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atuDisable system shortcut for a single application

When I use emacs, I want to be able to use C-q (quoted-insert). However when I do that in Unity, the program quits since C-q is the system-wide shortcut for closing a window. I want to keep C-q ...
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Programs never open in foreground

Why don't programs open in the foreground? How can I change this behavior? Nautilus will open in the background, Remmina (the remote desktop program) also opens in the background. I have to click on ...
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QT applications indicator and appmenu don't work / ubuntu 14.04

I'm not sure when this happened,but form yesterday,I found my VLC player's indicator and appmenu dont work. there is no indicator icons and appmenu doenst appears on the top bar. Not only VLC but ...
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Why do I have question marks instead of ordinary icons? [duplicate]

Some applications produce question marks for their subwindows in the unity menu instead of ordinary icons. What could cause this behaviour?
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How do I determine which window-manager I am using? [duplicate]

I have a problem with window manager not loading, so I have to deal with just command prompt. I'm thinking about changing my window manager, but I switched them several times (trying to decide which ...
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eclipse.desktop launcher in /usr/share/applications locked in dash just launches eclipse, but the window is opened in another icon

Ubuntu unity opens a new icon in dash every time i open eclipse, don't mind if i just execute it from the binary or if i created a desktop file. I also reset unity without exit.
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How do I re-install Unity after uninstalling gnome-shell?

I am using Ubuntu 14.04. I have big issues with the Unity desktop. I installed then uninstalled gnome-shell (using "apt-get autoremove --purge gnome-shell"). Since then, my desktop has no background ...
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Ubuntu 14.04: After login, top- and sidepanel don't load and system settings don't open

I have Ubuntu 14.04 on a Medion Erazer with the Nvidia GTX570M card. At first, while I had not installed the last nvidia driver, each time I would try to suspend my pc it would freeze frame on the ...
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Slow login after installing Ubuntu 14.04

I freshly installed Ubuntu 14.04. I already used Ubuntu before, and it the did not take any noticeable time to login. However, in Ubuntu 14.04, Unity seems to start slowly. First, I only see the ...
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How can I remove a Unity window entry?

I installed Eclipse long time ago from the Software Center, but recently I needed a newer version than the repo one. Then I removed it via Software Center and installed Eclipse Kepler in /opt. ...
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How to implement middle click to spawn new VLC?

Using the firefox.desktop found in /usr/share/applications as an example I was able to make VLC have a new window option with ...other code Actions=NewWindow; [Desktop Action NewWindow] Name=New ...
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how to get mac theme working?

i am working on macbuntu 14.04 (mavericks theme ) so far i have succeeded in theme and adding every functionality but the problem it that i want a mac like top panel in Ubuntu so that the whole ...
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Unity freezes from time to time (Ubuntu 14.04)

Fresh install of unity, it freezes approximately every 2 minutes for 10 seconds or so. When it freezes I am only able to move the cursor and switch between shell and gui (ctrl-alt-f2). Video ...
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Software icon (from Sublime Text) isn't displayed in launcher

I can start the software and find it over the dash, but no icon is shown (a blank sheet in the dash and a question mark in launcher). Sublime Text is sitting in /opt/sublime_text/ . sudo sublime ...
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unity reset Error for ubuntu 14.04

** (compiz:4310): WARNING **: Couldn't connect to accessibility bus: Failed to connect to socket /tmp/dbus-6ZyiTNWdtq: Connection refused WARN 2014-08-20 12:23:49 unity.glib.dbus.server ...
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Why doesn't my launcher-locked device (hard disk partition) has a shortcut?

Why doesn't my launcher-locked device (hard disk partition) has a shortcut? It's on the very top, but I cannot open it with shortcuts, like Super Key+1. If I could, it'll ease things for me, for I ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 compiz thumbnails preview flicker

Ubuntu 14.04.1 x64 (upgraded from 12.04) with Unity desktop Dell Latitude with NVIDIA GF119M (NVS 4200M) - Optimus is DISABLED Using NVIDIA legacy binary driver 304.117 When I set the CCSM option to ...
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Eclipse Luna displaying regular scrollbars instead of overlay scrollbars - how to change?

I've recently switched to using the new Eclipse Luna, but for some reason it stopped displaying the overlay scrollbars, and now shows the regular ones that are in e.g. Firefox. Kepler had them. Since ...
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Can I hide the mnemonics in Qt applications?

Using stock Ubuntu. The underscores in the menus make these apps (Skype, to a lesser degree VLC etc.) look out of place and (imo) ugly.
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ALT+~ shows all instances of an app opened in different virtual desktop / workspace

With latest unity 5.20.0 on 12.04, following behavior is seen. two app instances are open in Desktop-1, another two instance in Desktop-2. If I used one terminal of Desktop-1 and switched desktop to ...
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Ubuntu Tweak natural scrolling not persistent

I am using Ubuntu tweak on Ubuntu 12.04 and the natural scrolling setting does not persist after restart. So is there a way to permanently enable natural scrolling? If I have left any details out ...
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How to reset Unity appearance settings

I was curious. Someone said Kubuntu is awesome. So I installed it (sudo apt-get install kubuntu-desktop). I didn't like it. Keyboard shortcuts that I became familiar with in Unity weren't working. It ...
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Sweet Home 3D doesn't start

I have been using Ubuntu 13.10 32-bit. I recently installed Sweet Home 3D from Software Center. But it doesn't start after installation even after restarting the system. Trying to start it from ...
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Huge KDE System Tray icons in Kubuntu 14.04

My KDE system tray icons are huge in Kubuntu 14.04: Notice that the Skype and wicd icons are sized properly, these are not KDE apps. However the KDE apps' icons (Klipper and Volume Control) are ...
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Unity top bar 100% transparent

Just wondering if anyone knows how to get unity's top bar to be 100% transparent. I have it so on my second screen, but it seems to add a bit of a background on my main screen. See the screenshot ...
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how to get rid of full screen in ubuntu games

How do I get rid of full screen mode in games? I tried system settings then windows but that still doesn't work. Does any one know how to get rid of full screen on Ubuntu games?
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Can't move windows around

Ubuntu Desktop (on a laptop) 14.04 LTS x64 6 GB ram intel i5 500 gb disk After fixing my broken desktop session where the "launcher" dissapeared (No launcher or menu) I can no longer move windows ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 clear list of recent files in Dash

How to disable or clear list of recent files in Ubuntu Unity Dash? I can find many ways to do so in older version of Ubuntu but none of them work in 14.04.
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In 14.04 how do I separate the titlebar from the top bar?

