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Can I use other Desktop environment in Ubuntu-Studio and exchange whenever I want?, Xfce to Unity & Vise

I have Ubuntu-studio 12.04 installed and I really want to have both Xfce and unity desktop, can I install both and use one of them when ever i want login? If so can you give me a little guide. Thanks ...
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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 ...
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Reconfiguring the music lens for Audacious

As much as I love Banshee for managing my library, its a bit slow (on my laptop) to use as a media player when I just fancy listening to a song and it also lacks the plugins for enhancing the sound ...
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How to make Nautilus launcher _with_ quicklists behave like normal nautilus launcher in Unity

I followed this question: How to add my favorite places as a quicklist in my home's icon in Unity? And created the launcher. It's pretty good, as you can see here: But when I click it (be ...
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How can I auto-hide the launcher via a script, when I maximize the browser?

I was trying to control Ubuntu 14.4.1 Launcher's behavior. I want it to auto-hide every time I have browser window like firefox maxmaized. I found this solution: #!/bin/bash ## Change value of ...
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Windows have black borders after hibernation Unity

when my 64bit Ubuntu 14.04 machine "wakes up" after hibernation, windows look like this: The system is still usable, but it's really ugly and I believe that Linux is beautiful, not only because of ...
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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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Unity does not appear after installing proprietary Nvidia drivers (GPU has fallen of the Bus / ACPI Failed)

Before starting I should mention that even though the title is similar to the following questions, is not the same problem and I have already tested the answers of this questions with no solution in ...
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Disable unity sidebar but still use dash with superkey

Is there a way to disable the unity sidebar but still use the dash?
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How to change Unity's default login screen to allow users to type in their logins and passwords?

Installed Pangolin 12.04 X64 I would like to change the login screen. The default screen let's you choose the user by scrolling which can be a nightmare if you have a lot of users. I just want the ...
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Applications aren't displayed in dash after upgrading to 12.04 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Dash search gives no result I have ubuntu box that has been upgraded to Ubuntu 12.04. After the upgrade one of the users cannot see applications in the dash: Typing a ...
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How to change the size and order of the launcher panel?

I have downloaded 12.04 and installed it under VirtualBox. The launcher in its default format is unsuitable for my needs. The two main factors that I need to edit are (1) the size of the panel; and ...
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Screen messed up when resumes from suspend

When ubuntu resumes from suspend the screen messed up!, I have installed correct drivers for the graphics card (nVidia geforce 6200 128mb agp) and updated to the latest. This also happens when ...
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Can a Gnome2 like interface be built upon the new Gnome3 code?

As far as I understand, both Unity and the new Gnome Shell are both running on new Gnome code base. There's some name confusion because talking about Gnome seems to refer to both the code underneath ...
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Is there any easy way in Unity to add shortcuts to the desktop?

In Gnome you can right click a menu item and add to desktop. Can't seem to find a just-as-simple alternative in Unity? Anyone know?
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How do I remove icons for other drives on the unity bar?

My HDD is split into multiple partitions. They each have an icon on the Unity bar. Is there a way to remove them from the bar?
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Is there a way to open an “extra” temporary workspace?

[Running Ubuntu 14.04, Unity] So, I have workspaces enabled and all that jazz. I know one can set some option so that Ubuntu defaults to more than four workspaces—but that's not what I want. ...
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kubuntu-desktop took over everything

I installed kubuntu-desktop via software centre but now everything is messed up in unity. As if the theme was changed but it's still "Ambiance" (the default). It even affects LXDE. For example... ...
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In 13.04 using Unity Tweak Tool hot corners stops working after reboot

I have 13.04 64 bit Ubuntu installed and I'm using Unity Tweak tool to enable hot corners everything works as it should as long as I don't reboot as soon as I do hotcorners stops working. In order to ...
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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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user config to limit application access

I want to Ubuntu 12.04 LTS in a work/office environment. The requirements are: As a Desktop/workstation. I need 1 admin user of type Administrator, with accessed to all apps, and the normal ability ...
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How do I customize the launcher animations?

When I get Skype messages I tend not to notice the launcher animation. The highlighted icon is then not enough to catch my attention once the animation is done. Although I agree with the default ...
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Is a brightness control widget available?

Is it possible to place a slider or some other GUI component on the desktop / Notification Panel on Ubuntu 12.04 to control the screen brightness? It's a little annoying to constantly have to go to ...
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How to configure programs to automatically reopen after a GUI reboot?

I am looking for a way that when I press CTRL+ALT+BACKSPACE (which reboots the GUI and sends me to the login screen) and I enter my desktop again all my programs can autostart. For example Firefox ...
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kget, Skype, and Vuze are not showing up in my panel

I have been having trouble with Unity. kGet, Skype and Vuze all give me the same problem. I can launch them once and after that if I close the Window I won't be able to get the application back. ...
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Can I change the icon size in dash? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to change icons size inside unity (e.g. on all programs panel) Has anyone found a way to resize the icons in the dash in Natty or Oneiric?
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Random “freezes” (only mouse cursor moves) [closed]

Okay. So I did a clean install of Natty yesterday. The problem is that it freezes randomly. I can still move my mouse, but not do anything. I can also go into the terminal, but doing a gdm restart ...
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How do I get DVD to play in VLC from unity dash launcher?

