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Why is Unity a “slow” desktop environment?

Background First of all, this is not a question about opinions. I am assuming that we are talking about Unity 3D and on a computer with decent graphics configuration. By "desktop environment", I am ...
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How to show only opened apps in the current workspace on unity?

I've never been a "workspace user" but now I'm starting to feel the need to separate my work.. Is it possible, on unity, to only show apps on the running on the current workspace? An example of what ...
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Software updater doesn't display Ubuntu 14.04

I have the weirdest problem. Software Updater will occasionally not display in Unity on 14.04. If I manually start Software Updater everything works fine, but if there are updates and the window ...
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How to get copy.com notification icon on Unity on Trusty to work?

Do you guys know how to get Copy's systray icon to work? That's an old question and the old fix doesn't work no more.. I've already tried: sudo apt-get install libappindicator1 and the other: ...
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How to ungroup windows on task switcher?

I'm playing with ubuntu 12.04, precise pangolin, and there's an issue I can't see how to solve. If I have three instances of, let's say, Firefox, in the switcher appears a single Firefox icon, I have ...
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Can I install Unity aside with XFCE and switch them as I want?

I am using XUbuntu 11.10 with XFCE and am willing to give Unity a try, but don't want to loose my well-tuned system and desktop. I don't think LiveCD is what I need: I want to try the behaviour of ...
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How to add Minecraft to the Unity launcher?

I'm having trouble getting Minecraft to launch when I add it to the launcher. If the game is running, I can right click on the icon in the launcher and select "keep in launcher" and the icon stays, ...
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How to edit Unity multitouch gestures?

I can't find a way to modify the touchpad gestures Unity uses by default on Ubuntu 12.04/12.10. Tried with Ginn, but it shows error subscribing to gestures and it seems because of Unity. Is there a ...
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Ubuntu 15.04 : Sound, keyboard, terminal shortcut stopped working

I have recently upgraded to ubuntu 15.04. After this, I am facing some weird errors. My shortcut CTRL + ALT + T stopped working for terminal. Function keys for Sound not working anymore. My keyboard ...
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15.10 Chrome: external links are opened as blank tabs in new browser window

Since I installed 15.10 (fresh install on a new machine), and set Google Chrome as default browser, whenever I open links from external apps these are open as blank tabs in new browser window (no ...
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What Easter eggs are there in Unity?

Are there any Easter Eggs in Unity? The Easter Eggs from here involving ALT + F2 (as provided by gnome-panel) don't work.
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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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Project Hamster Time Traker, lack of Unity support

I used to use the hamster time tracker. It is a wonderful application, easy to use and simple. However, with the move to Unity, it does not work properly due to the lack of integration. Are there any ...
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How do I disable the alt-right click keyboard binding?

Using Oneiric 11.10 and Unity. I want to disable the context menu that appears with Alt+RightClick. Alt+RightClick is a much used shortcut in Blender. It's possible to remap keys in Blender, but I was ...
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Ubuntu 16.04 + Nvidia Driver = Blank screen

SOLUTION UPDATE 1: To make the grub change permanent: from terminal run: sudo gedit /etc/default/grub add nomodeset i.e. (GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="nomodeset quiet splash") save the file from ...
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Where is Start-up Applications in 14.04 Unity?

I cannot find the Start-up Applications in 14.04, I read on a forum that you had to go into Main Menu and allow it to be visible through preferences, but I have looked all the way through preferences ...
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How to enable mouse wheel in virtualbox?

I've installed on my host ubuntu 10.04 in virtualbox guest operating system ubuntu 12.04. And mouse wheel doesn't scroll vertically the contents of a window. In host works normally. VirtualBox mouse ...
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How to integrate Gmail, Google contacts and Google calendar into Unity without Thunderbird or Evolution?

I want to integrate my Google contacts, calender and Gmail to Unity. And I don´t want to use Thunderbird or even worse Evolution. Is there a possibility like in GNOME 3.xx? A lightweight contact / ...
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How do I add Netbeans to the Unity launcher?

I have installed NetBeans 7.0 manually, because only 6.9 is available in Ubuntu Software Center. I tried to keep it in launcher, but after system restart it's gone. How can I permanently add it?
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How to remove an icon from Unity Dash?

I installed DbVisualize in Ubuntu 12.04. Now I don't want to use it anymore, so I deleted the folder "DBVisualizer" in my Home folder. Problem is I can still see the icon in the Dash. How could I ...
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Is there an Inhibit Sleep indicator for Unity?

In the classic Gnome shell, you could add an Inhibit applet to prevent the computer going to sleep. This doesn't work with Unity. Is there an alternative and just easy way to prevent the computer ...
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What is the difference between Unity-2D and Unity-3D?

What is the difference between Unity-2D and Unity-3D? Would unity-2D be supported (updates, features) in the future version of ubuntu?
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How to create & pin Unity shortcut to a specific command / shellscript

This is not a duplicate as I've spent a good while trying to find a solution from Ask Ubuntu and Googling, to no avail. It is a specific problem after successfully pinning the shortcut to Unity. The ...
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Is It possible to make workspaces in Unity act like they do in GNOME Shell?

