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About Ask Ubuntu lens

I have downloaded Ask Ubuntu Lens from the Ubuntu Software Center for ubuntu 12.04 and installed it. Then i logged out and logged in to use that software but when I searched in the Dash home icon was ...
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Compiz frequently resetting “Initiate Window Move” shortcut key back to defaults

since i am using quiet a few applications where i need alt+leftmouse shortcut to be available - i installed CompizConfig Settings Manager and changed the shortcut under "Enable Move Window" - ...
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Edges of some windows running across workspaces in Unity

I like to use the Compiz Grid keyboard shortcuts to put windows on the left half and right half of my screen. But I've noticed that when running programs like GVim or the terminal, which require their ...
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Problem booting up after upgrade

I am a novice in regards to the backend of computers! I have encountered the following problem. I updated 12.04.4 (LTS) and the unity interface has disappeared. Once the update was finished, I was ...
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Should Unity WebApps look like a webpage

I've got a few Unity Web Apps on my Ubuntu 13.10 MBP 17". When I click on them they open up to the sites web page in my browser. I'm just curious to know if the web-apps are supposed to do anything ...
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Can't Change keyboard Layout in Cinnamon 2.0.6 Installed on Ubuntu 13.10

I recently installed ubuntu 13.10,and there was bug that you couldn't change your keyboard layout via "Shift+Alt",I updated it and there was fix for this bug. when i Installed Cinnamon 2.0.6 and ...
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GUI programs launched from command line appear behind other windows

Often, when I launch a GUI application from the command line, its window will appear behind other windows. For example, if I make a terminal full-screen and launch gitk, it will not appear to have ...
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Want to display Matlab figures in current workspace alone, Ubuntu 12.04

I use multiple workspaces of ubuntu 12.04 for my work. For instance, I run Matlab in one workspace and edit my documents in another. When I run my Matlab code, it generates multiple figures. However, ...
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Running programs missing in launcher

I'm using 12.04 Desktop. I often find that certain programs just don't show or vanish from the launcher even while running. This is commonly seen with Solitaire and now I see it with Libre Office ...
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Problem with Gnome 3 Internet Connections

I need your help. I use Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and I decided to give Gnome a try. I liked it more than Unity so I decided to stick with it. I customized many things to make it a better experience for me. ...
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Toolbar options not clickable

Not really sure how to better describe this issue, but most options in the toolbar cannot be selected or clicked upon and are darkened. It is not application specific, as it is present in almost every ...
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Unity Dash Move Launchers issue

I have Ubuntu 12.04 x64 at work and Ubuntu 12.04 x 86 at home. AT Ubuntu x64 I can move Launchers out of frame while moving them up or down (like on a picture), bu at Ubuntu x86 I can only move up or ...
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Top menu disappearing when enabling unity plugin in Compiz

I suddenly encountered a problem the other day where my top menu completely disappeared. I could not figure out how to restore it but then I managed to get it back by loading up CompizConfig Settings ...
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My Unity is disabled, and when I run compiz then it says it is

How can I get this back on? I have tried every command reccomended for this problem but nothing works. I am running ubuntu 13.10 dual booted with windows 7.
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I am getting black screen on Unity (Ubuntu 13.10)

I had forced shutdown my computer, when I turned it on, boot droped to a (initramfs) prompts/busybox. I've solved that problem with help of this post After login screen my screen turned black I've ...
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Missing window title bar when drag window

Couple days ago I noticed I have a lot of problems with Unity, one of them is when window is maximized, and when I unmaximize it by dragging it from Unity panel, title bar dissapears, and global menu ...
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Prevent window from resizing when pulled away from a grid position

I use the compiz keyboard shortcuts ctrl-alt-[numpad] to position my windows on the screen. However, when i use the mouse to reposition such a "gridded" window, the window is resized to its ...
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Unable to unminimize Nautilus

For some time I was using Gnome Shell and today I decided to give Unity a second chance. Then I noticed some problems, when I minimize Nautilus I can't unminimize it by clicking on Nautilus icon, ...
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I cant see unity on my desktop

I can see anything on my desktop but the background only. How can I get that back ? I have tried typing unity in the terminal and it gave me all back but now I just can't get it. An error message ...
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how do i keep the icon bar visible-it disappears from my desktop

I can't figure out how to keep the icon bar visble. It disappears and only pops up if I put the cursor in the middle of the screen and right click. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.
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MyUnity not working 12.04

I am trying to set up Unity on my computer and it has repeatedly given me this error code: [6] Type mismatch: wanted Void, got String instead. Main.?.O Anybody know what this means? I was thinking ...
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Unity doesn't load, unless using setsid

So I just tried uninstalling gnome-shell and restoring Unity, mostly everything is working except that Unity can't seem to start itself. I just get a black screen with an "X" cursor (x11?). I am able ...
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unity not searching my mounted volumes

I am searching files in another volume the ubuntu has been mounted. And after mounting the volume I am not able to search files and folders of volume. What could be the possible solution to this ...
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unity-scope-clementine showing songs which no longer exist

I've recently backed up some of my music collection which I don't listen to regularly to an external HD and deleted them from my internal HD. For some reason these songs are still listed as part of ...
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How to enable Static Application Switcher?