Once I put the DVD into DVD drive, it appears in the Unity dash/place. Clicking the icon opens nautilus. How do I make clicking the icon to open VLC player and start playing it ?.
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Script (or software) to open an application window on a specific viewport and position

So, I have 8 virtual Desktops in Unity (with Compiz) because I have many projects I'm working on simultaneously. Problem is, every time I need to reboot or accidentally close Chrome (which ...
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Reinstall Unity on 13.04 from Cinnamon

I am trying out Cinnamon 1.8 as my only desktop environment instead of unity. I am liking so far with customizing my desktop and adding extras. How do you get unity back with the terminal? I used this ...
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GMail not visible in Unity panel

I am trying to get GMail integration working with my brand new 12.10 installation. So far I have installed unity-mail and unity-webapps-gmail packages. I have also added two of my gmail account in ...
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Tweak that allows OSX-like stacks in Unity launcher

I know there is a way of doing it in Cairo dock (see this Q&A), but I love the Unity Launcher and would like to keep using that. I've spent so much time working with stacks before that starting to ...
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Application lens installend but missing in dash

I have a very strange problem: the "Applications" lens does not appear in unity dash. The unity-lens-application and unity-places-applications packages are installed, i tried also unity --reset but ...
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Is there a keyboard shortcut for the indicator area?

There is a bunch of functionality that is available in the Unity system tray (open/show pidgin, show amarok, turn on/off wireless, switch wireless network, etc). I want to get access to that ...
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Where can I find Icon sets for Unity?

I really dislike the default monochrome icons in Unity's global menu and in Thunderbird, but I haven't been able to find a source for alternative icons. Any tips?
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Wrong window focus behaviour in Unity, but not GNOME Shell

I just upgraded from 11.04 to 11.10, and I'm noticing a strange window behaviour that I can't seem to fix. Basically it seems like all windows have focus, as shown in this screenshot: It happens ...
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How to preview windows of a specific application in Unity?

I would like in Unity, to see a preview of the open windows of a specific application. Just like Linux DockbarX (or windows 7). Motivation example: When I have several windows open of the same ...
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In Unity, how to tell which window is the one I want when switching?

Say I have 5 different worksheets open in Calc, and I'm trying to switch between them. As far as I can tell, I have two options: use Alt-Tab to switch - by looking at zoomed out versions of the ...
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Can the Close / Minimize / Maximize buttons be pulled out of the Global App Menu when a window is maximized?

I've disabled the Unity Global AppMenu as it personally drives me batty - I've also moved my minimize / maximize buttons back to the right hand side of the windows where I like them. However, when I ...
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Can I set the scrolling speed when I mouse over the launcher?

Is there a setting to increase the scroll speed of the Unity Panel when using the Mouse. When in keyboard mode the launcher will scroll quickly, however with the mouse over event action scrolling ...
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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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How to create a Menu item for Eclipse in Ubuntu 13.10?

I upgraded Eclipse yesterday to version 4.3 and was faced with the missing menus bug. To get the menus back one has to start Eclipse in a different way, thus I tried to create a new item in the Main ...
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KDE theme appears in Unity, Cinnamon, and XFCE

I am running Ubuntu 12.10 with Unity, Cinnamon, XCFE, and KDE installed. Every time I run KDE, the KDE theme appears in all the applications when run on any of the other desktops. I'd really ...
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How to find the .desktop files for pinned applications in the Unity launcher?

I know the desktop files live in /usr/share/applications and ~/.local/share/applications. I'm looking for 2 information: Where can I see the desktop items that show in my launcher (I would love to ...
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How to delete all desktop environments except Unity?

I am using Ubuntu 12.04 with many desktop environments like Unity,Gnome,Lubuntu,Xubuntu , Cinnamon and many . Now i'd like to remove all except Ubuntu because they all are messing with my main unity ...
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Crippled Dash under Unity

I freshly installed Ubuntu 12.04 from a minimal install using command sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop --no-install-recommends I logged in only to find that the Dash is crippled. When Dash opens, ...
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How to add entries in quicklists

The Quicklists is an amazing feature of unity. But sometimes some options which I might want are not available in the quicklist. For the simplest example: In the Nautilus quicklist,suppose I need a ...
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How can I enable Multitouch features on My Desktop Touch Screen

I have a "Medion" Touchscreen (bought from Aldi). The display works perfectly, as do single touch inputs. However, despite the screen being multitouch capable, I can't get multitouch gestures to work. ...
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Zimbra desktop as default email and calendar application [closed]

I am reading and looking after this for some time without an answer. I would like to define Zimbra Desktop as my default e-mail and calendar and contact application in ubuntu 11.10, how can i do it? ...
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How can I force new windows to open in background & without focus?

I have Opera set as my default browser but it is the same for Firefox. When opening a link in Liferea, the link opens in an external browser and the browser gets focus. I would like to open the links ...