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System Settings icons missing in 14.04

I did a fresh install of trusty 14.04, but a lot of icons are missing. I installed from DVD which was painfully slow and I hope to avoid repeating the process, especially since I started customizing ...
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How do I change the cursor and its size?

I have recently created an Ubuntu 12.04 partition on my Windows 7 laptop. When installing it, I switched to "high contrast" mode, which has rather large cursors (by large I mean about twice as large ...
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How can I reset compiz to the default settings?

I've got a bug that is reoccuring (no window chrome close/minimize/maximize buttons) that is solved by changing the visual effects level (e.g. from none to normal). Unfortunately, the desktop is ...
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Resetting CompizConfig Settings Manager settings

I was running 11.04 before upgrading to 11.10 recently and now I am not able to access my account. When I try to login, the console flashes up with some messages on it, then the NVidia logo pops up ...
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How can I reset all Rhythmbox preferences and library information?

Background: I cannot figure out how to make Rhythmbox scan ONLY the folder with my music in it. I want to delete all of its settings and start over. What do I have to do to make Rhythmbox think it's ...
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Will Ubuntu One support OS Settings sync?

Being new to Linux and to Ubuntu, I've taken quite some time to tune it to my needs on my netbook. As I'm now convinced by the OS, I plan to install it on my desktop in the next few days. I was hoping ...
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How can I resize the System Settings window?

Having installed MyUnity, it also shows up as an entry in the System Settings dialog. However, the System Settings window does not adapt to it. Now I have to scroll down to see the bottom entries, ...
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My default mouse cursor doesn't change, no matter which theme I use

If I open gnome-tweak-tool, go to the Theme section and choose the DMZ-Black cursor theme, my default cursor stays exactly the same. However, the other cursor images (like when I move a window or ...
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How do I disable the blinking cursor in gnome-terminal?

I could have sworn that there was once a setting for this in the gnome-terminal "Profile". And then in some version of Ubuntu, that setting disappeared, and I had to use System ➜ Preferences ➜ ...
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How do I turn off “show mouse” when I press Ctrl?

I've searched everywhere in the system settings but I still can't find it.
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How to reset evolution settings to defaults?

I have not used Evolution for long time now and I would like to reset all the settings and start from scratch. How would I be able to do this?
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Where to find administration, preferences, etc?

Where can I find it? And also, how can I add folder or file to the left menu? Thank you.
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How do I make my synclient settings stick? - Ubuntu 13.04

The default setting for synaptics touchpads includes a paste functionality mapped to the upper right corner of the touchpad. I can disable this behavior by running the command synclient ...
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No “Touchpad Tab” under Mouse and Touchpad settings. Detected as PS/2 Generic Mouse

I have a Dell Inspiron with Ubuntu 12.04 installed. I can use my touchpad fine but I can't scroll with it. When I run windows it uses two finger scrolling but for some reason it won't work on Ubuntu. ...
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How can I set my system to suspend when inactive to a longer amount of time

I run Mythtv on some Ubuntu 11.10 based machines. In the power settings, I can choose from a list of time periods from 5 minutes up to 1 hour for the the machine to suspend when inactive. I would ...
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How do I get Ubuntu to open folders with Nautilus by default?

After upgrading to Ubuntu 11.10, I once right-clicked on a folder and told it to open the folder with Movie Player ("Open with other application..."). No harm done there, right? Nope, now Ubuntu ...
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How to configure idle period for auto locking screen

I just installed a fresh Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin). I noticed that, there is no screensaver settings, which is fine. I like to control the period of time after which the blank screen is ...
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How do I make my windows “wavy”?

I installed an Ubuntu version about 6 months ago, and in the appearance settings, I could check a box that made the windows "wavy" when you move them. Like, whenever you moved a window side to side, ...
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How can I change the folder icon?

I know how to change an icon this way. Also that doesn't work for folders inside Nautilus, but for application launchers. What I'm looking for is an equivalent to changing the icon for an ...
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How to stop reordering of the same kind multiple preview windows in task switching?

When using task switching in the default graphical mode of Ubuntu 12.04, if they are multiple windows of the same kind, eg. multiple Terminal windows, you can see them all together and select which ...
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Is Ubuntu recognizing and/or using my NVIDIA graphics card?

This is my first post here, and I'm pretty new to Ubuntu/Linux. I currently have no other OS except for Ubuntu 13.10. (I used to have Win7 until i got a new terabyte hard drive). My current PC build, ...
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Why are the hidden settings-folders not deleted when purging an application?

I did sudo apt-get remove --purge for several packages, but apparently the personal settings are kept. Is there a command or tool to delete them automatically?
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How to change the date format in Nautilus list columns?

The date format of the date columns is really long "Tue 12 June 2012 17:12:34 PHT". I would prefer a shorter version, e.g. 12/06/2012 or 12/06/2012 17:12. I tried to change it in Settings/Language ...
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ubuntu live-usb doesn't save settings

When I boot my laptop using my live-usb, and then change the settings (e.g. desktop wallpaper) and then reboot, the settings go back to default. How do I make the live-usb save the settings?
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How can I configure Gnome Shell Notification settings?

