# Detach Modal Dialogs in Gnome Shell 3.8

More fixes for GNOME…

For some reason, the Gnome designers think that everyone wants to have popup windows attached to the window they came from (i.e. when you save a pdf in Chrome, or something similar). This becomes pretty frustrating when you want to see things in the window underneath the dialog. I always forget how to fix this, so I’m posting how here.

This is how I “fixed” the modal dialog behavior in GNOME Shell 3.8.2 on Ubuntu 13.04 x64. Open the dconf editor and browse to

org.gnome.shell.overrides.attach-modal-dialogs


Uncheck that box, and you should be good to go! Note: this can also be done on the command line with the following command

gsettings set org.gnome.shell.overrides attach-modal-dialogs false