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Why can't I change the wallpaper in Gnome Shell and Unity?

I've just installed Gnome Shell and changed the theme and so on; but I can't change the wallpaper. I'm using the Gnome Control Center to change the wallpaper but it doesn't work even if i ...
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How do I install the Unity Books Lens, and how do I use it?

I read that there is a Unity Book Lens available. How do I install it and how do I use it?
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Why is the application title bar hidden under Unity's top title bar?

In Ubuntu 14.04, The title bar of my application goes under the main title bar of Unity. In the image below, the selected window is of Download Manager, but its title bar is hidden under unity's top ...
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Cannot change background color in Ubuntu 13.04

I cannot change my background to the color blue and when I try to my desktop background goes black. I tried to do gsettings set org.gnome.settings-daemon.plugins.background active true but it still ...
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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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Can I choose between GNOME Shell and Unity on login?

After installing the gnome-shell package, will I have option to switch between Unity 3D and gnome-shell at the time of logging in (just like we have choice for unity 3d and 2d)?
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Creating Ubuntu Live CD with customized Unity launcher

I would like to create a custom Ubuntu image based on Natty using Ubuntu Customization Kit. I also want to customize the icons appearing on the Unity Launcher. I can change the icons on my desktop ...
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Uninstall Unity, rewind to old UNR interface, keeping 10.10?

I've upograded 10.04 to 10.10 on my netbook. The unity interface doesn't work for me, it just gets in the way. I can change the gdm choice at boot to put me into good ol' gnome, which is better than ...
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Can't change the Dash Color

I try to change the Dash color from CCSM or MyUnity but I after I choose a color it changes to the default by it self in 2-3 seconds. using unity 5.12.0
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Is there a command for the “Workspace Switcher”?

I just learned about "whereis" in terminal as a way to find a command to launch a given application. However, I still can't find (a way to find) the command to launch the "Workspace Switcher" in natty ...
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GDM session list borked

I must have done something especially stupid, but I observe the following behavior: When I start gdm, I see the "Warning: unable to load /etc/gdm/custom.conf: file not found" message. My GDM ...
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Run Unity on external monitor with Bumblebee

I realise there are lots of other questions about this, but they are all about the basic setup. I have gotten most of the way there but I have a very specific question: I want to run full Unity on the ...
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Window controls missing; Cannot maximise or minimize applications

Ubuntu 12.10 32 bits, fresh installation. How can I make Unity maximize or minimize a window? I see no button,option, anything, do I miss something big? Quick googling did not give me a piece of ...
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12.10 Unity GUI Not Displaying [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Desktop does not show when I installed nvidia drivers! I had 12.04 installed and had no problems at all, having had it setup on my Compaq Presario CQ62 for about 2 weeks ...
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Unity search, how to get rid of certain results?

When i want to run the calculator, i click on unity first icon (dashboard?), and then i start to type : ca : is showing the calculator as first result (probably because zeitgeist recorded that its ...
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How to open Unity's Alt+F2 dialog when hitting top-right corner?

I want to open the Alt+F2 run dialog when I hit the top-right corner like in this answer, but I need another command to do it (I have already installed xdotool and xmacro).
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Unity crashed, how can I report that to developers?

im on ubuntu natty and experiencing some weird random restarts of unity. This started happening after i installed conky and set compiz to remove its shadow. The restarting could possibly be attributed ...
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How can I put a shortcut to a file in the Unity launcher?

Is it possible to put a shortcut to a file (like a application launcher but opens a file instead of launching a program) in the Unity launcher, and if so, how?
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Is there a Unity-like global menu applet for gnome-panel?

In the top panel of Unity there's the Title of the window, and when it's moused over, a global menu pops up. Is there a similar indicator for 10.10? I've found the Indicator Applet Appmenu and Window ...
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How to install Stack Applet?

I am trying to install Stack Applet. I followed the instructions in this question. To be specific I used the following sudo add-apt-repository ppa:george-edison55/george-edison sudo apt-get update ...
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How enable Unity again?

After installing Ubuntu 14.04 I installed compizconfig-settings-manager. Then I made a mistake and disabled the unity plugin. After that unity (the dash and panel ...) are gone. I can't even run the ...
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Hiding an application from switcher [alt+tab]

I would like to hide cairo-dock from the switcher since it is redundant to have it there. I've googled for solutions without any luck.
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Unity 2d loading instead of Unity 3d at login

My problem is that after choosing Unity 3d at login the Unity 2d loads, Even though my graphics drivers seems to be working fine. Unity 3d is possible to load by following commands: ps aux | grep -i ...
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How to play a full album starting from unity music lens? [closed]

if I search form music in my Unity music lens I get as results single tracks (which get played by rhythmbox if I click on them) and albums which don't get played if I click on them. How can I fix ...
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Custom keyboard shortcut to lauch a terminal and run a command in Unity

I know this should be the simplest thing, but coming up empty. ;-( I would like to create a keyboard shortcut ctrl-alt-P that opens a terminal window and runs a ping command: ping -c 4 ...
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Can I completely disable the menu proxy?

