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How can I get the side menu on my left to stay in place?

And since it's going to stay in place, how can I ensure my application windows don't get hidden (in part) by the menu (ie: their width should be my horizontal resolution - width of the menu)?

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  • First, install the compizconfig-settings-manager package.
  • Open the Unity dash and search for "ccsm". Open the Compiz Config Settings Manager result.
  • In CCSM's filter box, type "unity".
  • Click the Ubuntu Unity Plugin. Change Hide Launcher to Never.
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Follow these instructions (they were written for Natty but should apply to Oneiric as well).

Your application windows should not be hidden by the menu--it will simply be as though they have less screen space to occupy.

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