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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?
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Unity workspace-switcher (super+s) background color

When switching workspaces (super+s) the background of the view of all workspaces is black. Since I have a black background on my workspaces this gives kind of a bad contrast making the workspaces hard ...
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System Menu restart and shutdown buttons long delay on 16.04

When I try to shutdown / restart my Dell Vostro notebook from the Unity system menu (cogwheel at top-right corner) the screen often (8-9 out of 10) goes blank (some rare occasions showing the unity ...
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Viber indicator not working

So I installed Viber on my Ubuntu 14.04 and had the realisation that the notification icon was at the wrong place (top left instead of with the other icons on the tray). I followed the instructions ...
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TeXdoc scope finds PDFs but fails to open them

I am running Ubuntu 16.04. Playing around with scopes, I found the TeXdoc scope. But I cannot get it to work. For example, I search for "tikz" and it finds a couple of PDFs such as pgfmanual.pdf, tikz-...
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Is there a way to enable debug inspector on Ubuntu 16.04 (Unity)

I would like to know if it's possible to enable the debug inspector for the latest version of Ubuntu. I installed dconf but there isn't any option to enable the debug inspector and I didn't find ...
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Put Skype in messaging menu of unity panel?

I have Thunderbird and Pidgin that run in the Messaging Menu and are nicely integrated. But running Skype give it its own icon on the Unity Panel. How can I move it into the Messaging Menu? Can ...
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Global Menu shrinks appname

So this is not a question on how to have the Global Menu always visible, but instead, how to make the Global Menu to show the full appname. If it's too long it gets faded out: How would I be able ...
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scopes can't find files in other folders

I've just made a fresh installation of Ubuntu 16.04. I don't use the default folders of Documents and so, because I used some online accounts (Owncloud and Dropbox). The problem is that I can't find ...
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Unity 16.04 fade

I don't know how it happened, maybe I changed some Compiz setting. Now all my Unity windows start fading / blurring gradually and become unreadable. I tried to unity reset and docnf reset /org/...
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How to add Unity option to Kubuntu login screen?

I have installed Kubuntu on a machine, and decided to install a few desktops so I can change depending on my mood. However, when I ran sudo apt-get install unity, it installed fine, but when it ...
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Weird menu and icons after update in 14.04

After installing some updates today and restarting (updates were probably from last week or so), I now have some weird looking menu and icons, and the whole set looks like an older version. I am ...
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How can I change the icon of an app launched from keyboard shortcut (or terminal)?

I succeeded in changing the poor default icon of NetBeans (32x32), which appears in window switcher (Alt+Tab), to HD one (128x128) when started from Launcher by clicking it, but still unable to make ...
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16.04 Will not Boot to Desktop- Flashing Error message

I installed Ubuntu 16.04 on a Skylake system with an Nvidia Card 964 or something like that. The Nvidia driver issue from 14.04 and 15.04 is not the same behavior as this - The desktop kept flashing ...
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Disable gnome-software's notification bubble (notify-osd) for available updates

Running 16.04 with Unity, after every log-in I see this annoying notification bubble in the top right corner of the screen that there are updates available. This is not only annoying, but often it is ...
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Which command is executed when selecting an entry in Unity dock?

I'm searching for a way to find out which particular command is executed when I select a program from the Unity Dock? Example: I just installed the Webstorm IDE and I can start this using the dock. (...
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Replace Android/Remix OS (Remix Mini PC) with Ubuntu via USB Boot

I just bought a new Remix Mini PC that I had planned on hacking and installing Ubuntu 16.xx (or the whatever the latest stable version is). It works just like any other Android except it has two USB ...
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Ubuntu 16.04 GUI won't start

Recently I installed Ubuntu 16.04. I keep running into the same problem almost every time I boot up, and I don't know what's wrong. Basically, the GUI won't start. At first, I could only see my ...
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How to make launcher recognize newly installed apps

I have installed Google Chrome (I believe it was through apt-get) and Unity Tweak Tool (with apt-get), and I had to reboot before the applications could be found by Launcher. Both were under /usr/...
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Eclipse won't start from docky nor launcher

Eclipse won't start from docky nor launcher, even though I can double click it to start in nautilus. It told me: failed to change to directory '/eclipse' ( No such file or directory) I didn't ...
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After login Desktop not showing 16.04

I am using ubuntu 16.04 and I have installed kali linux on top of that using katoolin, after restarting I can enter the password but desktop showing blank no icons. I used below command no use. Please ...
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Installing icon stuck to launcher Ubuntu 16.04

Just updated from 15.10 to 16.04. While trying to install VLC player from Ubuntu Software the installing icon got stuck on the launcher. Any reason why this happens? I had to relaunch software ...
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Gtk theming in applications changed after update, so have nautilus fonts

After I updated Ubuntu 16.04, the fonts in nautilus and desktop and a bunch of other places have changed and don't look their usual self. Here is how the fonts look like now: Also the theming in ...
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Cause and fix for pop up dialog when using Gnome Music in Unity

I wanted to try Gnome's music app (gnome-music). After I got it to recognize my music, I'm facing the same issue as Saurav on Superuser when trying to run it in inside a Unity session: I recently ...
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HELP! How to install GNOME on a SuperMicro SuperServer 5018R,a ZaReason ZR-130?

I just got my first server and it appears only minimal software is installed. How do I get the GNOME desktop installed? Am I required to install Unity? Right now, although I have a working ...
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Unity search doesn't find all files (16.04 LTS)

Why does Dash fail in finding files sometimes? I'm getting annoyed by this. First it was freshly installed apps, now it literally does not allocate the file next to the one it finds. If you look at ...
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Is there any fast switch between light mode and dark mode (light/dark theme) in 16.04?

Many Android apps have an option for light/dark mode (daytime vs. nighttime hours). I find that very useful at times. Is there any such option in Ubuntu 16.04?? It would be very useful for battery ...
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Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Unity Crash

a week ago i had issue with Ubuntu 14.04 LTS After logging in the system just hanged... Anyway i decided to upgrade to 16.04 LTS then i ran into the first issue when the installer loads it just hangs ...
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Bring application to foreground on double click [duplicate]

Whenever I have an application opened and I double click a file that has to launch in the same application, it remains in the background. For example, if I'm reading some pdf and then double click a ...
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Unity tweak tool broke unity [duplicate]

I was poking through the settings in unity tweak tool, adjusted a few things just to see what they did. Like window behavior on sides/corners multi desktops (forgot what they are called in ubuntu) ...
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Installing Unity3D with Wine

So I've been trying to install Unity using the famous scripts by Cauê and Tomza which failed. I just installed without the scripts and it installed though visual studio and VSTU failed. I tried to ...
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Unity not loading after a fresh install of 16.04

I just installed 16.04 on a new PC and when I log in unity does not load properly. All I can see is some popups flashing on the top right corner. I can go into TTY and when I try to launch unity from ...
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How to restore system default settings in ubuntu 16.04?

I am trying to restore the unity control center but there are always missing items even after I run: sudo apt install unity-control-center and sudo apt install ubuntu-desktop And this is what I ...
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indicators not showing up in 16.04

I have a number of programs set to start automatically (skype, whatsie, etc), but their indicators are not showing in the top panel. I have checked the system monitor and they are indeed running, but ...
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What is Unity-plug-in in Google Chrome?

I am trying to get Chrome's (and Chromium's) notifications to display with Ubuntu's native notifications. Linux Native Notification seems to do exactly that, but I am not able to install it, since it ...