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Is there any easy way in Unity to add shortcuts to the desktop?

In Gnome you can right click a menu item and add to desktop. Can't seem to find a just-as-simple alternative in Unity? Anyone know?
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Unity File Lens Giving Useless or No Results

I just installed Natty fresh on my laptop, and for the purposes of this experiment, I have one file on my system. My Downloads, Documents, Music, etc are all empty, but Pictures contains one file ...
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How can I get bigger window buttons in unity ?

I am using Ubuntu 14.04 with unity. I would like to have bigger window buttons (close, maximize, minimize) in unity (theme Ambiance or Radiance). I am using Ubuntu on a touchscreen with my fingers and ...
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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 ...
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Unity-2d on Trusty 14.04 [duplicate]

I recently got a laptop for uni work, I had trouble with installation of the normal supported versions of Ubuntu and had to use Trusty 14.04 to get running, my question now is how can I set it to ...
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Ubuntu 13.10 Unity doesn't load after upgrade

Just upgraded to Ubuntu 13.10 only to find that Unity won't load (login freezes, after doing ctrl+alt+F1, logging in and then doing startx, I get a blank desktop and the mouse pointer, and nothing ...
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Unity Tweak Tool for Precise?

I've been looking everywhere for Unity Tweak Tool in Ubuntu 12.04 Precise but I can't seem to find it so could anyone help?
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How can I restart the menu bar in Unity?

My Unity menu bar is no longer working. Clicking on top-level menu items (on the right hand general menu items, or on the app-specific items on the left) registers visually, but menus don't drop ...
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Missing keystrokes in ubuntu 13.04 [closed]

This has only been a problem since upgrading to Ubuntu 13.04 from 12.10. For some reason, when typing I lose lots of keystrokes. It doesn't seem to matter which application I'm typing in. It ...
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How to open a file with drag to application?

I use GpsPrune to view some gps dumps, unfortunately there is no setting to double-click and open the files in the viewer. In older versions of Ubuntu you could just drag any file to the icon of an ...
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How to GPG text on Unity?

Once there was a Gnome-applet in Ubuntu (Seahorse?) which helped me with encryption/decryption of PGP text messages. It was able to encrypt or decrypt the clipboard. Since Unity I have no idea, how ...
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Unable to log into Unity 3D session on Ubuntu 12.04 with NVidia graphics card

There has been lots of questions here on how to get Unity 3D working with NVidia graphics cards - I've read many of them, but I've still not been able to figure out a solution to my problem. My setup ...
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Unity launcher right click focus

When right clicking an icon in the Unity launcher, the menu comes up but i cant select anything. Its like Unity does not have focus at all. I have to click somewhere on the desktop and then the right ...
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No Unity 3d option on the login screen

I upgraded my ubuntu to 11.10 on day one but the unity 3d is not there as an option. I have User Defined, Recovery Mode and Ubuntu 2D. I've done this test /usr/lib/nux/unity_support_test -p and all ...
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How to Restore Session Menu to Unity Panel?

For reason(s) yet unknown, the Session Indicator has disappeared from my Unity Panel (ver. 11.10.) Short of reinstalling, is there a way the Session Indicator can be restored, perhaps through a ...
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Can I use the Adwaita theme in Unity without installing GNOME shell?

I recently installed Ubuntu 11.10 (new install). I would like to use the Adwaita theme with Unity, but it seems that it is not available in the theme selection dialog. I know I get it there after ...
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How can I prevent certain directories/files from appearing in Unity's dash?

This question may sound similar to the following for which solutions are documented: How can I keep recent files from appearing in Unity? But my problem is that the Dash (in 10.10) not only lists ...
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How to disable Windows + S keystroke in Unity

When i do "Windows + S" in my ubuntu i can see the below effect. Can anybody help how to disable this? Thanks in Advance
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Problems with external monitors on my laptop

Yesterday I got my new laptop and switched from Mac OS X to Ubuntu. The graphics chip is an intel 3000 chipset of the new sandy bridge processors. Now, I am having trouble with my external monitor, a ...
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Unity freezes after compiz configuration change [closed]

Well this is a follow-up question regarding Ubuntu 11.04 randomly logs out in middle of use. After some people suggested I re-install I used the beta1 iso to reinstall and upgraded instantly about 3-4 ...
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Restoring Unity after installing Gnome3

For going back from gnome3 to stock 11.04 are these commands enough ? I am facing problems after running these commands . sudo apt-get install ppa-purge sudo ppa-purge ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3 sudo ...
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Cannot restart, reboot, nor shutdown Ubuntu 11.04

I cannot restart, reboot or shut-down my PC using Natty. Whenever I hit shut-down, restart or in terminal sudo reboot it shows a black screen. If I should press down the power button for while, it ...
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How do I get custom icon for apps in Unity dash

How do I assign an icon for programs which doesn't have any specific icons ? (ie. vncviewer, rdesktop, etc). Today it appears as a gray icon with question mark on the middle as a default icon in unity ...
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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 ...
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Remove “restart” option from menu

When I click the gear icon to open the system menu on my PC, these options are presented: Suspend Restart... Shutdown... The restart options seems redundant, because it literally does the same ...
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I have installed xfce on ubuntu 13.10, but now icons and colors in unity is strange. How to fix?

I wanted to install XUbunutu looks on my Ubuntu machine and I have done it like so: sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop But now when I have restarted the machine, I first got xUbuntu log-out scree. ...
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How to remove all device icons from Unity launcher in 13.10?

