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Installed nvidia driver, activated it, and now Unity is gone. No bars, menus, nothing

I installed the nvidia driver (installed the ubuntu-x-swat ones, updated them, got the updates for them, installed bumblebee. I restarted everytime I did those steps, so no, i don't simply need to ...
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Ubuntu not showing any GUI

When I boot into Ubuntu, I don't see the Unity interface. Instead it boots into some sort of command line interface (pic attached) I tried pressing atl + F7, in that case i get a screen showing ...
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multiple monitors only work with unity 2d [closed]

The only way for me to get three monitors to work is to degrade down to Unity 2D with xinerama. When only one screen is up i.e. two monitors are working with twinview, I am able to use Unity 3D. I'd ...
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Disable automatic unity launching?

Okay my main question here, is how do I disable the auto-matic unity launch at boot, or "boot into Ctrl-Alt-F1-6 screen" I find myself booting into that fairly quickly and then a few seconds later it ...
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Opening home folder causes another file cabinet icon to appear [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why are there two icons in the Unity launcher for Nautilus? When I launch Home Folder from the Unity Dash, a Files window opens instead of opening itself (as default). ...
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How do I disable the F10 (application menu) keybinding in Ubuntu 11.10? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Deactivate F1 and F10 keybindings? Identical to: Deactivate F1 and F10 keybindings? But these instructions no longer apply to 11.10. There's no longer a mapping for ...
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Optimising 11.04 for speed

I've just upgraded to 11.04 (after 10.04) on my laptop. This went without a glitch, everything just works, so kudos to the Ubuntu team. But my laptop is old in dog years. It's a more than 5 year old ...
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How to remap keyboard shortcuts in Unity Launcher? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: > Can I define keyboard shortcuts using the Super key? I am aware of how to change the shortcut to focus the Launcher with Compiz Settings Manager, so this is a different ...
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Anatomy and terminology of Unity - Dash, HUD, launcher and panel? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What’s the right terminology for Unity’s UI elements? Just for reference for those who haven't installed Unity yet - what is the difference between these elements? ...
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Why do some applications in Unity start “maximized” but not integrated into the panel?

When I start some applications like Gimp or update-manager they start like if they where maximized but they have window decorations, are not integrated into the Unity panel and therefore move towards ...
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Mouse flickering on one of my two screens

I just installed ubuntu 14.04 and the mouse is now flickering on one of my two screens. The other screen doesn't have any flickering. I was previously using ubunutu 13.10 without any issue. If I ...
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Browser's back button hidden by unity launcher

Usually when i try to reach a back button on my browser, I end up with a launcher popping over it. So instead of simply pushing "back" button I have to deal with a launcher. I think this is unity's ...
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Desktop Files don't use seem to use $PATH correctly

I am creating .desktop files for use in the Unity Launcher. I have my own location in my home directory where I put my executables (~/usr/bin/) which is correctly added to my PATH environment ...
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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] ...
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Tiling window management with Unity

EDIT: XMonad can be made to play well with Unity: http://markhansen.co.nz/xmonad-ubuntu-oneiric/ (thanks hvr) I'm looking for a tiling window manager to use with Unity. I would like the manager to ...
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Is there any way to initiate “urgent animation” of an icon on the Unity launcher from command line?

It would be great if one could use it in the terminal for announcing that some time intensive job is done, e.g. "apt-get dist-upgrade; urg-anim".
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Should my Dash be full screen?

I am using Ubuntu Natty with the latest updates and the Unity Dash is in full screen. My laptop has a 17" screen with a resolution of 1366 x 768. If this is not the normal behavior I will report it as ...
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Key combination to switch between an application's windows in all of viewports

Alt-` is used to switch between an application's windows in the current viewport in Unity. Is there another key combination to switch between an application's windows in all of viewports? I do not ...
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LibreOffice problem integrating with Unity

I have started noticing this problem a while back. Opening spreadsheets directly from Nautilus sometimes has different behaviors in Unity. This means that sometimes I see the icon pop in the launcher ...
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Where's the line between the dash and the file browser?

I've noticed some overlap between Unity's dash and Nautilus, due to folders being able to be opened and browsed straight from the dash. However if you want to perform any kind of operation on the ...
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Is there a way to configure Unity's top bar to autohide?

I'd like Unity top bar to be hidden, and only appear when the mouse reaches the top of the screen. Is there some configuration / plugin / patch / hack or something that would allow me to do such a ...
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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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Ubuntu 14.04 - You have held broken packages

This is a very popular question, but bare with me as I have tried teverything you are all about to suggest. So This is what I get: sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop Reading package lists... Done ...
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How can I quickly see a list of the keyboard shortcuts?

For example to see which keys switch between multiple terminal windows. I'm trying to use the keyboard more and more and the mouse less. If I have multiple windows open I can use ialt-tab to switch ...
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Change color of top menubar / statusbar

I know there are a million posts on this but not a single one has helped me solve this... I'm trying to change the color of the top menubar/status bar of the system. I've managed to set the ...
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3d acceleration under kvm

Hey guys I'm new to kvm and virt-manager. Recently I've been trying testing the new ubuntu 12.04 alpha 2 and found unity3d in a unacceptable speed. After some googleing, I found it may be the ...
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gEdit problem with color of selected text

I have a weird problem here using gEdit. It's gEdit 3.2 in Ubuntu 11.10. When I select some piece of text, this should be white text on orange background (Unity 11.10 default). Suddenly it started ...
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How to restore/change Alt+Tab behaviour/ram usage and a few other things after Ubuntu upgrade from 11.04 to 11.10? [closed]

I use Ubuntu for programming. I recently updated it from 11.04 to 11.10. There are some things I don't like in the new version of Unity desktop interface. I don't actually know if it is hard to ...
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Will Unity have a keyboard shortcut for accessing the “Session Menu” that appears on the panel?

I noticed in screen shots of Unity the presence of the "Session Menu" indicator in the right corner of the top-panel. This menu drops down to offer Log Out, Hibernate, Restart, Shut Down, etc. I know ...
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Will the Compiz version's dash be the same as the current dash?

Since the Compiz version of Unity does not have a dash at the moment, I was wondering if the Unity team is planning to port the current version of the dash "as it is" (eight huge icons to open Firefox ...
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How can I search manpages in 13.10’s dash?

In 13.10, there is no dedicated help lens. In 13.04, it was the place for docs like yelp, manpages or texinfo. However, there is a manpage scope in the dash, and it is activated. But when I search ...
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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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Create a Gtk Window insensitive to Show Desktop and Won't show in Launcher

I want to make a Gtk.Window which is pinned to the Desktop and acts like a desktop widget. I've found that I can do this by setting self.set_type_hint(Gdk.WindowTypeHint.DESKTOP) which keeps it below ...
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Switching desktop environment from Unity?

Basicall I have installed a few desktop environments. And if you are familiar with Unity, you know that the way switching works, is you get this sort of drop-down with all the environments installed, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 mouse and window focus issues

So I just installed Ubuntu 14.04 tonight and I'm having this weird issue with my mouse and window focus. I can't seem to click on any Unity Launcher icons. More over I can't click on unfocused ...
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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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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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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 do I install the Unity desktop environment on Ubuntu Studio 13.04 (Xfce)?

I am a bit of a newbie. I'd like to have the option of booting into either Unity of Xfce in Ubuntu Studio. Any help is appreciated.
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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 ...