you may be looking for can be done by using dconf-editor. If you do not have it installed, you can do so in Terminal with this: sudo apt install dconf-editor Once installed, open dconf-...
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How to fix drag and drop issue on elementary OS Freya?

Update kernel and X to vivid fix this for me. This became possible after Ubuntu 14.04.3 release. More info on Ubuntu Wiki. Update: sudo apt-get install --install-recommends linux-generic-lts-vivid ...
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How to fix drag and drop issue on elementary OS Freya?

On Launchpad the following fixes had been suggested: Fixing this problem is rather too easy. Open a terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and use the following command: gsettings set org.gnome.settings-daemon....
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Can I swap the close buttons from the left to the right?

You could also install elementary-tweaks sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mpstark/elementary-tweaks-daily sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install elementary-tweaks Open switchboard->Tweaks and change ...
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Is it possible to get rid of the title bar for Firefox?

In the article that you've linked, they recommend using the HTitle add-on. Afterwards, you also need to add the headerbar userstyle and set Hide titlebar: Always in HTitle's add-on preferences. There ...
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Is it possible to get rid of the title bar for Firefox?

Since Firefox Quantum, the extensions mentioned in the accepted answer has been discontinued. However, as noted by Mehmet Hanoğlu since Firefox 60+, the feature is supported out of the box. To enable ...
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How to enable desktop icons and right click in Elementary OS Freya?

To enable the desktop Step 1: Install Nautilus dconf-tools: sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install --no-install-recommends nautilus dconf-tools Step 2: Open dconf-editor and go to, org > gnome > ...
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Interface scaling in full hd

Scaling factors can be configured by gsettings in terminal (seen in Launchpad): gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface scaling-factor 1 gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface text-scaling-...
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Can I add a "Create New Folder" button in Files?

This is not the solution you ask for, but I have an insiders' tip: You can still use the contextmenu to create a new folder in a full list view. Just right-click on the "select-checkmark-icon".
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Change window control buttons under Loki

Install tweaker for Loki: sudo add-apt-repository ppa:philip.scott/elementary-tweaks sudo apt update sudo apt install elementary-tweaks Then Appearance - Windows Controls - Layout (Windows, OS X, etc)...
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Firefox title bar and tabs merge

Hopefully this will fix it overtime with version 59 of Firefox. https://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2017/11/firefox-nightly-adds-csd-option Update: In the latest update of Firefox (Quantum 60.0), this is now ...
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How to minimize a window?

First, welcome to elementary OS! Hope you've found a Linux home!!! To my knowledge, there are three different ways you are able to minimize a window. Two are available to a user right out of the box ...
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Cannot select consecutive files using shift key + mouse click

This is a bug in elementary. You will find the details here: strange behavior when selecting multiple files/folders with shift in pantheon-files It also says that this happens only when you are ...
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Why can't I place files on the desktop by default, and how can I get this feature?

That option is not available by default because it goes against the design behind elementary OS - that it's a clean and well designed environment. Applications should be started by using Slingshot. ...
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Why can't I place files on the desktop by default, and how can I get this feature?

You can use Screenlets, which comes with a folder view Screenlet. To install it simply run: sudo apt-get install screenlets Or install it from the Software Centre. Once it is installed, run ...
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How to minimize a window?

You can also set a hot-corner to achieve this in the Desktop settings. Then, all you have to do is point the mouse to the corner and the window will minimize. As you can see below, mine is set to ...
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Making it work more like Windows

Just install Elementary Tweaks. Here you can learn how to install it. With that, you can set the double-click behaviour and the location of the window control buttons. Once installed, go to the ...
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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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How to minimize a window?

There are many ways without adding hot corners, installing third-party software or creating confusing configurations in the command line. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to minimize a window. ...
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How to fix drag and drop issue on elementary OS Freya?

Although the answer is clear ("its a bug!") the workaround might come handy. For some reason moving cursor to the bottom-right corner erases this ghost following my pointer. Not much of a solution but ...
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