I was using GNOME Shell but switched back to Unity due to the amount of screen space I lost using shell. One thing I miss from Shell is the workspace switcher it uses compared to Unity's and IMO, it ...
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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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Default themes are gone, windows look ugly

I have recently made an upgrade from 11.10 to 12.04. Everything went fine, except the theme I used to have, Hope-DT, was having the fonts coloured white. So, yesterday, trying to find an updated ...
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Why isn't conky working right in Unity desktop?

First of all, my desktop environment is unity. I am using it with 14.04 OS(with all recent updates). I recently installed infinity conky. I installed and followed all the instructions correctly in the ...
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How to resolve screen flickering on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Series 7548

The monitor can go into a flickering mode which is easily triggered by going into "Search your computer and online sources." It is especially bad if other applications are open like Chrome (perhaps ...
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How to move Unity Launcher to a different monitor?

I have two monitors. The left monitor is set as primary, but the Unity Launcher appears on the right monitor. How can I move it to the other monitor?
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What GUI toolkit will Ubuntu Unity use?

I develop some apps for GTK+ and so I use GNOME heavily. But what will be Unity's GUI toolkit?
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How to access Skype in Unity?

I don't know how to access Skype in Ubuntu 11.10 because it gives me some error when I press the Skype icon on Unity launcher. Here is a screenshot. It's obvious that another instance of Skype is ...
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Can I disable Dash and HUD hotkeys when fullscreen (in DOSBox)?

I'd like to know if its possible to disable the global hotkeys (Start and Alt) for Unity features while running applications in fullscreen under DOSBox. If possible, it would be nice to disable them ...
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Globally disable “include online search results”

We have started replacing some Windows desktops with Ubuntu for some users in the organization I work. Because of our policies we need to globally disable the following features: The Include online ...
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How to change the screen DPI in 11.10?

I want to change the DPI of the screen that is used in Ubuntu 11.10. How do I do this? I don't just want to change the font size like in How do I change the font DPI settings?, but I also want the ...
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How to restart unity-panel-service [duplicate]

Sometimes, the unity panel just stops working, meaning I can't access any menus for the programs I'm running. I know I can probably log in/out but that really puts an uncomfortable hickup in my work ...
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Gmail Webapps and 13.10 - Unity and Message Me Menu Integration

I've just installed 13.10 and while I was using Firefox, the system prompted me to install the webapps for sites like Gmail, Facebook, Launchpad, and so on. What happens is that, after the first ...
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Standalone Calendar with Unity Integration

I currently use Sunbird, and I like it for the most part, but its support is being dropped and it doesn't integrate with Unity. I'm looking for a calendar or personal organizer program which would run ...
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Replacing Unity bar with Docky?

What I'm trying to do is disable the Unity side bar (launcher) which shows by default and is on the left and use Docky instead. I want to keep all of the rest of the features of Unity (the nice ...
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Is it possible to add a quicklist to the Libreoffice Writer icon in the Launcher showing my most recently opened documents?

Is it possible to add a quicklist to the Libreoffice Writer icon in the Unity Launcher showing my most recently opened documents?
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The indicator icon of Copy.com disappeared or the menu is unreadable

Copy.com is a commercial service offering free space (much like Dropbox and, once, UbuntuOne). Starting with version 13.10 and continuing with 14.04, two bugs plague the Copy.com application on Ubuntu ...
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Making Google Calendar and Gmail the “Default Applications” for calendar and mail

I wish to integrate the Gmail and Google Calendar web interfaces with Unity. This means several things. In System Info > Default Applications set firefox 'https://mail.google.com/mail/?shva=1#inbox' ...
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How to open a file in the same display I am working it?

I have connected a LCD to my laptop. When I try to open a file in Nautilus, the target application opens in my laptop display, rather than the second display (in which nautilus window is open). I ...
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How do I reset my unity configuration on 15.04?

I've been googling many answers to this question, such as the various suggestions up and down http://askubuntu.com/a/202020/99436, and none of them are working for me. They might work for you. They ...
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How to write a simple scope for a Unity lens? [duplicate]

I am looking for a tutorial on writing a scope for simple search from a website. The tutorial at Ubuntu wiki is very complex. If somebody can explain me the steps to write a scope in a simplest way, ...
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upgraded to 14.10 and no unity no dash

This morning I upgraded to 14.10 and Ubuntu itself will not load past the password stage. Tried Compiz and it says it cannot load... luckily Kubuntu seems to be working right now, but prefer the Unity ...
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unity and the tray are not displayed after login

When I'm Log in the Tray bar works. After the correct login it disappear , also the unity bar doesn't appear. so I can not even start a terminal session for making changes, since it does not work the ...
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Why am I not able to shutdown, log-off and restart after an upgrade to Ubuntu 13.10? [closed]

After the update neither my desktop (Asus) nor my laptop (HP) respond to the shut-down, log off or restart commands in the right top tool bar. How do I fix the issue?
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How do I get rid of this monitor error?

I have an Nvidia card and two monitors. Every time I log in to Unity on Ubuntu 11.10, I get this error: "Could not apply the stored configuration for monitors" I have tried opening ...
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Best Graphics Card For Ubuntu [closed]

I am trying to find a useable graphics card which has support for compiz and the unity interface.
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How can I make running emacsclient from the unity launcher reuse an existing emacs window

(I'm actually asking this even though I intend to supply the answer, so this is more by way of providing a tip.) If you create an emacsclient launcher by copying a .desktop file (e.g. the Emacs one), ...