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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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How can I see a list of all open windows in a panel in Unity?

Is there any reason why this is missing from Unity? It's a really helpful thing to have when you have a lot of windows open.
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How can I bring gnome sticky note back in unity?

If I'm right, panel applet is no longer supported in Unity. How can I bring sticky notes back? Is there any application or AppIndicator that has the same functionality (like show all notes when logged ...
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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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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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What is the “Grave” button?

The quick help of Unity (long press on the Super button) shows that Switch windows of current application can be triggered by Alt+Grave keyboard shortcut. What is Grave? Here it is:
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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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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 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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How can I tell what workspace I am in with Unity?

Long time user of Ubuntu struggling to use Unity here.... I am running Unity 2D and can click on the workspace launcher icon to switch to a different workspace. However if I just walk up to a system, ...
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How to hide items in Unity's top panel?

I just updated to Natty and now the default top panel has icons for mail, chat, and power (lock, restart, etc.) In Lucid and Maverick I could just right click on them and remove from panel, but that ...
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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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Where are the startup scripts for Unity Desktop?

I want to run a script as soon as my lightdm authentication succeed, and my Unity starts loading. and i want to run my scripts as a root user. where are startup scripts located in Unity ?
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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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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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How to enable File Manager to handle desktop after removing GNOME 3?

I am student from Indonesia. I've installed GNOME 3 from latest PPA and used instructions written by user Jon : How do I install the latest version of GNOME 3? And after that, I removed GNOME 3 and ...
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Fixing display issues on Intel 82845GL

I have opened up this question on launchpad too, but in the interest of getting a bigger response base I am posting it here, hoping someone will pick it up. Natty doesn't behave very well with the ...
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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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Finding Installed Software

Since I have not been able to open Dash Home in 12.04.4 see Dash Home will not open, I am hoping for a work-around. Is there another convenient way to open apps/programs without having to search ...
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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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Missing date & time applet from top Unity panel

I like Unity very much. Recently, I installed Compiz manager and Nautilus Elementary also then tried to Play. During some of my playing around, Unity's clock applet has vanished. I want to make it ...
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Can I put more applications in a Unity icon?

Is it possible to 'enclose' more than one application in a single Unity icon/button? In order to keep under control the number of buttons on launcher, it will be very useful to me to store some ...
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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 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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Do not display user name in the panel

In Unity the user name is shown in the panel. Is is possible to make it so that it is not displayed? For example it would be nice if only the icon but not the user name were displayed.
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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 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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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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Save Unity Desktop Session

Is there a way to save current session (the applications + the organization of windows in desktops) in Unity and load it when needed?
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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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How do I move the Unity title bar buttons to the right side?

Can I put the title bar buttons in Unity on the right side somehow, or is that impossible?
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How do I add a border around windows but keep the current theme?

I seem to live my life in the terminal - many terminals in-fact. I also love the Ambiance theme - but the new borderless windows does not provide the visual differentiation I'm used to (the same ...
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Ubuntu Desktop does not load

If I login on my Ubuntu 14.04, I get the following desktop: This weird behavior appeared after I executed sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade and restarted my computer. Don't know why ...
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Where can I find a Unity configuration file?

I was wondering if someone can tell me where are the main Unity configuration files, at least the file that you can graphically configure through CCSM. I'm wanting to edit the dash size and the panel ...
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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 ...
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Grab Handles appearing randomly, causes erratic mouse behavior

I did a clean install of Ubuntu 11.10 recently. Every so often, Grab Handles will appear on the active window. Sometimes they simply disappear after a few seconds without causing me any problems. ...
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How can I move the Dash button from the Unity launcher to the top panel?

In Ubuntu 11.10 the Unity Dash button moved from top-left corner to the launcher. How can I restore the Dash button to the top-corner, as pictured below
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Where can I find more Unity themes?

This might already be answered, but I can't find it. I am getting a bit bored of the traditional purple feel of unity and I would like something new. Where can I find more Unity themes? I have ...
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How can I configure “mousekeys”?

Under 11.04, the option to control the pointer with the numpad was set in the Hardware/Keyboard settings page. How can I turn on mousekeys or configure them in newer releases?