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How do I enable live window resizing in Ubuntu 13.04?

In Ubuntu 13.04 when you resize an application window by clicking with the mouse on any of its borders the whole window area gets covered by an orange transparent film; if then the mouse cursor is ...
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How do I install Unity Web apps from the software repositories?

I found .deb files in my cache for some webapps I installed. Then I used apt-get to install some other web apps. But the icons aren't showing up on the unity bar. How do I rectify this?
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How can I return to Unity notifications after installing XFCE4?

After I installed XFCE4, the XFCE notifications are being displayed instead of the Unity ones. Even in Unity sessions. How do I set it up so that I get Unity notifications in Unity sessions and XFCE4 ...
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Open URL in Chromium and switching to existing tab open if URL already open

I was trying to create Unity quicklists for Gmail. But if the Gmail was already opened, it will still create another tab and load the web page, rather than switching to the existing. I even tried ...
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How to launch different firefox profiles via the keyboard using Unity

I'm a heavy user of firefox profiles - a general one, work and one just for facebook so facebook doesn't know where I'm browsing. I have customised my firefox launcher icon to give me access to ...
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How to change the order of scopes in a lens?

I recently installed 12.04, and have started to to fiddle around with lenses. I've installed two scopes for the music lens: Spotify and Grooveshark. It seems to me that the current scope display ...
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How do I remove the Skype icon from the system panel? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can I remove the Skype panel icon? I have been trying for some time to remove the Skype icon in the upper panel in Ubuntu 11.10, but to no avail. I have went into ...
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How could I change my theme colors like this? (Pic below) or can I find a theme like this?

I want my theme to look like this. How would I go about changing the colors to look like this or is there a theme that already looks like this that you? I am using Unity and Gnome Shell. Is there a ...
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How to check if checkbox-unity from ppa:unity-team/ppa succesfully send my report?

I used the checkbox-unity survey to test beta unity 5.0 in Precice. Completing the survey took me a couple of hours because I thoroughly described the problems I discovered. At the end of the survey ...
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How to make unity hide applications from the launcher if they're running on other desktops/workspaces?

I would like to be able to hide applications running in other workspaces, under Unity. For example, chrome is open in workspace 1, and when I go to another workspace, it should be hidden from the ...
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KeePassX 0.4.3 on 11.10 (Unity) not visible in task switcher (Alt-Tab) [closed]

Update: Problem solved. I've rebooted, and now it just works. I cannot reproduce the problem anymore myself. (Reported as https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/keepassx/+bug/887115) I run ...
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Why will network manager not allow me save my VPN settings?

I am trying to configure am OpenVPN client on my laptop. I am running Ubuntu 11.10 64-bit. When I open network manager and import the VPN settings from the premade config folder everything takes. The ...
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How do I switch between windows of applications when ` is in a shifted position?

In the What's new page for 11.10 it says that Alt+` (grave accent) can be used to switch between windows of applications: This sounds inconvenient on my keyboard because: ` is shifted (I have to ...
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Unity 3D not longer working after upgrade on a Quadro NVS 140M/ [closed]

After upgrading Unity 3D is not longer working. I tryed several things: unity --reset re-enabling unity plugin reinstall of ccsm, unity, ... What can I do to get unity working? Unity 2D, Gnome ...
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Toggling between Unity 3D and unity 2D [closed]

Generally, I much prefer Unity 3D over the 2D version, which is a bit broken on my machine. However, I frequently give presentations, and Compiz doesn't support multiple screens. I've been forced to ...
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How do I add an application to a specific sub-category of dash

I tried to use "main menu" for this but while it was added to "main menu" it doesn't display in dash in the similarly named sub category.
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How can I get the latest unity updates?

Well, I've tried using the PPA posted in OMG UBUNTU! . But nothing appears in the update manager. So how do I get the updates without adding the ppa for unity 3.8.16?
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Make Gnote load faster

Ever since I upgraded to 11.04 and started to use Unity I've been bothered by the time it takes to load Gnote. In 10.10 I used Gnome and the Gnote plugin for the Gnome panel which had Gnote loaded in ...
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How do I remove icons from the Unity launcher using a script?

After a fresh install of 11.04 I have a script that does a few useful things. Is there a way to remove the LibreOffice, Ubuntu One etc icons from the Unity launcher using command line so I can put it ...
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How can I tell if I am running 2D or 3D Unity? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Am I using Unity or Unity 2D? I have just installed the Ubuntu 11.04 Alpha on my laptop. How can I tell whether I have the 2D or the 3D Unity running?
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How to associate Unity Dash's buttons to the preferred applications?

Unity Dash shows some big buttons by hitting the Ubuntu logo: Internet, Mail, Games, Music. I'm currently using different programs than the original ones included in Ubuntu, but these buttons have ...
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Will it be possible / desirable to port Unity back to Mutter at some point?

As far as I know, there are plans to port Unity from Mutter to Compiz due to some performance problems caused by the first. If these problems with Mutter are fixed at some point in the future, and ...
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Hide one of two terminals in launcher?

I am using Ubuntu 14.04 and I am trying to remove a running program from the launcher. Specifically I want to launch two terminals. One is for my normal work with several tabs, the other one is ...
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How to restore the Unity login screen after installing Xubuntu desktop in Ubuntu 14.04

I have just installed an Xubuntu desktop on my Ubuntu Unity 14.04 system using this command: sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop gksu leafpad synaptic from this site: After logging out and ...
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I can't move any windows in Unity

I upgraded to Ubuntu 14.04, and had tons of Unity issues (like many users, it seems). I was able to eventually get my Dash and top bar back by trying all of the various resets folks have suggested, ...
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can i install Unity on gnome 3?

