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How do I find all key bindings in Ubuntu 14.04?

The Ubuntu / Unity key bindings are interfering with Android Studio (IntelliJ) key bindings. There is a partial list of key bindings to disable / reconfigure here in section 6. It is missing Alt+F1 ...
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Icon missing when application is launched

I've created an application launcher in /usr/share/applications that launches rdesktop. The file specifies an icon name and I've added the icons to: /usr/share/icons/HighContrast/48x48/apps ...
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Remove “restart” option from menu

When I click the gear icon to open the system menu on my PC, these options are presented: Suspend Restart... Shutdown... The restart options seems redundant, because it literally does the same ...
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Speed Up Unity Dash Loading Programs

Each time I open dash for the first time since booting, it takes ages to load programs on it. I have to wait for like a minute or so and then programs appears. I have online stuffs disabled so its ...
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How to check if Unity web apps for gmail (or other) is installed?

I'm trying to integrate gmail with my Ubuntu desktop, recently upgraded to version 14.04, but I don't remember if i have previously accepted to integrate gmail with the desktop. How can I check this? ...
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Installed Gnome Shell desktop environment on Ubuntu 14.04 but its not working?

I had installed the gnome shell desktop environment on my Ubuntu 14.04 but its not working. I had been told that after installing it; I would be getting options at the log in time -'asking me' which ...
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How to remove all device icons from Unity launcher in 13.10?

How to remove all drives icons from Unity launcher in 13.10? Old trick with dconf-editor does not work anymore. I can remove any entry from com.canonical.Unity.Launcher.favorites, but not ...
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How do I drag-and-drop a file into a window that's not in the foreground?

In Windows, if I'm dragging a file or a piece of text and I want to want to drop it into a window that's currently not in the foreground I can simply hover over that window on the task bar and the ...
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Dash wont change color with background and desktop is white no matter what I change it to [duplicate]

How do I fix this? Please note I am using quantal. I performed the change shown here. Edit: I upgraded to raring and the problem went away. A little while later I logged off and logged back on. ...
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Ctrl-Super-Right doesn't work in 12.10

Noticed today that the default Unity setting for keywords to partially maximize windows to left or right partially works in my laptop. My Ubuntu is totally updated. Any idea on how to fix that?
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Now that I built Unity How do I Install it?

Hello there I built my own custom unity 6.2 and I built it so that it is in my home directory. I like how it looks now and want to replace the unity that I have installed on my system with the one ...
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Why Unity doesn't remember edge bindings settings from Compiz?

I'm very used to use edge bindings in my workflow, but since I've updated to 12.04 Unity forget my edge bindings settings on every new session. Why it is appening and how to fix it?
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Can I move the workspace switcher icon to the top of the Unity launcher

I would like to move the Workspace switcher icon from the bottom to the top of my Unity dock bar. Is this possible? Drag and drop does not work. Thanks!
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Disable icon background colors in application switcher (ALT-TAB) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How I turn off backlight around switcher icons When pressing ALT-TAB, the application switcher appears. You can continue pressing TAB to select the icon of the window ...
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How do I change the color of the Unity upper panel?

I was looking for this for a long time but I couldn't find anything. Please tell me how to change the color of Unity's menu bar if it is possible. Not the left panel (launcher), I mean the panel on ...
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Where does Unity store the chameleonic launcher/dash color?

I would like to use unity's average background color (the color of the launcher) in conky, is there a (configuration) file which contains that color information? Or how could I fetch that?
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upgraded “Compiz' and ”Unity", now no Unity 3D on screen

Today when I logged in to my Ubuntu 12.04, the update manager told me of some upgrades. Compiz and Unity were in those upgrades. After I installed the upgrades, I can no longer get the Unity panel ...
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Unity dash completely empty all of a sudden. Howto fix? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Dash search gives no result When I open my dash in unity (Ubuntu 11.10 upgraded from 11.04), it looks completely fine. Once I start typing though, all entries vanish and ...
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Sometimes applications stay in the background and have an empty white arrow in the launcher. How do I fix this?

Sometimes an application gets in trouble with unity and then it won't be shown in the foreground anymore. To get to the application I have to minimize all other windows. Alt-tab doesn't bring the app ...
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Disabling vsync in Unity/Mutter/Compiz?

Yesterday I was still using Natty with Compiz. I had noticed that disabling Vsync in Compiz made dragging windows much more smooth and responsive (I don't mind the tearing). I installed Ocelot this ...
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Do any Ubuntu-based distributions ship with Unity?

I like distributions like Mint and Pinguy because they include most stuff I want to install out of the box. Are there any such Ubuntu spin-offs that use Unity by default?
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Unity on 2 screens without main application menus

I'm used to work with 2 monitors, but after switching to Unity I can not access the main menus of applications. The main menu panel is only displayed on one of the screens Is there a way of dealing ...
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gTile for Unity?

Im testing gnome shell for this Week now and the shell-extension gTile https://extensions.gnome.org/extension/28/gtile/ is a big advantage for gnome shell IMHO. I want to switch back to Unity at the ...
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What icon does Unity use for an application?

I have a .deb package that installs application icons under the following locations: /usr/share/icons/hicolor/16x16/apps/ /usr/share/icons/hicolor/48x48/apps/ /usr/share/icons/hicolor/32x32/apps/ ...
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How to make aplications installed in /opt appear in Unity?

Libreoffice 3.4 was installed in /opt and a link to the executable was put in /usr/bin, but Unity search can't find it. Also, if I open Libreoffice Writer, for instance, and ask to keep its icon in ...
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Is there an alternative to compiz?

