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

learn more… | top users | synonyms (2)

6
votes
2answers
196 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
997 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
787 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
770 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
646 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
20k 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
663 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
303 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 ...
5
votes
2answers
3k views

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 ...
5
votes
5answers
6k views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
907 views

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 ...
5
votes
2answers
7k views

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 ...
5
votes
3answers
2k views

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 ...
5
votes
0answers
3k views

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 ...
4
votes
0answers
160 views

How to re-organize my desktop environments? [duplicate]

I wanted to try out some different desktop environment other than Unity so I installed kubuntu-desktop using sudo apt-get install kubuntu-desktop then I didn't like it so much, so I removed it ...
4
votes
1answer
3k views

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? ...
4
votes
2answers
3k views

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 ...
3
votes
0answers
2k views

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 ...
3
votes
2answers
10k views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
3k views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
927 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
167 views

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 ...
3
votes
2answers
583 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
2k views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
2k views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
1k views

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 ...
2
votes
0answers
2k views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
375 views

Unity Launcher Icons gets fuzzy when on odd numbered setting

Fuzzy icons when odd number-sized in launcher bar - unity Description of the problem When entering the appearance settings in the system tools, you can change the unity icon-size with a slider. ...
2
votes
0answers
1k views

After drop of Unity2D in 12.10: How to tackle high load of Unity/compiz on netbooks? [closed]

Update: Though it's not fully clear to me why this Q should be off-topic and I have doubts that a bug report will help, I filed a bug report at https://bugs.launchpad.net/unity/+bug/1067349 Please ...
2
votes
1answer
486 views

Force rewrite of Gnome-Do summon binding on login because keeps being set to disabled

I was wondering where the gnome-do binding was stored for summon do. I want to rewrite this on login because it keeps getting overwritten when I have it stored as space to disabled. Where is this ...
2
votes
2answers
5k views

Getting Unity 3D working on legacy Nvidia FX5500 card

I installed the latest Nvidia drivers for my FX5500 card. I understand that the X server version does not officially support this driver or card but was wondering what I can do to get Compiz running. ...
2
votes
0answers
60 views

How to sync Contacts in 12.04 with Thunderbird / Ubuntu One? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Thunderbird Contacts sync with Ubuntu One How to get Google Contacts to sync with Thunderbird / Ubuntu One in Ubuntu 12.04 Beta? I want to sync Google Contacts with ...
2
votes
1answer
1k views

How to activate cube and related Compiz features without crashing Unity?

I have activated Desktop cube feature in Compiz by editing the config file way in this link: Preference >> Export Open the exported profile and edit it Find “s0_active_plugins” and replace wall with ...
2
votes
4answers
3k views

How to set CLI flags for Google Chrome?

Where can I set CLI flags for Google Chrome on Unity?
1
vote
2answers
284 views

14.04 nvidia dual display (external+laptop) stretched display, offset desktop

When I try to attach an external monitor to my laptop, the windows are stretched oddly horizontally and the click offset is off. The nvidia settings also doesn't seem to show the built-in laptop ...
1
vote
1answer
4k views

Unity not working after upgrade Ubuntu 13.04 to 14.04

The problem is basically that Unity seems broken after an upgrade from 13.04 to 14.04 LTS on x64, so here goes: 1) The Unity logon screen looks strange - e.g. the user names are hardly legible due to ...
1
vote
1answer
439 views

Just ran some updates, broke system and stuck in Unity 2d

I just installed 25 updates. In them were the raring graphics stack and kernel 3.5.25. I rebooted back and noticed I was now in Unity 2d. This behaves much slower than 3d did and when I tried to log ...
1
vote
1answer
3k views

Installed nvidia driver, activated it, and now Unity is gone. No bars, menus, nothing

I installed the nvidia driver (installed the ubuntu-x-swat ones, updated them, got the updates for them, installed bumblebee. I restarted everytime I did those steps, so no, i don't simply need to ...
1
vote
3answers
4k views

Ubuntu not showing any GUI

When I boot into Ubuntu, I don't see the Unity interface. Instead it boots into some sort of command line interface (pic attached) I tried pressing atl + F7, in that case i get a screen showing ...
1
vote
0answers
729 views

multiple monitors only work with unity 2d [closed]

The only way for me to get three monitors to work is to degrade down to Unity 2D with xinerama. When only one screen is up i.e. two monitors are working with twinview, I am able to use Unity 3D. I'd ...
1
vote
0answers
145 views

Opening home folder causes another file cabinet icon to appear [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why are there two icons in the Unity launcher for Nautilus? When I launch Home Folder from the Unity Dash, a Files window opens instead of opening itself (as default). ...
1
vote
0answers
1k views

How do I disable the F10 (application menu) keybinding in Ubuntu 11.10? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Deactivate F1 and F10 keybindings? Identical to: Deactivate F1 and F10 keybindings? But these instructions no longer apply to 11.10. There's no longer a mapping for ...
1
vote
1answer
2k views

Optimising 11.04 for speed

I've just upgraded to 11.04 (after 10.04) on my laptop. This went without a glitch, everything just works, so kudos to the Ubuntu team. But my laptop is old in dog years. It's a more than 5 year old ...
0
votes
0answers
31 views

Anatomy and terminology of Unity - Dash, HUD, launcher and panel? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What’s the right terminology for Unity’s UI elements? Just for reference for those who haven't installed Unity yet - what is the difference between these elements? ...
0
votes
1answer
613 views

Why do some applications in Unity start “maximized” but not integrated into the panel?

When I start some applications like Gimp or update-manager they start like if they where maximized but they have window decorations, are not integrated into the Unity panel and therefore move towards ...