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How can I make Unity 2D launcher icons smaller?

Just installed Ubuntu 12.04, well upgraded would be the correct thing to say. I also downloaded and created a disc of it, which I looked at on my win7 laptop while this desktop was still upgrading (close to 5 hours to do so!) Anyway, I noticed while using my disk as live cd that you could change the size of the launcher icons. Now that it is installed on this computer, I don't have that option... I can only change whether the launcher auto-hides or not.

Having a problem with xscreensaver as well, but directed that to xscreensaver.

Could this just be that the upgrade didn't go well? Should I just do a clean install from the disk (not out of the question, I'm new to Linux)?

Any help would be awesome! Thanks!

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marked as duplicate by jokerdino, James Apr 27 '12 at 15:55

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The option to change the size of the Launcher icons is only available in Unity, while you seem to be running Unity2d. Log out, click the cog wheel icon (might be a circle now), and select Ubuntu as session, and log back in.

It's also possible to reduce the icons size in Unity2d, but the procedure is a bit advanced. How can I make Unity 2D launcher icons smaller?

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Well, I hope you get this response, as I can't seem to figure out how to respond directly. I did as you advised, logged out, and when I went to log back on, I had 2 options...Ubuntu or Ubuntu2D. Neither is giving me the option to resize the launcher icons (as the CD does). Could something have gone whacky in the download/upgrade? Anne – Anne Apr 27 '12 at 4:32
It's possible. If you want to troubleshoot, we'll need to see the output of lspci | grep VGA from a terminal window (ctrl-alt-t). – mikewhatever Apr 27 '12 at 4:52
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 82865G Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 02) – Anne Apr 27 '12 at 5:42
Thanks. That is an old (2003 according to Wikipedia) Intel's graphical accelerator, I really don't think it can run Unity, which require 3d and decent hardware acceleration. It will only do Unity2d or Gnome Classic. Sorry. Check out Unity's hardware requirements: – mikewhatever Apr 27 '12 at 5:51
Ok... when you wanted to know about the graphics, my brain started thinking about little stuff that I noticed, and it kinda fell into place (little nuances suddenly made sense). :) Thanks for your help. Per you know anything about said graphic card being upgraded? I know it's built in to the motherboard, so does that mean I have to buy a card and find a place to install it, or is a card something that can be upgraded? – Anne Apr 27 '12 at 5:57

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