How to Turn Off Modal Dialogs in Mint 13 Cinnamon

How to Turn Off Modal Dialogs in Mint 13 Cinnamon

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Have you been annoyed by not being able to move your dialogs in Mint 13 Cinnamon? This simple tutorial will show you how to disable the “attach_modal_dialogs” setting. I really do not like these new dialogs and found a solution for Gnome Shell 3. From there it was not hard to work out how to change the setting in Cinnamon.

Gnome Configuration Editor
If you do not have the Gnome Configuration Editor, you can install it with the following command or use your package manager.

sudo apt-get install gconf-editor

Run the Gnome Configuration Editor with the following command in the terminal or by pressing Alt+F2.


Untick the option “attach_modal_dialogs” at

/ -> cinnamon -> windows -> attach_modal_dialogs

Restart The Desktop
Press Alt+F2 and type r in the text box then press enter. You now have dialogs that are not attached to parent windows that you can move.

About the author:

Bill Payne started working as a paid professional software developer at the young age of 12 years old developing simple games and other applications for pre-packaged computers. Bill has since developed software for many industries such as direct sales and the the stock market. Bill has now started sharing his many years of software development experience through a blog on the MPSHouse website and one on one lessons.

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