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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 can I find *.desktop files?

To the best of my knowledge, all shortcuts in the Unity Launcher have a corresponding *.desktop file. I have one shortcut (for skrooge) that doesn't have an icon. How can I find the *.desktop file ...
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How to disable window move with alt + left mouse button?

I have problem with this function because i work in Maya and other 3D applications that use this key combination... This option on Ubuntu 11.04 was in "window" section so i could change it to ...
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How do I change to a theme not listed in the Appearance screen?

I just upgraded to 11.10 for better or worse. When I launch "Appearance" I see only Ambiance/Radiance themes available In /usr/share/themes and ~/.themes there are other themes that aren't listed, ...
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How to re-enable tray icons for applications in Ubuntu?

Unfortunately in Ubuntu 13.10 there is no tray icon and whitelisting is removed. The older solutions do not work for me, e.g. I get the message: No such schema 'com.canonical.Unity.Panel' when I try ...
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Can I configure Alt-Tab to always switch applications?

I have windows for an editor, a browser, a web application, and a development tool for that browser open. Unity groups them as two applications: Chrome and Eclipse. Alt-Tab switches application ...
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How to efficiently switch between several terminal windows using the keyboard?

Alt+Tab lets me only switch between windows belonging to different applications. I often use about four terminal bound applications at the same time (e.g. IPython, VIM, fish for system and fish for ...
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Creating a .desktop file for a new application

I just installed the lastest version of UGENE. I works fine but in order to use it, I have to enter the following in the terminal: cd ugene-1.11.5/ then execute ./ugene -ui to launch UGENE GUI. This ...
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What is the Unity HUD and how can I install it on my system?

I have read about the Unity HUD. Is that a mock up or a real thing? Can I install it on my current Ubuntu 11.10 installation or do I need to upgrade to 12.04?
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How do I configure the launcher to “dodge windows”?

I don't like the auto hide launcher for it is too annoying for me. The launcher stays hidden and to reveal it, the mouse pointer has to be moved to the default hot spot. I'd instead like to have the ...
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How to force Unity reload ~/.local/share/applications/

Let's say I changed/added some myapp.desktop file at ~/.local/share/applications/. For some time Ubuntu Unity will still show me old applications shortcuts at Unity lens under Ubuntu button. It will ...
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Why is Canonical choosing QT over GTK for Unity's next generation?

So much has been written that I'm kind of confused, but if I'm not mistaken Canonical is building the next generation of Unity for mobile devices with Qt, and in the near future the desktop will also ...
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Is there a way to enable the Eclipse global menu bar? [duplicate]

I have installed Ubuntu 13.10 and it is working fine, but my Eclipse menu bar is not integrating with the Unity global menu bar, thus, I can't perform any operation in Eclipse. I have tried various ...
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Can I drag a window onto another workspace?

I just updated to 11.04, now if I drag a window to the side of the workspace, the window is maximized to half of the screen. is there a way to move it to another workspace with the mouse? I know you ...
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Expose (OSX Style) Functionality in Unity

Does anyone know if there is a application window expose (a la Mac OSX) for the Unity Desktop. I've used the Compiz Expose Plugin, but that performs an "expose" on workspaces. I'm looking for ...
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How does copy-paste work with xterm?

Left-down-clicking in xterms starts the selection of something to be copy-pasted. Double-left clicking selects a word. Triple-left clicking selects a line. All this works under unity in 11.04. ...
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How to hide all desktop icons in 12.04 and later?

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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How to add Minecraft to the Unity launcher?

I'm having trouble getting Minecraft to launch when I add it to the launcher. If the game is running, I can right click on the icon in the launcher and select "keep in launcher" and the icon stays, ...
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How to speed up search for locally installed applications in Ubuntu 13.10's Unity Dash?

I upgraded to Ubuntu 13.10 "Saucy Salamander". After upgrading, whenever I open the Unity Dash to search for an application, it takes at least a minute before it starts to show some result. The new ...
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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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Can I use GNOME applets in Unity?

Applets are small programs that you attach and start from the GNOME's toolbar. See picture: http://www.futuredesktop.com/audio-recorder/recorder-applet.ogv My favourite applets are: rec-applet: ...
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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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Unity Launcher and Top Panel disappeared in 14.04

The top panel and Unity launcher have disappeared in Ubuntu 14.04. Also cannot access the terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T. I have tried every solution for this issue that I can find, from re-installing unity ...
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How can I set an animated background?

I want an animated desktop wallpaper on Ubuntu. For example, the animated Enlightenment background. How does one achieve this?
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How to develop a System Indicator for Unity?

This is not a duplicate of How to create Unity indicators?. I'm looking for system indicator not application indicator. Backgound: From these two questions: How do I add or manipulate ...
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Unity missing? Can't see top or side panels [duplicate]

I just removed some effects using ccsm, switched to the AMD proprietary driver, rebooted and after I log in, the unity panel is no longer there. If I hit the windows key or the alt key, nothing ...
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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 can I adjust the transparency of the Status Bar (top panel)?

