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How can I change the appearance of an icon?

Just installed Ubuntu 13.10 I am new to ubuntu OS. I did number 31, Google Services Launcher, of this page: What Custom Launchers and Unity Quicklists are available? I'm just trying to do some things ...
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Ubuntu 13.10 keyboard shortcuts being ignored

As I was unable to specify some keyboard shortcuts (e.g. lock computer and show desktop - my changes were being ignored after rebooting) through Ubuntu's system settings, I installed ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 - Problem after manually installing NVidia Drivers, Unity issue

After manually installing Nvidia drivers (downloading nvidia .run driver) Laptop model - dell inspiron 14 3421 Video card - NVIDIA GeForce GT 625M I could still access the side bar(unity)/ Here's ...
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WINE works,but the launcher and the global menu bar are on the screen when running apps,why?

I used WINE to run Counter Strike 1.6 on Ubuntu 12.04 and everything works well,excepting that the launcher and the global menu bar remain on the screen.They just become twice bigger and when I'm ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 64 bit: double click does not open applications

I have just reinstalled my Ubuntu 12.04 64 bit. The problem is that if I click an icon on Unity, Chromium for instance, the application does not open. In addition, also a double click on a file does ...
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Can't click on text fields

I'm having this weird problem with my Ubuntu since I bought a new laptop,sometimes without any clear reason it doesn't let me click on any text field and nowadays I saw that I can't click on the top ...
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Spread workspaces not responding to correct key mapping for ESC

The "Spread Workspaces" (Super + S) function usually takes the ESC key to go back to the current workspace. Through System Settings > Keyboard > Layout Settings > Options > Caps Lock key ...
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Ubuntu 13.10 Very Big Issue

About a minute after logging into my PC, after installing 13.10 Saucy Salamander from Precise Pangolin, I am unable to click on any window, or move any window, or click on anything in any window, or ...
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Can't change Unity background after installing MATE

I installed MATE desktop on my Ubuntu, i.e. it had only Unity. Once I come back to Unity, Right click >> "Change Desktop Background" does nothing System Settings >> Appearance and choosing a ...
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How do you superimpose a game running in windowed mode over the unity sidebar?

I like running games like garrysmod and killing floor in windowed mode. The windows get cut off slightly by the sidebar. Is there a method where you can have the window above the bar as well as the ...
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Ubuntu unity corrupted, glitching after fresh install

I am doing a fresh install of Ubuntu on ASUS F3U, however after the initial startup and downloading updates I am unable to fix the display which is clearly glitched. I have made 2 screenshots covering ...
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Remove webApps launcher iconsAlso

I like how the web apps integrate with Unity, but I would prefer if they didn't show their icon in the launcher. Is their a way to disable the launcher icon but keep their panel indicator? Also I ...
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How to restore Data from ubuntu 12.10 localhost

after upgrading from Ubuntu 12.04 to 12.10 i have a black screen, don't see any thing I well remove this version and install a new one . but I need My all projects from local host. it's Important .
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If one was to install cinammon on ubuntu, what differences would stand?

Latest ubuntu size: About 880mb. Latest mint size: About 1.2gb. What gives? Searching, i found that almost all the differences mentioned are regarding cinammon vs unity. Theoretically if one was to ...
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12.04 recognises dual monitors but one screen has a black overlay in the way of everything but the mouse cursor

This has worked fine up until today. The first screen works absolutely fine. The second screen however, is seen by the OS, is visible in the display settings and works absolutely fine in mirror mode. ...
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No animations in compizconfig settings manager under macbuntu

I have already looked at this question - No animation options showing in CompizConfig Settings Manager but it didn't resolve my issue. I'm running macbuntu. Is there any way that I can use animations ...
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12.04 LTS - desktop items take long time to appear after login

my Ubuntu worked fine until 1 month ago. I ran then a regular SW update via Update manager and since then the elements on my desktop take about 20 seconds to appear after log in. Before this update ...
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No add folder toolbar item or edit menu visible in File Roller with Unity 13.10

I need to add selected files from sub folders in File Roller and retain the relative paths. The help docs refer to an add folder toolbar item and a add folder option on the the edit menu that should ...
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compiz/unity corrupted 13.10

for some reason when I booted my computer this morning my desktop was all messed up... When I started any program it would be on 4/5 of my screen. My desktop looked horrible with some kind of ...
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Unity web apps do not work in Chromium

I am using stock, basic Ubuntu 13.10. I have the Chromium Browser installed from the Software Center, and I have the Chromium web apps extension installed. I have ALL of the Unity web apps, and the ...
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Unity occaissionally doesn't show app icons that I just opened

It's not consistent, but on random apps (and I mean anything from KSP to Ubuntu Software Center) when I open the app it might not appear in the launcher. Example Is this just a bug in Ubuntu 12.04 ...
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Why does Unity not showing wallpaper after installing Gnome?

I am using Ubuntu 13.10.My system works very fine until I installed Gnome Desktop and Cinnamon.Cinnamon wasn't working then I removed it.Unity's desktop is fully black.Right now,Gnome works just fine ...
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“noise” on some windows (display problems)

I have a ASUS notebook, with a standard Ubuntu 13.10 installation. The video controller is VGA compatible controller 3rd Generation Intel Core processor Graphics Controller. Everything works fine ...
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Context Menu Partially Hidden

The context (right-click) menu on my Ubuntu 12.04 install is being cut off behind the top menu bar. In the above example there are three more options that should be appearing above the "Submit..." ...
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What 3D effects Unity2D lacks?

