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Unity desktop shortcuts display path to file

I'm using Unity on Ubuntu 12.04 and something odd has happened to my desktop. At some point all the icons for all the files on my desktop began to display their path beneath the file name. This is no ...
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What is difference between install desktop-environment and run directly distro?

My question is what is difference between installing perticular desktop environment on Ubuntu And Using directly that (Default -environmented) distro/flavour of Ubuntu? Example: Two options: ...
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Installing LXDE broke my system

I installed LXDE and when I rebooted all I got was a black screen. I didn't even get the screen to choose desktop environments. What do I do?
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What does it take for a desktop environment of my choice to have its own official Ubuntu derivative?

I would like my desktop environment of choice to have its own official Ubuntu derivative, like LXQT/LXDE and Lubuntu. What steps does it take to get there? I would like to see if there is a point for ...
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How do I remove home folder that shows up on desktop? [duplicate]

I don't know what I did but the next time I boot up my laptop, I find this home folder on the desktop. How did it get here? I want to delete the folder. Left click does not show the option to delete ...
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Is there any particular desktop environment which android uses and is there any way to get on on Ubuntu?

As android is based on Linux, it might have a desktop environment. So is it possible to get it on Ubuntu or at least build it from source to use it on Ubuntu?
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What desktop enviroment is most efficent? [duplicate]

I don't really care if the desktop environment is quick. What I want is a desktop environment that lets me open apps and get things done the fastest. I don't care about flashiness or anything. READ: ...
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What's the lightest Ubuntu desktop environment? [duplicate]

My computer has 1GB ram and a very low graphic card, but I don't know how much powerful it is. My computer is very slow with Ubuntu Unity and I saw that there are many desktop environments which are ...
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Getting a black screen after instating Pantheon

I just now installed pantheon desktop environment and it's only showing a black screen. What do I do now? How do I go back to unity? After I logged out and chose unity I still get a black screen. ...
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Window menus stick under window name. How to fix this?

After experimenting with desktop environments and uninstalling and installing unity desktop all window menus are sticking under the window name Switching the window menu behavior has no effect. Is ...
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How Do I remove LXDE?

I tried LXDE and I really don't like it so I would like to get rid of it. I installed it by typing: sudo apt-get install lxde and tried to remove it by typing sudo apt-get purge lxde && ...
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Desktop configuration file errors in Folderview Screenlet

I have copied desktop configuration files/desktop shortcuts into FolderView Screenlets. These files/shortcuts were copied from the desktop folder, and they do work there. Some work from within ...
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How do I list the non-default settings in ccsm?

Does anyone know how to extract all non-default settings from CCSM? I use a few computers and finally managed to set up one of them just the way I like it. Now I want all non-default settings listed ...
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Desktop is non existent on Ubuntu 14.04?

I have an issue where the "Ubuntu 14.04 LTS" label stays on the screen after logging in, the desktop icons are missing, and even right-clicking on the desktop yields no result, leaving the desktop ...
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Desktop calendar to keep News and Updates

Need to keep my tasks,events,To-do and especially keep that days latest news in the corresponding date. please suggest me a good one.
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Install KDE DE without any effect on unity

Yesterday I installed KDE in ubuntu 14.04 and I was quite pleased. Then I realised that the KDE install had messed up with fonts and all I had were ugly looking fonts (in Chrome and Firefox to be ...
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XFCE Is Malfunctioning?

A while ago my custom keyboard shortcuts stopped working. After that, the panel started running in kiosk mode. Now, my desktop icons have disappeared, and left clicking or right clicking has no ...
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Cinnamon being a complete mess on Ubuntu

After installing Cinnamon the desktop icons on cinnmaon have black text where i want white and the windows are appearing as follows: And for the desktop, it is appearing like this, How do i remove ...
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No install Desktop Environments appearing on the login screen [closed]

I tried installing Gnome an Cinnamon through the terminal but when I log out none of the new installed environments appear on the login screen. What do I do? Gnome was installed like this sudo ...
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How to get the mint theme for cinnamon in Ubuntu?

The cinnamon in Mint has a nice theme called Mint. Is there any way of getting it on Ubuntu? And also, my can icon's text looks black on Cinnamon. Is there any way to make the text white?
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can;t view desktop items when switching from gnome to unity

did a basic 14.04 installation . after a while installed gnome 3.10 switched to unity again by selecting from setting icons at Gnome login Everything is working fine Except Now I cant view any ...
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Can't open Ubuntu

I've installed the following version of Ubuntu om my machine: ubuntu-12.04-desktop-i386.iso But when I switch on the computer, I get the command line. Ubuntu 12.04 LTS ubuntu tty6 Once I provide ...
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starting a terminal in desktop (ubuntu 14.04) [duplicate]

Anyone know how to start a (Linux) terminal in Ubuntu 14.04 desktop? I could not find an icon for it on the task menu bar along the side of the desktop. :( Thanks ahead!!!
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How to get rid of KDE look and feel parts in other DEs?

