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How to get a clock in Unity top panel?

I installed Ubuntu 12.10, 64-bit, I had a clock up in the top right of the top menu panel. I noticed the other day that it is no longer there. I've scoured all the settings and everything in Ubuntu ...
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Laptop monitor stays black with an external display connected to my Asus UX32VD

Whether I run Ubuntu as a live-USB or install it, I always have two trash bins on the Unity Launcher. Both work, and both open the same location. This seems a bit redundant; what could be done about ...
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Finding .desktop files based on their titles?

That's part 2 of a question asked earlier (to be able to give credit to the answers individually). When I type into the Dash applications show up with their title (also when hovering over the ...
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If I install any dekstop environment (like XFCE) alongside Unity can it affect Unity?

I want to be sure whether it going to break something like my default Unity desktop or not. I once tried KDE on Ubuntu and it broke the whole theme. I had to reinstall Ubuntu that time. I dont want ...
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How can I prevent people to see what application(s) I have opened?

I don't want people to see what applications I have opened. I would like to be able to instantly hide the windows with a shortcut key combination, so I can save my work afterwards. I also want to hide ...
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Display color goes haywire when resuming from lock screen

Resuming the computer from locked screen sometimes ends up distorting the display. It happens randomly and restarting the computer is one workaround for it. I tried this : ALT+F2 ,then type ...
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Ubuntu 14.10 transparent window title bar

Is there a way to make the window title bars transparent in 14.10? The transparent panel and launcher looks wonderful, but without the transparency of the title bars, the whole surface looks ...
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Unity doesn't work on VNC server under 14.04 LTS

After upgrading to Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, I find the Unity destkop in vnc4server never works as it did under Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. Here is my ~/.vnc/xstartup for vnc4server: #!/bin/sh xrdb $HOME/.Xresources ...
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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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How to reduce the saturation of of laptop monitor in Ubuntu 14.04?

I want to reduce the saturation of my laptop display as its very high and hurts my eyes. I own a Dell XPS 15z. Also, I would be very grateful if anybody can help me to show how all the color ...
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How to set Desktop to show files and folders from different directory?

Currently, when all windows are minimized and closed, the desktop will show files and folders located in /home/user/Desktop. I want to change this behavior and have my home folder be displayed for ...
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Ubuntu 13.04 - Black screen with unresponsive cursor [closed]

Few days ago I installed ubuntu 13.04 on a new machine without big issues. Today, after the boot, I have this situation: grub correctly loaded and normal boot normal purple screen with red dots ...
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Unity Launcher Icons gets fuzzy when on odd numbered setting

Fuzzy icons when odd number-sized in launcher bar - unity Description of the problem When entering the appearance settings in the system tools, you can change the unity icon-size with a slider. ...
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After Ubuntu 12.04 LTS update, Only Unity 2D … bug?

I have no clue why this happened, but I would really like to fix it. I ran a bunch of updates (25+...I hadn't updated in a while) and for some reason after I restarted to install the updates, I could ...
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After drop of Unity2D in 12.10: How to tackle high load of Unity/compiz on netbooks? [closed]

Update: Though it's not fully clear to me why this Q should be off-topic and I have doubts that a bug report will help, I filed a bug report at https://bugs.launchpad.net/unity/+bug/1067349 Please ...
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Force rewrite of Gnome-Do summon binding on login because keeps being set to disabled

I was wondering where the gnome-do binding was stored for summon do. I want to rewrite this on login because it keeps getting overwritten when I have it stored as space to disabled. Where is this ...
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Getting Unity 3D working on legacy Nvidia FX5500 card

I installed the latest Nvidia drivers for my FX5500 card. I understand that the X server version does not officially support this driver or card but was wondering what I can do to get Compiz running. ...
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How to sync Contacts in 12.04 with Thunderbird / Ubuntu One? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Thunderbird Contacts sync with Ubuntu One How to get Google Contacts to sync with Thunderbird / Ubuntu One in Ubuntu 12.04 Beta? I want to sync Google Contacts with ...
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How to activate cube and related Compiz features without crashing Unity?

I have activated Desktop cube feature in Compiz by editing the config file way in this link: Preference >> Export Open the exported profile and edit it Find “s0_active_plugins” and replace wall with ...
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lightdm black screen after installing plasma5 in Ubuntu

I have both ubuntu-desktop and kubuntu-destop installed on my laptop. While sddm works perfectly fine during login, if I choose lightdm as the default login screen, after a reboot, I get a black ...
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14.04 nvidia dual display (external+laptop) stretched display, offset desktop

When I try to attach an external monitor to my laptop, the windows are stretched oddly horizontally and the click offset is off. The nvidia settings also doesn't seem to show the built-in laptop ...
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Just ran some updates, broke system and stuck in Unity 2d

I just installed 25 updates. In them were the raring graphics stack and kernel 3.5.25. I rebooted back and noticed I was now in Unity 2d. This behaves much slower than 3d did and when I tried to log ...
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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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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 CompizConfig Settings Manager, so this is a ...
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Enabling window decorations made me disable unity plugin. No borders

So I started messing around with Compiz a bit I enabled window decorations but that made me disable unity plugin So no launcher and no task bar or whatever it's called in Linux I accidentaly ...
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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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What is the mediascanner-service and how to avoid getting it installed?

Since a few months, on one of the desktop Ubuntu 14.04 systems I use, CPU has regularly been going up to 80-100% for no apparent reason. htop would usually attribute responsability to file system ...
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Desktop Files don't 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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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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Custom right-click action in Unity Launcher keeps cursor busy for 20 seconds

To have a "minimize window" option through right click on an icon in the Unity launcher (Ubuntu 14.04), I followed the detailed instructions here about changing a .desktop file and made a custom ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Resetting GTK Settings: Ambiance Menu Colors

Whenever I use either Ambiance, or a theme that is based off of Ambiance (Ambiance-Colors for example), the menu text for the unity menus as well as all drop down menus is dark, like so: . The ...
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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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Keeping Ubuntu dash just for searching installed applications

I appreciate the work on Ubuntu Unity dash, but I really don't need all its features. I want to keep it for only searching applications. So, I don't want to see Search Filters and the bottom ...
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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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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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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 ...