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Shortcuts and Unity features broken after update

I installed Ubuntu 16.04 from the daily live distribution some weeks before it was released as LTS. I executed an apt-get upgrade yesterday and many packages were upgraded, including some related to ...
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apps wont maximize completely

When I maximize an app it will not take up the full screen. This started happening when I hooked up an external monitor to my laptop and now see below the picture of what happens. I press the ...
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Why changing system default fonts won't work for menu items?

I have installed unity-tweak-tool and tinkered with the font settings. I have set all fonts to italic. However, it seems not applicable to all fields. For example, items in drop down menu and pop-up ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 login loop Unity terminated with status 1

I have ubuntu 14.04 and am stuck in a login loop problem despite trying the common answers to the multitude of questions on the site ,none have worked. I can't figure out what's wrong and would be ...
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Big Trouble with Ubuntu 14.04

I'm not entirely Unix illiterate, but this distribution has got me totally buffaloed. I can't add the Terminal app to the application loader no matter what I do. I've now spent an hour researching ...
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At the start of Amarok are appearing 2 question marks at the unity launcher after 16.04 upgrade

The problem appears since I upgraded from 15.10 to 16.04. This happens everytime when I start Amarok for the first time after system startup. (The picture only shows 1 question mark, because the ...
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radeon 7640 laptop 16.04 work-arounds

I have Radeon 7640 video in my laptop. I don't like opensource radeon driver. It's slow as hell (and makes my laptop hot as hellfire too). But, it's a good machine with 4 cores, I love it. I heard ...
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Omni search bar activate

Omni search bar activate Hi there, I am running Ubuntu 15.10 I'm not sure, but I think I may have once or twice activated what looks like some kind of omni search bar in the bottom right corner of ...
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upstart failure immediate at login

After I type in user password, the Ubuntu 16.04 attempts to login, but then immediate backs out to lightdm greeter. The following is lightdm's log tail -f /var/log/lightdm/x-0-greeter.log (nm-...
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CompizConfig-Settings-Manager bug/error?

I am a Linux beginner user. I installed sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager compiz-plugins-extra Immediately after I press Alt+F2 and type compiz --replace(otherwise the opacity ...
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how to integrate wine with unity icons automatically? [16.04]

In my previous ubuntu, using ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa, apps run with wine would automagically be shown with nice icons in unity launcher. In 16.04, using ppa:wine/wine-builds, I installed wine-devel but ...
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16.04 update broke unity

When upgrading from 15.10 to 16.04 unity just broke, and when trying to run unity from a command line compiz (core) gives me a segmentation fault (core dumped). If you can't fix it, please suggest an ...
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Launcher switcher and windows controls broken after update

I already had a 15.10 system and installed 16.04 on top of it by formatting the root partition but leaving home as it were. After the upgrade unity window switcher only shows the desktop place holder ...
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In Unity Desktop, is there a way to hide *some* windows but not others in the window list?

I have multiple windows that are always open, I know they're open, and I don't really care to know they exist. Specifically, I keep irc open in a window, and a live webcam in a window, scattered ...
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How to reload the Unity dash?

I know that there are similar questions in here, but their answers are very outdated. I have installed many applications and created a couple of .desktop files, they have been placed on the proper ...
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“Ghost” volumes' windows showing up in Alt+Tab

I have a strange problem after upgrading to 16.04. I have two volumes that show up when I Alt+Tab, but there are no windows open going around. If I try to open them, by Alt+Tabbing to them, nothing ...
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How do I make Alt+Tab switcher to show small windows instead of icons?

I want to have something like this: instead of what I have now: UPD: There is appropriate option in compiz-config, but it doesn't work:
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Chromium window disappears randomly but runs it just gets invisible o.O

What the title sais is the short description... its very strange and I dont know if its a ubuntu bug or a chromium one thus I had to make a huge post explaining it... :/ TLTR; I am not sure if it's ...
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Restore original default configurations of unity

I install ubuntu gnome and pantheon few days ago but managed to remove them. I already purged their files but still some configurations are still existing. My unity default settings were also ...
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Unable to install unity-webapps in ubuntu 16.04

I'm unable to install unity-webapps after upgrading to 16.04. All began as tweak unity was not launching. Now i'm unable to install it from synaptic package manager also as its indicating broken ...
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nemo not showing script icons

I just installed nemo file manager in Ubuntu by following this tutorial, and I really like this it. The only problem I am having is that nemo doesn't show the right icon on source code files (like ...
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Gnome Classic doesn't seem to start any more

I have gdm installed with Ubuntu 12.04. For a session I select Gnome Classic. This used to work fine, now for some reason when I try to start a Gnome Classic session, the screen flashes, and starts an ...
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error large bars and toolbars in eclipse?

this is my eclipse 4.2 GUI, in Numix theme: and in Ambiance theme(default) As title, Tabs and tool bars of my Eclipse too large. so, how do i fix it? please don't tell me change to default theme, ...
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How to decrease unity launcher bottom top border?

this space is annoing. It would be so a very nice desktop , but there is that damn space that is partially transparent. I would like it either full transparent or not transparent at all. regards
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Why the font of menu is different on global bar and window bar?

If selecting to show the menus in the window's title bar (Settings -> Appearance -> Behavior). The font is different (ugly indeed) when the menu is in the window's title bar.
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How to pin recent documents on pinned apps of unity bar?

