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How to hide unity launcher border line [duplicate]

I'm on 14.04. I have my launcher on full transparency and I've hidden the containing boxes, and to complete the picture and have the icons completely hovering, it'd be nice to hide the border line or ...
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Run RDP server on Ubuntu 12.10

What's the best way to run a RDP Server on Ubuntu 12.10? I'd like to run an RDP server on my Desktop running Ubuntu 12.10 and be able to login from another 12.10 machine using the remote login ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 totem video player show big play/pause icon on screen

After I updated my desktop to 14.04 totem or unity default video player show it's play/pause icon very big on the screen, and there is nothing in preferences that i can change it. any suggestions ?
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Software Updater window not displaying, though open in 13.04

I have a very interesting problem that has just recently developed. I am routinely getting software updates and I can see the software updater window is available to be displayed on the task bar in ...
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How can I apply exceptions to window decoration on compiz?

Back in the previous releases, I used the compiz plugins "window decoration" and "window rules" to have a transparent, sticky, unmovable gnome-terminal acting as a wallpaper. The trick was to create a ...
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How do I turn off the border around Unity launcher icons?

Is there a way to turn off the boxes around the icons in Unity? Clarification: I do not mean the backlight color -- there are plenty of questions about turning that off. I want the icons, and just ...
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Wallpaper is not changing and right click does not work on desktop in Ubuntu 14.04

Sorry if this question is already answered in some links; but I have already searched so much to find solution to my problem. Recently I installed gnome-shell and ubuntu-gnome-desktop to try gnome. I ...
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Numix removes borders and colors in unity launcher

I recently re-installed ubuntu 14.04, when i installed the numix gtk theme, the borders of all the icons in the unity launcher dissapeared along with the colors, i tried relogging, re-applying the ...
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How can I remove Compiz?

I'd like some help to fix another unity issue. After last update, my system broke. For example, when I execute a 'ls' command, the screen breaks and does not show anything. Sometimes, just the ...
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Are there any tweaks for fixing the appearance of Eclipse Juno on ubuntu?

As we have previously established ;-) running Eclipse on ubuntu is a bit disappointing on the UI side. Things are even worse now that Juno is out. Are there any tweaks specific to Gtk3 and Juno that ...
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Does Unity require proprietary graphics card drivers?

I understood that the Unity desktop in Natty uses Compiz and therefore requires a graphics card driver that support composition effects. Does this mean if I have an ATI or NVIDIA card I'm forced to ...
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How do I get rid of the Ubuntu scrollbars and theming in Firefox 46.0?

I'm running Ubuntu 16.04 and I've just upgraded the firefox package (released today) from 45.0.2 to 46.0. The release has brought an unwelcome change; the ugly Ubuntu scrollbars, and even uglier ...
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How do I restart Unity 2D

As per How do I restart Unity? But I guess unity --replace would start the 3D variant.
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Dash (from Unity) does 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 re-...
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How can I switch between gnome-shell and unity without logging off?

How can I switch between unity and gnome-shell without logging of my account. This will help me to switch between both anytime.
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Is there an Inhibit Sleep indicator for Unity?

In the classic Gnome shell, you could add an Inhibit applet to prevent the computer going to sleep. This doesn't work with Unity. Is there an alternative and just easy way to prevent the computer ...
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How to minimise Steam to the Unity panel (system tray)?

When I run Steam there are two icons, one in the Launcher and one in the Unity panel. How do I remove the icon on the Launcher? I just want an icon of Steam on Unity Panel. Clicking the close button ...
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ATI: No launcher or top bar in 12.10

After upgrading to 12.10, I see no side bar or top bar. If I do unity restart, then Compiz crashes (I get a window telling me that and I can send an error report). I have ATI mobility Radeon 2400 and ...
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Default themes are gone, windows look ugly

I have recently made an upgrade from 11.10 to 12.04. Everything went fine, except the theme I used to have, Hope-DT, was having the fonts coloured white. So, yesterday, trying to find an updated ...
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Why isn't conky working right in Unity desktop?

First of all, my desktop environment is unity. I am using it with 14.04 OS(with all recent updates). I recently installed infinity conky. I installed and followed all the instructions correctly in the ...
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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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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 launcher",...
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How do I get rid of this monitor error?

I have an Nvidia card and two monitors. Every time I log in to Unity on Ubuntu 11.10, I get this error: "Could not apply the stored configuration for monitors" I have tried opening nvidia-...
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about:blank opens in Chromium when I type into the dash

Here's a rather odd problem I'm having. Whenever I open the dash and type into it, Chromium opens up and opens an "about:blank" tab for just about every letter I write into the dash. Why is it doing ...
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After login, desktop hangs for ~20s before showing Unity. Bootchart suggests pactl. Help?

After I log in to my Ubuntu 14.04 desktop, I see my desktop background for approximately 20 seconds before the actual Unity desktop loads. I installed bootchart and that suggests that the problem is ...
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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 create a local webapp userscript

I'd like to write my own local webapps userscripts, but I don't want to compile and install the main webapps source code every time. I would like to keep the original Ubuntu Webapps package ...
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Middle mouse click emulation on trackpad, how can I set it?

