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Revert XFCE Login Screen To Unity

I have XFCE installed on 14.10 and I wanted to revert the login screen to the Unity one. I have KDE,LXDE,Unity and XFCE.
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Ubuntu 14.10 desktop missing bars

When I start my laptop, I'm going to the BIOS settings and booting the laptop with Ubuntu 14.10, while the process, a message shows on a black screen, "…cant read pipe…" There's not enough time to ...
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Nothing starts after login, only background is shown (Ubuntu 14.04)

(Don't mark as duplicate, nothing helps from other answers!) After Ubuntu 14.04 log in screen, whether I log into Gnome or Unity, only desktop background shows up. Nothing starts. I can't even run ...
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Adding my launcher to the Unity Launcher automatically. How?

Based on official documentation: In order to add your launcher to the Unity Launcher on the left, you select and drag it onto the Launcher panel. Alternatively, you can place your .desktop ...
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System Settings/ appearance

I upgrade the Ubunto from 12.04 to 14.04 and, I can not find the appearance in the system settings, beside some other settings. May someone help me with it?
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Swiping left on the touchpad opens the photo search. How do I disable this?

It's almost random, but most of the time, if I swipe from right to left on the touchpad of my keyboard, it opens the photo search. I have not been able to locate any setting/tweak that explains this ...
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Run command don't run command line programs

In Unity there is some menu called "Execute a command", which could be run by shortcut ALT + F2. It is working fine only when I try to use it to run GUI programs like e.g. gedit. It is completely not ...
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Can I stop NFS shares appearing in the launcher?

I have about half a dozen NFS shares mapped to my Ubuntu 14.04 box. Each one of them shows up as an icon in the Unity Launcher. This is unnecessary and annoying - they take up a fair bit of space, and ...
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How can I either lock items in the launcher OR restore a set of items in the launcher?

I admin a batch of Ubuntu 14.04 desktop machines in a public library (they are diskless and boot via DRBL). Sometime users (I'm guessing kids) remove icons from the launcher. I want to either prevent ...
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Find out which desktop environment is used via shell?

Is there a way to find out the current desktop environment (Gnome 3 / Unity / KDE / Gnome Session Flashback) is currently used via the shell?
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Unity launcher icon edges disappeared in 14.04

For a couple of days my Unity in Ubuntu 14.04 has been acting weird. The icon borders in the launcher have disappeared and the indicators are acting strange as well (blocks instead of arrows). All of ...
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What does Super + e do?

If the desktop has focus and I press super and then e, a little text box appears at the bottom right hand corner of the screen. What is it supposed to do?
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Which vim version can I use?

I recently installed vim on Ubuntu (14.04) with Unity. As it turns out, vim does not support yanking text to the clipboard (usind + or *). I read here that I have to install GVim in order to add this ...
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Setting LANG for SublimeText from Unity

I am trying to run SublimeText with the package control addon and each time I open it using the Unity launcher I receive this error. So far I have tried following the instructions provided by ...
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Window chrome disappears and reappears causing jumpy windows

I'm running Ubuntu 13.10 in VirtualBox. The host machine is running Windows 7 with an ATI Radeon HD 5570 video card, 12 GB of memory, 2 quad core i7 CPUs. I've given the virtual machine 4GB of memory, ...
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Where do I find the applications menu editor?

In a Ubuntu forum, I was researching on how to open wine programs. I found some instructions that may be useful. I can successfully download the programs, but I don't know how to open them. Here the ...
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shut down without extra question [duplicate]

When I select shutdown in the top right corner, I get an extra question in a new window in the middle of the screen with a big button to shut down. How can I directly shut down Ubuntu 13.10, without ...
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How to remove status options from Messages Indicator? [duplicate]

I'm using Ubuntu 13.10 with Unity. I'm willing to have an indicator for my Gmail inbox. My current situation : I now use unity-mail, which works great with indicator-messages and is fully ...
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After installing gnome desktop, desktop disappeared

I need your help in order to get out of a mess I've got in. After installing successfully Ubuntu 13.10, I wanted to install some missing codecs in order to open mp3 and mp4 files. I found the solution ...
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Printer scanner driver for Epson Workforce WF-5320

Having trouble with setup here. I have 64-bit Ubuntu Unity 12.10. First I ran sudo apt-get install xsltproc Then I clicked accept on the Epson website here. I downloaded ...
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How to change the default volume name?

I am using Ubuntu 13.10. When I mount the logical volume through Unity dash or the File Manager it creates the mount point at /media/$USER/557808d2-b3a5-4bf2-b84b-93a3b42ce36a. I want to change the ...
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Network connection icon has disappeared from the panel in Ubuntu 13.10 [closed]

I successfully installed Ubuntu 13.10 from Ubuntu 13.04. When I tried to install Java in the terminal, I got a message that said: some repository files failed to download. They have been ignored, or ...
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Unity doesn't load any GUI with a Nvidia card

After a reboot, and not after doing anything that could justify this, my Ubuntu 13.04 system is completely dead, in that every time I boot, and after I log in, there's no launcher and no system bar on ...
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Unity tweak tool - make the Launcher fully transparent? [closed]

I want my Launcher to be transparent, so I check "Transparency" in Unity tweak tool and... it's solid. When I uncheck the transparency button... it is transparency. I've made gif to show it clearly. ...
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Increase Menu Bar Size

I'm wondering if there is a way to increase the menu bar size at the top of the screen. I installed 12.04 LTS on my home theater pc, but the mouse isn't as precise (pardon the pun) as on my laptop. I ...
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Can I remove 'dash home' from the Unity launcher?

