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How do I change the command that a launcher item launches?

I'm not sure what commands are issued when trying to launch a program from the dash. How can I determine this and modify the commands of these short cuts? For example, I would like to change the ...
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Notify-osd notifications appear unthemed in top-left corner (ubuntu 13.10)

Problem I recently upgraded from 13.04 to 13.10, and suddenly notification bubbles don't appear themed as usual in the upper right corner, but they appear as white text on blue background in the ...
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How to make alt-tab diplay names of the program/window title?

When switching between programs using alt-tab I prefer the program/window title to be displayed as well as the picture of the program. This is especially useful when I have multiple editor windows ...
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Ubuntu 13.04. fail to start after installing nvidia drivers (Vostro laptop)

Everything worked fine in 13.04 Ubuntu but then i installed nvidia-drivers-103 Now it does not load into login screen at all. I see blank purple screen during start-up and then just blank black screen ...
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Screensaver/blanking problem

I have upgraded to 12.10 and then downgraded again to 12.04 LTS because of the screensaver or screen blanking problem. After 10-12 minutes the screen goes black/blank when i dont do anything (idle). I ...
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Is there a fast way to show your desktop [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are Unity’s keyboard and mouse shortcuts? I need to see content on my desktop or a folder just pressing an icon or a couple of keys. How i do this on unity?
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Gnome-terminal doesn't refresh

Gnome-terminal works just fine when I am running Unity, but when I run Gnome shell, terminals don't work properly and have to be constantly refreshed. This is particularly annoying when using "vi" to ...
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How can I make the window buttons in the panel match the window buttons in the window decorations?

When the Ambiance GTK theme is selected in Applications ▸ Appearance ▸ Customize ▸ Controls, the window buttons in the panel match the window buttons of the Ambiance Metacity theme's window ...
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Why do firefox 4 and evolution always open maximized in Unity? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Prevent Unity from auto-maximizing How to keep programs from launching maximized? 11.04 Why do Firefox 4 and Evolution always open maximized in Unity? Even after you ...
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How to start unity after boot into command line with “text”-option?

I want my system to boot terminal only, but be able to launch Unity once logged in. I've edited /etc/default/grub from : GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash" to ...
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Terminal does not appear in launcher

Whenever I open a terminal in Ubuntu, it does not appear in the launcher, as depicted in the following screenshot. It doesn't even show up when I press Alt+Tab! Is this a bug? Is there a known ...
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Change Icon Size in Unity 2D Launcher [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I make Unity 2D launcher icons smaller? Is it possible to change the icon sizes of the buttons in the launcher used in Unity 2D?
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Can't search for terminal in Unity dash

I used to be able to search for terminal in 'Dash Home' and brings up terminal. However, this way doesn't work any more. 'Dash Home' does not even let me search for 'terminal'. One thing, I have my ...
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Controlling window placement in unity with twinview

I am running a system running Ubuntu Oneric where i have a DVI monitor and an HDTV as my screens. They are set up using nVidia TwinView. The monitor and TV are not side by side and the intent is to ...
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Shutdown, logout, restart not working in 13.10

I am using Ubuntu 13.10 and have installed compiz settings manager and cairo dock. The top right corner which gives you option for about this computer system settings shutdown restart logout and ...
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nomachine NX: Text missing on all gtk interface (Unity and Gnome Classic)

[EDIT] Just in case this could help someone... I have found a .... new solution? http://www.nomachine.com/preview/download-package.php?Prod_Id=14 I am guessing that's nomachine's next version of ...
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Google-search lens for unity [closed]

Is there any google search lens available for unity? If yes how do I install it?
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Broken sound volume indicator - can't change volume

I have Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal) and the sound indicator in the panel sometimes breaks down. I assume it is probably because the sound system crashes or something. When this happens, The sound ...
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How do I set an environment variable in a Unity session?

As a work-around to an issue with ibus, I'm trying to unset the variable $IBUS_ENABLE_SYNC_MODE. I have tried placing "unset IBUS_ENABLE_SYNC_MODE" in various places including: .profile .bashrc ...
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How to load unity-launcher in standalone session?

I want to auto-start unity-launcher in a stand alone session without loading the top panel with it, like in this picture: So how to do this?
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Where are the Unity desktop wallpapers located?

Yes, before I ask this question I searched for a solution here and could not find a real answer. Thank you. Please see the picture below:
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Java application launcher not staying in Unity launcher

I'm using IntelliJ IDEA, which is a Java application. When it runs (invoked through Dash) it shows a launcher icon with no name. I've tried several times to right-click and select "keep in ...
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Set variable in .desktop file

Is there a way to set the enviroment variable in .desktop file? I'm trying to run application (eclipse) with custom gtk style, so basically I want to get the following result by runing a .desktop ...
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Is Unity a Desktop Environment?

I read somewere that Unity is a DE, is that true or not?
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After upgrading to 13.10, no applications are visible in the application lens

I upgraded from 13.04 to 13.10 and now all icons in the application lens are gone. This is what I tried so far: apt-get install --reinstall unity-lens-applications unity --replace and unity ...
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Is it possible to temporarily disable notifications?