How to pin recent documents on pinned apps of unity bar for later easy access? In windows 10 i have pinned the recent opened file as shown here in screenshot.
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List of open applications in ubuntu [duplicate]

I am using gnome shell and I have just update to ubuntu 16.04. Some gnome extensions are not [yet] compatible and especially one I used: dash-to-dock which allow to display a side bar with favorites ...
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Ubuntu 16.04 Window Spread make glitch and freeze screen

im on latest ubuntu 16.04 and everything work fine first. but since im trying to turn off window spread from Unity Tweak Tools then trying to turn on back, im always geting glitch and freeze screen ...
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Ubuntu often freezes when I make videos in Chrome fullscreen. How can I fix this?

With Ubuntu 15.10 running on 64 bit Intel i7 with Intel graphics hardware, I find that Unity freezes very often when I make videos played in Chrome fullscreen. The operating system does not freeze and ...
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How to make dragging windows not lagging behind?

I am new to Ubuntu and I feel my window manager (I've tried Unity and Cinnamon so far) is not fully responsive. In fact when I take a window by holding its title bar and moving it around, the window ...
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How can I reintegrate LibreOffice's menu into the Unity topbar menu?

My LibreOffice menu is no longer being integrated into Unity's topbar menu. How can I reintegrate it? Screenshot how it is currently being displayed: How I want it to be:
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What could cause extreme mouse lag?

I experience extreme mouse lag in my Ubuntu 16.04. Not always, but sometimes the pointer freezes. What could cause it? Free memory is 33% Cores around 43° C Pysical ID 44° C
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Why is there a spacing between launcher and the window?

Can someone explain why there's a 1px spacing between the launcher menu and the window?? This is an issue I've noticed when I install the Ubuntu desktop environment on a Xubuntu installation. I've ...
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I lost my home folder on update to 16.04, is it possible to retrieve it?

I have only one user on my computer, me - paul. My update to 16.04 crashed at the very last second, when I tried to restart I was experiencing login loop. After some research, I found that there was ...
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Docking station + External Monitor: mouse and keyboard get stuck in different windows

Whenever I plug my external monitor into my Lenovo Docking station for my W540 the mouse and keyboard will eventually get stuck in different windows. i.e. I can click in my terminal, but when I type ...
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How to speed up the auto-hide animation for the launcher?

I have just installed Ubuntu 16.04 and moved the launcher to the bottom, with the auto-hide option ON. It's very annoying that the reveal animation is too slow,is there any way to speed it up or ...
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No applications I have downloaded will open

My Kodi, VLC, even transmission will not open and show the display...It's like it thinks it's open but nothing is showing on the screen. Any help? I have tried reinstalling unity with: sudo apt-get ...
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Ubuntu stuck on fsck from util-linux 2.26.2 on boot

I was messing around with trying to use something other than Unity and now I cannot get past the following message on my screen: fsck from util-linux 2.26.2 /dev/sdb2: clean 387907/2918832 files, ...
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java GUI makes the system confused about the location of the windows on the screen

At least one java application I use (TWS from Interactive Brokers) in about 25% of the time causes the system to be confused about the location of the windows on the screen. For example, after ...
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Automatic screen brightness in Ubuntu Xenial

As I understand, Unity in Xenial is Gnome 3.18 for the most part. This version of Gnome has a built-in automatic screen brightness control. I've tested it in Fedora 23 and it works excellent. However, ...
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No desktop and Loading Icons. . . Issue

I've recently installed Ubuntu 15.10 onto a virtual machine, however after logging in there is no icons or anything on the desktop, just the cursor and the background. I have looked online however am ...
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steam for ubuntu “unity” 12.04 Lts 64 bit on samsung chromebook 3

OK, so I bought a Samsung Chromebook 3 model code: XE500C13-K01US just to figure out I cant play the games I wanted to.. should have done a little more research before purchasing.. but I found out you ...
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Monitor not idling after i3wm installation

Yesterday I installed i3wm and noticed that after the screensaver turns on, the screens turns black, but the monitors stay on (have two of them). Up to now I was using Unity and the session locked ...
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distorted images, flash not loading properly, and chrome crashing on start

Yesterday I noticed several strange things happening. I noticed flash crash on BBC iplayer - I could not get it to start properly even after re-installing - it will load, but when you press play it ...
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Ubuntu 14.04.4 keeps logging me out

I installed ubuntu 14.04.4 on my laptop last ight and it keeps logging me out. Its not my display setting i have it set to never turn the screen off. when it logs me out it closes all programs and ...
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urduino serial monitor does not shows even though is running / ubuntu 14.04

I'm playing with arduino. I installed the latest IDE from arduino.org (version 1.7.9). I'm running ubuntu 14.04. When I run the serial monitor, nothing happens except for an arrow on the arduino IDE ...
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How do I get a Mac like Dock

I want to get rid of the normal Ubuntu task bar and have a dock displayed at the bottom of my screen. I tried using Cairio Dock but I dont really like it and still could not get rid of the default ...
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how to ensure all application's menu will be accessible (in any way) at any window manager?

In Unity 3D window manager, I use the global menu. When using another window manager, the application's menu are gone, there is no single way to access them, making most of them useless. Ex.: If ...
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Can use a custom notification daemon for my own different notifications in my app?

I want to use a notification bubble that allows clickable buttons inside it (for a media player), but the default notify-osd/notify-send does not allow that (or is limited). Can i use other ...
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Cinnamon Menu Not Working

I don't use cinnamon ,My mom uses it ,cause it's easy to navigate (In her opinion) using the windows like start menu, but i recently noticed the menu is not working, nothing works in the menu it doesn'...