I couldn't find where I can change Gnome Shell notification settings. I clicked the button that appears with "Don't Show Again" (or something like that) label on a notification, and now when that ...
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7z “ultra” settings for zip format

7z "ultra" settings for .7z format are: 7z a -t7z -m0=lzma -mx=9 -mfb=64 -md=32m -ms=on What are the "ultra" settings for .zip format (using 7z)?
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Where does LXRandr save its display configurations?

It looks like LXRandr can save configurations. But where are they saved and in what form? (I was thinking about activating them by shortkey.)
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Where to store user settings for an app?

If I want my application to store a few settings, that persist when an application closes, then where should I store them? I'm not talking anything complicated: two booleans and a string (although in ...
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`Compiz` profile settings export and import using command line

How can i export and import Compiz current profile settings using Command line. I'm using ubuntu 12.10. Or can i get a script for doing export and import.
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More Print to file settings?

The settings in print to file option in Ubuntu is limiting and dangerous. All the applications apart from Mozilla print to a file ~/output.pdf, this is dangerous as you can overwrite a previous ...
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How to set an application to open in a certain position on the screen?

Say I wanted an application to open its window in the center of the screen instead of some inconvenient place like the top left (I have a pretty big monitor, so I'd have to raise my head. Also, the ...
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How to get display settings persistent? [closed]

I have the following set-up: laptop with screen: 1366x768 external LCD monitor with: 1024x768 The monitor is permanently connected and recognised by the system. Screen is expanded to the ...
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How to disable the WiFi using network-manager permanently?

How to disable the wifi on boot? I'm using network-manager to manage the wifi connection and when I disable this, setting is temporary to the current session. Exists therefore a method to make ...
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How to set the default video player?

How to set default video player 12.04 (and other default app's) I try search system settings but can't find. (((
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Lost 'System Settings' on Ubuntu Precise Pangolin x86_64

I am new here. I was facing issues with emacs-snapshot sourced from a PPA, so I tried following these instructions (blindly =/), and sudo apt-get remove `apt-cache search emacs | awk '{print $1}'` ...
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Which programs use the new “Online Accounts”?

In Ubuntu Oneiric 11.10 it's possible to configure a Google Online Account. I'm able to configure this program to get access to Mail, Contacts, Calendar and Chat. But which programs use this data? ...
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How do you start-up in the login screen with Num Lock on? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to enable numlock at boot time for login screen? I use numbers in my password and would therefore like to start Ubuntu with Num-Lock enabled. This would also be ...
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Firefox: open downloaded files with system default application

When I download a file with firefox, it always asks me with what program I want to open it with, even when that type of file is recognized by the system, and I can double click on it in Nautilus and ...
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Screensaver/blanking problem

I have upgraded to 12.10 and then downgraded again to 12.04 LTS because of the screensaver or screen blanking problem. After 10-12 minutes the screen goes black/blank when i dont do anything (idle). I ...
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Where do applications typically store data?

I was wondering if there was a standard location for storing user level application data. What I mean by that is stuff like Firefox bookmarks, Skype message history/password, etc. I'm asking because I ...
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How can I make my windows “burn” when I close them?

I have CompizConfig Settings Manager installed, but I don't know how to make windows burn when I close them. How can I make this so?
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How do you save the brightness settings? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Desktop doesn't remember brightness settings after a reboot It becomes quite annoying to lower brightness each time I boot up my system so, I've been searching how ...
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How to open on single mouse click

Somehow I changed the setting from the default double click to single click which makes the right click open the file when I want the right click menu. So I need to know where I did it so I can ...
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Mouse sensitivity in 14.04 dissapeared [closed]

If I go to "Settings -> Mouse & Touchpad" in Ubuntu 14.04 all the options are gone! How can I bring them back?
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Unity Launcher Icons gets fuzzy when on odd numbered setting

Fuzzy icons when odd number-sized in launcher bar - unity Description of the problem When entering the appearance settings in the system tools, you can change the unity icon-size with a slider. ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 brightness problem (Lenovo Z500)

My brightness controls weren't working before but I didn't really care, but somehow I lowered my screen brightness while downloading league through playonlinux. Now the brightness controls aren't ...
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Dash does not keep “sources” filter setting after reboot

I love that its finally possible in 12.04 to turn off the "recommended software" section (or whatever its called) in the dash... yet my understanding of it was that it would be possible to turn it off ...
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How can I use gsettings to configure settings with relocatable schemas?

I am trying to configure a setting with gsettings in the Terminal, to avoid having to install special non-default applications to configure the settings. However, when doing so, gsettings complains ...
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Where are compiz settings saved?

I want to add my compiz settings to a git repo but I'm having a hard time isolating the relevant files. My home directory is a bit of a mess here. I see gnome, compiz, and gconf everywhere. Which are ...
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ALPS touchpad detected as PS/2, corrected with psmouse-dkms-alpsv7 but reset after reboot

Hope someone can help me a little with this problem. I have a Lenovo Ideapad Z510, with a ALPS touchpad. And OS = Kubuntu 14.04 (Windows 8.1 alongside with it) The touchpad is detected as an PS/2 ...