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In settings menu “Background” entry appears rather than “Appearance”

"Appearance" still appears in the dash but opening it only opens system settings. I have a feeling this problem is related to this one
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No interface, no Terminal

I just rebooted my computer and have no interface (except my desktop background and desktop files), which means no unity and no notification bar. Also, Ctrl+Alt+T doesn't work. Ctrl+Alt+F1, does ...
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“Unable to load session 'ubuntu'” in 12.04

I removed Unity via the Software Store and rebooted. Now I got the following error: unable to load session 'ubuntu' I can't log in as guest either.
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Skype launcher icon not working

I had to do a fresh install of my OSs, and after downloading all the updates and going up to 12.10 (The disk I had was 12.04), I installed Skype, and it works fine... from the terminal, that is. I ...
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How do I Prevent the file manager from opening when I click to open a file from outside the file manager

I'm using Ubuntu 11.10 with awn and synapse installed and unity disabled. Whenever I search for a file on synapse and try to open it from there or from any other location, like a quick launcher from ...
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Installed application as root, unable to use by other user

I have installed a program as per the read-me file available with the same, i.e. --How to Install---------------------- * You need login as root * 1. Run "tar jxvf linux_install.tar.bz2" 2. Run ...
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Unity Gone after reboot..Nvidia Issue

First off, I am aware similar issues have been posted by others. I have exhausted the options I have found within those topics that I have found, and none have helped. I have tried things ranging from ...
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unresponsive window imprint on the desktop [closed]

I have an issue where an unresponsive browser tab leaves an imprint on the desktop even after all windows are minimized or closed. To add to the annoyance it stays on top of all the applications and ...
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How to remove leftover unity-webapps-facebookmessenger icons?

I have uninstalled unity-webapps-facebookmessenger but I have left over launcher icons in the dash and message menu. I have removed the facebook.com entry from allowed webapps domains in ...
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sudo apt-get remove unity

Just what sort of problems would doing the above command lead to. I have installed kde desktop and would like a pure kde DE. I understand theres kubuntu but I've done so much with this one now that ...
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Unity Icon for a bash ran program

So I downloaded the .tar.gz for eclipse, extracted and set it up. I created a .desktop file so I could dock it in unity. I then want to be able to have a bash script open the program from the ...
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How do I disable the Alt - Tab switcher?

I would like to disable the Alt+Tab (or all of the Alt+ combinations) on my Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. I tried to disable at System preferences -> Keyboard shortcuts, but this method doesn't seem to be ...
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What driver for nVIDIA GeForce MX440?

I have recently installed (clean install) Ubuntu 12.10 on a desktop PC with nVIDIA GeForce MX440 (AGP 8x) and I have problems with Unity. Although I can see the desktop, however i can't see unity bar ...
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Ubuntu 12.10 Unity Dash transparency problem

I have just upgraded my Ubuntu 12.04 to 12.10 and there is following problem. When I press super button to show Unity Dash I get wrong background image behind the dash box. Especially I can see part ...
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The dash home button icon is an unexpected colour since upgrading. Why?

Simple question. My dash home icon is yellow since upgrading to Ubuntu 12.10, even after a reboot. It looks weird to me. Anyone know why?
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How to relocate the Unity top panel to the bottom? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I move the panel from the top to the bottom? How can I relocate the Ubuntu 12.04 task bar (a.k.a. title bar) -- NOT the launcher bar. The task bar is currently ...
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ppa:ikarosdev/unity-revamped stopped working after installing updates

I had installed unity-revamped package thta adds windows dodge behavior to unity launcher, it was working flawlessly all these but yesterday after I installed some common updates it has stopped ...
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New App doesn't appear in Unity dash

I have copied an executable in /usr/bin a program that I'd like to use. Of course I can launch it with the command line. However it doesn't appear in Unity when I open the dash, and I would like to ...
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How do I find out which program is associated with a Unity launcher icon? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I find *.desktop files? How to find out the terminal command of an application? The title is very self-descriptive. I find it completely unintuitive that I ...
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How to block the desktop background from being changed? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to restrict users on changing their wallpapers? I'm trying to lock the desktop background (So, that it cannot be changed by others) but can not find the way, I got ...
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Unity spontaneously logs out in Ubuntu 12.04

This started happening after I upgraded from 11.10. I'm running on a Latitude 13 laptop with an Intel Mobile 4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller (not Nvidia) - no proprietary drivers. It ...
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Can I use Unity with the dash and hud only? 12.04

I love the Dash, find the hud to be cool, hates the launcher and loathes the panel! So is there a way that I can run the Dash alone and use Gnome or Cinnamon or whatever as a window manager?
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Unity equivalent of KDE 'comments' feature

Under KDE, I can add 'comments' to any File/folder. I consider it the digital analogue of 'sticky notes' on physical files. Can I get the same/similar behaviour in Unity/Gnome? If yes, how? If no, ...
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Will removing Xubuntu packages affect Unity? [duplicate]

Thanks to the answers at How to remove xubuntu-desktop?, I know how to remove the Xubuntu desktop. But I am concerned that removing Xubuntu from my Ubuntu install might affect or harm the Unity ...
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Can't restore unity desktop [closed]

I'm having this problem. Tried this: $ unity --reset This command hangs up on 'Setting Update "run_key"' Also tried this: $ ccmd Unity plugin was disabled. I enabled it and rebooted. But still ...
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can't login to Unity always login to Unity 2D

