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Running a .desktop file in the terminal

From what I can gather, .desktop files are shortcuts that allow application's settings to be customized. For instance, I have lots of them in my /usr/share/applications/ folder. If I open that ...
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How to add a shell script to launcher as shortcut [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I edit/create new launcher items in Unity by hand? How can I create launchers on my desktop? I want to add some shell scripts in my launcher as shortcuts.. They ...
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How to create a desktop shortcut in Unity?

Is there an easy way to create a desktop shortcut for an application in Unity? The ability to right click or drag and drop icons to the desktop in Unity does not seem to be there.
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Unable to use IntelliJ IDEA keyboard shortcuts on Ubuntu

I am very new to Ubuntu, and I'm having a problem that I don't know how to get it fixed. I even tried looking it up on the web for answers, but maybe I don't know the right terms to search for it. I ...
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Desktop shortcut to create a new desktop shortcut doesn't do anything [duplicate]

It's weird that creating desktop shortcuts is currently so primitive. I found the following: Create Shortcut / launcher on Desktop in Ubuntu 12.04 That helps. However, if there's something wrong ...
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How to force Unity reload ~/.local/share/applications/

Let's say I changed/added some myapp.desktop file at ~/.local/share/applications/. For some time Ubuntu Unity will still show me old applications shortcuts at Unity lens under Ubuntu button. It will ...
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What are the new Nautilus (3.6) shortcuts in Ubuntu 13.04?

I post this question since new nautilus is very 'keyboard unfriendly', specially for one-key shortcuts. From 3.4 to 3.6 the very useful 'backspace' shortcut to go to parent directory has gone (along ...
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Can I define keyboard shortcuts using the Super key?

In 10.04, I had a lot of keyboard shortcuts defined using Super/Mod4 and one single other key, Super+O ran Opera Super+W opened Nautilus pointing to my Work folder, etc. In 11.04, these do not ...
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Putty-like copy/paste

For ages I've been using Putty when working with *nix servers, and I really got used to it's copy&paste method: select, left-click - for copy, just right-click - for paste. How can I set Ubuntu ...
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Commandline shortcut for current directory similar to ~ for home directory?

When i use the cp or move command in a terminal window, i'm currently with bash in a certain folder like this. NES@server:~/Desktop/dir1$ And now i wanna copy a file from here ~/anotherdir/dir2 ...
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How do I add Matlab to the main menu?

I was trying to add the installed matlab to the menu of Applications under Ubuntu 10.10. I clicked Gnome-Menu -> Preference -> Main Menu -> Programming -> New Item, where I input the Matlab file .../...
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How to execute sh script from a desktop shortcut?

Im trying to make a shortcut to login my ssh server: ssh x.x.x.x I made the following file: ssh_home.sh Made it executable: sudo chmod +x ./ssh_home Checked by right clicking properties to ...
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Launch app only if not already open

I would like to mimic the use of Alfred on Mac OS X, where if you try to open an app after searching for it, it will only open a new window if the program is not already running, otherwise it will set ...
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How to find *why* I can't bind some keyboard shortcut (or which app took it)?

In short: is there (under Unity) any way to find out which application grabbed some global shortcut? I do not ask for "standard shortcuts" but for some way to get information about actual shortcuts (...
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How to disable Alt-Scroll zoom in Xubuntu 14.04

In Xubuntu 14.04, alt+scroll wheel zooms my entire desktop. I'm finding this very annoying because sometimes I flick the scroll wheel to go to the top of a document then press the alt key for a some ...
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Is there a Command + ` equivalent (cycle through windows)?

On the Mac, I use Command+` (the tilde) to cycle through windows in the current application (eg terminal or chrome). It's like Alt+Tab except only for the current application's windows. Possibly for ...
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Add Virtualbox Shortcut in Unity Launcher to boot to a VM

Can I create a shortcut to a virtualbox OS in the unity sidebar without it being on the desktop too. I tried to right click in virtualbox and create shortcut on desktop then move it. but if i do it ...
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How to make this heart (♥) using keyboard? [duplicate]

On windows I have always used the "ALT+3" for creating a wonderful heart for expressing my love... Is there a way to do this on Ubuntu?
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How can I change PrtScn to capture by area?

I just installed 11.10. One of the standard things I do on a new install of Ubuntu is change the action taken when I hit the prtscn key. By default the action is to take a screenshot. I change it so ...
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Keyboard shortcuts not working in 12.04? [closed]

I can't get my shortcuts to work, among other things in 12.04. Anyone else with this problem? I'm not very pleased with Ubuntu 12.04 so far. What a letdown!
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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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How to create website shortcuts on the desktop / in a folder using Chrome?

Help with something really basic, which I am unable to figure out. In Windows creating a shortcut (link) for a website is as easy as dragging-and-dropping the favicon/address bar to the desktop or a ...
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Disable global keyboard shortcuts for specific application

Is it possible to disable the GNOME (version 2) global keyboard shortcuts for a specific application? I'm using the IntelliJ IDEA Java IDE under Ubuntu however some of the IDEA default keyboard ...
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What is the purpose of Alt-F4?

I used to close a running application by pressing ALT+F4. But, I realised that the application is still running and the correct way to close (quit) it is the combination of Ctrl+Q keys. So, what is ...
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How do I get a USB drive shortcut on desktop?