I've installed kubuntu-desktop to try. KDE disappointed me, I removed it by means of sudo apt-get remove --purge kde-*, then autoremove (it is well known that just sudo apt-get remove --purge ...
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Can't boot after 14.04 upgrade

Dual boot from 2 hard drives (win7, U13.10). Been running good for months (year?). Auto upgraded to 14.04 over night. Got up in the morning, and it won't boot into Ubuntu. It says it can't find the ...
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Installing xfce versus xubuntu-desktop [duplicate]

A few questions. First, what's the difference between installing xfce vs xubuntu-desktop? I mean I know Xubuntu is Ubuntu with xfce but what exactly is the difference between installing the ...
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kbuntu desktop installation language

I have installed Ubuntu 12.04LTS (spanish) and I installed kbuntu-desktop, but the installer make it in English (american), is there any way to use KDE in spanish ?
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Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Desktop Manager

How do I activate the desktop manager? I'm getting the error message "desktop manager inactive" after installing, then removing Cairo. When looking for alternative desktop pictures, I installed ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 not showing top bar or nautilus [duplicate]

I logged in and suddenly all I can see is my desktop, my desktop icons, and nothing else. My guest account works fine, however, and everything shows! what happened and what can I do? My top bar and ...
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how to set default session in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS?

I have tried one of our site solution but its not working. the solution in our site is How do I change the default session for when using auto-logins? But its not working for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. How ...
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what is KDE, GTK, GTK+, QT, and/or GNOME?

I'm new to Ubuntu (and linux in general). Some times when looking at programs in the Ubuntu Software Center, I see things about the programs being 'for the GTK+ environment', or 'for GNOME', or a ...
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How to return the login screen to the default

I've been experimenting with various Desktop Environments, including LXDE, XFCE, KDE. I'm returning to Unity, and I would like my login screen back to the default for 12.04. I think that it changed ...
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Cant access ubuntu GUI from XEN

I have ubuntu server installed on my XEN server. Now due to some reasons i need to configure some GUI based application on Ubuntu so for that i installed ubuntu-desktop via apt-get. Now when i want ...
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Completely drop Unity for Gnome on Ubuntu 14.04

I've been using Ubuntu for a long time, so I know the troubles of attempting to install the two alongside each other.. What I don't know is what the best way to completely drop Unity for Gnome is. So ...
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How to make KDE Desktop my actual desktop?

I'm running the KDE Desktop on Ubuntu 14.04LTS. Is there a way to make it recognize my KDE desktop as THE desktop during a KDE session? Currently, if I save a file to my "desktop" it's not on the ...
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how do I change the date/time format in the top panel in Ubuntu 14.04 [duplicate]

I searched for this answer and have tried dconf-editor and gconf-editor per instructions and nothing changes the top panel time. When I change the format using the system settings menu it does NOT ...
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Remove KDE and switch to CLI

I installed Ubuntu Server 14.04 on my server this morning, I thought it would be cool to run a GUI. Though it occupies too much memory for my liking. How can I revert back to CLI, permanently? And ...
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Installing desktop environment changed BG in GRUB2

As a Ubuntu 12.04.4 LTS 32-bit user I have installed various desktop environments and found out that the loading screen and the background of GRUB2 changed from pink to gray together with a change in ...
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where have my desktops gone? [duplicate]

I am not a computer expert. I Recently did a steady follow the rules two step upgrade from 12.04 to 13.10. I seem to now only have one desktop screen, or 'page' as i call it, instead of the four ...
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Where are desktop enviroment texture packs found?

On mac OS there is a directory where you can put images in to replace default screens like the booting screen. Is there an equivalent for desktop enviroments like gnome, unity, kde, lxde, sfce etc.?
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After Ubuntu 14.04 install error with tmp/ files

When I install Ubuntu as desktop (as a dual boot, like a program on Windows), the whole process completes but when after finishing an install my laptop restarts, the launcher won't run and I get a ...
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Desktop is all blurred! Help!

I'm in desperate need of help. I have no idea why my desktop is getting all blurred when I move things around on the screen or move between screens, minimize things, or highlight icons on the ...
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Unity disappeared in Ubuntu 14.04 [duplicate]

I was using my Ubuntu 14.04 normally, and after I shutdown and restarted the computer, I saw that Unity had disappeared. I tried the following commands, but none of them worked: sudo apt-get install ...
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Issues with Unity and Gnome [closed]

Usually my computer loaded the desktop on ubuntu, however starting today, I can not load the desktop. The only interface I can get, is if I click the power button (physical) it takes me to the ...
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Desktop enviornment [duplicate]

My question is what desktop should i use with these specs Processor:intel pentium D 2.0ghz Memory:1GB (Can upgrade to 2GB) Hard disk:60GB 5400rpm (will upgrade on to a SSD [about 80GB]) Os:ubuntu ...
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Drag and Drop desktop icons

Is there a utility that allows a drag and drop of app icon to the desktop to create a quick launch icon? I know the terminal command to create one. But it is somewhat difficult if you do not know the ...
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Where are logon and startup scripts for graphical settings located and how are they managed?

Where and how are the Ubuntu equivalent of your personal Windows configuration stored? Something akin to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run as well as the Start Up menu. ...
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Xfce top panel indicator problem

I'm using Xubuntu 14.04, 64 bit The output of xfce4-about is xfce4-about-Message: No vendor information found in "/usr/share/xfce4/vendorinfo However I believe I'm using 4.12 but... ...
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Installing Chrome OS Desktop Environment on my 32bit computer

This question says that it's possible to install Chrome OS as a desktop environment to Ubuntu but it's only available for 64bit PCs. Would it work on my 32bit PC? I just want to try it. It doesn't ...