For questions regarding the Unity desktop environment, including configuring Unity and using it.

learn more… | top users | synonyms (2)

9
votes
1answer
505 views

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 ...
9
votes
2answers
1k views

Will CCSM work better with 12.04?

in my ubuntu 11.10, compiz completely knackered my setup and I was wondering wil this still be a problem with all the unity plugins in 12.04?
9
votes
2answers
4k views

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 ...
8
votes
5answers
30k views

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?
8
votes
3answers
5k views

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 ...
8
votes
1answer
675 views

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 ...
7
votes
2answers
26k views

How to switch from unity to gnome

Default ui for Ubuntu 14.04 being Unity, want to switch to Gnome. Can't find usual way to switch at login screen as mentioned here. ...
7
votes
7answers
11k views

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 ...
7
votes
1answer
887 views

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 ...
7
votes
2answers
2k views

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 ...
6
votes
4answers
15k views

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 ...
6
votes
2answers
5k views

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?
5
votes
1answer
139 views

Visual Alerts don't work

When I go to Universal Access -> Hearing tab -> turn Visual Alerts on and try Test Flash with either the option to flash the window title or to flash the entire screen, nothing happens. Also, see my ...
5
votes
2answers
2k views

how to get the update manager window visible?

I can see from the launcher that the Update Manager is running - it has the little triangle by it. However, I am having trouble seeing the window. If I click on it from one desktop, it switches to ...
5
votes
7answers
9k views

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
969 views

Setting to only show applications of current workspace in launcher?

Is it possible to have the opened applications of the current workspace in the launcher but not the ones from other workspaces?
4
votes
2answers
10k views

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
662 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
4k views

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 ...
3
votes
0answers
2k views

Google-search lens for unity [closed]

Is there any google search lens available for unity? If yes how do I install it?
3
votes
2answers
5k views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
858 views

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 ...
1
vote
3answers
894 views

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?
11
votes
4answers
596 views

Is Unity a Desktop Environment?

I read somewere that Unity is a DE, is that true or not?
10
votes
2answers
3k views

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 ...
10
votes
1answer
728 views

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 ...
9
votes
5answers
1k views

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 ...
9
votes
3answers
433 views

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?
9
votes
6answers
3k views

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?
8
votes
2answers
272 views

How to show all windows of an application?

I have an application using multiple windows. How can I quickly bring all the windows of that application to the foreground? When I scroll through the applications with the scroll-wheel it only ...
8
votes
1answer
5k views

Global menu bar integration add-on missing in Firefox 22 for Ubuntu 12.04

I just installed Firefox 22 via PPA, and during installation I noticed the global menu bar integration add-on version 22 also was included, but when I launch Firefox I cannot locate the add-on to ...
8
votes
4answers
3k views

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?
7
votes
2answers
2k views

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 ...
7
votes
1answer
1k views

URL in Launcher

How do I get an URL in Unity Launcher, so when I click the URL the website of that URL opens in my standard webbrowser - i.e. firefox. (I am using Ubuntu 12.10)
7
votes
2answers
3k views

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 ...
6
votes
1answer
6k views

How to restart unity-panel-service [duplicate]

Sometimes, the unity panel just stops working, meaning I can't access any menus for the programs I'm running. I know I can probably log in/out but that really puts an uncomfortable hickup in my work ...
6
votes
3answers
3k views

Unity not showing Applications

I have a weird issue with Unity, it just stopped showing applications in the unity dash search menu. I can't launch application unless I run them from the terminal. I have tried to force unity ...
6
votes
2answers
195 views

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 ...
6
votes
1answer
5k views

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 ...
6
votes
2answers
985 views

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 ...
6
votes
3answers
780 views

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 ...
6
votes
3answers
767 views

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 ...
6
votes
2answers
7k views

“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 ...
5
votes
3answers
567 views

Workspace indicator that works with more than 4 workspaces?

I'm using ubuntu with more than the default 4 workspaces. The workspace indicator icon in the left sidebar only shows 4 workspaces. So i can't see in which workspace I'm currently are. Is there a ...
5
votes
1answer
17k views

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS randomly freezes (graphics/unity only) [duplicate]

When I'm just chilling on the desktop or doing whatever, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS will (every 10-20 minutes or so) just randomly freeze. The screen just stops, I can't see my mouse move, etc. However, I can ...
5
votes
1answer
640 views

Laptop-friendly alternatives to Unity window-placement shortcuts

Unity (I'm using Ubuntu Trusty if it matters) has these very handy shortcuts where you can press ctrl+alt+numpad to place a window in one of 8 predetermined positions. For instance, ctrl+alt+7 will ...
5
votes
1answer
2k views

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 ...
5
votes
2answers
2k views

Can Snap-Windows be set up for 4 windows instead of just 2?

The title might need some adjusting but what I am trying to say is that, when one drags a window to the left or right side of the screen, it resizes to fill that half of the screen. So if I drag 2 ...
5
votes
1answer
294 views

Unity Notifications do not look normal?

Ok so I think this is because I am missing a package. My unity notifications (ex. when unity tells me it is connected to a network) look ugly. They used to be translucent chameleon rectangles. Now ...
5
votes
1answer
3k views

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 ...