I am running Ubuntu Gnome 3.10, can I install Unity on Gnome, or will it break Gnome? Or should I do a fresh install? Thanks
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Why does Nautilus/Unity crash?

Every time I use Nautilus and navigate to a specific subdirectory inside my home directory, Nautilus instantly closes, and the desktop wallpaper disappears too. The computer appears to continue just ...
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Use a terminal as desktop background instead of the wallpaper

I have come to a conclusion that all my needs from nautilus are satisfied with the terminal and last file manager. It also dismisses the need for multiple nautilus instances, which makes mess when I ...
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Nautilus doesn't work… from command or from unity

I had a little bit of a problem when I uninstalled Gnome3 from my laptop (made it slower), and packages might have uninstalled a few things that nautilus needed in that process. Now, when I click ...
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Application should skip the unity launcher [duplicate]

How can I skip the unity launcher for a (Py)Qt-app? As you see when running the code below, there is an icon in the launcher. I don't need that icon because I manage the windows of that application ...
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How do I remove YouTube sidebar integration?

I accidentally agreed to allow Firefox to 'integrate' YouTube with my desktop sidebar and now I want to get rid of it. How do I do this?
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Alt+Ctrl behavior different from Ctrl+Alt?

Specifically I am trying to use the workspace switching shortcut Ctrl+Alt+←↑→↓. They work fine when I press Alt then Ctrl then an Arrow key, but not when I do Ctrl then Alt. This ...
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Shortcuts no longer work for move window to left/right of screen in 12.04

I used to be able to send windows to the left/right half of the screen with ctrl-windows-left and ctrl-windows-right in 12.04. Now the left/right shortcuts do not work, but ctrl-windows-up / down ...
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No desktop, only background with the Unity plugin

I tried all this stuff. Press Ctrl+Alt+F1 and log in. Install the jibby you'll need to configure the settings by running this: sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager Then run ...
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Where are my apps?

When I click on the dash icon in Ubuntu 12.10, it shows me some "Applications", but only eight of them. Where are the other apps? How can I browse for "System", "Programming", "Multimedia" and other ...
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.desktop file. There was an error lunching the application

I a new ubuntu 12.04 user. I've read my stuff and copied/pasted code from here and there trying to make my second life client have a shortcut on the sidebar. I did this before... I did a format to ...
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ubuntu 12.10 The location is not a folder [duplicate]

i just upgraded my Ubuntu to 12.10 and i noticed that i get this message The location is not a folder whenever i try to access a mounted media (USB or even my other partitions). I am now unable to ...
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Why does webapps open another browser icon? [closed]

When I open the BBC web app, it opens another window of Chromium despite me already having one open. The happens with all of my web apps. The image above will show you what I am talking about.
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How can I create a launcher and also have it in the apps toolbar

I want an app icon for smart git. I can create one on my desktop with $ gnome-desktop-item-edit ~/ --create-new and selecting the smartgit.sh app. That works for an icon on the desktop. How ...
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How do I add an icon to the unity dock (not drag and drop)?

I am creating a custom ubuntu live cd and I want to add a few items to the default dock. I think there must be something i can put in /etc/skel so that when the 'ubuntu' user is created at boot time ...
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Is this PPA safe and will it work? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are “PPA's” safe to add to my system, and what are some “red flags” to watch out for? sudo add-apt-repository ppa:anton0/unity sudo apt-get ...
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Show windows on all workspaces? (scale addon not working) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Scale mode window on same workspace? Is there a way to show windows on ALL WORKSPACES? I can use alt+tab, after changing behaviour through ccsm, but Unity switcher only ...
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No Unity session after update

After I updated Ubuntu 11.10, LightDM won't show the Unity entry anymore. What can I do, to get the Unity (3D) entry back? NV drivers are fully working. I installed Gnome 3 weeks before.
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Can I remove the buttons (min, max, close) from the unity panel and put them back on the window?

In unity 2d, the buttons on a maximized window are by default placed above the launcher on autohide. TBH I hate it when stuff autohides, and was wondering if they can be moved (on a maximized window, ...
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How to compile a Unity scope? (Or: how to use libraries in Vala?)

I'm currently learning Vala, and after going through the basics I wanted to do an actual small project to make it more fun. For this, I thought creating a scope for Unity would be perfect (in this ...
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Is there a way to configure the “Super W” effect?

I'd like to configure the "Super W" effect, is it possible? I can't find it in the ccsm. Using Unity 3D in Ubuntu 11.10. Thank you.
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How to change font hinting settings? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I change fonts and adjust their size? I'm using a fresh install of Ubuntu 11.10, and I wish to change the font rendering options (medium hinting, enable subpixel ...
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How to fix the Gnome/Unity shortcut for an application?

I installed the development version of Gimp, then found it too buggy, so switched back to the Ubuntu repository version. In doing so, somehow Gnome/Unity/whatever became confused and now fails to ...
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Where are my “recent documents” in Unity?

I used to be able to get my recently owned documents with about one click from the drop down menu in Gnome2. In Unity I can't find recent documents anywhere. Searching on the net, there is some ...
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How to enable Unity 3D on an Nvidia Quadro 1000M

I'm running Ubuntu 11.10 on my laptop, which has a Nvidia Quadro 1000M graphics card. At login, I chose the 3D version of Ubuntu, but somehow my laptop doesn't support this and switches to Unity 2D ...