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Desktop icons keep rearranging whenever I refresh the desktop or boot the system

Desktop icons keep rearranging whenever I refresh the desktop or boot the system. When I arrange the icons by moving them with the mouse and refresh it, it'd be undone and rearranged by name. What's ...
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messed up Unity after installing Gnome

I recently installed KDE and GNOME desktop environments on Ubuntu 15.04 and used them for a while. When I got back to unity, it is all messed up. The terminal looks like the terminal in gnome (white ...
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Terminal to full screen and back (16.04 DT)

If I switch Terminal to full screen mode and then back it doesn't restore the original position and size but instead show a window which covers the whole desktop. Is there a a way to make it work like ...
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Typing `unity` in terminal crashes current session

If I type unity in terminal the session crashes and I'm logged out. How do I control this? I want to prevent crashing if I type unity in terminal by mistake. (It's because I'm currently using Unity3D ...
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Removing the border around dash

I'd like to remove the huge dotted border around the dash in ubuntu 16.04. Google isn't my friend lately and I just can't find any result... Compizconfig doesn't contain any option for this. Can ...
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Login cause loop with error

I'm using Ubuntu 14.04 with Oracle VM on a laptop : GS60 6QE. Use to have graphic problem with Ubuntu, but at least I can work. Suddenly I can't login normally. I'm on it for hours now ... If ...
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Problem with Google Chrome dock icon on 16.04

My problem is that when I minimize a chrome window and I want to maximize it again by clicking the chrome icon in the dock for about a second everything looks like it's crashing (system interface ...
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How to Have Vectorized Small Unity Icons in Ubuntu 14.04 by Defaults?

I know that there are many icon theme packages, but really, I think Ubuntu should be able to provide vectorized icons with any settings found in the system. So please no third party packages for the ...
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nautilus windows don't show up in Launcher

For some time now when I open a Nautilus window, no icon appears in the Launcher, and when Alt-Tabing, the Nautilus windows are ignored too. I'm using Ubuntu 16.04 with unity. EDIT: I'm no longer ...
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Can I reset Unity's coordinate system? [duplicate]

Unity had a meltdown a while back (compiz?). Anyway, since then, Unity is mistaken about the origin of its coordinate system, so that when I open a new window, I get this: Is there a way to reset ...
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Is there a way to remove the shadow on the bottom launcher?

When I change the launcher position to bottom, I get this ugly shadow: I have tried googling this for ages and I found nothing, I have also tried making several images from /usr/share/unity/icons (....
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Are there any scrollbar theme for Ubuntu? Don't like it with overlay neither without it

Are there any scrollbar theme for Ubuntu? Don't like it with overlay neither without it. Looking for something wider, Windows style maybe.
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Characters sometimes are deformed

Sometimes I find that characters of my desktop or unity panel are deformed as shown in the next picture. Folders and files names, menus text are hidden. I've tried to replace unity or compiz, but ...
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Python code to GET (not set) the current desktop wallpaper image

Like the title says, I'd like to slurp in the entire 1920x1080 background wallpaper image into a readable object regardless of what windows, panels, launchers, etc. may currently be on top of it. ...
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The top menu bar not showing while hover. What should I do?

This Screenshot might explain my problem:
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Killer Wireless AC 1535 'Device not ready' in Ubuntu 16.04

my Killer wifi card is detected, but doesn't detect any networks and says 'device not ready' in Ubuntu 16.0 i did the dmesg | grep ath10k and this is the output: [13.619208] ath10k_pci 0000:02:00....
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Shortcut super + t doesn't open the trash anymore

After a fresh install of Ubuntu16.04 (Xenial Xerus), shortcut combination Super + T opening trash folder in Nautilus is no more present in comparison to Ubuntu 15.10, Wily Werewolf (when holding ...
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Opening a terminal and getting network connection, Unity

I am running precise/unity installed on a chromebook. I would like help to even open a terminal window. My server/internet access is not connected and I cannot seem to reconnect but on Chrome OS ...
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What's the problem with the panel in the desktop?

These couple days, when I start ubuntu, and after about 15 min to 1 hour, the colors of the Panel icons (time, username, language, network...etc) change their color and become white, and the Close, ...
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Installing a secondary DE without too much trouble

I'm currently running Ubuntu 16.04. To keep my story short: I'm trying to play a game in WINE fullscreen, but actual fullscreen mode for this particular game crashes too much, so I'm running it ...
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Cannot find unity-tweak-tool in Software Centre

I installed the 32 bit version of Ubuntu 16.04 in my Lenovo g565 laptop but there are software missing in Software Center. These include the vital ones that is the unity-tweak-tool, rawtherapee, many ...
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Ubuntu desktop is bonking

I have a computer currently has 3 monitors. I just rebooted it and now the desktop is goofing. As shown in screenshot the background does not look right and I right click the desktop and it does ...
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Make LXDE shortcuts more like Unity

I recently switched from Unity desktop to LXDE desktop (it's easy to install in Ubuntu with sudo apt-get install lubuntu-desktop.) That's all good, but I'm irritated by a few keyboard and mouse ...
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16.04 scale for menu erratic behavior

I have recently upgraded my Ubuntu to 16.04 Having a high resolution screen, I tried to use the "scale for menus and title bars" options in Settings > Displays. But this is giving me strange results: ...
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Characters not displayed in UI after waking from suspend : Ubuntu 16.04

I am getting this second day in row after waking up PC from suspend: Tried compiz --replace but all system hanged up. Anybody knows how to fix it? Running Ubuntu 16.04 with all latest updates on ...
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How do i open these apps? [duplicate]

Today i installed 7zip, furious ISO mount and mate power manager. FuriousISO is in my dash, whereas the other two are not. All 3 show up in software center and in terminal ~$dpkg -l as installed. Im ...
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Nautilus column size not shrinking.Also Weird folder instead of Documents

Now no matter what I do, the file manager would not shrink to the left. It will extend to its right but it will not shift even a bit more left that this. Also the Document icon shows the location of ...
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How can I make the text color on my ubuntu theme work with different background colors?