I've just updated to Ubuntu 11.10 and I'm using Unity. Since the update I can no longer use 'Middle Clicks' with the Track-pad. Tab-browsing in Firefox has become a pain :( I used to swap the 'three ...
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Aptana, Titanium menu bar problem with ubuntu 13.10 [duplicate]

After upgrading into Ubuntu 13.10 i have problems with Aptana and Titanium IDE. Menu bar doesn't work normally. Only one menu works, in Aptana "Window" menu, in Titanium "Run" menu. Other menus looks ...
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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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Disable ibus in Ubuntu 14.04

I regularly switch between 3 scripts (English/Roman, Kannada and Hindi/Sanskrit/Devanagari). In 12.04, I used to enable IBus by typing Ctrl+Space to switch from English to Kannada, and again the same ...
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Is it possible to add a quicklist to the Libreoffice Writer icon in the Launcher showing my most recently opened documents?

Is it possible to add a quicklist to the Libreoffice Writer icon in the Unity Launcher showing my most recently opened documents?
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Login Loop - unable to run unity - not Xauthority ownership but may be related to display?

All, I was trying to get VNC working, making lots of changes that I don't recall now when I discovered after a restart that I could not login to Ubuntu 14.04. I believe I authenticate ok, but get ...
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Replacing Unity bar with Docky?

What I'm trying to do is disable the Unity side bar (launcher) which shows by default and is on the left and use Docky instead. I want to keep all of the rest of the features of Unity (the nice ...
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Desktop runs very slick, animations are all fast and flawless. Moving windows around, however, is very laggy. Why?

This isn't a question about Ubuntu being laggy in general - not at all, in fact, it's very slick and fast for me. Clicking the "Workspace Switcher" in the dock performs the animation immediately and ...
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Graphics stuttering issue in Ubuntu 14.10 for Intel on-board graphics

I'm running Ubuntu 14.10, and for the past couple of days, I'm facing graphics stuttering all over Unity, which mainly affects text and various parts of Unity (refer to screenshot). And this ...
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How can I prevent Unity from grabbing keybindings (allowing an application to handle them first)?

Note: the answer I've accepted works correctly in Precise Pangolin (12.04). It does not work correctly in Oneiric Ocelot. Original text: I have an application in which I want to use alt-F1 to access ...
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How do I reset my unity configuration on 15.04?

I've been googling many answers to this question, such as the various suggestions up and down http://askubuntu.com/a/202020/99436, and none of them are working for me. They might work for you. They ...
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Unity Tweak Tools missing schema in 14.04 [duplicate]

When I try to start up Unity Tweak Tool in 14.04, it throws up a window that says: "The following schema is missing: com.canonical.unity.webapps In order to work properly, Unity Tweak Tool ...
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Clean install of Ubuntu 14.04 - Screen goes black after login, but mouse works

Disclaimer there are MANY questions on this topic and none of them apply to my situation. Note the following: The system previously ran Ubuntu 12.04 Desktop 32bit without issue. This is a clean ...
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How do I enable the libreoffice quickstarter in unity?

I would like to get my quickstarter to show in unity, or replace it with an indicator. Is this possible?. I tried Unity 2D, and to my shock, it works there, but refuses to work in unity proper.
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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 /etc/...
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15.10 Dell XPS 15 (9550) External Monitor not waking

I'm in Ubuntu 15.10, with Kernel 4.3. Things are working better than I could ever imagine. Other than ONE bug... When my laptop turns off it's screen and my external monitor's screen (I have it set ...
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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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Will there be a difference between Unity “Desktop” and Unity “Netbook” interface?

What has me slightly confused from all the different reports about Unity becoming the default shell in the 11.04 desktop edition: Some claim and this is how most people seem to see it, that what ...
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Can I minimize a window into a box on Unity?

On Irix's 4Dwm, there was an ability to minimise windows into a box (contrary to the task bar used by modern window managers). I have seen this also on an old HPUX. See the "console" square in the ...
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Is there a shortcut to force close an application?

Back in 10.10, I was able to force close an application by clicking the force close icon on the panel on top. Now, with Unity, I am not able to add new icons on the panel. So is there like a keyboard ...
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Are there Human Interface Design Guidelines for Unity Development?

I was surfing developer.ubuntu.com, searching for Unity-Human-Interface-Design-Guidelines or a Unity-HIG, but I didn't find anything. I've seen design.ubuntu.com, but that's not what I'm talking about....
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How do I get rid of all the Unity bars?

To make my question as simple as possible, I'll start with showing my desktop, so that I don't need to describe everything in words: Basically this is how I have been using Ubuntu 10.04 since it's ...
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Unity 2D on Ubuntu 13.04? Or is it too fast to matter

I've consistently always needed to stick to older computers at home. I've tried both 'Unity2D' and '3D' on my present computer (Toshiba Satellite, ATI Mobility 4200 series GPU, can post lshw if it's ...