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What can replace system monitoring in the top Gnome Panel in Unity?

I'm used to have System monitoring in the top Gnome Panel: CPU, Temperature, Net, Fan-Speed. (see screenshot below) In Unity, the Top Panel is locked for window name and global menu, so I can't add ...
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Can I use the Unity launcher icon to minimize applications/windows?

I don't know if this is a feature or a bug, but clicking on an active application's launcher icon doesn't minimize it. It is terribly inconvenient for folks using a persistent Unity bar to click ...
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How to remove icons/shortcuts from Unity menu?

I have installed Chromium and Tweet Deck on it (trough Chrome Store), now I uninstalled Tweet Deck and after that Chromium, the problem is, when I installed Tweet Deck it asked me if I want to create ...
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How can I remove and re-install Unity?

Unity is misbehaving after installing GLX Dock - HUD does not open with GLX Dock turned off and there are ugly shadows in the panel, three control buttons (close, minimise, maximise) and "Ubuntu ...
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How does one create a custom application launcher for Wine installed apps?

I'm able to locate stuff with the dash home then drag it down to the launcher bar on the left of the desktop, but what if the application installed via Wine isn't found via the dash search? I've right ...
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How to resize the Unity launcher?

I want to resize the Unity launcher. Is that possible?
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How can I activate Unity?

I previously had ubuntu 10.10 installed and upgraded to 11.04. However, desktop is same 10.10 (gnome) as despite the upgrade. How can I disable the Gnome and activate Unity instead?
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How can I set default terminal used in Unity?

How can I set the default terminal used in Unity? I would like to use the Ctrl+Alt+T hotkey to start a non-default terminal. The default terminal is gnome-terminal. Where can I change the default ...
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How to add a “Show desktop” icon to the launcher?

I recently upgraded from 10.04 to 12.04, and there is no show desktop in the launcher. I know I can use Ctrl+Super+D, but is there a way to get it in the launcher? Edit: I just installed the "show ...
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Restore the Ctrl + Alt + Num Pad 4 and 6 window positioning commands?

Using Unity in Ubuntu 12.04, the Ctrl + Alt + Num Pad combination for positioning windows no longer works completely consistently: Ctrl + Alt + 4 (move window to left half of screen) was changed to ...
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Where are the Unity Launcher .desktop files?

I'd like to know which folder the Unity Launcher .desktop files are stored in, as they're not anymore in /.gconf/desktop and I need to add a custom application to the launcher bar (adding it in ...
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How to find out the terminal command of an application?

I want to use some applications shown on the Unity Launcher in a terminal, but I need to know the appropriate command to run them. How can I achieve that?
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How can I adjust the transparency of the Status Bar (top panel)?

The status bar (by default) at the top of your screen with the icons OFF to the right, date, user name and other computer options. How can I make that bar transparent, like it is when dash activated ...
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How do I reinstall Unity?

I tested out Unity 5, and of course, it broke things, so I tried downgrading by sudo apt-get install ppa-purge sudo ppa-purge ppa:unity-team/staging It removed Unity completely. apt-get ...
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Creating a .desktop file for a new application

I just installed the lastest version of UGENE. I works fine but in order to use it, I have to enter the following in the terminal: cd ugene-1.11.5/ then execute ./ugene -ui to launch UGENE GUI. This ...
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How to change tooltip background color in Unity?

In a lot of applications the tooltips are just plain ugly (White text on black background, way too much contrast) or even unreadable (black or dark blue text (Hyperlinks) on black background). I want ...
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How do I install the Ask Ubuntu Unity Lens, and how do I use it?

I heard about the Ask Ubuntu Unity Lens over in the chat, and I was wondering how to install it. What are the step-by-step instructions to get it installed, activated and once that's done, how do I ...
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Is there any tweak to bring back emblems in Nautilus?

I read the following dev email Removing 'Backgrounds and Emblems' and when i read this part: Note that this does not completely remove the ability for extensions (e.g. Dropbox) to add emblems ...
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What is the Unity HUD and how can I install it on my system?

I have read about the Unity HUD. Is that a mock up or a real thing? Can I install it on my current Ubuntu 11.10 installation or do I need to upgrade to 12.04?
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Unity 3D doesn't work anymore, just shows a menu on the top [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Unity doesn't load, no Launcher, no Dash appears I no longer have Unity 3D in Ubuntu 11.10. After I reinstalled Unity 3D, my desktop looks like this: Any ...
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Only can move the pointer after upgrading

I made a partition on my desktop pc, 100 GB and installed Ubuntu 12.10 on it. It was pretty slow first thought it had to install updates or something, so I rebooted it. Now after the login it looks ...
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How do I get the Skype status icon back? (on panel/tray)

I installed Skype 4.0 following this guide. However my little Skype icon in the unity status bar (in the top right corner with clock, volume, etc.) is gone. How do I get it back?
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How to change the Dash icon in the Unity Launcher?

I don't like the Dash icon in the Unity Launcher, it's pretty inconsistent with the Faenza icon theme and I would like to change it. How can I do that?
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After upgrading to 13.04 Unity interface is not showing

I've upgraded to Raring last night. The upgrade itself went okay, no errors. But when I rebooted the computer afterwards and logged in to my Unity session, all I could see was the Desktop background ...
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How can I speed up Unity with an ATI card?

