How to Turn Off Modal Dialogs in Gnome Shell 3

How to Turn Off Modal Dialogs in Gnome Shell 3

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Have you been annoyed by not being able to move your dialogs in Gnome Shell 3? This simple tutorial will show you how to disable the “attach_modal_dialogs” setting. These annoying dialogs can really be distracting, covering up what is behind especially when it is your turn in partypoker. The gconf-editor was the tool used in my other tutorial for Mint 13 Cinnamon but for Gnome Shell 3 we will use dconf-editor.

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

sudo apt-get install dconf-editor

Run the dconf-editor by clicking the icon in your applications menu, by opening a terminal or pressing Alt+F2 and using the following command:


Untick the option “attach_modal_dialogs” at:

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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  1. Me  - 29 November , 2012 - 10:22 pm
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    Man, you’ve just made my week!

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