The status bar (by default) at the top of your screen with the icons OFF to the right, date, user name and other computer options. How can I make that bar transparent, like it is when dash activated ...
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Way to automatically resize 2 windows to take up half of the screen

I am trying to figure out if it's possible to do the following(or rather bind this action to a hot key): If on a workspace I have 2 windows, I want to maximize each one vertically and resize them ...
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Viber notification is not in the right position [duplicate]

This question is basically the same question as Annoying Viber notification, but the guy there didn't get any answer. So I am also posting it as I couldn't find any answer anywhere. As you can ...
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How To Install And Test KDE Plasma 5 On Ubuntu 14.04

KDE Plasma 5 is hitting release candidate now: Schedules/Plasma 5 - KDE TechBase. How can I install plasma 5 in Ubuntu 14.04.
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How to disable all scopes, filters and dash plugins?

The Dash is overloading me with stuff I don't need, down to the weather and food recipes (?!) when I'm just looking for a file or app. Also I can't figure out how to set it to include music files ...
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How do I script to open a set of programs each on specific workspace?

I looked around for a while and could not figure out the answer to my following problem: I have a setup of six desktops on Ubuntu 12.04 with Unity. On start up, every morning, I go through a routine ...
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How to correctly enable Desktop Cube in Unity 3D?

I have read several questions regarding how to fix an already enabled desktop cube or the problems it had in 11.04. But in 11.10, how can I correctly enable desktop cube in Unity 3D?
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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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Will there be a difference between Unity “Desktop” and Unity “Netbook” interface?

What has me slightly confused from all the different reports about Unity becoming the default shell in the 11.04 desktop edition: Some claim and this is how most people seem to see it, that what ...
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How can I remove and re-install Unity?

Unity is misbehaving after installing GLX Dock - HUD does not open with GLX Dock turned off and there are ugly shadows in the panel, three control buttons (close, minimise, maximise) and "Ubuntu ...
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How to change the number of workspaces from the command line?

I'd like to change org.compiz.profiles.unity.plugins.core -> hsize and -> vsize from command line. I thought I could use gsettings set org.compiz.profiles.unity.plugins.core vsize 4 but then ...
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How does one create a custom application launcher for Wine installed apps?

I'm able to locate stuff with the dash home then drag it down to the launcher bar on the left of the desktop, but what if the application installed via Wine isn't found via the dash search? I've right ...
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How to install Unity 8?

I'm using Ubuntu 14.04 and found out that we can install Unity 8 on it. Will Unity 8 replace Unity 7 once I install it? And if it does can I switch back to Unity 7 if I want? How would one go about ...
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Where is Start-up Applications in 14.04 Unity?

I cannot find the Start-up Applications in 14.04, I read on a forum that you had to go into Main Menu and allow it to be visible through preferences, but I have looked all the way through preferences ...
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How can I install Typing Break?

I've just upgraded to beta 2 of Oneiric/11.10 and the typing break has gone. I've gone into the system settings and looked in "Keyboard Layout" and "Keyboard" and can't find anything. Has it just ...
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How to remove the 'tile' background in the launcher icons?

First let me show my launcher :- I feel my launcher is made to look ugly by the 'square-tile-thing'(for the lack of a better word) thats behind the icon. I want the icons alone to be ...
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How do I resolve slow and choppy performance in virtualbox?

Both, Ubuntu 12.10 and 13.04 perform very slow when running in VirtualBox 4.2.12. How do I run Ubuntu with unity or enabled transparency smoothly with VirtualBox?
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How to properly restart unity?

I keep on experiencing weird bugs. These usually start after a few hours of use. Sometimes the dash starts opening under every open window (becomes only visible on desktop, but I still can search and ...
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How can I remove the Trash icon from the Unity launcher?

I would like to not show the trash icon at the bottom of the Unity launcher. Is this possible without having to recompile anything? :P
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Is it possible to restart the unity panel without restarting compiz?

I'm being hit (quite often) by that bug where you can't click on some indicators. It's easy to fix by restarting unity, but that usually also means running to the risk of upsetting some window on ...
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How to enable mouse wheel in virtualbox?

I've installed on my host ubuntu 10.04 in virtualbox guest operating system ubuntu 12.04. And mouse wheel doesn't scroll vertically the contents of a window. In host works normally. VirtualBox mouse ...
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Does Unity require proprietary graphics card drivers?

I understood that the Unity desktop in Natty uses Compiz and therefore requires a graphics card driver that support composition effects. Does this mean if I have an ATI or NVIDIA card I'm forced to ...
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15.10 Chrome: external links are opened as blank tabs in new browser window

Since I installed 15.10 (fresh install on a new machine), and set Google Chrome as default browser, whenever I open links from external apps these are open as blank tabs in new browser window (no ...