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

learn more… | top users | synonyms (2)

9
votes
2answers
1k views

Will CCSM work better with 12.04?

in my ubuntu 11.10, compiz completely knackered my setup and I was wondering wil this still be a problem with all the unity plugins in 12.04?
9
votes
1answer
1k 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 ...
9
votes
5answers
36k views

Is there a fast way to show your desktop [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are Unity’s keyboard and mouse shortcuts? I need to see content on my desktop or a folder just pressing an icon or a couple of keys. How i do this on unity?
8
votes
1answer
25k views

How do I disable compiz and enable metacity with the command-line?

I've installed some new drivers and restarted, and much to my amusement when I log in my screen goes black, then white, and it never draws properly. I switched to the command line using Ctrl + Alt + ...
8
votes
2answers
357 views

How to highlight current screen (or window)?

I'm using two screen setup at work and while it usually helps more than it hurts, I have some issues with it. One of them is problem with trailing focus - sometimes I make mistake of typing on wrong ...
8
votes
1answer
773 views

How to make alt-tab diplay names of the program/window title?

When switching between programs using alt-tab I prefer the program/window title to be displayed as well as the picture of the program. This is especially useful when I have multiple editor windows ...
8
votes
1answer
2k views

How to change device icons in launcher?

I'm running Ubuntu 13.04 and I have several hard drives in my computer and all appear with the same icon in the launcher. Is it possible to modify their icons one by one or at least change their color ...
7
votes
2answers
3k views

Why do firefox 4 and evolution always open maximized in Unity? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Prevent Unity from auto-maximizing How to keep programs from launching maximized? 11.04 Why do Firefox 4 and Evolution always open maximized in Unity? Even after you ...
7
votes
1answer
930 views

How can I make the window buttons in the panel match the window buttons in the window decorations?

When the Ambiance GTK theme is selected in Applications ▸ Appearance ▸ Customize ▸ Controls, the window buttons in the panel match the window buttons of the Ambiance Metacity theme's window ...
7
votes
7answers
12k views

Screensaver/blanking problem

I have upgraded to 12.10 and then downgraded again to 12.04 LTS because of the screensaver or screen blanking problem. After 10-12 minutes the screen goes black/blank when i dont do anything (idle). I ...
7
votes
3answers
26k views

How to fix font rendering (no anti-aliasing) in Unity global menu and search?

Since I've upgraded my system to Ubuntu 11.10, Unity's global menu and search are having font rendering problems (no anti-aliasing, bad font sizes). No problem in sub-menus. The font rendering ...
7
votes
2answers
5k views

How to get back unity and compiz after uninstalling, no launcher or dash on startup

I've gone through a ton of threads regarding this issue with nothing working for me. I removed compiz to reinstall it (foolishly) and I just can't seem to get unity back. I'm on 14.04. The Unity ...
6
votes
2answers
479 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 ...
6
votes
1answer
556 views

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 ...
6
votes
2answers
18k views

What does Ctrl + Alt + F11 do and why can't i log into my account with unity anymore? [duplicate]

I was just happily typing away, trying out some android dev on my ubuntu machine, i pressed Ctrl + Alt + F11 instead of Ctrl + F11 to run the program in eclipse. This made the screen go blank with a ...
6
votes
2answers
21k views

How can I get the AMD driver running on Ubuntu 12.10 (AMD Radeon HD 7310& AMD Vision E1-1200 APU)

I installed Ubuntu 12.10 on the Lenovo S206 of my brother and already spent hours on trying to get the graphic driver to work. No matter which solution I used, in the end Unity crashes, after the ...
6
votes
4answers
18k views

Terminal does not appear in launcher

Whenever I open a terminal in Ubuntu, it does not appear in the launcher, as depicted in the following screenshot. It doesn't even show up when I press Alt+Tab! Is this a bug? Is there a known ...
6
votes
2answers
5k views

Change Icon Size in Unity 2D Launcher [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I make Unity 2D launcher icons smaller? Is it possible to change the icon sizes of the buttons in the launcher used in Unity 2D?
5
votes
3answers
8k 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? ...
5
votes
1answer
185 views

Visual Alerts don't work

When I go to Universal Access -> Hearing tab -> turn Visual Alerts on and try Test Flash with either the option to flash the window title or to flash the entire screen, nothing happens. Also, see my ...
4
votes
2answers
656 views

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. ...
4
votes
1answer
2k views

Separate icons for Chrome and Hangouts in Unity

Is there a way to have separate icons for Chrome and Hangouts in Unity? All my Chrome windows and Hangouts chats are combined under the Chrome icon. I swear I've seen them separate before, but I can'...
4
votes
2answers
4k views

How do I remove items from the Places section of the Files sidebar? [duplicate]

I don't use the Music, Documents, Pictures, Video, and Trash folders often enough to warrant them an honorary place on the sidebar of Ubuntu's 13.04 default file manager "Files". I would like to ...
3
votes
3answers
213 views

How can I give a script its own icon in the Unity launcher?