How can I (if it's possible), remove the dash home icon on the unity launcher. My reasoning is that it is slow (taking a few seconds to open) and I much prefer Synapse for launching applications and ...
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gnome-panel icons duplicated across multiple monitors

I ask this question, because search on AskUbuntu is not helped for me. I have an issue: My panel icons is duplicated. I have one notebook monitor. These steps I did: Reset settings in dconf: ...
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I cannot see the time in the menu bar

Since I re-installed Ubuntu 13.04, I can't see the time next to the volume control. I installed Unity Tweak but the show time box is already checked. What can I do?
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Why Recent Items are not being deleted even using the Privacy app in Unity?

I wanted to remove certain things from the Recent folder and used the Privacy app as indicated on this site. However, nothing has changed. The files are still in the folder and , even though I changed ...
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Why does Ubuntu 12.04 randomly reboot in unity and gnome, but not in xfce?

Currently running 12.04 LTS and I find that on a fresh install the system reboots when using Unity or Gnome, but runs stable when using Xfce. This piqued my interest as to why this would be? How ...
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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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Ubuntu 12.10, cannot resize any window

I am using the unity interface and i usally work with maximized windows. However lately i noticed that i cannot resize windows. I can get them maximized and to normal state. When in normal state i ...
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How do I fix the icons after manually installing LibreOffice 4.0?

I removed the previous version of Libreoffice and installed the current Libreoffice 4.0 from libreoffice.org/download. But now the icons and global-menubar are inactive: see screenshot. Click on the ...
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Jerky mouse movements

As the Title indicates I have some problem with delicate movement of the mouse in Ubuntu fresh installation. The jerkiness is shown more at small and slow movements when the mouse will move a 2 ...
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Black screen on login page [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: My computer boots to a black screen, what options do I have to fix it? When I startup my Ubuntu 12.04 installed on a Z77 Pro4 (ASrock motherboard), crucial M4 SSD drive ...
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Unity 3D rename workspaces?

Any good way to rename workspaces in Unity 3D (e.g. compiz)? Back when I was running metacity (e.g. old Gnome 2) we could called them useful names like "Personal", "Work", "Development", "Media", ...
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Disable “Alt+`” [duplicate]

How do I disable the keyboard combination of ALT+`. This is NOT the HUD nor in the Ubuntu System Settings. It is NOT in compiz configuration either. (I am NOT trying to disable the HUD's use of the ...
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Stop alt from trying to drag my window?

I cannot find it in the keyboard settings at all. In previous versions there was a tick box saying something along the lines of "use meta key instead of alt to drag windows?" So how can I prevent alt ...
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Weka windows always open in a different workspaces [closed]

This is how I installed weka 3.6.6: sudo apt-get install weka On 12.04 every time I open weka it starts in the second workspace. If I move it to workspace #1, all the new windows it opens are in ...
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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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Can I modify unity keyboard shortcut overlay?

As per this bug comment, shortcuts for the keyboard shortcuts overlay get pulled dynamically from user's settings. Is it possible to change which shortcuts are included (i.e. show more of them - ALT + ...
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How do I remove Lubuntu Desktop from Ubuntu 12.04? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to completely remove desktop? When I installed Ubuntu 12.04 Beta 2 on my computer I also added the lubuntu desktop to try using the following command: sudo ...
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How to use Alt + GraveAccent on non-US keyboard?

This question reveals that Alt+` switches windows within a program just like Alt+Tab switches between open programs. Wow neat, thought I, I've always wondered why Alt+Tab didn't do this the way ...
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Can I change what displays the Launcher is shown on [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Remove Duplicate Second Unity Launcher on Dual Screen In precise, when using a dual screen setting, the Unity launcher is present on both screens: Is it possible to ...
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Change LightDM session name entries for Desktop Environments?

When using LightDM, sessions, (not usernames) are named in a way I would like to change, for example, Ubuntu is Unity 3D, and I would like to name it that way, the following to: Ubuntu 2d to Unity ...
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Does Unity generally perform better with proprietary Nvidia drivers?

I always feel stressed when updating or switching to proprietary drivers, because it has crashed my Ubuntu before. Unity is a little slow on my system. Can switching to a new version of proprietary ...
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Can I control where an application launches so it doesn't make my launcher autohide?

Is it possible to lock the spawn location of applications so they don't hide the unity bar? At the moment applications launch up the top left of the screen, pushing out my unity bar (which is really ...
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How do I get the Wicd manager to appear in the system tray?

I have a Lenovo S12 (Intel Atom) on which network Manager does not work. I have replaced it with wicd, and accepted work·around. With the traditioanl Gnome, the wicd connection would appear in the ...
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Gnome shell with desktop icons without unity file manager [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Problem with gnome3-shell (top taskbar) I have new Ubuntu 11.10 and I installed gnome-shell instead Unity. I want to add some icons to desktop, but when I enable file ...
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How can I use gnome shell by default instead of unity? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I change the default session for when using auto-logins? I don't like unity much. I have no trouble to log out and log back in with gnome, but if I reboot my ...