In ccsm have I tried to enable "Static Application Switcher" which from the icon looks like what I am looking for, but it gave a conflict with Unity, and crashed the config files, so I had to delete ...
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Ubuntu Unity bar not showing arrow for active programs

I use ubuntu 13.04 at home and have xubuntu 12.10 at work. At home, every program that I have open will have a white arrow indicator so I can see what is currently running. At work, the arrow only ...
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Unity will not load after an upgrade to Ubuntu 12.10 from 12.04

Unity worked fine when I was running 12.04 and after the upgrade to 12.10 Unity has not worked. I have tried installing Unity Tweak Tool and resetting unity but it didn't work. I get this when i try ...
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Unity: keyboard doesn't work

I was just thinking to myself that I was finally getting on OK with Unity when all of a sudden my keyboard stopped working. It's not a hardware issue: I've made no hardware changes, and the keyboard ...
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Systray on Ubuntu Unity 12.04 64bits disappeared

From time to time, it flashes showing some icons (sound, the time, etc) just to disappear once again. I have tried unity --reset with a result of many "failed", "error" or "warn" messages. Whatever ...
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compiz window switchers seem not to take effect

None of the compiz window switchers (e.g. the ring switcher) take effect, even after choosing to 'resolve conflicts' when enabling them. The default switcher takes effect no matter which switcher is ...
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Intel Extreme Graphics II drivers and Ubuntu 13.10

Not sure if anyone can help, but I've put together an older PC that has on-board graphics, which according to the documentation is Intel Extreme Graphics 2. Anyway Ubuntu 13.10 (32-bit) installed ...
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Shortcuts for Moving and Resizing Windows don't stay.

I am using Ubuntu 12.04 and I want to setup the keyboard shortcuts for moving and resizing windows. I found the specific location in Compiz to do this but the shortcuts that I choose won't stay ...
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How can I see the properties of a result in Unity's Dash Home search?

For example, I would like to see where my search's resulting file is located. Obviously right clicking on the result will not work, so, is there an add-on or setting that could give me a context menu ...
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Show unity switcher (alt+tab) when in full screen

When I use alt+tab when in full screen mode in an application window I am not able to see the apps I am switching too. Anyway to bring the switcher display to the top?
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Armitage (msf GUI) won't connect…help

i've ubuntu 12.04 LTS asus k55a series metasploit framework (v4.8.2-1) community edition here the photo armitage JDK 7 WHEN I open armitage it freezes but the console is still open i've been ...
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How to get third-party docks to work with Ubuntu Unity?

I'm using Ubuntu 13.10 with default Unity. I'd like to install another taskbar (dzen2) to be docked somewhere on the screen. I start it with 'dzen2 -dock' but the rest of the windows in Unity don't ...
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Unity reacts to shortcuts when gaming under Wine (Diablo 2 II Lord of Destruction)

I play Diablo 2 LoD and need to use the Alt-key quite often. It doesn't work ingame and if I press it 2 or 3 times the game minimizes and the Unity search function comes up. How can I disable this ...
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ctrl key rolls app to title bar only

Merely hitting the ctrl key alone is rolling up the application window to it's title bar so that only the title bar is showing. I can't find any keyboard shortcut anywhere that could be causing this. ...
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Gnome MPlayer and [Play/Pause], [Next] buttons

On ubuntu 13.10 I'm using the [Fn]+[Play/Pause] key combination successfully with Totem, but because Totem makes my whole screen flicker when I use Javascript at the same time, I switched to Gnome ...
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Unity menu headings and nautilus icons/text ignoring text scaling factor

I reported this as a bug here, but I'm wondering if anyone knows of a workaround to fix this problem. After the latest Ubuntu update, which included a new kernel, suddenly the text scaling factor ...
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Can I create custom workspaces for when I login?

I like to have a 6-screen setup with pdf viewer, sublime text, and chrome on the top row, three terminal windows on the second, and my database server and document viewer (for notes) on the last row. ...
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Cpu usage over 20% on all cores fom compiz, Xorg, and at-spi2-registr

I noticed that on all 6 cores on my processor my computer is using 20-60%. No windows were open aside from the system monitor. I ran the command "top" in terminal and found that compiz is using ...
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Function volume keys get stuck; volume raises to max/min rapidly

I have two function keys for raising and lowering sound volume in keys [3] and [4]. Occasionally, when raising or lowering the volume, it's like the key gets stuck and the volume quickly raises to ...
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Escale plugin and workspaces in ubuntu 13.10

First of all I' m not English so I' ll try do my best to explain myself. Thanks in advance!! :) I'm moving from Ubuntu 12.04, today I've installed (fresh install) Ubuntu 13.10. In Ubuntu 13.10 when ...
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Can't add new Live Wallpaper to Slidewall

I don't seem to have the "add" option on my Slidewall software for adding new Live wallpapers. Why is it happening? I'm using Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. Please help!
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xrandr fails to change refreshrate

Ubuntu Unity has issues allowing my Haswell Intel HD4600 graphics card to change refreshrate with xrandr. xrandr --screen 0 --output HDMI2 --mode 0xd1 should change the refreshrate to 24hz, running ...
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Translation Confusion - (The number of milliseconds Sticky Edges are deactivated for after the barrier has been broken)

So I am helping to translate Ubuntu. In unity, I struggled to translate this: The number of milliseconds Sticky Edges are deactivated for after the barrier has been broken. May I ask, what is the ...
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Black logon screen until I logged in as a guest

Ubuntu 12.04, Unity Recently the logon screen had being screwed up. Now booting ends up with black screen with blinking underscore character at the top left corner and normal mouse cursor. I'm able ...
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Create a sidebar window application that can't be obscured

When the Unity launcher is visible and I maximize a Window it doesn't occupy that space. I want to duplicate that function for an application where I display a narrow window docked to the right of my ...
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Problem Hidden Alt + Tab, Unity minimize bug? (ubuntu 13.10)

I'm running Ubuntu 13.10. Often when I have multiple windows of the same type open, when I click their Unity icon twice to select windows, only one window will show. The rest will have a space on the ...