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How do I turn on workspaces? (Why do I only have one workspace since 13.04?)

It appears that Unity on Raring only comes with a single virtual desktop (aka workspaces) by default, and CCSM's Wall plugin has no way to add more. Is this configurable at all?
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Launcher and window menu bar missing after 12.04 upgrade [duplicate]

I upgraded from 11.10 to 12.04 and now my launcher menu is missing. I opened terminal using CTRL+ALT+T and the menu shows but the GUI (bar) above that is missing. Things like CTRL+TAB and image ...
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How to “show desktop” from command line?

I want to be able to lower all windows and show the desktop from the command line, not Ctrl+Alt+D.
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Can I apply a different GTK3 theme from the main one to an individual application?

For example, can I keep Ambiance as main theme but assign elementary theme to elementary's app?
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Can I change the Unity Launcher transparency?

Is it possible to change the background opacity of the Unity Launcher? I see you can change the panel opacity, but then the launcher clashes with the panel.
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Is there a way to remove maximized window controls/title from top panel in Unity

Cramming window controls and window title into the top panel, doesn't really appeal to me, since it looks like it's a permanent fixture, I'm wondering if there is a way to disable this behavior.
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Shouldn't Unity's dash's “find files” find files that I haven't used yet?

Searching for files in Dash brings up all the files I have used but none of those I haven't used yet. Shouldn't it show all files with the title I search for instead of just the ones I have already ...
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Ubuntu is kde styled after install AND removal

I installed kubuntu-desktop and every thing was fine. Then later when I actually logged in to Kde, I decided that I still like Unity better so I ran sudo apt-get purge kubuntu-desktop && ...
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How can I install Unity after installing Desktop Edition?

I've just upgraded my Ubuntu Desktop from 10.04 to 10.10 on my netbook. How can I install Ubuntu Unity for my notebook ?
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Is it possible to make indicator-appmenu ignore a specific application?

The new indicator-appmenu in Maverick breaks the LyX menu: the application menu is not shown either in the application window nor in the applet. (See Bug report.) As a workaround while the bug is ...
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How to completely remove Unity, and replace it with Cinnamon?

I installed Cinnamon 1.8 on Ubuntu 13.04, and now I would like to completely remove Unity and everything related to it, but I'd like to keep the programs, LightDM and Software Center. What packages ...
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How do I restart an Unity session from the terminal?

The command for restarting Gnome2 is: sudo /etc/init.d/gdm restart What is the equivalent for Unity?
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How can I disable arbitrary default multitouch gestures in Unity?

I'm using a custom Touchégg multitouch gesture setup in Ubuntu 11.04 with a Magic Trackpad. Since the default gestures (such as 3-finger tap and drag to move windows, 4 finger tap to reveal the dash, ...
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Is an Internet connectivity indicator applet available for the Unity panel?

Because my internet connection is very unstable at the moment, I'd like to use a small indicator applet for the Unity panel. Since I'm connected through a WLAN/Wifi Router, I can see in the ...
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How to disable all Unity animations?

If it's not possible then maybe just the Dash show/hide animations. I simply find myself waiting for animations which is pointless.
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How do I delete the entire history (Recently Used Items) in the dash?

I want to delete all the history of the unity dash about files, videos, text files, images, etc. I find it surprising that the best thing that activity log manager can do is to delete the history of ...
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How can I reach over 100% volume with a keyboard shortcut?

sometimes the sound of videos isn't enough for me. so i reach the sound indicator , over sound preferences and change it to a level higher than 100%. the question is how can i do it from the keyboard? ...
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What is 'Ubuntu Unity' (for the Desktop)?

Ok, so there's the buzz of Canonical (wanting to) switch for new Ubuntu version from the GNOME default desktop to their own Unity shell. (I hope that's accurate.) It seems I can not totally fathom ...
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How to install Gnome 3 without breaking Unity?

I tried installing gnome 3 from the ppa, but it broke Unity and I had to reinstall Natty from scratch. Does anyone know if there is a way to install Gnome 3 without breaking Unity?
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Why do I get a “the location is not a folder” error when trying to open files using Dash or Synapse?

Within the last few days, I've encountered errors when trying to open files using Unity Dash, Synapse, or even the Gnome Search Tool. These methods will let me launch applications and folders, but ...
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Shortcut to change Launcher 'Hide' setting

When I'm working on my laptop I have periods that I am only using a couple of programs, so the default intellihide setting of the Launcher ('Dodge windows') is very handy. But I also have periods that ...
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How to hide all desktop icons in 12.04?

In 11.10 Using Configuration editor, one used to be able to edit a boolean parameter named : Desktop_Show This allowed to hide/show all desktop icons. This latter was removed in 12.04. Someone, ...
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Launcher icons invisible, still work in 12.04

Rebooted my PC today to find that my launcher icons are not showing on the launcher bar, even though they are still there. I can hover over the launcher bar and see (via the mouse tool-tip) that they ...
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Can Unity display a Launcher icon for Spread Mode?

There is a Launcher icon for Expo Mode (Super-S) located in the Launcher. Is there a way to put a Launcher icon for Spread Mode (Super-W) in the Launcher?
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How do I autohide the top panel in Unity?

