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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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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 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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How to refresh launcher icon application menu in ubuntu 12.04?

After modifying a desktop file in /usr/share/applications, I need to refresh the launcher icon application menu so that my modification shows up. For the sake of clarity, the menu that should get ...
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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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Disable gnome-software's notification bubble (notify-osd) for available updates

Running 16.04 with Unity, after every log-in I see this annoying notification bubble in the top right corner of the screen that there are updates available. This is not only annoying, but often it is ...
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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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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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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 (I'...
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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 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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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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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 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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Ubuntu 14.04 - No Unity in user account, but in guest account

Yesterday I switched back from Linux Mint to Ubuntu 14.04 and after installation I faced the following problem: When I login with my user account Unity isn't loading. I can see no desktop elements - ...
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Why isn't the Alt+` shortcut working on my international keyboard?

According to How to use Alt + GraveAccent on non-US keyboard?, the Unity shortcut to switch between windows of the same application is Alt + (whichever key is above Tab). It doesn't work in my DELL-...
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Nvidia 840M driver installation Acer E5-571

After a lot of trying and installing I don't know anything more to I can do to get this running. I am having trouble installing the current Nvidia proprietary driver 346.35 on a Nvidia 840M graphics ...
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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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Unity-like Dashboard for Gnome fallback?

Is there any way I can run the Unity dashboard (or something similar, like Bolt for Gnome 3) in Gnome Fallback?
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What are the functional differences between Lubuntu and Ubuntu?

I understand that Lubuntu utilizes LXDE over Ubuntu's Unity(Gnome?); But being new to Linux I'm not sure if that change is going to be simply cosmetic, or if there will be functional differences I ...
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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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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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[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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unity messed up by fglrx drivers

I tried to install the ati propreitary driver from this link... here but somehow at the end it gave me some error.. and when i rebooted, unity complained that my h/w cant run unity.. and since then ...
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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 to set CLI flags for Google Chrome?

Where can I set CLI flags for Google Chrome on Unity?
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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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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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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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How to change the location of the 'close' and 'minimize' window buttons?

I want to change the location of the 'close' and 'minimize' window. The default location is on upper left - and I want it to be on upper right. Screenshot attached
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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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Why can't the Unity panel be hidden?

What intrinsic purpose does the static unity panel hold for the OS? There has to be a great reason for this thing to HAVE to be here. It ONLY goes away in fullscreen apps and I can't use everything ...
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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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workspace switching via ctrl + alt + arrow not working after upgrade to 13.04, how to fix this? [duplicate]

So, my update to 13.04 didn't go very well. Due to the lack of a decent driver (Yes, i'm unlucky to have a legacy driver which doesn't play nice with the new Xorg.), I had to mess around with stuff to ...
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How to change dash transparency?

Depending on the application that is running when I open the dash it is sometimes nearly impossible to read the icons due to the transparency of the dash background. Is there a way to change the ...
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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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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 change ...
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Can you run unity8 as your desktop?

I know you can run unity8 on your desktop, which will pop up a qml phone shell, but can you run it as your desktop? If so how do you achieve this, are there things not yet working on it? My confusion ...
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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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What is the Ubuntu equivalent of the Windows Start Menu?

Is there an equivalent of the Windows "Start Menu" in Ubuntu from where all installed programs can be easily accessed?
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Ubuntu 14.04 - You have held broken packages

This is a very popular question, but bare with me as I have tried teverything you are all about to suggest. So This is what I get: sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop Reading package lists... Done ...
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How do I install the Reddit Unity Lens?

So I was looking at Jorge Castro's blog, and I saw that there was a Reddit lens for Ubuntu 11.04 Unity. How do I install it? Is there a PPA?
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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? Thanks....
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How can I always show the close, minimise & maximise buttons into their own windows?

Ubuntu 11.10 hides the close, min and max buttons in the top panel. Is there a way to bring all that back into the actual window and not in the panel? Not just the buttons, but also the File, Edit ...
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How to restore/change Alt+Tab behaviour/ram usage and a few other things after Ubuntu upgrade from 11.04 to 11.10? [closed]

I use Ubuntu for programming. I recently updated it from 11.04 to 11.10. There are some things I don't like in the new version of Unity desktop interface. I don't actually know if it is hard to ...
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Sound icon missing from top menu

The sound icon from the top menu bar is missing. It does however appear on the login screen and the guest account. I can still adjust my volume using keyboard keys but I liked the sound icon because ...
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Scale mode window on same workspace?

I have recently upgraded from ubuntu 11.10 to ubuntu 12.04. Generally in unity if we open several interface of an application then we can switch them by double clicking the icon of the application on ...