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How can I disable recent documents in Unity?

How do I disable the tracking and display of recently opened files (and whatever else is remembered) in a default installation of Ubuntu? (This question originally concerned 11.10, but now that I'm on ...
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How do I make the window border bigger?

I'm using Ubuntu 11.10 in a VirtualBox VM on a MacBook Pro with the default Unity UI. Positioning the mouse cursor over the 1-pixel wide border to resize a window is driving me absolutely nuts. Lots ...
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Change default guest session launcher applications?

Is it possible to change the default applications that appear on the Launcher for guest sessions? For example: Remove : Amazon webapp, Ubuntu One, System Options Add : Stellarium (Ubuntu 12.04 ...
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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 set the default file association in Ubuntu 13.10 Nautilus/Files with Unity to something that is not listed in the Open With tab?

There used to be an option for adding unlisted commands, but it seems to be gone. Does anyone know how to do that now?
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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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How to change default “Categories” and “Sources” in Unity Dash?

So I have started using the Dash recently. What I want is to set the default "Categories" (Applications, Social, Weather...) because now, if I want to search for a FB pic or an update, I have to ...
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How to ungroup windows on task switcher?

I'm playing with ubuntu 12.04, precise pangolin, and there's an issue I can't see how to solve. If I have three instances of, let's say, Firefox, in the switcher appears a single Firefox icon, I have ...
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What Easter eggs are there in Unity?

Are there any Easter Eggs in Unity? The Easter Eggs from here involving ALT + F2 (as provided by gnome-panel) don't work.
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How to force Unity reload ~/.local/share/applications/

Let's say I changed/added some myapp.desktop file at ~/.local/share/applications/. For some time Ubuntu Unity will still show me old applications shortcuts at Unity lens under Ubuntu button. It will ...
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How to find *why* I can't bind some keyboard shortcut (or which app took it)?

In short: is there (under Unity) any way to find out which application grabbed some global shortcut? I do not ask for "standard shortcuts" but for some way to get information about actual shortcuts ...
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How do I disable the alt-right click keyboard binding?

Using Oneiric 11.10 and Unity. I want to disable the context menu that appears with Alt+RightClick. Alt+RightClick is a much used shortcut in Blender. It's possible to remap keys in Blender, but I was ...
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Guake terminal showing up wrong in Unity

It seems Guake terminal is not aware of the Unity sidebar being hidden. Even when the sidebar is hidden, it still shows with a left offset that is based on the width of the sidebar. Additionally, 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 restart Unity 2D

As per How do I restart Unity? But I guess unity --replace would start the 3D variant.
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How does one recreate a custom application launcher that takes command line syntax and even perhaps parameters?

I had some custom scripts that I had custom launchers for on my desktop on 10.04. I would like to recreate that again after migration to 12.04, but unity seems quite foreign to me.
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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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Xmonad with Unity / HUD

I want to use xmonad and still use the HUD from Unity. Is this possible? Could Xmonad be using while using Unity? is there a way to use the HUD inside of Xmonad? I'm in 12.04, soon to be 12.10.
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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 ...
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Is It possible to make workspaces in Unity act like they do in GNOME Shell?

I was using GNOME Shell but switched back to Unity due to the amount of screen space I lost using shell. One thing I miss from Shell is the workspace switcher it uses compared to Unity's and IMO, it ...
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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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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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When Cinnamon is installed, Unity desktop “smears” (doesn't refresh) and shows no wallpaper

Since a couple of days now, my unity desktop background smears everything, just like what old Windows versions were famous for: Of course, I tried rebooting a couple of times. Also, I switched ...
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Expose (OSX Style) Functionality in Unity

Does anyone know if there is a application window expose (a la Mac OSX) for the Unity Desktop. I've used the Compiz Expose Plugin, but that performs an "expose" on workspaces. I'm looking for ...
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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 ...
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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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Is it possible to temporarily disable notifications?

I certainly like notifications in 12.04, but depending on the work I do they can be quite distracting. Is there an official way or a tweak to temporarily deactivate notifications? UPDATE: To ...
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Can I disable Dash and HUD hotkeys when fullscreen (in DOSBox)?

I'd like to know if its possible to disable the global hotkeys (Start and Alt) for Unity features while running applications in fullscreen under DOSBox. If possible, it would be nice to disable them ...
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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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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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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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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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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 to right-click in Unity Webapps new browser

I've just installed Ubuntu 14.04 and I'm trying some webapps (Facebook, Twitter, etc). Firefox was the used browser in earlier versions, but now a dedicated browser is used instead. The problem is ...
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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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How to add a custom launcher in Unity's applications place

I can drag any .desktop file to the launcher, which is great, but where to put a .desktop file for it to appear in Unity's dash and dash searches? Apparently not in /usr/share/applications.
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Ubuntu 14.04 Lock Screen Keyboard Error [closed]

After locking Ubuntu 14.04 x64 Desktop edition, the usb and built-in keyboards do not work on the login screen. When clicking on password area nothing happens. But if I hit Ctrl + Alt + F1 and goes ...
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How to start unity after boot into command line with “text”-option?

I want my system to boot terminal only, but be able to launch Unity once logged in. I've edited /etc/default/grub from : GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash" to ...
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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 to make the nautilus icon open the existing window instead of a new one

For some reason sometimes when I have a nautilus window open, then switch to a different window, when I click on the nautilus icon in the Unity bar, it opens a new nautilus window instead of the ...
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Why is my perfomance too bad in Virtual Box?

My CPU is i7 dual core. I am running Ubuntu on VirtualBox. İt is extremely slow than other Linux versions such as Edubuntu 13.04 and its previous versions before 12.10. The 12.10 was also very slow.
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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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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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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 ...
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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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XChat disappearing after minimize to tray

When I click to close the XChat window, it asks whether to "Quit", "Cancel" or "Minimize to Tray". If I select "Minimize to tray" then the XChat disappears and I am not able to see the application ...
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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 ...