I've been using Unity for two days... but all the apps and Unity itself runs very slowly I've installed Catalyst 11.4 (Ati Radeon HD 4350, 2GB RAM, Core 2 Duo @1.86 Ghz, 12 Gb Partition, 1 Gb to Swap) ...
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How do I add applications to the Unity launcher?

How do I add apps to the Launcher?
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How do I start developing a lens for Unity? [duplicate]

I would like to know how to create one of those lenses for unity. I know how to program. but I don't know where to start. Are there certain libraries I should use or docs that I should read? Are there ...
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How to drag a folder to the launcher from Nautilus

How can I add a folder to the launcher for quick access to it. In this particular case I wish to drag it to the launcher.
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How can I move the panel from the top to the bottom?

I am coming from Windows 8 and want to test new Ubuntu 12.xx. How can i change the position of the panel from top to bottom?
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System Settings icons missing in 14.04

I did a fresh install of trusty 14.04, but a lot of icons are missing. I installed from DVD which was painfully slow and I hope to avoid repeating the process, especially since I started customizing ...
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How can I remove duplicate second Unity Launcher on a Dual Screen setup?

See attached image. On my dual screen display I have a Unity Launcher on the left hand screen and also on the right hand screen. Both work perfectly fine. I don't want two Unity Launchers. Every time ...
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How do I make a custom launcher for terminal applications?

I have some command line applications (and remote servers) that I want to make individual launchers for on the Unity launcher, how do I do that?
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How can I remove duplicate icons for “launched” java programs in the launcher?

When launching java programs (like IntelliJ IDEA and Crashplan) in Natty's Unity launcher, duplicate icons are shown (see image). For IntelliJ I created the .desktop file, for Crashplan the .desktop ...
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Unity isn't starting on 13.10 (with Cinnamon 2.0 installed) [duplicate]

Since upgrading to 13.10, I can't log in to unity desktop. Light dm works correctly, but attempting to log in tries to start the session then drops back to light. I've already dropped to terminal ...
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Unity 3d no longer works after installing 12.04

I just installed Ubuntu 12.04 by cd. Unity 3D will not work now only 2D It worked fine in 11.10 and also when I upgraded to the beta of 12.04 through update manager. I tried both Nvidia Proprietary ...
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How to remove “Apps Available for Download” from the applications lens?

Is there some way to modify the Applications lens in Unity so that we can remove the "Apps Available for Download" section? The section is really annoying for normal use. We don't have to know why we ...
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Missing launcher after 12.04 upgrade [duplicate]

I recently upgraded to Ubuntu 12.04 and after doing some updates and such my application launcher and title bars (for window dialogues) are missing. Basically the entire Unity GUI is missing! Not ...
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Appearance does not change on switching the theme

If I select Radiance or Ambiance in the menu show in the following picture, my whole theme does not change. It only changes the title bar. How can I resolve this problem? Or how can I reset the ...
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Is it possible to install Unity 6.x.x on 12.04?

Is it possible to get the latest Unity without upgrading to 12.10 on my Ubuntu 12.04 PC or will this be backported?
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How to create a desktop shortcut in Unity?

Is there an easy way to create a desktop shortcut for an application in Unity? The ability to right click or drag and drop icons to the desktop in Unity does not seem to be there.
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How do I add a custom launcher?

I started by searching guides. I found this guide but neither of the main methods works anymore in 11.10. The first solution, I have created the desktop file, however the file location given as ...
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Problems after upgrading to 14.04 (only background and pointer after login) [duplicate]

After upgrading from 12.04 to 14.04 I could log in to my X session (albeit with really low graphics). While trying to fix the graphics, I managed to break the X session. Now, after typing my password ...
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How to add my favorite places as a quicklist in my home's icon in Unity?

So I saw all that fancy quicklists in dash, and I'm wondering if I can do it with nautilus to add places as a quicklist, like Videos, Pictures, Downloads.. etc, So as a start, I tried to modify ...
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Is there an easy way to rearrange or move the icons in the Unity launcher?

It looks like the only time that you can choose where an icon goes on the unity launcher, is when you add it. Is there a way to rearrange the order of an icon after it has been added?
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How do I delete the entire history (Recently Used Items) in the dash?

I want to delete all the history of the unity dash about files, videos, text files, images, etc. I find it surprising that the best thing that activity log manager can do is to delete the history of ...
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How to change desktop background from command line in Unity?

I have a script that updates my desktop background every day with the NASA APOD. Since upgrading to 11.10, that script stopped working, presumably because I'm using gconftool-2 to actually update the ...
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How do I hide Thunderbird from the launcher while running?

I have a question for you all. It's possible to "hide" thunderbird from the unity application bar when thunderbird is running? For my is unhelpfull see thunderbird on the "mail" tray ( near shutdown ...
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Why do some open applications appear as “question marks” in the Unity launcher?

I'm having a problem with a couple of programs that have launchers in unity but then create a separate icon after launched. Is is possible for the launcher to track the windows it spawns to organize ...
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How do I change the desktop name on the Unity panel?

How do I change Ubuntu Desktop to XYZ's Desktop.
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How can I enable Chrome/Chromium Unity integration?

I installed Ubuntu yesterday on a new laptop. After downloading and installing Chrome, I realized that there is no experimental integration Gnome3/Unity flag in about:flags? I remember using the ...