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    Linux SemiHidden Tips

    So there are a lot of things that experienced users, like yourself know about that make life much easier for users. Perhaps you are a new user, who has discovered something. Please Contribute to this thread and make those little things known!

    Here are the ones that I know and use:

    Selecting any text automatically adds it to a clipboard. MiddleClicking in a text field/place will paste this text.
    Window List Applet, on a panel: you can cycle through the windows by using the scrollwheel.
    Scrollbar in gnome: right clicking on the up/down arrows will scroll you all the way up/down.
    Compiz scale: when scale is activated, you can filter through the windows by typing (a bit like gnome do), by default this is case-sensitive, but can be turned off using the option in the Scale Window Title Plugin

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    Re: Linux SemiHidden Tips

    Here is my tip (related to your first one):

    In Linux, there are actually two clipboards. One uses the standard ctrl-c, ctrl-v meathod of copying and pasting, and the other uses the highlight, middle click paste meathod.
    Another:

    Read the bolded link in my signature to avoid the mistake mentioned.
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    Re: Linux SemiHidden Tips

    Quote Originally Posted by smartboyathome View Post
    snip
    Your second tip is rather important, I feel.

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    Re: Linux SemiHidden Tips

    I know someone else will eventually post this, but I will do it first

    Tab-complete.

    Type the first couple of letters of a program/command into a terminal and push tab twice. it will either finish out the rest of the program's name or give a list of several programs with the same beginning. (If someone can explain it better, please do so.)

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    Re: Linux SemiHidden Tips

    Quote Originally Posted by bsharp View Post
    I know someone else will eventually post this, but I will do it first

    Tab-complete.

    Type the first couple of letters of a program/command into a terminal and push tab twice. it will either finish out the rest of the program's name or give a list of several programs with the same beginning. (If someone can explain it better, please do so.)
    this only seems to work for me when specifying a directory path ...

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    Re: Linux SemiHidden Tips

    Quote Originally Posted by Islington View Post
    this only seems to work for me when specifying a directory path ...
    You need to switch to something like ZSH to enable it on more stuff than commands and directory paths. It doesn't work with sudo.
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    Re: Linux SemiHidden Tips

    Quote Originally Posted by Islington
    Scrollbar in gnome: right clicking on the up/down arrows will scroll you all the way up/down.
    Whoa, thanks for that one

    My protips:
    Something that in Windows is not working everywhere: ctrl+backspace and control+delete delete whole words, not only a single letter. Similarly, control+arrows moves the caret (text cursor) to the next/previous word.
    Firefox: Press ctrl+shift+T to restore the last closed tab. It will also restore any text you've written in that tab, any buttons you've clicked, and its whole back/forward history.
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    Re: Linux SemiHidden Tips

    alt+sysrq+REISUB....saves lives

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    Re: Linux SemiHidden Tips

    Generally, if you use scrollwheel, you scroll on whatever window the cursor is over, not necessarily the active window


    And not tested it in Gnome, but in Openbox if you scroll down on an icon in a task bar (so it might be specific to that task bar in Crunchbang) then it will minimize to tray the window you scrolled of the icon.

    Thats abad explanation. I scroll down on Firefox's icon, Firefox minimizes. I scroll up, it un-minimizes.

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    Re: Linux SemiHidden Tips

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehall View Post
    Generally, if you use scrollwheel, you scroll on whatever window the cursor is over, not necessarily the active window.
    It is a good tip. It works on all window managers, i think. It's a xserver thing.
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