With Ubuntu 16.04, if you create a launcher (desktop file in ~/.local/share/applications) with a custom icon for a terminal application (so with Terminal=true) then when you start it, it will spawn a ...
3
votes
1answer
5k views

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 ...
3
votes
3answers
36k views

No desktop showing in Ubuntu 13.04 via VNC on a VPS [closed]

I have a VPS on which till now I've been using ubuntu 11.04 ... This OS is very outdated now, so I decided to give 13.04 a shot ... So I've just installed Ubuntu 13.04 on my VPS ... After ...
2
votes
1answer
4k 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

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
6k views

Ubuntu 11.10 is falling back to Unity 2D. How to get back to Unity 3D?

It happened some minutes ago when I plugged my secondary monitor and my graphical interface simply crashed. So I had to restart my session. Since the crash Ubuntu insists to use Unity2D fall back ...
19
votes
4answers
14k views

Dash not working after upgrade to 13.10

After upgrading to 13.10 I'm unable to use Dash. Nothing appears when I type something, I don't see any icons or shortcuts. Resetting unity does not help, the command is unavailable. What should I ...
14
votes
4answers
7k views

How do I unbind Ctrl-Alt-T?

After I've upgraded to 12.04, I cannot unbind Ctrl+Alt+T from launching gnome-terminal anymore. I've tried disabling it completely and assigning it to another shortcut in [System Settings -> Keyboard] ...
12
votes
3answers
2k views

Busy Cursor (Spinning Wait) Hangs

I'm running Ubuntu 13.04, and the problem is that sometimes the mouse pointer icon is stuck with the busy cursor (I can move it) or spinning wait. When this happens, if mouse cursor is on any window ...
11
votes
4answers
673 views

Is Unity a Desktop Environment?

I read somewere that Unity is a DE, is that true or not?
10
votes
1answer
934 views

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 ...
10
votes
2answers
4k views

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 --...
9
votes
3answers
465 views

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?
9
votes
6answers
3k views

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?
9
votes
5answers
1k views

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 ...
9
votes
1answer
7k views

How do I prevent Ubuntu from capturing the Alt key to show the HUD? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I modify or disable the HUD's use of the Alt key? When I press ALT key on virtualbox machine (ex XP), ubuntu 12.04 catch that key. How to prevent ubuntu catch ...
8
votes
1answer
6k views

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 ...
8
votes
2answers
5k views

How do I move window to specific workplace via keyboard?

In 11.11 keyboard settings there are Move window to workspace N options (N is the workspace number). But they do not work. Is there a way to bind key for moving window to a specific workspace/...
8
votes
2answers
5k views

Why removing Amazon also remove other packages?

If I want to uninstall the Amazon WebApp that comes by default in the newest versions of Ubuntu, it ask me to remove other software as well. As you can see in the next picture, it is forcing me to ...
8
votes
1answer
300 views

Keep NumLock always on

I have already physically removed the Num Lock key cap, so I don't accidentally press it (I use a very compact keyboard). But I understand there is a bug in xorg that toggles Num Lock to off when I ...
7
votes
2answers
10k views

How can I find out what ibus-daemon and ibus-ui-gtk3 are doing?

Occasionally my desktop slows down a lot. The mouse pointer moves slowly or not at all, my fan starts whirring, and the end is generally nigh. If I'm very patient normality usually restores itself, ...
7
votes
2answers
5k views

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 down....
7
votes
2answers
329 views

Fuzzy-Clock for Ubuntu

A long while ago, I had a clock set to say things like morning, day, evening, night, for time in a panel app. Broad stroke, not very specific, It might have been a KDE desktop. I am in Ubuntu Mate now,...
7
votes
2answers
3k views

Configure sticky edges

I'm using Ubuntu 12.04 and like the sticky edges feature on my dual monitor setup (extra monitor on left), but would like to configure it a little less sticky. Currently I have to drag about an inch ...
7
votes
1answer
2k views

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)
6
votes
2answers
1k 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
2answers
210 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 ...