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How to add support for the global menu to a python non-gtk, non-qt app?

I'm looking for good documentation (an example, tutorial, or guide) on how to add global menu support to a non-gtk, non-qt application. (In gtk it works 'magically' for the main menu...). The ...
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Can I blacklist an appindicator?

I've whitelisted some indicators for apps that don't yet have Unity-compliant appindicators. Is there any way to blacklist appindicators for apps that are Unity-compliant (not old-style indicators) ...
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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 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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Can the parameters of the Music Lens be edited?

I primarily listen to classical music on my laptop. Since I'm obsessed with specifics with my music, I am precise with how I label my genres (Opera, Symphony, Chorale, etc.). Is there a way to edit ...
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What Easter eggs are there in Unity?

Are there any Easter Eggs in Unity? The Easter Eggs from here involving Alt + F2 (as provided by gnome-panel) don't work.
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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 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 uninstall a nvidia driver completely ?

As expected, Nvidia drivers have reduced my customizations. I can't login to Unity 3D session. I can't find any content to help me to uninstall the driver and I don't know what to do as I have never ...
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Will Unity be the only option during install?

I'd like to know if Ubuntu will offer other Desktop environments as an option during installation. This is only should we decide that Unity is not for us.
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How do I hide Thunderbird from the launcher while running?

I have a question for you all. It's possible to "hide" thunderbird from the unity application bar when thunderbird is running? For my is unhelpfull see thunderbird on the "mail" tray ( near shutdown ...
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Geforce Go 7300/7400 blacklisted, can I still run Unity?

Unity won't run on my new Ubuntu 11.04 install (with a Nvidia GeForce GO 7400). Ubuntu classic desktop works though, I tried all different drivers provided in the repositories. Doing ...
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How to add my favorite places as a quicklist in my home's icon in Unity?

So I saw all that fancy quicklists in dash, and I'm wondering if I can do it with nautilus to add places as a quicklist, like Videos, Pictures, Downloads.. etc, So as a start, I tried to modify ...
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How to remove icons/shortcuts from Unity menu?

I have installed Chromium and Tweet Deck on it (trough Chrome Store), now I uninstalled Tweet Deck and after that Chromium, the problem is, when I installed Tweet Deck it asked me if I want to create ...
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How do I enable low graphics mode (llvmpipe rendering) in Unity?

I've been looking at other questions, but none seem to answer my query. The closest I got gave me information about a ppa for 12.04. My computer's battery life is suffering under Ubuntu 12.10. I ...
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How do I add applications to the Unity launcher?

How do I add apps to the Launcher?
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How do I disable the chameleon effect in notifications and the Unity launcher?

Is there a way to stop the new unity feature that changes the colour of the launcher and notifications that matches them to the wallpaper? Its an interesting feature, but I would rather not have a ...
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Will Thunderbird integrate with the calendar indicator?

Since we're past feature freeze does that mean that there will be no more efforts into integration of Thunderbird and Unity?
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How to make show desktop work only on the current workspace?

I am an active user of workspaces in Ubuntu. Until recently, pressing Ctrl+Alt+D (show desktop) acted only on the current workspace. For example, one might want to minimize the applications in the ...
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How do I start developing a lens for Unity? [duplicate]

I would like to know how to create one of those lenses for unity. I know how to program. but I don't know where to start. Are there certain libraries I should use or docs that I should read? Are there ...
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Dash not working after upgrade to 13.10

After upgrading to 13.10 I'm unable to use Dash. Nothing appears when I type something, I don't see any icons or shortcuts. Resetting unity does not help, the command is unavailable. What should I ...
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How to launch application as root from Unity Launcher?

Mainly I am looking for a way to pin an application to the Unity launch bar, and run it as root. Currently, even if I start the application with sudo, and pin it after it starts, it will start as ...
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How to change the Dash icon in the Unity Launcher?

I don't like the Dash icon in the Unity Launcher, it's pretty inconsistent with the Faenza icon theme and I would like to change it. How can I do that?
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What is the relationship between Unity, Gnome, Gnome 3, Compiz, Metacity, and LightDM?

I am learning about Graphical User Interfaces in Ubuntu and constantly come across different terms, which cause a lot of confusion for me. I have tried reading easy-to-understand tutorials about the ...
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How to re-enable tray icons for applications in ubuntu 13.10?

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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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 do I show the date in the clock indicator?

There is no GUI way to show the date or the day (or adjust the time format) in Unity's indicator-datetime application in Natty.
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What exactly is a “lens”?

I've seen a number of questions about lenses, and I've picked up enough to work out that it's something to do with the Unity shell in Natty, but I haven't really worked out exactly what is meant by ...
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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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Is it possible to customize a removable drive launcher/quicklist?

So, I do know that it is fairly easy to customize application shortcuts (launchers) by editing the respective .desktop file. But, is it possible to create custom quicklists to the removable drives' ...
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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 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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How to remove “Apps Available for Download” from the applications lens?

Is there some way to modify the Applications lens in Unity so that we can remove the "Apps Available for Download" section? The section is really annoying for normal use. We don't have to know why we ...
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about:blank opens in Chromium when I type into the dash

Here's a rather odd problem I'm having. Whenever I open the dash and type into it, Chromium opens up and opens an "about:blank" tab for just about every letter I write into the dash. Why is it doing ...
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What happened to the weather-app in the panel?

it was so easy to show the weather in the panel, without installing an app. why won't that be possible anymore in 11.04?
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Did they forget about the 'Restart' button, or was it just not important?

Seriously, from the top-right corner button, I have Logout, Suspend, Hibernate & Shutdown but shockingly no Restart. What happened to the Restart button?
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Can I edit which icons appear in the Unity dash?

When I open the dash in 11.04, I get two rows of icons. The first row contains 'lenses' that take me to lists of applicaitons/files; the second row opens specific applications - Browse the Web, View ...
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Will Unity become themeable? [closed]

As of now, unity itself isn't themeable - the theme doesn't change - only the window decoration changes, if that makes sense. If unity is to become default in 11.04, surely it would make sense for ...
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Does Unity 2d use fewer system resources than Unity 3d?

Does Unity 2d use fewer system resources than Unity 3d? If it requires less in terms of system resources, would switching to Unity 2d increase the battery life of my Laptop?
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Does Unity have any widgets?

While upgrading to Ubuntu 11.04, my google-gadgets framework was removed. I thought at the time this is because it's deprecated because there's some alternative integrated in the new unity framework, ...
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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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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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Performance being really choppy with ATI drivers

I just updated to the latest version (11.04) yesterday, and ever since then, the system has been really choppy. I used to have 10.10 installed, and that was running smooth. Anyone also experiencing ...
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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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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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Java application launcher not staying in Unity launcher

I'm using IntelliJ IDEA, which is a Java application. When it runs (invoked through Dash) it shows a launcher icon with no name. I've tried several times to right-click and select "keep in ...
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Where are the Unity desktop wallpapers located?

Yes, before I ask this question I searched for a solution here and could not find a real answer. Thank you. Please see the picture below:
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Why is canonical choosing QT over GTK for Unity's next generation?

So much has been written that I'm kinf 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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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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How do I restart Unity 2D

As per How do I restart Unity? But I guess unity --replace would start the 3D variant.