I know that, Unity2D is meant to work on systems without hardware acceleration, like ARM-based platforms and as a result it is incapable of the advanced 3D effects that Unity offers; what are they ?
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Chrome is has “Pandora One” description in Launcher and Dash in Ubuntu 13.10

I am running 64-bit 13.10 and google-chrome-stable with Firefox as my default browser. I have installed Pandora One Unity Web App. Whether accessing Chrome from Launcher or Dash, it has a ...
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How to get Unity Dash Source code and compile it

Hey Guys I am trying to create a Desktop environment using compiz as windows manager and docky and I want Unity Dash as the default app launcher so I want to know how to get unity dash source and ...
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Unity programs' toolbar everything is disabled

I installed Gnome and KDE desktop environments. Now I can't select things from the programs' tool bars. I can still use the alt key. I don't know if this is the issue but some of styles from the KDE ...
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Can't click any window menu after Update

I can't seem to click any of the menu on any application from the Unity panel bar appmenu. working fine before update.
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System Monitor, Settings and other windows have no decoration

I've been using Ubuntu 13.10 for a reasonable amount of time now, and I have never encountered this issue before. One day the frame (the part with the close, minimize and maximize buttons) just ...
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My screen moves when I move my mouse to the right or bottom edge of the screen. How do I disable this?

When I move my mouse to the right or bottom edge of the screen, my desktop moves off the screen partially and a black strip appears. How can I disable this?
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“super” key and vmbox

I have recently installed vmbox and have win7 on it. I would like that my "super" key doesn't trigger unity interface, but works only in guest OS. Found the setting "catch keyboard", but this doesn't ...
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12.04 LTS Launcher Problem

My system has been working fine until yesterday. Suddenly my launcher size reverted to the default size and I was no longer able to change it using Settings->Appearance (the option doesn't show up). ...
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Is Zeitgeist broken in Ubuntu 13.10?

Running Ubuntu 13.10. About a month ago I looked at the size of the zeitgeist files in ~/.local/share/zeitgeist and found the -wal and -shm sqlite files to be over 4GB in total. As this is ...
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How to fix zeitgeist database creation error

I've encountered the seemingly ubiquitous problem of unity not being able to find local apps when searching. After trying the advice left in these questions: Application lens installend but missing ...
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Make the menu keyboard key act as a right mouse click in Unity

What: I have a keyboard key called "menu" that does successfully pull up a menu, but it doesn't correspond with where the mouse pointer currently is. Rather, it is a menu relative to what seems to be ...
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My screen has pulsing blurriness after attempting UI Scale

Did an upgrade from 13.10 to 14.04. Everything was going fine until I did a UI Scale. Now there's a pulsing blurriness on my screen. Any way I can reset that? I've uninstalled/reinstalled xorg ...
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How do I configure the left click to select only partial words/sentences?

I am using Ubuntu 12.04 and whenever I am in any window that has text - such as FireFox or NetBeans and I try to select partial words/sentences - it deselects them immediately. It only allows me to ...
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Can't reinstall Nautilus after using Nemo

I had for a while been using Nemo as my file manager under Unity (Ubuntu 13.10), following the instructions here. A few weeks ago, Nemo stopped handling the desktop, and I was left with a black ...
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I can't open CompizConfig Settings Manager in Ubuntu 13.10

When I upgraded my ubuntu from 'raring ringtail' to 'saucy salamander' my CompizConfig Setting Manager does not open. When I type fusion-icon in terminal, I see the following message: compizconfig - ...
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Is it possible to have, at the same time, Unity notifications in Unity and XFCE notifications in XFCE?

If one has both Unity and XFCE desktop environments installed in Ubuntu, is it possible (and how) to have them work correctly without one of them taking the place of the other? I want to have Unity's ...
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How do I access Empathy after is has been “started hidden”

When I start Empathy with the --start-hidden switch at session startup, it's very hard to access it afterwards. Even if I receive a message, I won't see any windows when I click the icon in the ...
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About Ask Ubuntu lens

I have downloaded Ask Ubuntu Lens from the Ubuntu Software Center for ubuntu 12.04 and installed it. Then i logged out and logged in to use that software but when I searched in the Dash home icon was ...
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Compiz frequently resetting “Initiate Window Move” shortcut key back to defaults

since i am using quiet a few applications where i need alt+leftmouse shortcut to be available - i installed CompizConfig Settings Manager and changed the shortcut under "Enable Move Window" - ...
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Edges of some windows running across workspaces in Unity

I like to use the Compiz Grid keyboard shortcuts to put windows on the left half and right half of my screen. But I've noticed that when running programs like GVim or the terminal, which require their ...
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Problem booting up after upgrade

I am a novice in regards to the backend of computers! I have encountered the following problem. I updated 12.04.4 (LTS) and the unity interface has disappeared. Once the update was finished, I was ...
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Should Unity WebApps look like a webpage

I've got a few Unity Web Apps on my Ubuntu 13.10 MBP 17". When I click on them they open up to the sites web page in my browser. I'm just curious to know if the web-apps are supposed to do anything ...
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Can't Change keyboard Layout in Cinnamon 2.0.6 Installed on Ubuntu 13.10

I recently installed ubuntu 13.10,and there was bug that you couldn't change your keyboard layout via "Shift+Alt",I updated it and there was fix for this bug. when i Installed Cinnamon 2.0.6 and ...
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GUI programs launched from command line appear behind other windows

Often, when I launch a GUI application from the command line, its window will appear behind other windows. For example, if I make a terminal full-screen and launch gitk, it will not appear to have ...
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Want to display Matlab figures in current workspace alone, Ubuntu 12.04

I use multiple workspaces of ubuntu 12.04 for my work. For instance, I run Matlab in one workspace and edit my documents in another. When I run my Matlab code, it generates multiple figures. However, ...