Is there a flash drive shortcut on Ubuntu 12.04 desktop like Ubuntu 10.10 desktop have?
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Shortcut to Move Tabs in Firefox

I'm wondering how to move the focused tab around, to right or left, using a keyboard shortcut in 12.04? After a Google search I found the shortcut Ctrl + (L/R)Arrows, but it seems to work only in ...
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Shortcut to bring all open terminals to the front

After I navigate out to a webpage or editor, is there any way to bring all the open terminals back to the front in their original positions? It is a bit of a pain clicking the terminal icon and then ...
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Mouse gestures for Unity desktop

I liked the mouse gesture of Windows 7 to minimize all open windows except the active one. Can I have that kind of gestures to use in Unity. or What are the mouse gestures available for Unity?
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How can I expand all folders while in the list view?

I have a music folder that contains about 15 other folders, each only a single level deep. Is there any way, via keyboard or other, to open the music folder in list view and expand all of the ...
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How can I change the keyboard shortcuts for single line scrolling in the terminal?

To scroll a single line in gnome-terminal you have to press Ctrl-Shift-↑ or Ctrl-Shift-↓ in Ubuntu. In other distributions (e.g. Xubuntu) you only have to press Shift-↑ or Shift-↓ for the same ...
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How can I set a launcher to start an application in a specific desktop

I've got a bunch of desktops set up for specific purposes. I'd really like to be able to tell an app what desktop it should launch in. I can't find any options for that, is there any way to do it?
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Switch language shortcut bug [ubuntu 14.04 Gnome]

I use 2 languages: english and russian. Languages ​​normally switched on using the taskbar When using the keyboard shortcut icon changes its notation to another language BUT the language set does ...
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Shortcut to change the gnome-terminal font size

I need fast shortcut to change the terminal font size. I use gnome-terminal. I tried with Ctrl + + and Ctrl + - but the size is not changed. Is there another shortcut? Can I add a shortcut like this?...
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Remove Chrome shortcuts from app menu

Anyone knows how to remove "web apps" I made in Chrome using menu => extra => create shortcuts (no real Chrome apps) from the app menu in Ubuntu? When right-clicking on a normal app (Thunderbird in ...
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How to create a shortcut to start a Windows application with Wine?

How do I create a shortcut to start a Windows application with Wine? For example I have Notepad++: /media/DATA/Progs/Notepad++/notepad++.exe and I would like to have a shortcut to it on the ...
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How to remove the web app shortcut created by chromium? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I remove a website from Ubuntu's web applications? I use Chromium's Create application Shortcut Feature and when I opted to make the shortcut, I chose to not ...
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Quickly launch any app in KDE with a shortcut

How can you quickly launch an app with an assigned shortcut in KDE? systemsettings -> Shortcuts and Gestures -> Custom Shortcuts -> Edit -> New
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What's the command to open the Unity Dash?

I would like to know the command (from the Terminal) which opens the Unity dash, the reason being I want to create a desktop icon that starts the dash instead of the 'Windows Key' for keyboard-free ...
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How can I have the software center automatically create a shortcut on my desktop every time it installs an application?

I have Unity's launcher hidden as I prefer to use cairo dock. This is why I am trying to find a way to make the things installed from the Ubuntu Software Center to automatically set a shortcut in my ...
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How to set application lens as default in Unity Dash view and search results?

I want to open the Application lens in the Unity Dash as the default lens, since I much more open a programm then searching for a Wikipedia article, the weather or anything else the Home lens offers. ...
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How to escape spaces in .desktop files Exec line

I want to make a .desktop file like described here. [Desktop Entry] Name=Sublime Text 2 GenericName=Sublime Text 2 Comment=Edit text files Exec=/home/user/opt/sublime/Sublime Text 2/sublime_text %U ...
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How to launch an Xulrunner app with a desktop shortcut?

I have created a simple xulrunner app and it works great when invoked from command line. clain@desktop:~$ xulrunner /home/clain/myapp/application.ini The problem is that I need to keep the terminal ...
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Keyboard shortcut to switch to an application by name?

Is there a tool that will let me do the following sequence? Type a keyboard shortcut Type in the name of an application currently open on some desktop Hit Enter to switch to that desktop, and bring ...
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Xubuntu - open whisker with Super button issue

I set the Super button to open whisker menu. But, for example when I press Super + F it also opens. How can I fix this problem?
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what is the shortcut to force a logout?

I am using the alpha 2 version of 11.10 and the keyboard options there do not have an option to force a logout. Can you tell me the keyboard shortcut so i can add it myself?
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Create a shortcut for URL? [duplicate]

How can I create a shortcut for URL in my desktop? I want to use them in Firefox or Chrome. If a copy and paste didn't work. What script I have to use?
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How to add a shortcut to a command to the Cinnamon menu?

Is there a utility I can use to add an icon to the Cinnamon menu which runs a user-specified command, and as a bonus, displays a user-specified icon? specifically I'm trying to add a command to open ...
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Will Unity have a keyboard shortcut for accessing the “Session Menu” that appears on the panel?

I noticed in screen shots of Unity the presence of the "Session Menu" indicator in the right corner of the top-panel. This menu drops down to offer Log Out, Hibernate, Restart, Shut Down, etc. I know ...
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Ubuntu - shortcut Ctrl + Space causes conflict in eclipse [closed]

After I updated ubuntu a new keyboard shortcut appears: CTRL + SPACE And I use that shortcut in eclipse to complete commands, and is very practical. Rather than complete the command appears to me a ...
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Custom keyboard shortcut for workspace switcher

I would like to change the keyboard shortcut for the workspace switcher in Unitity. How can I do that? Currently it is set to Supre+S. I would like to set it to Ctrl+`. Strangely enough I can find ...