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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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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 can I speed up Unity with an ATI card?

I've been using Unity for two days... but all the apps and Unity itself runs very slowly I've installed Catalyst 11.4 (Ati Radeon HD 4350, 2GB RAM, Core 2 Duo @1.86 Ghz, 12 Gb Partition, 1 Gb to Swap) ...
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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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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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Is there a script (or software) to open an application window on a specific viewport and position?

So, I have 8 virtual Desktops in Unity (with Compiz) because I have many projects I'm working on simultaneously. Problem is, every time I need to reboot or accidentally close Chrome (which ...
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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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How can I reset Compiz settings to default?

I've installed CCSM and wanted to enable the wobbling window effect. This disabled some other things and suddenly I didn't have window borders any more... Following various instructions I found at ...
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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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Is there a Unity equivalent of the GNOME panel 'show desktop' applet? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to add a “Show desktop” icon to the launcher? I miss the symbol to show the desktop with just one click when using Unity instead of the classic desktop. Is there a ...
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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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System tray icons disappeared after installing Ubuntu 14.04

I have many applications with tray icons like davmail, hardware monitor. I miss this feature on Ubuntu 14.04. Does anyone have a solution? There are some tools like Skype indicator, but I need a ...
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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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Difference between Unity and GNOME

I often come across the terms Unity and GNOME while reading about Ubuntu. I understand that Unity is the default desktop environment for Ubuntu. What is GNOME and how is it related to/different from ...
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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 viewed(...
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Making youtube fullscreen will freeze Unity (the whole desktop)

I never had this problem until today. When I watch a youtube video everything is fine, until I make the video fullscreen. It actually continues to play perfectly when fullscreen, but when I then exit ...
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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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How do I enable the pidgin system tray icon?

I want to enable the System tray icon for Pidgin in Ubuntu 11.10 (with Unity), but I don't see it. I have to start it again and again from the launcher panel or from the dash. Is there a ...
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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 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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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 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 it?...
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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 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 do I always show menu items in Unity?

Is there any way to have the menu items on window menus always visible? I hate the whole hide and seek thing and have searched Google and here but I'm unable to find anything on how to make them stay ...
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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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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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Clickable Gnome-style notifications in Unity

I was looking for a way to get gnome style notifications in Unity. Or at least, if there´s a way of making the default Unity notifications interactive and clickable? As it is by default only a ...
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How to set borders around windows in 14.04?

Can someone advise me of how to add borders (wide borders) to Windows in Ubuntu version 14.04. In the past I have used "gnome-tweak-tool". However it doesn't work with version 14.04. All my windows ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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(update to 14.04) unity is not loading after I login to the admin profile after upgrade [duplicate]

After upgrading to 14.04 and after the final reboot, I logged in the admin account but unity won't start, I have only the 14.04 background. No shortcuts work. I can login and use the guest and other ...
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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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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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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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Where is “Connect to Server” for ssh connections in Unity?

Cannot find "connect to server" in 11.04, looks like unity doesn't have it. Is there other very similar way to connect to another Ubuntu computer via SSH? (not in terminal)
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No programs or applications show up in dash [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Dash search gives no result There are no programs on the dash list (seacher on appmenu). Yesterday I logged into my account and I tried to find a particular program, but ...
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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 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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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 do I restart Unity

I know about unity --reset command. But how can I simply restart Unity without resetting its profile?
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How do I quickly switch between workspaces in unity?

I'm using Ubuntu 11.10 with Unity and would like to switch between workspaces with a keyboard shortcut. Is there any way to achieve this?
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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 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 ...