I select Ubuntu on login and it always loads Unity 2D. I ran /usr/lib/nux/unity_support_test -p And got this error X Error of failed request: BadWindow (invalid Window parameter) Major opcode ...
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Unity Launcher Log

I'm making a custom launcher/desktop file to place in the Unity Launcher Bar. However, when I drag the launcher icon from ~/.local/share/applications, it disappears immediately. This is probably ...
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The brightness gets reset after unlocking

I'm getting this annoying behaviour (didn't occur on any of the previous releases), every time the display gets lock after typing the password the brightness is reset to 100%. But when I open the ...
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Create unity shortcuts to WINE applications 12.04

I have just gone through the process of getting ubuntu onto my main PC, no issues, was absolutely brilliant how its done it and loved that I could read the web while installing too, I have WINE ...
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Unity will not boot 12.04

I switched to GDM and restarted. No problem. Waited several days and my system is working well, except for a minor bug in Gnome 3.4. I install Ubuntu Tweak and make a few tweaks. Reboot and all is ...
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Upgrade 11.10 to 12.04, no applications in launcher, no shutdown menu

My unity crashed during the update from 11.10 to 12.04, and after waiting a long time i was forced to restart the computer. when it came up, things were in a sorry state, i got to the terminal and ...
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Unity launcher full - Need more icons

I have already reduced the Unity launcher icons to 32 but still the space is exhausted already with my most-used programs. Basically I have to scroll often in the unity launcher bar with is annoying. ...
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How can I force applications not pinned to the launcher to appear below applications that are pinned? [closed]

I normally use Super+number to open my frequently used applications which are pinned to the launcher, which is quick and convenient as long as the numbers remain consistent. However, when I run other ...
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Unity 2d and 3d both running

Ok. I installed Ubuntu 11.10 on my computer and everything works fine. I installed Compiz config Settings, and it shows that the Ubuntu Unity Plugin is unchecked. I researched and found out that I am ...
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How do I enable OSX-like three-finger swipes in 11.10 and 12.04?

In MacOSX the default settings is to move back/forward a page in Firefox when I do a three-finger swipe left/right. In Unity, three-finger-swipes invokes window movement. How can I configure ...
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Switch to a different workspace while using a VM

I'm using Vmware Workstation 8 on an Ubuntu 11.10 host. Is there a way I can exclude certain inputs from going to the virtual machine and instead direct those inputs to the host? Ideally what I'd ...
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Weird Ubuntu 11.10 GUI problem

It sounds different from the normal unity theme, how to correct it? Why are the images changed? It happens even though I have booted few times. Thanks.
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CCSM broke my Unity 3D on 11.10

Ok. I wanted to see how 3D cube would look like with my 11.10, so I installed CCSM and turned on 3D cube and disabled expose (think that is what it is called). Then after that everything went ...
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“invisible” icons in the launcher bar

In the launcher bar, there are "icons" that display a text ("System Settings," "Home Folder") when you float the mouse over them, but they're just black -invisible - it looks like a blank spot ...
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Launcher does not pop out a running app when dragging a file to it [closed]

I have a small screen so prefer working with only one visible app at a time. In 11.04, I could drag a file from nautilus to the launcher, hover above another app, like chromium or gedit. The launcher ...
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Can I use GNOME 3 themes and icons with Unity too?

I like to play around with themes and icons to make my desktop looking more lovely. Can I use the themes and icons also for Unity 3D/2D, or what do I have to look for to know when and how I have to ...
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How To Replace Unity with Gnome Shell via Ubuntu Software Center?

IMHO, Unity is just as productive and functional as Gnome Shell, and since for me, Gnome Shell looks a lot more stylish, I would like to replace Unity in Ubuntu 11.10 with Gnome Shell. EDIT: Without ...
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Compiz stop working [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I reset GNOME to the defaults? I'm on a laptop sony vaio, vng-nw330f with ubuntu 11.10. One day I used my computer normally, I shutdown and the other day when I ...
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How do I modify the Unity Global Menu

I got some help with part of this question: How do I modify the message notifier widget in the Unity global menu? But I'm wondering more broadly if there is a tool to tweak the Unity Global Menu. ...
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Fixed width and height for new opened folder/file

I don't like to open file and then adjust height and width, which always quite the same for every file and folder. Do you know if I could make fixed height and width for new opened folder or file? Of ...
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Does Tomboy break Unity / Compiz? [closed]

I tested it with a Ubuntu 11.10 Live CD x64 and a fresh install on my HDD: After starting Tomboy I cannot logout / shutdown / restart anymore. The menu bar / launcher disappears after initiating the ...
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Why do numbers appear over open and/or pinned apps when i hold down Super?

When i hold down the super (windows) key, numbers and in some cases letters appear over open apps and other unity things (workspace switcher, trash). The first 10 Open or pinned apps are numbered 1, ...
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Simple launcher to minimize all windows? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a Unity equivalent of the GNOME panel 'show desktop' applet? Is there a simple way to create a launcher for Unity that minimizes all windows or, ...
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Why does my name show as [Invalid UTF-8]? [closed]

I just did an upgrade (from 10.10 -> 11.04 -> 11.10) and am trying to get everything figured out. I notice that when I log in, my name is [Invalid UTF-8]. Where is this coming from, and how can I ...
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How to stop excessive memory usage of unity-window-decorator? [closed]

I am using Ubuntu 11.04 on an AMD64 computer. When I boot the computer the memory usage of unity-window-decorator is few tens of MB (checked with System Monitor)c After many hours using Google Chrome, ...