How to remove all drives icons from Unity launcher in 13.10? Old trick with dconf-editor does not work anymore. I can remove any entry from com.canonical.Unity.Launcher.favorites, but not ...
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Dash wont change color with background and desktop is white no matter what I change it to [duplicate]

How do I fix this? Please note I am using quantal. I performed the change shown here. Edit: I upgraded to raring and the problem went away. A little while later I logged off and logged back on. ...
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user config to limit application access

I want to Ubuntu 12.04 LTS in a work/office environment. The requirements are: As a Desktop/workstation. I need 1 admin user of type Administrator, with accessed to all apps, and the normal ability ...
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Why Unity doesn't remember edge bindings settings from Compiz?

I'm very used to use edge bindings in my workflow, but since I've updated to 12.04 Unity forget my edge bindings settings on every new session. Why it is appening and how to fix it?
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Can I move the workspace switcher icon to the top of the Unity launcher

I would like to move the Workspace switcher icon from the bottom to the top of my Unity dock bar. Is this possible? Drag and drop does not work. Thanks!
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Disable icon background colors in application switcher (ALT-TAB) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How I turn off backlight around switcher icons When pressing ALT-TAB, the application switcher appears. You can continue pressing TAB to select the icon of the window ...
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Where does Unity store the chameleonic launcher/dash color?

I would like to use unity's average background color (the color of the launcher) in conky, is there a (configuration) file which contains that color information? Or how could I fetch that?
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upgraded “Compiz' and ”Unity", now no Unity 3D on screen

Today when I logged in to my Ubuntu 12.04, the update manager told me of some upgrades. Compiz and Unity were in those upgrades. After I installed the upgrades, I can no longer get the Unity panel ...
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Unity dash completely empty all of a sudden. Howto fix? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Dash search gives no result When I open my dash in unity (Ubuntu 11.10 upgraded from 11.04), it looks completely fine. Once I start typing though, all entries vanish and ...
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Sometimes applications stay in the background and have an empty white arrow in the launcher. How do I fix this?

Sometimes an application gets in trouble with unity and then it won't be shown in the foreground anymore. To get to the application I have to minimize all other windows. Alt-tab doesn't bring the app ...
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Disabling vsync in Unity/Mutter/Compiz?

Yesterday I was still using Natty with Compiz. I had noticed that disabling Vsync in Compiz made dragging windows much more smooth and responsive (I don't mind the tearing). I installed Ocelot this ...
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Do any Ubuntu-based distributions ship with Unity?

I like distributions like Mint and Pinguy because they include most stuff I want to install out of the box. Are there any such Ubuntu spin-offs that use Unity by default?
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Unity on 2 screens without main application menus

I'm used to work with 2 monitors, but after switching to Unity I can not access the main menus of applications. The main menu panel is only displayed on one of the screens Is there a way of dealing ...
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Icons missing from launcher, system settings, folders

Various icons from launcher are missing. The first one is from Home folder menu the second from Terminal the last one from Desktop Switcher. This happened after I upgraded to 11.10 from 11.04. I have ...
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What icon does Unity use for an application?

I have a .deb package that installs application icons under the following locations: /usr/share/icons/hicolor/16x16/apps/ /usr/share/icons/hicolor/48x48/apps/ /usr/share/icons/hicolor/32x32/apps/ ...
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How to restore the top panel?

I've upgraded my desktop from Natty To Oneiric. Now the top panel has wrong theme and some indicators are missing (sound, power, etc.). Also, icons in launchers and on the desktop are missing or ...
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How to make aplications installed in /opt appear in Unity?

Libreoffice 3.4 was installed in /opt and a link to the executable was put in /usr/bin, but Unity search can't find it. Also, if I open Libreoffice Writer, for instance, and ask to keep its icon in ...
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Tomboy notes logged by zeitgeist do not appear in the Unity dash. Why not?

I am able to search my Tomboy notes using Synapse (and using a zeitgeist plugin), after following the instructions here: How do I get Synapse to search my Tomboy notes? My notes also appear in the ...
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Is there an alternative to compiz?

Can I find a good replacement for compiz? Compiz in 11.04 with unity is laggy
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Freeze at startup: “It seems that you do not have the hardware required to run Ubuntu” [closed]

Just after an update from Ubuntu 10.10 to 11.04 and a restart, Ubuntu freeze at startup on a dialog saying: "It seems that you do not have the hardware required to run Unity. Please choose Ubuntu ...
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How can I remove the shadows from the unity panel?

Last update brought shadows to the Unity panel - or at least I just noticed them. I know that I can remove any shadows I want through the Window Decoration plugin in ccsm but grabbing the panel ...
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Will unity performance improve in natty or remain slow?

There are some apps developed by canonical that are way too slow. This are USC and Unity. Unity in 10.10 is insanely slow (compared to GNOME which isn't actually a very fast DE) and totally unusable ...
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Strange icon in Unity top menu bar after installing KDE

After installing Kubuntu (I am using Ubuntu 14.04), it seems that a lot of fonts disappeared and a strange icon appeared in the top menu bar in Unity. I think it is the keyboard layout icon that has ...
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How can I either lock items in the launcher OR restore a set of items in the launcher?

I admin a batch of Ubuntu 14.04 desktop machines in a public library (they are diskless and boot via DRBL). Sometime users (I'm guessing kids) remove icons from the launcher. I want to either prevent ...