In recent Ubuntus the menu has been pulled up into Unity's panel. That's great, but it's not for me. I'm using the Gnome 3 fallback panels for my desktop and like my menu's like they always were. ...
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How to uninstall the experimental HUD PPA?

I installed HUD via these two steps: sudo add-apt-repository ppa:unity-team/hud sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade I tested it, but now I have problems entering Applications ...
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nVidia Optimus , Unity 3D and Dual Monitors

I have an nVidia Quadro 2000M with nVidia optimus. lspci | grep VGA 00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 2nd Generation Core Processor Family Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 09) ...
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How to set CLI flags for Google Chrome?

Where can I set CLI flags for Google Chrome on Unity?
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How do I see which apps are running?

How do I see which apps are running? I'd like to see what's running in the panel and not let go of the mouse to use a keyboard shortcut. Can Unity be configured?
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How do I run a script on Unity login/logout?

I have two scripts - one to mount some folders over SSHFS - and one to unmount. I would like to launch the mount script when my default Ubuntu desktop is launched (after I log in at the graphical ...
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How to enable the Unity plugin without ccsm

I can only see my desktop pic upon login and that is because unity plugin isn't enabled. I tried ccsm, but there is no way for me to apply changes so the unity plugin remains disabled. I also can't ...
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After Ubuntu 12.04 LTS update, Only Unity 2D … bug?

I have no clue why this happened, but I would really like to fix it. I ran a bunch of updates (25+...I hadn't updated in a while) and for some reason after I restarted to install the updates, I could ...
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Low resolution icons in the application switcher

I'm on Precise 12.04 with Unity as Shell. With simple Application Switcher enabled in CCSM, all icons are showing in low resolution. Is there a way to fix this?
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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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In Ubuntu 13.04, can I add more wallpapers to the collections Ubuntu already has?

I'm using Ubuntu 13.04, and I noticed there are several excellent wallpapers, but I'd wish to add my own in a sort of collection similar to those it has that have an auto-changing cappability. I tried ...
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Your Ubuntu 12.04 is running in 2D mode. Many features will not be available.(Ubuntu 12.04)

What does that means and how to switch from 2D to 3D. I have a AMD Radeon7670M I tried installing and re installed the driver it recommended in additional drivers and i have checked synaptic package ...
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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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Do you know any birthday reminder alternative to GBirthday?

I use the very useful and small birthday (and more) reminder tool Gbirthday a lot, but there is no Unity indicator for it (at least not yet, unless someone creates it) and you have to whitelist the ...
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Unity launcher bar stuck and won't hide

When using drag and drop the launcher bar reveals and will not hide unless I close the program. Is their a fix?
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How do you change the search location of the Music Lens?

My music collection is on a separate partition and not under /home/username/Music. How do I get the music lens in Unity on Ubuntu 11.10 to search in a different location?
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How to change from Unity 2D to 3D?

I have been trying to run MyUnity, and it's been working fine until today, when it comes up with the message: So, apparently I am running Unity-2D. So I did a little command-line search withecho ...
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How to resize the top panel in Unity?

I want to resize (increase size) the Ubuntu 11.10 top taskbar, no the unity launcher, i've searched it on google, but i'm not encountered any solution. I need it only for customize my Ubuntu 11.10 ...
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Is there an environment variable that is set for Unity?

My script needs to be able to detect if the Unity is being used on top of the Gnome DE. The only other way I can think of is basically seeing if the config file is there.
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How to eject a CD/DVD from the command line

I've just right clicked on the DVD icon in the Unity Launcher in order to eject it, but instead of hitting the 'Eject' button, I missed and hit the 'Unlock from Launchpad' option instead. How do I go ...
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Remove Alt-F2 history - Trying to remove password.

How do I remove the history for Alt+F2? I accidentally typed my password in there and now I cannot get rid of it. I have tried the old way for Gnome2 which was under gnome-settings. I have also ...
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Is there a way to install Unity or Gnome Shell along with Lubuntu?

I'm using Lubuntu for a while now, but found a couple of details that I wanted to view with Unity (that's another story). Ok, the thing is: I've tried on a VM with Lubuntu to install Unity (sudo ...
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Unity just disappears after changing launcher icon size and won't come back [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Unity doesn't load, no Launcher, no Dash appears What I did: In a fresh setup of 11.10, I used compizconfig-settings-manager as explained in this question to ...
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How do you handle unity freezes?

This is a question in general. Sometimes when using Natty, the interface freezes like the keyboard works but the mouse does respond. In which case pressing Ctrl+Alt+F1 puts me at the terminal. However ...
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Is there classic mode in Ubuntu 12.10?

My computer is older (it has a Radeon 9200 video card) and it just doesn't seem to be able to handle Unity. Is there some way that I can set for the desktop to start up in classic mode instead? ...