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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 ...
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Desktop folder and files disappeared

I restarted my computer, and when I logged back in, I noticed that all of my files that were on the desktop are gone. Instead, icons of all of my home folder are showed on my desktop. I opened the ...
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Google Chrome unity icon does not restore after minimizing [duplicate]

After minimizing the Google Chrome window, clicking on the chrome icon in the unity sidebar doesn't restore the window. Additionally, the the icon seems to behave more like a launcher: no white ...
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Ubuntu feels slow after 11.10 update

I recently updated Ubuntu to the latest 11.10 version. For some reason since the update Ubuntu reacts slowly. For example, when I drag a window there is a delay in the movement, when I write text it ...
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Unity Launcher Does Not Remember Favorites

I have already looked at the similar questions, but none of the solutions there worked for me. Basically, I can edit and remove icons just fine when I am in a session, but the next time I am logged ...
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Unity launcher — is it available as a separate package?

Is the launcher (side dock) found in Unity available as a stand-alone package that can be added to other desktops? (like xfce) If so, what's the package name? and is it available for 10.04 or only ...
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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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Optimizing Unity 3D launcher

I had been using Synapse and Docky for launching application and finding files. I really love unity but I am seriously facing problem when I want it to appear quickly and search quickly application ...
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How to stop windows from moving past the edge of a workspace?

I would like to stop windows from entering into neighbouring workspaces. I would like each window to be self contained inside the current workspace. Also, how can I stop windows from going ...
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How to change Alt+Tab application switcher in 12.10 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I adjust the alt-tab speed? Default alt+tab application switcher is slow. Previously faster ones could be used through CCSM but the options seem to be gone. Any ...
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How can I assign the key Super+M» to minimize all windows in Ubuntu 12.04?

Everytime I press Super+M the Dash lens for music appears. I have tried changing this behaviour using System Tools ▸ Keyboard ▸ Shortcuts ▸ Navigation ▸ Hide all windows to assign Super+M but it does ...
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Screen doesn't turn back on after resume on a Lenovo Thinkpad T420

Every time I suspend my notebook (Lenovo Thinkpad T420 - Intel HD graphic card) on Oneiric Ocelot 11.10 and turn it back on, the screen is black. The backlight is on and the system itself loads fine, ...
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How to prevent screensaver from locking the screen in Unity

Just upgraded to 11.10 and there is one pretty annoying thing: whenever Unity decides that my laptop was idle for too long, the screen goes black and -- the most annoying part -- locks up. Thus, two ...
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How can number of workspace be set used Unity in Ubuntu 11.10? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I reduce or increase the number of workspaces in Unity? How can number of workspace be set used Unity in Ubuntu 11.10? Unfortunately, I could not find any ...
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Workspaces don't work on my system

It shows only one workspace when I click on workspaces icon, what should I do?
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How to remove unity and unity-2d? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can you remove Unity? how to uninstall unity in ubuntu 11.04, not disable it I use gnome-shell, and I do not use unity or unity-2d, so I would like to remove ...
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How to make the unity app search find a manually installed app

I installed the scriptwriting Celtx software following the instructions on their site which had me place it inside of ~/bin/celtx I can execute it with no problems by running bin/celtx/celtx & ...
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Differences among Weather Indicators

To my knowledge there are two different weather applications with indicators for Unity -- what are the main differences and which one do you prefer over the other and why? Weather Indicator ...
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How to change the new workspace icon to the older icon?

The new "Workspace" icon is very similar the "Terminal" icon and I prefer the older icon. How can I change it? P.S.: Sorry for my English ;-)
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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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Fonts messed up after installing Kubuntu desktop on Ubuntu 14.04

I decided I wanted to try Kubuntu since I had some difficulties with the Unity desktop. I do not remember exactly the command(s) I run, but I think I used sudo apt-get install kubuntu-desktop. Now the ...
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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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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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How do I reset Unity default shortcuts?

How do I reset the default value of Unity shortcut? In: "System Settings -▸ Keyboard -▸ Shortcuts ..." For instances: I can't put the default Alt L for the HUD. I can't put the default ...
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14.04: password not accepted after computer wakes up from sleep

If i press Ctrl+alt+L to lock the screen, I can get back in by typing my password. If I put the computer to sleep, wake it back up again, I cannot log in anymore because it says the password is ...
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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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Turning Monitor Off With an Icon

I'm running Ubuntu 12.04 on my laptop and sometimes want to turn the display off immediately (without closing the lid and without waiting for it to turn off by itself). I'd prefer not to have to run a ...
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How to enable Unity 3D support in Ubuntu 12.04 64 bit virtual box with host Windows 7 64 bit?

I installed Ubuntu 12.04 in VirtualBox with host Windows 7 64 bit both but video is a kind of choppy in both vlc & movie player and Ubuntu is running slow,few seconds lagging in every click I do ...
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Bluetooth speaker: preferred mode “High fidelity playback” (A2DP) is not getting saved

I have a bluetooth speaker, Sony SRS-BTX300, which works in linux/ubuntu 13.04, but only after some fiddling. (Update Dec 2013: same problems remain in 13.10) I have to set the preferred bandwidth ...
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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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How to kill non-responsive GUI task under Unity?

I am searching for a newuser-friendly way to kill non-responsive GUI applications under Unity. I looked over the shoulder of a new Unity user who tried to use gscan2pdf - and gscan2pdf seems to be ...
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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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Lost access to the unity interface how to fix?

o.k, this is embarrassing: I have installed Compiz Config Settings Manager and tried to fix it so that the transition time between changing tabs (using alt+tab) will be short. by accident I ...
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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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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, ...
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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 ...