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How do I install Flash on a Chromebook?

The instructions are Start up Ubuntu. Use Chromium to download this version of libpepflashplayer.so. Start a terminal and do sudo cp /path/to/libpepflashplayer.so /usr/lib/chromium-browser/plugins/...
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Can't remove LibreOffice Writer from Launcher

I updated from LibreOffice 3.4 to 4.1. Then I uninstalled 3.4. The links to Libreoffice in the Launcher still worked, but I wanted to use the main LibreOffice icon instead of the individual app ...
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Unity not working after Ubuntu 13.04 update

So I had recently installed Ubuntu 13.04 64-bit on a small home server, and after the most recent update check (July 5, 2013 is when I ran it) my machine will not load Unity and usually crashes ...
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unity 7 ubuntu 13.04 default behaviour when click on icon run application and move to the workspace that contains this runned app

In 12.04 this is a default behaviour. When i upgraded to 13.04 that does not occur. When I launch one instance of any example application and switch to other desktop (fro example from up-left to ...
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Switched graphics card, now major problems

I have an old nVidia 9600GT, which I pulled out of my computer dual booting with Windows 7 and 13.04. I then plugged in a HD6670. I didn't think to uninstall drivers in 13.04, so I started my computer ...
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Unity stopped working in 3D after software update

Today I installed some update package and an hour or two later when I restarted my machine, Unity was running in 2D. There were two Radeon packs in those updates which I suspect are the culprit. I ...
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No Desktop - 13.04

Before I start. I am kind of new to Ubuntu. I upgrade to 13.04 and it seemed to go well. But when I logged in I got no launcher or anything. I can right click to bring up a menu and use the shortcut ...
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Ubuntu 13.04 Unity black and white pixilated screen after suspend resume

Whenever I suspend and resume my laptop I get the following screen (see link to image below). I can do Ctrl+Alt+F1 to get to TTY and I can kill and restart Unity but it seems to have no effect when I ...
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No icons, launcher, top panel or anything else while 'Try Ubuntu'

I just got Ubuntu live media on USB and pressed 'Try Ubuntu' and that worked very well, so I decided to install. At the end of the install I got a fail message and it said something about the boot ...
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Installed kernel, and printer driver - No Unity?

I ran installation of printer drives for Epson Stylus S22 (From original website) The most recent installs are: 2013-04-10 12:06:53 install linux-image-3.5.0-27-generic:amd64 <none> 3.5.0-27....
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How to activate my lens on Quantal?

How to enable/activate any unity lens on Quantal? I installed many unity lens on Quantal, using the following command, but none is active on dash. sudo apt-get install unity-lens-wikipedia sudo ...
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Is it possible to hide the appmenu like MS Windows can?

The global menu seems to be not optimal for desktops, in my opinion. So i disabled it. Now i'm wondering if it is possible to hide the appmenu like MS Windows does. Of course, it can't treggered by ...
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The Unity 'Home Folder' launcher quicklist has duplicates. How can I remove them and add new entries?

I added places to my 'Home Folder' quicklist in 11.10, I believe following these instructions and ended up with duplicates once that feature became standard in 12.04. I tried this solution, removing /...
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Changes in GUI behavior after update

[Ubuntu 12.04 32-bit, Unity 5.18.0] On Friday morning I installed the recommended software updates, as I always do (list included at the end of this message). The next day, after rebooting, the GUI ...
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How do I remove GNOME and restore UNITY in 12.10?

I'm new to Ubuntu and someone suggested I install GNOME, only I was unaware it was a GUI mod. The log-in menu now has drop down for GNOME selection and such, as well as Ubuntu, however the GNOME ...
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How to run unity-3D on Desktop

My output of lspci | grep VGA is: 00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Core Processor Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 18) Can I enable unity-3D on my PC? If so, tell me how I ...
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is it possible to open same application in different viewport

i want to have same application opened in different viewport and i dont want to keep shifting between viewports just because an application is already opened in other viewport. i really new in Ubuntu ...
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How to prevent/disable Unity's Launcher from launching when dragging (& dropping) a file?

When I drag a file in Nautilus to drop it somewhere else (in a different folder but still within the same Nautilus window), Launcher launches with some "active" icons (the rest of 'em "disabled" / "...
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Launcher hides and when cursor is touching the edge

I've been using Ubuntu (and Mint) for almost two years (since Ubuntu 11.04 to be exact), and yesterday I decided to try some Compiz effects for a first time, never actually bothered about that. ...
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installed ubuntu-desktop in kubuntu but it's not like a new ubuntu

i intalled kubuntu 10.01, then ugraded to kubuntu 12.04 then after a while i used sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop in order to have a desktop environment just like a brand new installed ubuntu 12....
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Unity Launcher accordion effect does not work

How to activate Unity Launcher accordion effect? Actually luncher has scrolling effect. Thanks. Answer to the question: Log Out, In the "Log In" options select Ubuntu and not Ubuntu 2D (Ubuntu 2D ...
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just dash, activate just dash

Is it possible to activate only dash without whole launcher? Generally, am need command to launch unity 2d dash and make launcher. Is this possible? And is it possible to install unity 2d in 12.10?
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Laptop monitor is cut off when using an external display (12.04 + Unity)

UPDATE: Bug is described HERE. The "problem" still allows functionality. I have 12.04 on a T61 Thinkpad. The indicator/menu bar is rendered correctly on both screens and everything with unity/dash is ...
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Unity 3d support for multiple X-screens

I've installed Ubuntu 12.04 this weekend and have had problems getting Unity3d to work with my triple monitor set-up. I've installed the latest nVidia drivers for my 2 nVidia video cards and have ...
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Attach one window to another window in Ubuntu

In Ubuntu, is it possible to attach one window to another window (so that one window becomes the "parent window" of the other window)? I'd like to know if it's possible to do this for any two open ...
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White screens when switching to application

Sometimes when I alt-tab between applications, the application will just be a white screen. This has happened with terminal and with firefox. I can fix the problem and get the program to render by ...
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How to Switch to Unity 3d

My computer used to run Unity 3d (in Ubuntu 12.04), but when I started it up today, it was in Unity 2d. I was messing with some Ubuntu One packages recently, but I don't think that I did anything ...
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Intermittent 100% CPU running e.g. Firefox or Libre Office writer on 12.04 Unity

Occasionally some applications lock and their windows goes dark or changes colour. This has happened most frequently when running Firefox but happened today when running Libre Office Writer and ...
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How do I run the Unity panel only?