I certainly like notifications in 12.04, but depending on the work I do they can be quite distracting. Is there an official way or a tweak to temporarily deactivate notifications? UPDATE: To ...
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How do I make the launcher progress bar work with my application?

Background Research I am attempting to update the progress bar within the Unity launcher for a simple python/Gtk application created using Quickly called test; however, following the instructions in ...
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Photoshop CS2 under Wine 1.4 Messes up Unity Desktop

I'm aware that the general consensus is that Photoshop is at best barely usable under Wine. I'm one of the lucky few that got CS2 (apparently one of the least quirky) running well under Wine 1.4 in ...
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Can I search tomboy notes with dash?

With gnome-do I could! It's very very useful for me, because tomboy is well integrated in Ubuntu. Why doesn't dash have anything about this?
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What to do when Unity's Launcher gets stuck open?

My Unity Launcher is currently stuck open. Short of logging out and back in, does anyone have ideas for getting it to auto-hide as usual?
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How can I remove the top panel in Unity?

I want to keep the Unity launcher only and remove the panel. Is there a way to do that?
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How to change device icons in launcher?

I'm running Ubuntu 13.04 and I have several hard drives in my computer and all appear with the same icon in the launcher. Is it possible to modify their icons one by one or at least change their color ...
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How do I disable compiz and enable metacity with the command-line?

I've installed some new drivers and restarted, and much to my amusement when I log in my screen goes black, then white, and it never draws properly. I switched to the command line using Ctrl + Alt + ...
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Manually turn off monitor

Can I turn off my laptop monitor manually and instantly with just a click or a simple terminal command? I just want to turn off my monitor not locking my machine. There is no dedicated turn off ...
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Application does not open in the same workspace when switched during loading

If the workspace is switched while a program loads, its window will open in the newly-active workspace. Is there any way to change this? I'd much prefer that the program open in the workspace it was ...
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dual view monitors for one desktop on ati

How do i get dual view (two monitors with Full-HD-resolution) for one desktop on unity with an ati card on ubuntu 11.10? on 11.04 all worked fine. Now i have the problem, that after customizing on ...
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Is it possible to restart only the dash and panel with launchers without restarting unity?

I know there is `unity-panel-service', which is used for restarting the panel. But it is possible restart the "Dash/Launchers" section without restarting the whole unity plugin? I have used for my ...
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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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Using the “dash” from Unity interface in classic mode?

I've so far opted out of the complete Unity experience, preferring the Ubuntu classic (gnome-shell) on my desktop. However, Unity's "dash" (the thing that opens from the Ubuntu button in the top-left ...
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How can I get an indicator icon for new updates?

I don’t want Update Manager popping up on its own, but I do want to be notified that there are new updates. In older Ubuntu releases (I don’t remember how old), an icon would display in the ...
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“No required driver detected for unity” on Dell Mini 1010

I want to "try" ubuntu-netbook off the livecd on my Dell Mini1010 (Poulsbo Intel GMA 500 graphics card). It tells me that there is: "No required driver detected for unity. You will need to choose ...
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How to install Xfce without xubuntu-desktop or ubuntustudio-desktop

I want to install Xfce without xubuntu-desktop or ubuntustudio-desktop (original Xfce 4.10, without extras). I too want to keep Unity (and Unity 2D) on my computer. Is the xfce-meta package great for ...
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How to suppress or disable the shutdown option from indicator menu or shutdown dialog?

My goal is to allow user only to restart the system, and deny any shutdown (suspend, hibernate). I am running unity-2d. I 've managed to deny suspend and hibernate with polkit policy files like ...
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Wrong window gets focus when switching workspace

I enjoy using VLC to play video while I do other work. The VLC window is set to by 'Always on top' and 'Always on visible workspace'. In former versions of Ubuntu this has worked great. When I ...
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How to get the shutdown & restart icon back in dash

In Ubuntu 11.10 it was possible to type restart or shutdown in dash, so you could drag that icon in the left panel. Now in the new 12.04 this option has been deleted/removed. Is there another way to ...
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Upper half of laptop screen becomes black when I plug in an external LCD

My laptop has Intel Mobile GM965/GL960 integrated graphic controller and the screen size is 1280x800. When I plug another LCD (ThinkVision 22") the upper half of the laptop screen becomes black. I ...
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can I move the Launcher to the right side? left side is too distracting to me [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can I move the Unity launcher? I am ready to stop using unity because I find having the Launcher on the left side too distracting. I use Windows 7 Taskbar on the right ...
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How do I set the default file association in Ubuntu 13.10 Nautilus/Files with Unity to something that is not listed in the Open With tab?

There used to be an option for adding unlisted commands, but it seems to be gone. Does anyone know how to do that now?
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How to disable all scopes, filters and dash plugins?

The Dash is overloading me with stuff I don't need, down to the weather and food recipes (?!) when I'm just looking for a file or app. Also I can't figure out how to set it to include music files ...
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Where are the systray icons for Dropbox in Ubuntu desktop 13.04 (minimal)?

I reinstalled Ubuntu desktop using the minimal CD image and the following command: $ sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop --no-install-recommends After that I used Ubuntu Software Center to make ...