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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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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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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 ...
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Unity GUI pauses/freezes for less than a few seconds

I've just got my new Lenovo ThinkPad X220 with Intel HD graphics (I'm not sure what the chip is) and I've installed Natty. Everything works great out of the box, except there are short pauses/freezes ...
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Drag & Drop Files and Items in Unity !

How can I drag and drop files (media files specifically) in my Unity. While playing videos or music, if I like to drop another file in the totem/vlc media player, how to do it ?
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Will it be possible to autohide indicators in some way in the future?

Currently I have way to many indicators/icons on my system tray. Is it possible that auto hide will be added in future Ubuntu versions?
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CCSM not saving any changes made

I'm making changes with ccsm to the unity plugin, mainly to disable a whole ton of useless keyboard shortcuts which just take fullscreen applications out of focus and cause other problems. The changes ...
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Resume upgrade to 13.10

I had 13.04 and started to upgrade to 13.10. But the computer hanged and I rebooted it. I did instructions from How do I resume a release upgrade/update? Now OS launches, but I upgrade is ...
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Recent update killed unity 3d launcher

I am scratching my head on this one, a lot of things are still new to me. I updated 126 packages just now through the update manager, and upon reboot everything works fine except the unity launcher. ...
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Sound broken after installing updates - no hardware present, but some programs play sound [closed]

My problem: sound has been working great for 2-3 months until 2 days ago, when I installed some recommended updates. After reboot I've got the following issues: cannot control master volume through ...
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Tragedy after login Unity from unity-greeter (lightdm) launched from processing unity [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Appearance does not change on switching the theme Prorouge :( Naughty Me haz launched unity-greeter (lightdm) on gnome-terminal with processing unity. I accidentally ...
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Change keybinding to show Unity Sidebar

I tend to use the Super key in my keybindings (e.g. move between workspaces, vim commands, etc.) and holding the super key shows the sidebar. It's really annoying especially if I'm on the maximised ...
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Unity doesn't start [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Unity doesn't load, no Launcher, no Dash appears I downloaded Ubuntu 11.04 onto a USB stick in order to run a live version from there. For some reason, Unity doesn't ...
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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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Eclipse fail to start in a clean workspace

I'm having a problem starting any version of eclipse in any kind of workspace (brand new or with data already). The problem started when I upgraded my OS from Ubuntu 13.10 to 14.04, and tried to ...
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Ubuntu 13.10 not usable because of focus problems

I tried to set up Ubuntu 13.10, but there are massive focus problems which make it unusable. It don't seems to have something to do with Unity where I found something about focus problems in the web. ...
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What do I do about my busted GUI?

I have been trying to dial down Compiz's stranglehold on my memory, and not keeping very good notes. I think all I did was reduce the texture quality in OpenGL, per Roland Taylor's suggestion. But I ...
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Is Ubuntu Phone's GUI going to be ported to desktop Ubuntu?

Now that even cheap laptops are coming with touchscreens I was wondering if Canonical plans to include its new touch version of Unity GUI on regular Ubuntu for use in laptops and desktops.
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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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Will Unity become themeable? [closed]

As of now, unity itself isn't themeable - the theme doesn't change - only the window decoration changes, if that makes sense. If unity is to become default in 11.04, surely it would make sense for ...
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How do I increase the font size in Dash?

I am a person with a visual impairment. Pre-Unity versions of Ubuntu allowed you to change all font sizes. Now the Universal Access feature is pretty much useless, as increasing font size to "Large" ...
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What is the blue triangle on the home button for?

I just noticed a blue triangle icon on my 'Ubuntu' icon. What could it mean?
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Can I theme the menubar to look different if a window is maximized?

I know you can theme the Unity menubar in GTK+3 using CSS, but is there a way to theme it differently depending on whether a window is maximized? This would be useful for e.g. themes where the ...
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Remove user session indicator in Unity? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Don’t display user name in panel Is there any possibility to remove my user session applet from the top pane of Unity in Ubuntu 11.10? I mean that with my name. It only ...
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Can you change the orientation of the Unity launcher?

I was looking at 11.04 pre-Alpha and wondering if I can change the dock orientation. Does the pre-Alpha have this function? Is the idea being implemented as we speak? If not where can I propose this ...
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How can I add PlayOnLinux programs in the Unity dash?

I wonder if there is any way to add the programs installed in PlayOnLinux to the Unity dash.
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How can I resize the Unity Dash?

When I open the Unity Dash from the launcher, the Dash takes up the whole screen and doesn't give me the ability to resize it. This makes it impossible to see my desktop and drag and drop icons to it ...
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Would a Unity lens written for Unity 3D also work in Unity 2D?

I am thinking of writing a few lens features to link Unity into some business web applications, do I have to target both Unity variants separately or can I do one and assume the other will just work?
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Unity (Ubuntu) option is missing from login menu

After purging and reinstalling Nautilus, Unity is missing and everything defaults to GNOME Classic. The Unity (Ubuntu) option at login is even missing. The Unity plugin is still ticked in ccsm. If I ...
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How do I switch between Unity and Unity 2D without logging out?

I really like both Unity and Unity 2D. They currently have different issues, meaning that one does not have the issue the other has. For instance, when I play Battle for Wesnoth, then it integrates ...
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Chrome icon not appearing in Launcher

I've been using Chromium for some time now, but I decided to switch over to Chrome. More features. Anyways, I found that when I launch Chrome, its icon doesn't appear in the Launcher. Do any of you ...
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What do the “no”s mean, in the output of unity support test?

Not software rendered: yes Not blacklisted: yes GLX fbconfig: yes GLX texture from pixmap: no GL npot or rect textures: no GL vertex program: no GL fragment program: ...
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How to disable window maximizing when dragging to top panel [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to turn off Compiz's “drag to maximize” behaviour? Unity mimics the behavior of Windows 7's Aero Snap. That is, when dragging a window and hitting ...
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How do I show a list of applications in Unity?

I'm more of a visual person. I prefer scanning a list of icons to being presented with a search box and being forced to remember the name of the thing I want. Is there any way to view a list of ...