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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Can't search for terminal in Unity dash

I used to be able to search for terminal in 'Dash Home' and brings up terminal. However, this way doesn't work any more. 'Dash Home' does not even let me search for 'terminal'. One thing, I have my ...
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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?
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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. Also, see my ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Controlling window placement in unity with twinview

I am running a system running Ubuntu Oneric where i have a DVI monitor and an HDTV as my screens. They are set up using nVidia TwinView. The monitor and TV are not side by side and the intent is to ...
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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 ...
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Google-search lens for unity [closed]

Is there a plugin (lens) for Unity Dash that allows me to do google searches and open the links in my browser? If so, what is it called and how do I install it??
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Broken sound volume indicator - can't change volume

I have Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal) and the sound indicator in the panel sometimes breaks down. I assume it is probably because the sound system crashes or something. When this happens, The sound ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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Is Unity a Desktop Environment?

I read somewere that Unity is a DE, is that true or not?
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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?
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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?
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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 ...
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Disable ibus in Ubuntu 14.04

I regularly switch between 3 scripts (English/Roman, Kannada and Hindi/Sanskrit/Devanagari). In 12.04, I used to enable IBus by typing Ctrl+Space to switch from English to Kannada, and again the same ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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How can I remove the top panel in Unity?

I want to keep the Unity launcher only and remove the panel. Is there a way to do that?
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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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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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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)
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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 ...
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dual view monitors for one desktop on ati

How do i get dual view (two monitors with Full-HD-resolution) for one desktop on unity with an ati card on ubuntu 11.10? on 11.04 all worked fine. Now i have the problem, that after customizing on ...
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Using the “dash” from Unity interface in classic mode?

I've so far opted out of the complete Unity experience, preferring the Ubuntu classic (gnome-shell) on my desktop. However, Unity's "dash" (the thing that opens from the Ubuntu button in the top-left ...
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How can I get an indicator icon for new updates?

I don’t want Update Manager popping up on its own, but I do want to be notified that there are new updates. In older Ubuntu releases (I don’t remember how old), an icon would display in the ...
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“No required driver detected for unity” on Dell Mini 1010

I want to "try" ubuntu-netbook off the livecd on my Dell Mini1010 (Poulsbo Intel GMA 500 graphics card). It tells me that there is: "No required driver detected for unity. You will need to choose ...
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My NVidia GTX 960 card creates openGL problems with Unity on Ubuntu

I posted a bug about this on launchpad already, but was hoping maybe someone on here would have some suggestions about other things I could try. Background: I had a working Ubuntu 14.10 system with ...
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14.04 - Black borders, black terminal [closed]

This question is clearly realted to this one. However, I tried the suggested approaches and neither of them worked. Let me explain what happend: I'm using an Asus notebook with an integrated NVIDIA ...
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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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create a custom launcher for Eclipse

Can't make my custom Eclipse launcher work on 13.10 (fresh install). See screenshot below: The custom eclipse launcher on panel doesn't work. Double click on Eclipse.desktop from file manager ...
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Where are the systray icons for Dropbox in Ubuntu desktop 13.04 (minimal)?

I reinstalled Ubuntu desktop using the minimal CD image and the following command: $ sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop --no-install-recommends After that I used Ubuntu Software Center to make ...
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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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How to install Xfce without xubuntu-desktop or ubuntustudio-desktop

I want to install Xfce without xubuntu-desktop or ubuntustudio-desktop (original Xfce 4.10, without extras). I too want to keep Unity (and Unity 2D) on my computer. Is the xfce-meta package great for ...
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How to suppress or disable the shutdown option from indicator menu or shutdown dialog?

My goal is to allow user only to restart the system, and deny any shutdown (suspend, hibernate). I am running unity-2d. I 've managed to deny suspend and hibernate with polkit policy files like ...
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How to get the shutdown & restart icon back in dash

In Ubuntu 11.10 it was possible to type restart or shutdown in dash, so you could drag that icon in the left panel. Now in the new 12.04 this option has been deleted/removed. Is there another way to ...