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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 ...
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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 ...
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Google-search lens for unity [closed]

Is there any google search lens available for unity? If yes how do I install it?
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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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Is Unity a Desktop Environment?

I read somewere that Unity is a DE, is that true or not?
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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?
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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?
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How can I lock the screen using the new lockscreen from the command line?

Ubuntu 14.04 introduces a new lockscreen that looks similar to the login screen. I am still able to lock the screen using the command gnome-screensaver-command --lock (as I always did before), ...
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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 ...
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How to discard saved password for samba share in unity?

I access samba shares from unity on Ubuntu 11.10 and saved username/pass for it. Now, I want to use a different username. Each time I go to the share and open it, it just opens without asking for ...
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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?
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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)
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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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How to stop reordering of the same kind multiple preview windows in task switching?

When using task switching in the default graphical mode of Ubuntu 12.04, if they are multiple windows of the same kind, eg. multiple Terminal windows, you can see them all together and select which ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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“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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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How to suppress or disable the shutdown option from indicator menu or shutdown dialog?

My goal is to allow user only to restart the system, and deny any shutdown (suspend, hibernate). I am running unity-2d. I 've managed to deny suspend and hibernate with polkit policy files like ...
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How to get the shutdown & restart icon back in dash

In Ubuntu 11.10 it was possible to type restart or shutdown in dash, so you could drag that icon in the left panel. Now in the new 12.04 this option has been deleted/removed. Is there another way to ...
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Can I assign custom keyboard shortcuts to custom (non-default) unity lenses?

I installed the recoller lense ( http://www.webupd8.org/2012/03/recoll-lens-full-text-search-unity-lens.html ) and now finally have fulltext search in dash. File lense is opened with super+F, music ...
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Upper half of laptop screen becomes black when I plug in an external LCD

My laptop has Intel Mobile GM965/GL960 integrated graphic controller and the screen size is 1280x800. When I plug another LCD (ThinkVision 22") the upper half of the laptop screen becomes black. I ...
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can I move the Launcher to the right side? left side is too distracting to me [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can I move the Unity launcher? I am ready to stop using unity because I find having the Launcher on the left side too distracting. I use Windows 7 Taskbar on the right ...
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14.04 - Black borders, black terminal [closed]

This question is clearly realted to this one. However, I tried the suggested approaches and neither of them worked. Let me explain what happend: I'm using an Asus notebook with an integrated NVIDIA ...
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Battery icon not showing in Ubuntu Unity 14.04?

After I did the latest update to Ubuntu Unity 14.04, the battery status icon is suddenly not showing up anymore on the menu bar. I checked the settings, it should show, but it doesn't; what can I do? ...
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Using NX with Unity in 11.10

I'm trying to use nx to login remotely to my desktop. But when I do, because of unity I get the following screen: It looks like all I can do is access the file browser from here. I tried following ...
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Sublime Text 2 doesn't stay pinned to the launcher

I use Sublime Text 2 in Ubuntu. The program downloads and runs on it's own without an installer (sort of like a portable app, I guess). When I pin it to the launcher, it only stays until I restart ...
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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 ...
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Multiple chromium icons in launcher of 14.04 LTS

EDIT 2014-04-19: To add a little extra context to my question, these are the original instructions I followed ...
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How to get a clock in Unity top panel?

I installed Ubuntu 12.10, 64-bit, I had a clock up in the top right of the top menu panel. I noticed the other day that it is no longer there. I've scoured all the settings and everything in Ubuntu ...
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Laptop monitor stays black with an external display connected to my Asus UX32VD

Whether I run Ubuntu as a live-USB or install it, I always have two trash bins on the Unity Launcher. Both work, and both open the same location. This seems a bit redundant; what could be done about ...
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Finding .desktop files based on their titles?

That's part 2 of a question asked earlier (to be able to give credit to the answers individually). When I type into the Dash applications show up with their title (also when hovering over the ...
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If I install any dekstop environment (like XFCE) alongside Unity can it affect Unity?

I want to be sure whether it going to break something like my default Unity desktop or not. I once tried KDE on Ubuntu and it broke the whole theme. I had to reinstall Ubuntu that time. I dont want ...
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How can I run a Unity session inside Xephyr?

I can get Xephyr to run single applications within a Xephyr window. How can I run an entire Unity desktop session within a Xephyr window? (Preferably as another user.) If I use the gtk-xephyr script ...
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create a custom launcher for Eclipse

Can't make my custom Eclipse launcher work on 13.10 (fresh install). See screenshot below: The custom eclipse launcher on panel doesn't work. Double click on Eclipse.desktop from file manager ...
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How can I set default applications in Unity Launcher for other users?

So I'm the first user on Ubuntu 13.10, and want to add other users as well. How can I change the default applications in Unity Launcher in a way that all new users will find my set of applications in ...
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How to set Desktop to show files and folders from different directory?

Currently, when all windows are minimized and closed, the desktop will show files and folders located in /home/user/Desktop. I want to change this behavior and have my home folder be displayed for ...
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Ubuntu 13.04 - Black screen with unresponsive cursor

Few days ago I installed ubuntu 13.04 on a new machine without big issues. Today, after the boot, I have this situation: grub correctly loaded and normal boot normal purple screen with red dots ...