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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 ...
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Using NX with Unity in 11.10

I'm trying to use nx to login remotely to my desktop. But when I do, because of unity I get the following screen: It looks like all I can do is access the file browser from here. I tried following ...
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Sublime Text 2 doesn't stay pinned to the launcher

I use Sublime Text 2 in Ubuntu. The program downloads and runs on it's own without an installer (sort of like a portable app, I guess). When I pin it to the launcher, it only stays until I restart ...
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Laptop monitor stays black with an external display connected to my Asus UX32VD

Whether I run Ubuntu as a live-USB or install it, I always have two trash bins on the Unity Launcher. Both work, and both open the same location. This seems a bit redundant; what could be done about ...
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Finding .desktop files based on their titles?

That's part 2 of a question asked earlier (to be able to give credit to the answers individually). When I type into the Dash applications show up with their title (also when hovering over the ...
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What does Ctrl + Alt + F11 do and why can't i log into my account with unity anymore? [duplicate]

I was just happily typing away, trying out some android dev on my ubuntu machine, i pressed Ctrl + Alt + F11 instead of Ctrl + F11 to run the program in eclipse. This made the screen go blank with a ...
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If I install any dekstop environment (like XFCE) alongside Unity can it affect Unity?

I want to be sure whether it going to break something like my default Unity desktop or not. I once tried KDE on Ubuntu and it broke the whole theme. I had to reinstall Ubuntu that time. I dont want ...
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How to return the login screen to the default

I've been experimenting with various Desktop Environments, including LXDE, XFCE, KDE. I'm returning to Unity, and I would like my login screen back to the default for 12.04. I think that it changed ...
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How can I set default applications in Unity Launcher for other users?

So I'm the first user on Ubuntu 13.10, and want to add other users as well. How can I change the default applications in Unity Launcher in a way that all new users will find my set of applications in ...
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How to set Desktop to show files and folders from different directory?

Currently, when all windows are minimized and closed, the desktop will show files and folders located in /home/user/Desktop. I want to change this behavior and have my home folder be displayed for ...
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Ubuntu 13.04 - Black screen with unresponsive cursor

Few days ago I installed ubuntu 13.04 on a new machine without big issues. Today, after the boot, I have this situation: grub correctly loaded and normal boot normal purple screen with red dots ...
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Non persistent keyboard shortcuts in Unity [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: System shortcut setting is always restored to default I did change the keyboard shortcuts for window navigation in Unity to use hjkl (vim movement). I did reassign the ...
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After drop of Unity2D in 12.10: How to tackle high load of Unity/compiz on netbooks? [closed]

Update: Though it's not fully clear to me why this Q should be off-topic and I have doubts that a bug report will help, I filed a bug report at https://bugs.launchpad.net/unity/+bug/1067349 Please ...
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Force rewrite of Gnome-Do summon binding on login because keeps being set to disabled

I was wondering where the gnome-do binding was stored for summon do. I want to rewrite this on login because it keeps getting overwritten when I have it stored as space to disabled. Where is this ...
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How to sync Contacts in 12.04 with Thunderbird / Ubuntu One? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Thunderbird Contacts sync with Ubuntu One How to get Google Contacts to sync with Thunderbird / Ubuntu One in Ubuntu 12.04 Beta? I want to sync Google Contacts with ...
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How to activate cube and related Compiz features without crashing Unity?

I have activated Desktop cube feature in Compiz by editing the config file way in this link: Preference >> Export Open the exported profile and edit it Find “s0_active_plugins” and replace wall with ...
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Want left and right mouse buttons to both map to select

In Ubuntu 12.04 my Asus N56DP mapped both the right and left mouse buttons to be select, or left mouse button. To get a right click or context menu, I would use a two finger click. I quickly got used ...
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In Ubuntu 13.04, can I add more wallpapers to the collections Ubuntu already has?

I'm using Ubuntu 13.04, and I noticed there are several excellent wallpapers, but I'd wish to add my own in a sort of collection similar to those it has that have an auto-changing cappability. I tried ...
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Just ran some updates, broke system and stuck in Unity 2d

I just installed 25 updates. In them were the raring graphics stack and kernel 3.5.25. I rebooted back and noticed I was now in Unity 2d. This behaves much slower than 3d did and when I tried to log ...
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Installed nvidia driver, activated it, and now Unity is gone. No bars, menus, nothing

I installed the nvidia driver (installed the ubuntu-x-swat ones, updated them, got the updates for them, installed bumblebee. I restarted everytime I did those steps, so no, i don't simply need to ...
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Ubuntu not showing any GUI

When I boot into Ubuntu, I don't see the Unity interface. Instead it boots into some sort of command line interface (pic attached) I tried pressing atl + F7, in that case i get a screen showing ...
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multiple monitors only work with unity 2d [closed]

The only way for me to get three monitors to work is to degrade down to Unity 2D with xinerama. When only one screen is up i.e. two monitors are working with twinview, I am able to use Unity 3D. I'd ...
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Opening home folder causes another file cabinet icon to appear [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why are there two icons in the Unity launcher for Nautilus? When I launch Home Folder from the Unity Dash, a Files window opens instead of opening itself (as default). ...
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How do I disable the F10 (application menu) keybinding in Ubuntu 11.10? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Deactivate F1 and F10 keybindings? Identical to: Deactivate F1 and F10 keybindings? But these instructions no longer apply to 11.10. There's no longer a mapping for ...
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Optimising 11.04 for speed

I've just upgraded to 11.04 (after 10.04) on my laptop. This went without a glitch, everything just works, so kudos to the Ubuntu team. But my laptop is old in dog years. It's a more than 5 year old ...
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Anatomy and terminology of Unity - Dash, HUD, launcher and panel? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What’s the right terminology for Unity’s UI elements? Just for reference for those who haven't installed Unity yet - what is the difference between these elements? ...
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Why do some applications in Unity start “maximized” but not integrated into the panel?

