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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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Is there a keyboard shortcut for the indicator area?

There is a bunch of functionality that is available in the Unity system tray (open/show pidgin, show amarok, turn on/off wireless, switch wireless network, etc). I want to get access to that ...
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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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Missing date & time from top panel of Unity Desktop - Ubuntu 14.04

I'm using Ubuntu 14.04 an my machine and since the last upgrade from 13.10 to 14.04 the date&time is missing in the top panel of Unity. This machine was originally installed with Ubuntu 12.10. I ...
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Why're two separate panel icons, when opened, grouping under the same icon

I have two separate .desktop files locked to the panel. Both of them opens terminal windows and runs a series of commands (with user input). Trouble is, while one is opened already, opening the other ...
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Is there a way to define a hotkey to solely unhide the Launcher?

I'm running Ubuntu on Parallels Desktop for Mac, where I have some limitations regarding usage of the Super key (and also problems with mouse edge detection), for example, I've read on the web that ...
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How can I revert ubuntu settings after gnome-shell install

I have Ubuntu 13.04 32 bit. Recently, I installed Gnome 3 because I wanted to try something new. It looked and felt awful, so I removed it via ppa-purge. Unfortunately, some of my setting were ...
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Why does Ubuntu 12.04 Unity suddenly blur text and images?

Today after a reboot, Ubuntu blurs text (well, anything that is rendered on screen) whenever focus changes or on any interactions with the desktop. Example: Normal good look: Blurred state: ...
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How can I restore template functionality after having deleted the Templates folder in 12.10?

As many I deleted the Templates on a fresh install. I followed the instructions in the accepted answer of What is the templates folder in the home dir for? I am running 12.10 and the proposed solution ...
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unity gone and cannot be reinstalled?

help.unity got uninstalled after I used ppa purge to delete a repository when i use synaptic to install it it says: `unity: Depends: libglib2.0-bin but it is not going to be installed help`
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Unable to install Unity Revamped --ppa:ikarosdev/unity-revamped

I intend to use a forked version of unity (ppa:ikarosdev/unity-revamped) over the original one. The problem I'm facing is that the forked version is 5.12.0-0ubuntu3 and the original one is ...
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How do I configure the default applications on the launcher on a LiveCD?

How can one edit unity bar default apps within a livecd? In other words if you boot ubuntu 12.04 livecd you will see in the unity bar, firefox, libreoffice, Ubuntu software center, etc. Well I need to ...
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How do I change the color of the Unity upper panel?

I was looking for this for a long time but I couldn't find anything. Please tell me how to change the color of Unity's menu bar if it is possible. Not the left panel (launcher), I mean the panel on ...
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gtk-warning due to theme tweaking harmful to my stability or not?

I installed some theme, and enabled them via ubuntu-tweak. when i run nautilus --check i get this error. Is this error harmful to ubuntu/unity/compiz's stability???. (nautilus:6598): Gtk-WARNING **: ...
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How do I modify the message notifier widget in the Unity global menu?

I started to ask "What's this not-a-panel panel in Unity, and how do I control it?" but I've at least gotten as far as realizing it is the "global menu". My global menu has a message notifier widget ...
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Can I put the Ubuntu button on the top panel instead of the launcher?

I'm a long *nix user, anda just upgraded to oneiric and found this HUGE button in the dash. I use a netbook and I don't have much vertical space, for me the other position was way better. So, I was ...
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Left edge mouse hoover doesn't bring up Unity menu when fullscreened

When I have an app full-screened in 11.10, hoovering my mouse on the left edge doesn't bring up Unity menu. I have three 11.10 computers and this is only happening on the dual-screen twin-viewed ...
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Eliminate the top “mac-ish” file/edit/view/… menu after installing gnome? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Delete extra toolbar on top of the screen in GNOME fallback mode? After getting gnome working and the panels moved back to the bottom where it's finally usable again, ...
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3D not working any more after adding xorg-edgers PPA

I updated my perfectly running laptop from 11.04 to 11.10. after the upgrade graphics started to act weird. It was a heavily modified system, so I thought that was probably the issue.. so I ...
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How to format datetime indicator in Unity's panel to show in two lines?

Is it possible to format datetime indicator in Unity3D to show in two lines? I tried this: how-to-customize-indicator-datetime-to-two-line-configuration But that seems to work only when I run my ...
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Keyboard and touchpad do not work after upgrade

Today I made an update of my ubuntu 11.04 installation. After rebooting the keyboard and touchpad of my asus eeepc do not work anymore. I can only login with the onscreen keyboard. Seems to be a unity ...
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trash media to eject it, like in OS X [closed]

Is there some simple way to make Trash treat removable media as OS X's Trash does? (It treats drag and drop of the media to the Trash as eject, actually changing the icon from a trash basket to an ...
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Unity will not boot/load after upgrade from 13.10 to 14.04

There are many similar post on ask ubuntu and I have gone through them with little success. I upgraded from 13.04 to 13.10 to 14.04 back to back. The upgrade from 13.03 to 13.10 worked fine. After ...
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Launcher transparency

After messing around with CompizConfig I got to a state where I had to re-install lightdm, ubuntu-desktop and then re-enable all the compiz plugins. Everything works great, but the launcher ...
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Why are my scroll bars so wacky looking?

I'm not sure what I did, but my scroll bars look like hell. In this picture, you can see them adjacent to the suggested questions and at the windows edge. What is that about? This behavior is ...
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“unity-lens-photos” and “unity-lens-applications” don't show search results. Ubuntu 13.10

New version Unity is so bugy for me. Sometimes HUD don't show me apps and I can't search in “unity-lens-photos”. There are no photos currlently available on this computer. I have meny images, photos ...
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Can't use keybinds when desktop icons are hidden and there's no active window

Desktop icons: disabled No window active Action: press SUPER or any other key Result: nothing and Desktop icons: enabled No window active Action: press SUPER or any other key Result: opens ...
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Unity does not start after booting

I'm using a relatively new installed Ubuntu 13.04 with all updates. My video driver is installed from the official AMD website and worked before without trouble. After the latest update, Unity did ...
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How do I disable Unity in 13.04?

I'm using Xfce most of the time, but Unity keeps popping up even in my Xfce-Session. So I deactivated the Compiz-Plugin in ccsm, because that worked well in 12.10. But now with 13.04 as soon as I ...
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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. I'm on 12.10 ...
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Ubuntu 12.10 Unity wont start when I activate Xinerama with 6 screens

I have 2 video cards. 1X HD7850 (main video card) 1X HD6450 I have installed the driver for ATI AMD Beta 12.11 from AMD website It works very good.. And than, I go in AMD Catalyst Control to ...
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How to disable the activity log for the application lens? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I stop Unity from remembering search history? How to clear search history of application search? Every time when I select application lens or press Super+A it ...
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Nautilus bookmarks do not appear at all [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Bookmarks in nautilus only in menu, not in the shortcut tab On my latest Ubuntu install, using version 12.04, my bookmarks are not there. I can ctrl+d to add bookmarks, ...
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Intel GMA 950 doesn't work on Asus eee pc 1000HE [closed]

My system info showing my graphics card as unknown in Ubuntu 12.04 and unity works slowly(( I tried to reinstall driver (as advised here), but it's didn't help. upd: 3 years ago, i install ubuntu ...