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How to install Gnome desktop?

I want to install Gnome desktop in my 64-bit Ubuntu 14.04 I just googled and I found two ways to install Gnome. I also read other answers on askubuntu and googled but can't find what is difference ...
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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 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 can I automatically add workspaces, only if I need them?

Assume I am using 4 workspaces and I incidentally need more, is there an automated process or, if impossible, an easy way to incidentally add more workspaces (instead of installing Ubuntu tweak etc. ...
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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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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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Mouse pointer invisible after reinstalling Unity on top of Gnome in Ubuntu 13.10

I am using Ubuntu 13.10. I usually use Cinnamon and Gnome shell and had removed Unity and related packages. I re-installed Unity, and everything works fine except that the mouse pointer is no longer ...
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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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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 can I use Unity 2d with another window manager besides Metacity?

How can I use Unity 2d with another window manager besides Metacity? (like openbox forexample)
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 do I call gnome-session-quit with countdown from Unity?

To be able to shutdown with a keyboard shortcut we can assign gnome-session-quit ---power-off to a custom shortcut. In Unity this will lead to the following dialog: Then we need another at least ...
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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), ...
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Gnome-terminal doesn't refresh

Gnome-terminal works just fine when I am running Unity, but when I run Gnome shell, terminals don't work properly and have to be constantly refreshed. This is particularly annoying when using "vi" to ...
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Keyboard shortcut to focus on (idle) terminal

I would like to know, if there is possible to use keyboard shortcut to focus on first idle (non working) terminal window in unity (13.10)? Something like Ctr+Alt+T, but before opening the new instance ...
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How to change device icons in launcher?

I'm running Ubuntu 13.04 and I have several hard drives in my computer and all appear with the same icon in the launcher. Is it possible to modify their icons one by one or at least change their color ...
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How do I disable compiz and enable metacity with the command-line?

I've installed some new drivers and restarted, and much to my amusement when I log in my screen goes black, then white, and it never draws properly. I switched to the command line using Ctrl + Alt + ...
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How can I customize the Unity top panel?

How can I put the opened programs in the top bar to switch between them? Like Xubuntu, KDE, Gnome classic, fallback... But I'm talking about Unity. I need see/know what software I'm using in some ...
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Unity “Files & Folders” lens can't find anything

Recently, the Unity "Files & Folders" lens can not find anything I am searching for using the dash. Let's give an example : I want to find a document called "Figure_1.png". Before this trouble, I ...
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Apply changes or restart Unity dash/launcher/… without reboot or logout

I was in the situation that an application I had was not available in the Unity applications lens after I removed a custom .desktop launcher file in my home directory that had overridden the ...
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Assign default keyboard language per-application

Is it possible to assign default keyboard language for specific applications? I know that there is an option to always start an application with a default keyboard language but this is not what I ...
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Editing gsettings; add icon to launcher by command

Although there are several posts on the Internet on the subject, I did not find a solution yet: my goal is to find a command that adds an icon (.desktop file) to the Unity launcher and shows it ...
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(Dual monitors) Indicators displaying in panel on both monitors

The time, power, notification, networking and weather applets are displaying in the panel on both of my monitors in Natty. Is there a setting that I can change to ensure they only appear once within ...
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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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How to change cursor in Unity?

As we have to have active compiz with Unity, I can't change the color, size, etc. of the cursor. Is there any way for do it?
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how to get the update manager window visible?

I can see from the launcher that the Update Manager is running - it has the little triangle by it. However, I am having trouble seeing the window. If I click on it from one desktop, it switches to ...
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Moving min/max/close buttons back to right hand side for full screen windows [closed]

How do I move the minimuze/maximise/close buttons to the right hand under Unity, for maximised windows? I've used gconf-editor to change /apps/metacity/general/button_layout to move them to the right ...
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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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My Dash does not show recent applications. What can I do to fix that?

For some unknown reason, my Unity dash doesn't show recent applications. I am guessing it could be related to the fact that I have a newer version of zeitgeist than the standard repo provides (I use a ...
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Freeze when resuming from screensaver or monitor-sleep-state [closed]

I've installed Natty on an older Samsung desktop at work. It's a shared machine that needs no screen-locking, passwords, or anything else. (Perhaps it should have those features, but nobody would use ...
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[Left Alt]+Tab doesn't work or How to change a Level3 Shift to a normal ALT?

I have a problem with my Ubuntu, running 14.04 LTS. The problem is that I'm trying to user Alt+F4 and Alt+Tab and it doesn't work, it only works with the Right Alt. I also tried to set a new ...
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Revert from Gnome 3 to Unity

Ok, so Ubuntu 14.04 came with Gnome 3 in it's repo and I tried to give it a go, and I didn't like it at all. So I wanted to continue to use Unity desktop, but it kept freezing and I couldn't change ...
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No desktop showing in Ubuntu 13.04 via VNC on a VPS [closed]

I have a VPS on which till now I've been using ubuntu 11.04 ... This OS is very outdated now, so I decided to give 13.04 a shot ... So I've just installed Ubuntu 13.04 on my VPS ... After ...
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Compiz ( or even compositing in general) is not starting up when I login. Solution?

Whenever I log into a desktop environment, it doesn't seem that compositing is starting. Unity 2D works fine, but when I go to Unity 3D Compiz doesn't start up. I have to type compiz --replace & ...
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Is it possible to pin certain apps to a workspace in Unity? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to distribute windows over virtual desktops in Gnome Is there a way to assign apps to a specific workspace in Unity (11.10)? With this I mean that when I open, for ...
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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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Dash not working after upgrade to 13.10

After upgrading to 13.10 I'm unable to use Dash. Nothing appears when I type something, I don't see any icons or shortcuts. Resetting unity does not help, the command is unavailable. What should I ...
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How to “ungroup” windows from an icon on the launcher?

When I have more than one instance of a program running and I minimize all of them, they are grouped in a single icon on the launcher. For example, I'm chatting with three people on Emesene: Joe, Mary ...
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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 ...