Having to click once to close an open Gnome menu is confusing for new users
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I feel this is a paper cut:
Often times I will watch new Gnome/Ubuntu users click on a menu but decide they want to do something else instead. They will then try to click on some other window, or another menu, or an icon, and expect a response but not get one. This leaves new users confused and uncomfortable, as it seems their desktop isn't responding to what they are telling it to do.
While Linux/Gnome/Ubuntu users have gotten used to clicking once anywhere first in order to close the menu before they can click on something else, new users are used to not having to do that. I feel that such a setting is really not ideal or necessary and really doesn't accomplish anything that I can tell. It also doesn't really mesh well with existing settings such as being able to scroll inside windows which are not in focus simply by placing the mouse cursor over them and scrolling. One would think that if you could do that, surely you could also click on those unfocused windows and get a response from them. This doesn't mesh well with menus "controlling" the mouse until a click is given to close them, even if a user is clicking on a legitimate icon or menu somewhere else, and seems a bit contradictory.
Learning to click to close menus is something that I don't think any other OS out there requires right now, so for Linux to still require it, and for usability concerns, I think is a step in the wrong direction.