Please excuse me if this is a duplicate. If it is I was not able to find one. I want to know how I can separate the top bar from the titlebar and have it so when a window is maximised the buttons do ...
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How to blanket change scaling of ui elements?

I have a large but not especially high resolution display. I don't want to change the font sizes, but rather I want to change how large everything appears other than text. I want to know how to do ...
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Alt+F4 stops working after compiz restart. How to fix?

Observation: if I hit Alt+F2 and enter compiz --replace, then the shorcut key Alt+F4 for closing windows stops working. I am using the latest version of gnome-ubuntu (14.04). Question: Is there a way ...
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Games eboard chess

When I move a chess piece, the piece will not stay in the selected square. I select Peer, Play against Engine, select Crafty or GNU chess. Page appears, click OK, then both page and chessboard ...
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Problem with Unity Launcher in ubuntu 14.04 LTS

I"ve been using ubuntu for the last 3 months. I've used various versions of Windows, Mac OS and Linux over the years. I know enough to be dangerous in Linux but I'm by no means an expert. My ...
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ubuntu 14.04 minimize window suspending deskop

When i try minimize window i can't do nothing until i switch to another desktop (using keyboard shortcut). I using sidekick effect but it's also happens when i don't have any effect. What is strange ...
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ubuntu 14.04 strange things happening

so I have some kind of problem with my ubuntu 14.04 64 bit. file mannager keeps crashing and some of the apps has a different layout for example system monitor looks weird: file explorer does the ...
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Unity top panel changed after resetting unity

My Unity top panel has been changed to this after I did a reset to unity. I installed unity tweak tool and then this command : unity-tweak-tool --reset-unity and the top panel changed the way ...
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No sound in mac os x 10.9 guest in virtual machine

everyone. I am using Ubuntu 14.04. I've installed mac osx 10.9 in vmware workstation 10.0.1. Everything is working fine there but I'm not able to hear any sound in any video. Can anyone resolve my ...
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Can anyone give me the ubuntu 12.04 unity launcher icon png?

I know this is a very odd question but I did something stupid. I changed the unity launcher icon to the apple icon and when i wanted to get back the default unity launcher icon i got this image: ...
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Can someone please ELI5 how to install the Unity desktop onto my Windows 8.1 install? [on hold]

As much as I'd love to, I can't use Ubuntu for everything, but I want to at least make Windows look like my favorite OS. I have no idea about the whole software architecture behind Unity/X, so I ...
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Skype and 14.04, get to the main window directly

I just upgraded to Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, and I'm currently going through all the things the upgrade messed up (themes, icons, menus, ...). One of the last things I'd like to fix is the Skype icon ...
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External hard disc problems - not showing in ubuntu

I have a HDD fitted in an enclosure which provides power to it . The HDD is plugged into a USB socket. If I press ESC during boot the HDD shows in the list (the HDD is blank and has not been ...
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Cursor won't change in Ubuntu 14.04

I know there was an old bug back during Ubuntu 9.x where the cursor wouldn't change because of compiz. I am now running Ubuntu 14.04 and the bug has now decided to rear its ugly head again. I am using ...
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Why switching panel underlay application?

I'm new to Ubuntu; I just start playing round with it a week ago. Sometimes when I press ALT+Tab to switching between applications, the panel shows underlay applications I'm working on. Even when I ...
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ubuntu 12.04 to 14.04 distribution upgrade pauses “configuring lightdm” … “Default display manager:” gdm, lightdm

Apologies if I overlooked this in the docs somewhere. Let me document something just incase it was missed. My upgrade from 12.04 to 14.04 pauses on a package configuration. The first time I did ...
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How to change workspace switcher icon when using more workspaces?

I have Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and I would like to see current workspace position while using more than 4 workspaces. When I changed number of WS with compiz-config/unity-tweak/ubuntu tweak I realized that ...
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Application WIndows getting stuck between workspaces in Unity

My problem is when I open , minimize and reopen multiple applications , (with workspaces turned on) sometimes the windows get stuck between the workspaces , is this a bug or supposed to happen , of ...
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How to remove an icon from the menu bar without uninstalls?

I know, one can uninstall or blacklist a particular app or service so that it doesn't show up on the top menu bar, but is there a way you can voluntarily, and safely (without any Terminal bashing or ...
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Make “backups” icon go away

Shortly after installing Ubuntu 14.04, I started getting this annoying black-box icon on my application launcher. I have to click on it and say "skip backups" every time I restart my computer to make ...
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Moving applications from unity launcher to docky

I have just installed docky with mac style and I really like it! but it seems that there is no way to drag and drop existing application icons from unity launcher to the docky. Foe example I want to ...
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Desktop and Nautilus fonts suddenly HUGE

I am running 14.04 (x64) with an nVidia card. About a week ago, the desktop and Nautilus fonts both ballooned in size, and I have been unable to find compiz or unity settings that address this. ...