I'm running 14.04 and I figured out how to edit theme colors recently so I changed some colors in the Ambiance gtk-main.css file. I have the nautilus bg color set to dark grey and I want the text to ...
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Can't login Unity Game Engine on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

I found an built of Unity3d for Ubuntu 64 bit. I downloaded it and install it : http://blogs.unity3d.com/2015/08/26/unity-comes-to-linux-experimental-build-now-available/ After open Unity, I can't ...
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Messed up double/double system after install/reinstall of `ubuntu-desktop` in Xubuntu 15.10

So I decided to install ubuntu-desktop metapackage in my Xubuntu 15.10 install and then realized the inconveniences and uninstalled ubuntu-desktop and ubuntu-settings and then this happened.... I ...
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Ubuntu 16.04 Indicator Synapse

I am in love with the synapse spotlight indicator and I noticed that none of the PPA's offer a working version for 16.04. I have tried the following: sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gotwig/weekly sudo ...
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Privacy & Security icon dissapeared after uninstalling activity control monitor

As the title describes, I have Ubuntu 16.04 installed. Is there anyway to fix this? Thank you
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Unity lateral bar freezes after returning from guest user

Both my lateral bar (where the icons of the programs rest) and the upper bar (where the power, calendar, sound, etc widgets and the "File / Edit / Options / ..." of the running programs are) freeze ...
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Unity-Tweak-Tool:Theme Not Applying

I was playing around with Compiz and unity-tweak-tool and suddenly unity stopped working, tried restarting but it wasn't effective, reinstalled unity and it started to work normally. After that, I ...
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How to close certain dialogs with keyboard shortcuts

There are certain windows that are neither full fledged applications or dialogs that can be closed by 'Ctrl + W' or 'Esc' key. These windows can be maximized and minimized by 'Ctrl + Super + Up Arrow' ...
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Ubuntu 16.04 freezes during use

This fault has only emerged since upgrading from Ubuntu 14.04.4 to 16.04. My laptop is an Acer Aspire E13, Intel Pentium N3540 no graphics card. I am duel booting this laptop, no issues with windows ...
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Mix between Gnome 2 menu an Unity possible?

I very much like the old Gnome 2 menu style Ubuntu used to have before switching to Unity. Still, I like many of the new Unity features, too! Meanwhile though I've been using Ubuntu in many different ...
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Invisible indicator appeared on my unity panel

why I getting this invisible indicator applet? How to get rid / remove from my unity panel? I already disable all startup and reboot. But it still there. Currently I'm using Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Here ...
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Ubuntu 16.04 wallpaper under black screen, after login (unity 7.4.0)

I'm tried to fix, but it doesn't has an affect. sudo rm -fr ~/.cache/compizconfig-1 sudo rm -fr ~/.compiz sudo rm -fr ~/.Xauthority sudo rm -fr ~/.config/autostart sudo apt-get install --reinstall ...
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No menu bar in gedit 3.18.3 on Ubuntu 16.04

Gedit usually shows the menu bar when the mouse is hovered over the top of Unity (desktop) no matter where or how gedit is displayed. This is ok. When started from terminal using sudo gedit there ...
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Pipelight - Error with installation

I tried to install Pipelight on my Ubuntu 14.04 system, and ran the following prompts: sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pipelight/stable sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install --install-recommends ...
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Changing input method (language) works in Unity but not in Mate

I use Ubuntu 16.04 in English and Hebrew, and keep it up to date. I started looking at alternate DE's and installed Mate. In Unity changing between the languages works either by pressing Alt + Shift ...
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I cannot reset unity

I was trying to change my theme by compizconfig-settings-manager so I was going to > preferences > import theme which was in desktop, the launcher and panel disappeared and themes not working ...
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Dash Online Search Not Working

I know 99% of comments are about disabling this feature, but there are times where having a direct link to something online would be useful. I have System Settings>Security & Privacy > Search > ...
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RDP support in unity

Is there any support yet for remote desktop protocol in Ubuntu Desktop yet? - I need to give access to >100 users in an AD domain and I would rather not have to install VNC clients. I know RDP is ...
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Unable to clear recent files from history

I run a 64 bit version of Ubuntu 15.04. Often when I delete recent history using the Security and Privacy application, I can still see the files in the Unity lens when I press the Windows key (both ...
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How to programmatically hide windows associated with Desktop and Unity launcher and panel?

I'm developing WindowsForms Kiosk application using Mono 4.4.0, and I want no desktop related things being displayed when my application is launched. I.e. I want fully black, non clickable screen ...
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After upgrade to 16 the Desktop UI is broken

Here is a screenshot of some of the windows and how they look since I've upgrade to Ubuntu 16. It's the Ambiance theme, but the Radiance theme looks the same. The High Contrast there sort of works but ...
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Geary stuck on messaging menu after uninstallation

I uninstalled Geary but for some reason it still shows in the Messaging Menu with a "No" symbol as an icon. I tried restarting. Under /usr/share/indicators/messages/applications there are only ...
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Unity remove titlebar when maximized vertically

Is it possible to hide the titlebar of a window that is maximized vertically? Like it is done when maximizing it?