When I start some applications like Gimp or update-manager they start like if they where maximized but they have window decorations, are not integrated into the Unity panel and therefore move towards ...
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How to remap keyboard shortcuts in Unity Launcher? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: > Can I define keyboard shortcuts using the Super key? I am aware of how to change the shortcut to focus the Launcher with Compiz Settings Manager, so this is a different ...
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Dash not working after upgrade to 13.10

After upgrading to 13.10 I'm unable to use Dash. Nothing appears when I type something, I don't see any icons or shortcuts. Resetting unity does not help, the command is unavailable. What should I ...
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What are differences between a lens and scope?

Well it seems those two terms are the most popular ones since 11.04. What truly are the differences and similarities between them (lenses and scopes)?
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Browser's back button hidden by unity launcher

Usually when i try to reach a back button on my browser, I end up with a launcher popping over it. So instead of simply pushing "back" button I have to deal with a launcher. I think this is unity's ...
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Is there any way to initiate “urgent animation” of an icon on the Unity launcher from command line?

It would be great if one could use it in the terminal for announcing that some time intensive job is done, e.g. "apt-get dist-upgrade; urg-anim".
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LibreOffice problem integrating with Unity

I have started noticing this problem a while back. Opening spreadsheets directly from Nautilus sometimes has different behaviors in Unity. This means that sometimes I see the icon pop in the launcher ...
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Where's the line between the dash and the file browser?

I've noticed some overlap between Unity's dash and Nautilus, due to folders being able to be opened and browsed straight from the dash. However if you want to perform any kind of operation on the ...
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Window tiling (Move-to-{corner,side}) shortcuts in Ubuntu 13.04

I am trying to figure out how I can change the window tiling shortcuts in Ubuntu 13.04. Currently they are set to <Ctrl><Alt>numpadn. First I tried to check the shortcuts available in ...
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Is there a way to install Unity or Gnome Shell along with Lubuntu?

I'm using Lubuntu for a while now, but found a couple of details that I wanted to view with Unity (that's another story). Ok, the thing is: I've tried on a VM with Lubuntu to install Unity (sudo ...
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gEdit problem with color of selected text

I have a weird problem here using gEdit. It's gEdit 3.2 in Ubuntu 11.10. When I select some piece of text, this should be white text on orange background (Unity 11.10 default). Suddenly it started ...
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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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Will Unity have a keyboard shortcut for accessing the “Session Menu” that appears on the panel?

I noticed in screen shots of Unity the presence of the "Session Menu" indicator in the right corner of the top-panel. This menu drops down to offer Log Out, Hibernate, Restart, Shut Down, etc. I know ...
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Will the Compiz version's dash be the same as the current dash?

Since the Compiz version of Unity does not have a dash at the moment, I was wondering if the Unity team is planning to port the current version of the dash "as it is" (eight huge icons to open Firefox ...
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Ubuntu 13.04 under Parallels Desktop - Black Desktop after X Windows Update [duplicate]

I have been running Ubuntu 13.04 successfully on a MacBook Pro in a virtual machine in Parallels Desktop 9. Today (2013-10-17) after applying today's Ubuntu update, which included updates to X ...
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How can I search manpages in 13.10’s dash?

In 13.10, there is no dedicated help lens. In 13.04, it was the place for docs like yelp, manpages or texinfo. However, there is a manpage scope in the dash, and it is activated. But when I search ...
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Create a Gtk Window insensitive to Show Desktop and Won't show in Launcher

I want to make a Gtk.Window which is pinned to the Desktop and acts like a desktop widget. I've found that I can do this by setting self.set_type_hint(Gdk.WindowTypeHint.DESKTOP) which keeps it below ...
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Switching desktop environment from Unity?

Basicall I have installed a few desktop environments. And if you are familiar with Unity, you know that the way switching works, is you get this sort of drop-down with all the environments installed, ...
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Configure sticky edges

I'm using Ubuntu 12.04 and like the sticky edges feature on my dual monitor setup (extra monitor on left), but would like to configure it a little less sticky. Currently I have to drag about an inch ...
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Desktop folder and files disappeared

I restarted my computer, and when I logged back in, I noticed that all of my files that were on the desktop are gone. Instead, icons of all of my home folder are showed on my desktop. I opened the ...
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Ubuntu feels slow after 11.10 update

I recently updated Ubuntu to the latest 11.10 version. For some reason since the update Ubuntu reacts slowly. For example, when I drag a window there is a delay in the movement, when I write text it ...
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Unity Launcher Does Not Remember Favorites

I have already looked at the similar questions, but none of the solutions there worked for me. Basically, I can edit and remove icons just fine when I am in a session, but the next time I am logged ...
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Unity launcher — is it available as a separate package?

Is the launcher (side dock) found in Unity available as a stand-alone package that can be added to other desktops? (like xfce) If so, what's the package name? and is it available for 10.04 or only ...