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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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nm-applet does not work Ubuntu 14.04

The network manager nm-applet has disappeared from the unity panel of my Ubuntu 14.04. When I try to run it from the commas line, I receive an error: $ nm-applet nm-applet-Message: using fallback ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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How can I disable alt+click window dragging?

In Ubuntu 14.04, when you hold alt and click a window, you can drag it around. As I understand, you used to be able to disable it through gconf, but Unity doesn't read settings from here any more ...
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Is there an application to identify the configuration driving a system-global keypress

Much as I like Unity and Gnome, getting global keyboard shortcuts and mouse clicks "right" is a source of continual frustration. We have: The "settings" dialogs for keyboard and mouse The ccsm tool ...