The Unity HUD (Head-Up Display) is a Unity feature in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and later. It is intended to replace traditional application menus with a searchable interface.

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Unity HUD doesn't work on Firefox, but works on other applications

I click Alt and access the HUD and regardless of what I type, I get no results at all. The HUD is working on other applications like Writer, Banshee, Corebird and even Thunderbird. It's Firefox 33.0, ...
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After 14.04 installation this is all I see

After 14.04 installation this is all I see...! http://www.mediafire.com/view/8zv10zi5p5kmb2g/Ubuntu_14.04_HUD.jpg http://www.mediafire.com/view/4mcbxo9fhsfpu3q/Sync_Problem.jpg I've used 12.04 and ...
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Can you switch apps to use while the HUD is up?

So for example; tap left alt ITS FIREFOX!!! No I don't want firefox, I want the hud for shutter! BUT I DON'T WANT TO EXIT THE HUD TO REARRANGE MY WINDOWS AND SELECT SHUTTER! so is there anything I ...
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What is nautilus doing?

Lately my ubuntu 14.04 computer has been quite noisy. It's the CPU heat sink, it's unusually active. If I run top, hud-service is taking up ever more and more memory (59% of 8GB at this moment), with ...
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What is the HUD-service responsible for?

I just disabled the hud-service because it was taking up 2.8 GiB of my computers RAM. I understand that it is part of the unity ecosystem because others are posting solutions along the lines of ...
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HUD not working on Ubuntu 14.04

When I press Alt I can see the search field, but when I start to type I get no results. This issue is present on every application (e.g. Nautilus, Gimp, Firefox). How can I solve it?
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No longer able to move messages in Thunderbird using HUD in Ubuntu 14.04

I used to use the HUD in Thunderbird to move email messages to different folders. I found this a useful feature in Ubuntu 12.04 as I have a lot of email folders and it is quicker to use the HUD than ...
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HUD displaying partial content on 12.04 LTS

I recently installed Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and everything went well until I tried the Heads-Up-Dsplay. I pressed the Alt-key and searched for some videos on my computer, it showed the results. I searched ...
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Switching language with Alt key in 12.04

Whenever I needed to switch the languages in my keyboard it interfered with the alt key that was meant for HUD search. So I changed the shortcut in the settings, now I can use another key for HUD. ...
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Google Spreadsheet Functionality integrated with the HUD?

I use google spreadsheets a lot. If I could find a way to use google spreadsheets with Ubuntu's HUD, I would be a lot more productive. Say for example, if I could access the command "Merge Cells ...
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Ubuntu launcher NOT on top of other windows

The problem: If a window is placed under the ubuntu launcher or the HUD, any clicks will be registered to the window and not the launcher. Example: 1) Launcher is set to "always show" 2) Nautilus ...
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Help…Ubuntu desk top not showing up after login [duplicate]

When ever I login to ubuntu it only shows the background and nothing else. Please help! Before the problem I was getting a lot of unity errors and if it may help I'm using 12.04 LTS.
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Disable HUD menu

I know it may be useful feature for someone, but i don't use it at all. Is there any way to protect HUD key from beeing set up after every/some update of Ubuntu?
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In Unity Dash, when I type 'o' is not visible while 'O' is visible. How to repair?

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS 64bit, Unity-3D HUD. Lowercase 'o' is not visible in HUD. But uppercase 'O' is visible. Anyway search results are correct. In Unity Dash, when I type 'o' is not visible while ...
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Speed Up Unity Dash Loading Programs

Each time I open dash for the first time since booting, it takes ages to load programs on it. I have to wait for like a minute or so and then programs appears. I have online stuffs disabled so its ...
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High CPU load for Firefox 29 and HUD with Ubuntu 13.10

Using Firefox 29.0 on the recently upgraded Ubuntu 13.10 results in high CPU load. By running top on the commandline I can see that the high CPU load goes to the following processes: PID USER ...
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Qml HUD integration without MainView?

I'm working on an app with Qt Quick Components, I don't want to use any Ubuntu specific components because I want the desktop version of my app to be more portable than that (Qt 5.2 is enough of a ...
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Make HUD less time

I am using the "ALT" key very often, and I do like the HUD and want to keep both. But is there a way to make the HUD active with less time. I don't know how it is now, but if it was 0.5 seconds, then ...
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Is there an option to “force” HUD to open file after I click on it instead of going to options?

When I lunch application from HUD I just need to type few letters and than when I see application that I want to run I just click on it and it opens. Problem is with Files that are the results of ...
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Launcher Icons stop working on Ubuntu 14.04

I have the problem that sometimes my launcher Icons will get left-click-unresronsive. Right click will open the context menu, though. Starting applications via the HUD works fine, but the launcher ...
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HUD commands from all applications?

I've just recently upgraded from 12.04 to 14.04. In 12.04, I constantly used the HUD and, frequently, I fired commands from apps other than the active one. For example, I would be running any ...
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alt key for HUD conflict

I have just installed Ubuntu 14.04, and encountered a weird problem When I am using google-chrome, I use Alt+D to go to the address bar and type a url. However, every times I press Alt, Ubuntu HUD ...
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Task Bar at the top missing Applications, Places and System menu

I was trying to install VLC using System -> Administration -> Synaptic Package Manager when I realised that I don't have Applications, Places and System menu items at the top left side of task bar. I ...
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Alt Key for HUD Doesn't Work

After few of tweakings, I doesn't have HUD anymore. Normally (on another computer): But it doesn't appear at all (on my computer): Indeed, the ALT key call the menu of focused app. So, as ...
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Unity HUD on other DEs [duplicate]