When windows are not maximized, the top panel is basically wasted space for me in Unity. Is there a way to make it autohide? i.e. make it appear on mouse over.
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The battery indicator in Unity panel not showing up

I installed Ubuntu 12.04 with Wubi. Well after being completely dazzled with the amount of free content in the Software Centre, I decided to go deeper and start messing with settings. Well after ...
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How do I remove mounted drives from the unity launcher? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to remove launcher drive icons? In 11.10 how do I go about removing the mounted drives icons on the Unity Launcher? This article: ...
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What is this hidden Unity window-dragging feature I discovered on accident, and how do I reproduce it?

I was just idly mousing over folders in Nautilus on my laptop, when all of a sudden these window-dragging icons appeared and I was moving my window across the screen. Look at the screenshot to see ...
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Unity is not loading correctly [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Unity doesn't load, no Launcher, no Dash appears I have Ubuntu 11.10 and it was working well. But right now when I try to start my session with Unity it loads ...
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Launcher and panel missing [ubuntu 13.04] [duplicate]

When I booted my laptop to ubuntu 13.04 today the panel and launcher were both missing from the screen and I had no idea how to get them back. Using a ubuntu 13.04 install medium I formatted / and ...
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How do I set focus follows mouse?

Is there a way to set up "focus follows mouse" behavior in Ubuntu 11.10, 12.04, and 12.10 Unity?
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Tips and Tricks for Unity

We have the new Unity shell in Ubuntu, what are the fun new stuff we need to know or look forward to?
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How do I add an application to the dash?

I just installed Oneiric Ocelot, and I can't figure out how to add an application, which is stored in my home directory, to the dash. I can create a launcher, but I want it in the dash also.
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How do I make a custom launcher for terminal applications?

I have some command line applications (and remote servers) that I want to make individual launchers for on the Unity launcher, how do I do that?
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How to create a scope?

I'd like to create a custom scope that searches and returns results from an online source for personal use. Is this possible? And if so, how?
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13.10 - Black borders, black terminal

I've just upgraded to Ubuntu 13.10 and I'm seeing a strange behaviour. All windows I open have a black, boxy border, including popups, as you can see in the provided image. (The black box in the ...
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How does Unity work in multi-monitor configurations?

Unity in 10.10 appeared to be focused around single monitor configurations with a single tasking workflow. This works quite well on a netbook which has limited screen real estate. How does the ...
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Hard to find one window among many

I am very impressed by the new Unity GUI--it's a bold move. However, there is one glaring oversight, from the point of view of someone who uses Ubuntu for professional programming work. I ...
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How to speed up the Dash response?

Is there a way to speed up the Dash? When I press the super key for the first time it can take ~2 seconds for the dash to appear. Whereas if I use Synapse, it will appear instantly.
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What is nux and what's it used for?

This question mentions that Unity will use nux as the toolkit. What exactly is nux?
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How can I remove window shadows in Unity?

I tried turning the shadows off with CCSM, but it does not work ;/ System info: Ubuntu 11.04 NN x64 desktop, HP ProBook 4520s, Unity
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When will compiz-based version Unity be available for testing?

I've read in another question that Canonical has already ported Unity to Compiz, and that this new version has much better performance on supported hardware. Since the work is done, is there an ...
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Deeper Unity search indexing

Unity is currently only indexing and displaying a shallow set of file results. Suppose I want to open the file "/home/Music/Creedence Clearwater Revival/Willy and the Poor ...
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Why do some open applications appear as “question marks” in the Unity launcher?

I'm having a problem with a couple of programs that have launchers in unity but then create a separate icon after launched. Is is possible for the launcher to track the windows it spawns to organize ...
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How can I add a bash script to the Unity launcher? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I create launchers on my desktop? How to add a shell script to launcher as shortcut I open my favourite IDE (PhpStorm) using a custom bash script. I would like ...
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After logging in, there's a black screen and my cursor, nothing else! in Ubuntu 12.10

I've been using Ubuntu(12.10) for a long time, and recently, my Ubuntu went through yet another update. The whole update prompt showed up, following by a password prompt, and finally the good ol' ...
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How to remove (or hide) Chat Status Icons from Messaging Menu

I would know how to remove or hide in Ubuntu 12.04 the Chat Status section (available, away, busy, invisible and offline) from Messaging Menu as I am not using any instant messenger. I do not want to ...
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How to access “Applications” menu in Ubuntu Unity Desktop

I've installed Ubuntu 11.10 with the new Unity Desktop. I understand that I can access the classic "Applications" menu by switching to Gnome. However, I was wondering if it's possible to access the ...
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How to disable the grouping of windows on the launcher?

For example, I ran Firefox and opened Askubuntu. Then opened some link in a new window. As a result, I have two windows of Firefox and one icon of Firefox on the launcher. I want to have an icon for ...
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Delete extra toolbar on top of the screen in GNOME fallback mode?

Clean install to 11.10, trying to keep Gnome Classic. I've installed gnome-session-fallback and removed unity via software center, and this toolbar still won't go away. Has anyone had any ...