Can I find a good replacement for compiz? Compiz in 11.04 with unity is laggy
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Freeze at startup: “It seems that you do not have the hardware required to run Ubuntu” [closed]

Just after an update from Ubuntu 10.10 to 11.04 and a restart, Ubuntu freeze at startup on a dialog saying: "It seems that you do not have the hardware required to run Unity. Please choose Ubuntu ...
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How can I remove the shadows from the unity panel?

Last update brought shadows to the Unity panel - or at least I just noticed them. I know that I can remove any shadows I want through the Window Decoration plugin in ccsm but grabbing the panel ...
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Will unity performance improve in natty or remain slow?

There are some apps developed by canonical that are way too slow. This are USC and Unity. Unity in 10.10 is insanely slow (compared to GNOME which isn't actually a very fast DE) and totally unusable ...
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Login Loop - unable to run unity - not Xauthority ownership but may be related to display?

All, I was trying to get VNC working, making lots of changes that I don't recall now when I discovered after a restart that I could not login to Ubuntu 14.04. I believe I authenticate ok, but get ...
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Admin account won't load after update

I'm only asking this question because any other answer I found online to this problem didn't help me resolve it. Basically I updated my Ubuntu 14.04 system last night and it asked me to restart my ...
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Indicator multiload applet causes excessive compiz/CPU usage

** Update: I recently upgraded to Ubuntu 14.10 and compiz is now at 1% CPU. Most of the compiz cycles consumed on my system are caused by "indicator-multiload". This has been a problem for me since, ...
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How exactly do global shortkeys work? [duplicate]

Many questions have been asked about specific bugs and problems with global hotkeys, media keys, etc. especially in Ubuntu 14.04. I'm still having difficulty troubleshooting them though, so I wanted ...
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Strange icon in Unity top menu bar after installing KDE

After installing Kubuntu (I am using Ubuntu 14.04), it seems that a lot of fonts disappeared and a strange icon appeared in the top menu bar in Unity. I think it is the keyboard layout icon that has ...
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unity - how to detect if the screen is locked?

both of these only work after the screen that was locked gets blanked; but they sometimes fail also, when for any reason the screen doesnt blanks... gnome-screensaver-command --query ...
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using multiple desktop environments [closed]

Quick question about using multiple desktop environments. Can I install extra environments without affecting my current environment. I have to use a low energy demanding environment because I will not ...
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Not able to login with LightDM

I am using Ubuntu 13.10 with Unity desktop. Unfortunately I am not able to log into my desktop. After entering correct password it keeps looping back to login. Could you please help me to sort out ...
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HUD in 13:10 no longer returns out of focus applications or system commands

I upgraded to 13:10 having run 12:04,12:10 and 13:04 and now the HUD is not entries from out of focus applications or, more importantly for me, system commands such as lock, suspend etc. is this ...
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Why're two separate panel icons, when opened, grouping under the same icon

I have two separate .desktop files locked to the panel. Both of them opens terminal windows and runs a series of commands (with user input). Trouble is, while one is opened already, opening the other ...
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Is there a way to define a hotkey to solely unhide the Launcher?

I'm running Ubuntu on Parallels Desktop for Mac, where I have some limitations regarding usage of the Super key (and also problems with mouse edge detection), for example, I've read on the web that ...
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How to make ubuntu black and white?

This might be a somewhat strange question. I had an argument with a windows person and I told him that linux is so much more customization then he told me to prove it and I told him ..... Now I need ...
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How to disable application window previews rotation in Unity 3D? [duplicate]

I'm using Ubuntu 12.04 with 3d unity. When I have several windows of the same application (say Nautilus) opened and I click on its launcher (in unity app launcher bar) window previews appear offering ...
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Can't start unity from command line

For learning purposes, I'm trying to start my GUI (unity) on Ubuntu 12.04 from the command line. I've changed quiet splash in /etc/default/grub to text and I successfully booted into the command ...
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How can I restore template functionality after having deleted the Templates folder in 12.10?

As many I deleted the Templates on a fresh install. I followed the instructions in the accepted answer of What is the templates folder in the home dir for? I am running 12.10 and the proposed solution ...
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Non persistent keyboard shortcuts in Unity [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: System shortcut setting is always restored to default I did change the keyboard shortcuts for window navigation in Unity to use hjkl (vim movement). I did reassign the ...
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unity gone and cannot be reinstalled?

help.unity got uninstalled after I used ppa purge to delete a repository when i use synaptic to install it it says: `unity: Depends: libglib2.0-bin but it is not going to be installed help`
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I have disabled Unity plugin in “ccsm” when turning off Expo. How can i recover it?

Common left panel (launcher) is disable too. I think i should reset settings. How can i do it? PS i can start terminal.
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Why isn't the Alt+` shortcut working on my international keyboard?

According to How to use Alt + GraveAccent on non-US keyboard?, the Unity shortcut to switch between windows of the same application is Alt + (whichever key is above Tab). It doesn't work in my ...
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Unable to install Unity Revamped --ppa:ikarosdev/unity-revamped

I intend to use a forked version of unity (ppa:ikarosdev/unity-revamped) over the original one. The problem I'm facing is that the forked version is 5.12.0-0ubuntu3 and the original one is ...
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OS X Keyboard Layout in Unity or Ubuntu

I want to use ALL of the mac keyboard shortcuts for everything in Unity. Example: Copy (CMD+C), Paste (CMD+P), etc. I have not found a way to do this where CMD is the modifier key instead of CTRL, ...