I'm trying to choose a desktop environment for my future laptop, and have this thing with Unity: I generally don't like it so much (lacking configurability, high resources, etc.), but while I was ...
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Unable to set the HUD launcher key

I was finding that the left Alt key for opening the HUD was not working, so I went to Keyboard Shortcuts to re-set it. Selecting the shortcut to set it and pressing the Alt key just sets it to ...
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hud-service is using 800 MB, is this necessary? [closed]

hud-service in system monitor is currently using 800 MB of memory. Is this normal? What is it for? Is there a way I can reduce it?
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HUD causes Firefox to lag when its window loses focus

So, I have 13.10 installed, and Firefox has been slow lately. After opening preferences, whenever I click on another window then click back to Firefox, it takes 5-10 seconds for anything I do to ...
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Chrome menu options not revealed through Ubuntu Unity HUD

I am running Chrome Version 33.0.1750.70 beta and I can't get any menu commands to appear in the Unity HUD. Is there any way to force this or is it up to Google developers to add this into Chrome ...
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Disable HUD doesn't work

I don't use the HUD (alt-key), and tried do disable it by setting a strange key combination in the keyboard settings menu; but it reset after a while (not sure when, maybe after reboot, maybe after an ...
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Global menu disabled in some apps

i have Ubuntu 13.10 and in some apps (transmission, Gimp) is menu visible but all items disabled, i can still access funcions with HUD, but menu just does not work. I have many PPAs added, what could ...
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Why isn't Evince integrated with the HUD in Ubuntu 13.10?

With Evince running and on focus, if I press Alt and then type, for instance, "open" nothing comes up. Is this a bug? Something wrong with my system? Any suggestions on how to fix it? Thanks.
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HUD in 13:10 no longer returns out of focus applications or system commands

I upgraded to 13:10 having run 12:04,12:10 and 13:04 and now the HUD is not entries from out of focus applications or, more importantly for me, system commands such as lock, suspend etc. is this ...
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HUD not working in nautilus in ubuntu 13.04/13.10

HUD feature is not working for nautilus, document viewer etc which application switch menu to right side or doesn't support global menu (eclipse). Is there any way to support HUD for new application ...
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No HUD results when Alt+searching in 13.10

Frankly, I'm not actually sure how long this feature hasn't been working for as I never used it much, but I upgraded to 13.10 recently and the HUD doesn't show any results for any applications. The ...
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Unity - Use Tab key to naviagate the HUD list

Right now, if we want to navigate the entries in the HUD results, the only way is to use the arrow keys. Is it possible to somehow map the Tab key to navigate the results?
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Unity Integration with HUD and top bar

I've got problem with unity web apps. Fresh install. Got chromium and ubuntu. When I go on facebook or gmail, ect., browser ask mi to install that webapp. I've installed it. Only thing after ...
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Can indicator actions be accessed via the HUD in 13.10? [closed]

In 13.04 and before, it was possible to access the indicator’s menus via the HUD. E.g., in order to establish a VPN connection through network manager, it was sufficient to open the HUD and type ...
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Unlocking laptop appears to open the HUD

If I unlock my laptop, I'm forced to manually close the HUD. I've been finding that it's automatically opening with each time I unlock the machine. It's only happening on one of my devices running ...
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Arduino IDE Hud Menu

Arduino IDE like Eclipse IDE have no a natural integration with ubuntu HUD menu, but on eclipse i found here and here good tutorials to fix and it works perfectly like you can see on print, but i not ...
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HUD is eating my RAM

I'm running 13.04 64bit on a Dell Latitude with 8GB RAM. Recently, the HUD search results are being sorted differently, I suppose that's due to Unity updates. What's worse is that my system is ...
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How do you disable Alt as the HUD key in 13.04

I see answers for older versions, but the same process doesn't seem to work in 13.04. I have tried System Settings... the compiz config manager and the new unity tweak tool. They all report that I ...
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Run typical sudo commands from button on unity

I tend to find myself opening terminal sessions to run Sudo commands and was wanting to make something more useful as an application. Using some information from various online sources ...
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What does the Alt HUD do? 12.04 [duplicate]

I have done some searching around and cant seem to find an answer, i see many posts about how to disable the option but im just trying to figure out what its suppose to be used for. Just to be clear ...
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HUD,zeitgiest and the record activity toggle

I am using Ubuntu 12 LTS. I was wondering if turning off the record activity toggle under the privacy menu effected the performance of the HUD? Also, does doe HUD use Zeitgiest? Does the Record ...
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Is there a command to force Unity to reload menu data?

Not all the time but intermittently Unity will drop the menu from the HUD. Most often this is with GIMP but it has happened to other programs too. The menu choices are there but the content of the ...
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How do I make HUD work with Eclipse?

I have already tried this, but I still have no entries in HUD regarding Eclipse (Indigo, manually installed). Is there some way to make HUD work with Eclipse?
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Hitting Alt doesn't bring up the HUD

I just noticed that the HUD appears to be gone. I updated to 13.04 recently and tapping Alt doesn't do anything. The Alt (tap) shortcut is even gone from the cheat sheet that appears when I hold ...
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LibreOffice global menu not working (ubuntu 13.04) [closed]

There is a BUG on ubuntu 13.04 with libreoffice 4, the global menu and HUF do not work correctly. I use ubuntu 13.04 (I intalled the BETA 2, a week before the final release)
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How to run unity next on a virtualbox? [closed]

I have 12.04 running as my main OS. I only have Ubuntu, so I can not afford to screw it up. I installed 13.04 on a virtualbox and compiled and install unity-next to try it. When I ran it from inside ...