I was wondering whether there is any way to use Unity independently of the dash and hud, use just the panel with the indicators to be more exact. Is there such a feature provided by default or way ...
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Is there a way to automatically reorganize desktop icons?

Gnome has "Keep Aligned", Windows "Rearrange Automatically"; can't find it in Unity. Is it perhaps because we're not intended to have icons in the desktop?
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How do I restore window element visibility after gnome3?

After doing a dist-upgrade and installing the newest version of gnome3 to mess around with, my Unity started looking weird. I noticed that if I used any installed custom themes the window elements ...
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Unity launcher shortcut for non-number assigned icons

I really like the Unity launcher, specially the fact that I can easily switch to (or open) an application that I know with Super+[0-9] (instead of having to Alt+Tab for all the opened tabs until I ...
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Graphical Surface gone after Upgrades on 16.04 LTS WS

I run 16.04 LTS WS in a Virtual Box on top of Win 10 for a while. ( I need Win for several reasons, but email and surfing are done in UBUNTU exclusively). The entire setup is been kept actualized on a ...
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How to install Gnome Flashback DE on Ubuntu

Please advice how to properly install Gnome Flashback DE on Ubuntu 14.04 (that comes with Unity by default). I want keep all application that was preinstalled with Unity DE: LibreOffice Writer, Calc, ...
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GUI disappeared since last update, Ubuntu 16.04 running in VM on MacOS

I've been running Ubuntu 16.04 through VirtualBox on MacOS for a couple of months now, and everything was great, until today where the GUI simply disappeared, presumably following an update I did ...
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unity side by side view ratio

I am an embedded software engineer and I usually have 2 windows open at all times on my ubuntu 16.04 dev box. Qt Creator or other C++ IDE. PDF viewer showing the stm32 reference manuals. I have a ...
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No sound from internal speakers after using HDMI output

I still have the issue with Ubuntu 14.04 as I had on Mint 17.3: My laptop is connected to the TV via HDMI. Everything works fine. If I shut down the computer and plug off the HDMI no sound is coming ...
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Ubuntu 16.04 nautilus not rendering file content as icon

File content rendered as Icon in Ubuntu 14.04: Whereas file content not rendered as Icon in Ubuntu 16.04: Is there any way we can render file content as icon same as in 14.04?
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Unity DE on GalliumOS 2.0: Why is my scroll direction ignoring dconf settings?

I tried to keep the title concise. In more detail: I'm running GalliumOS 2.0 (release details) (home page) because it's nearly perfect for my setup. The only issue is that I really don't like the ...
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Notification does not appear if I safely remove a drive from launcher

If I remove an external drive from nautilus I get a notification on the top right-hand corner, but if I remove it from the launcher the notification does not appear. Is this a bug or a design choice?
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Ubuntu 16.04 unity icon grouping

When I open a window multiple times, it gets just one icon in the taskbar (or however the icon column on the left is called). I can mostly live with it, however for my terminal windows it's to bad: I ...
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How can I install Indicator Synapse on Ubuntu 16.04?

When I try to install Indicator Synapse on my computer, I used: sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/apps sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install indicator-synapse But it gives me an error E: ...
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Launcher and status bar missing after system update from Ubuntu 16.04

I was prompted by Ubuntu to update to the latest OS version and followed the automated procedure, nothing custom. When I rebooted after the update, I could only see the naked background image. The ...
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Problem in connecting to cyberoam portal

I am currently using Ubuntu 15.10 LTS ,I want to connect to cyberoam portal of my hostel.I have installed openvpn from Ubuntu software centre.Googled about the issue which redirects to download SSL ...
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What keyboard shortcut do you use for Screenshot?

I like how OS X has the screenshot shortcuts set up so that you can press them with your left hand. So, on Windows I configured Greenshot to do the same thing with Alt + S. However, Alt + S gives ...
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clicking one launcher adds instance on another launcher. how to seperate?

I have chrome and empty-chrome empty-chrome simply starts chrome from webdriver. I would like to have 2 different icons in the launcher. so I defined a new entry under /usr/share/applications/empty-...
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How to repair UNITY after installing KDE

I installed KDE and XFCE on my Ubuntu 14.04 just to taste a new Desktop environment, but I didn't liked it so I decided to switch back to Unity. But whenever I login into Unity, the top panel icons ...
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Unity Dock Appears When Viewing Movies On Dual Screen System

I have a dual screen setup and I often will have a movie playing in VLC while surfing the Web on the other monitor. I place the movie in full-screen mode with no Unity Dock showing. However, when I ...
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After update, I can't change launcher icon size

I have 6 Ubuntu vm's running in Oracle Virtual Box (3 on my work machine and 3 on my home machine). All of them are version 16.04. I don't recall the date but it seems like after some update I did ...
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Task switching brings focus to wrong desktop with maximised windows

Using ubuntu 16.04, I'm facing an issue where I want to switch to another window, the window manager activates another desktop (space) then where the window resides. I've seen this issue on a couple ...