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 be a significant time investment and they don't currently feel that this feature is more important than the others they are working on. It also carries ...
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.appearance button-layout close:maximize
Max and Close buttons switched
gsettings set org.pantheon.desktop.gala.appearance button-layout maximize:close
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 project). Also Nautilus will appear inside Slingshot as a second, alternative filemanger to Pantheon Files.
Install Nautilus without all the related Gnome ...
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:
There you'll see the dafault setting:
you can switch those as:
to have the close button to the right. You probably need to ...
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 Issue question.
This is a pretty well known bug and it affects Ubuntu as well as elementary OS. The Ubuntu hardware team is hard at work on this issue, but there ...
Update kernel and X to vivid fix this for me. This became possible after Ubuntu 14.04.3 release. More info on Ubuntu Wiki.
sudo apt-get install --install-recommends linux-generic-lts-vivid xserver-xorg-core-lts-vivid xserver-xorg-lts-vivid xserver-xorg-video-all-lts-vivid xserver-xorg-input-all-lts-vivid libwayland-egl1-mesa-lts-vivid
Warning! Be ...
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.plugins.cursor active false
gsettings set org.gnome.settings-...
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 the window buttons there.
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 are several other Firefox add-ons that attempt to make it appear more native, but there's only so much that can be done. Firefox just isn't a native Gtk+ app. ...
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 it, open the Customise option in the Firefox main menu and uncheck the Title bar check box.
For more information, see the bugzilla bug report or omgubuntu.
To enable the desktop
Install Nautilus dconf-tools:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install --no-install-recommends nautilus dconf-tools
Open dconf-editor and go to, org > gnome > nautilus > desktop and tick on any option which you want to view on desktop.
Then go to, org > pantheon > desktop > cerbere and add 'nautilus -n' ...
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-factor 1
You can play around with the values.
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-editor and in the left pane navigate to org> gnome> desktop> interface then look for 'text-scaling-factor' in the right pane. The default is, of course, set to ...
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 viewing the file-manager
in grid view/thumbnail view. This doesn't happen in the other two views(list and column view)
A workaround would be to select multiple ...
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. Press Alt + F2 or Super + Space and enter the first letters of the application you want to start.
Alternatively you can use kupfer or synapse for that purpose. ....
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.
This will allow you to put things/files/folders on your desktop in elementary OS, and is much cleaner than installing something like ...
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 screenlets
You will see this:
Double-Click on folder view, or, select it, then click Launch/Add.
You will see this:
To show it on all workspaces, right click on the ...
Hopefully this will fix it overtime with version 59 of Firefox.
Update: In the latest update of Firefox (Quantum 60.0), this is now working! Just do this
Untick Title Bar
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 minimize with the low right corner of the screen. It's surprisingly effective.
And, as a elementary os user for two years now, I can relate to your pain. Not ...
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 still much better than logging off. Hope it helps someone.
This is not a proper solution, just a work around so that setting dialogues work (I have the same issue). This only seems to happen with the default elementary GTK+ theme. If you switch to another theme (HighContrast is also installed by default) then the issue is gone for me. Alternatively using the default theme, but then switching to dark also works for ...
No, the dark theme is not officially supported. It can be installed manually, as you did, or through elementary-tweaks (which is doubly unsupported by the devs). I tested the dark theme for a few days, but found that only a few apps actually supported the theme and the rest did their own thing.
This doesn't mean that app maintainers won't take bug reports ...