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Can't set unity-greeter background on 12.04.1

I used Ubuntu Tweak to customize the login screen. Changed the background settings, so it used desktop wallpaper as login screen background. It worked at first but then I selected a custom wallpaper ...
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How can I use three fingers to drag on the touchpad of a MacBook Pro?

I have a MacBook Pro running Ubuntu 14.04, with Unity on it. By default, Unity has a three-finger gesture that invokes the Alt-Tab launcher. But I really like the OS X-style three-finger drag gesture. ...
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ubuntu 13.10 purple bar

I just got the update, and now there is a purple bar on the left side of my screen. by my hot bar. I cant find any fixes. the laptop has been restarted twice. no other operating systems. i did try ...
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Recommended ways to add mouse control of minimise windows Ubuntu 14.04 [duplicate]

I've recently switched from Windows XP to Ubuntu 14.04 and I'm happy using Ubuntu, with one small exception. I've been unable to work out how to minimise windows using the mouse and the launch pad, ...
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keyboard remapping lost after keyboard layout change

I see similar questions have already been asked before on this site, by I found no satisfactory answer so far. So here's my exact situation in detail. I recently installed and customized Ubuntu 14.04 ...
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Changing Nemo toolbar icons

I'm designing a theme and I can't figure out how to change the 6 icons in the right part of the toolbar. location entry, new folder, search, icon, list, compact view.
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Ubuntu launcher NOT on top of other windows

The problem: If a window is placed under the ubuntu launcher or the HUD, any clicks will be registered to the window and not the launcher. Example: 1) Launcher is set to "always show" 2) Nautilus ...
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Unity : Are these bugs?

Ubuntu Unity has some issues that I'm not sure if they should be reported as bugs or is just my fad. Run a command (Global Shortcut Alt + F2) cannot find anything for Files, Calculator, Text ...
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permissions denied even though I'm a system admin (and the only user of the system,) when trying to access and edit .desktop files? (14.04)

When I try to save the .desktop file (for Google chrome in this instance,) I revive a message that in short states I do not have the require permissions to do this. Is there any fix for the problem at ...
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how to change specific icons in the unity launcher (ubuntu 14.04) [duplicate]

I would like to change some specific icons in the launcher but no matter what I try I cannot solve this issue if someone could possibly supply step by step I would be grateful.
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Ubuntu Desktop Theme Recommendations [closed]

I've been using Ubuntu 14.04 Desktop since release and while I like the Unity interface, I'm not a big fan of the color scheme or the fonts used by default. What would your recommendations be for ...
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How to install all the Compiz plugins (excepting those which are unsupported or experimental) on Ubuntu 14.04?

I just bought a HP laptop yesterday and I've installed Ubuntu 14.04 on it. I want some awesome Compiz plugins (like cube rotation,cube deformation,fire painting,water,etc.),but I don't know how to ...
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Change the Unity launcher search provider

If I enter a term that gives no hits in Applications etc. I will automatically redirected to the Yahoo search page. How can I change the search provider there? I found out, that the content-search ...
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Totally remove unity from Ubuntu 14.04 with its dependencies and configurations

My unity is damaged. I need to reinstall it but when I reinstall it nothing changes. Nothing is fixed. I tried reinstalling it from the software centre. (packages "ubuntu-desktop" and "unity"). I ...
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Launcher tooltips

Is there any way to disable the launcher tooltips? If they would just flash on and flash off, I wouldn't mind them, but they stay on forever and obscure what I'm working on. Alternatively, is there ...
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Help…Ubuntu desk top not showing up after login [duplicate]

When ever I login to ubuntu it only shows the background and nothing else. Please help! Before the problem I was getting a lot of unity errors and if it may help I'm using 12.04 LTS.
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Compiz got removed by chance and ubuntu dashboard and other features are not working.(Ubuntu 14.04)

I tried the following getting compiz back after removing ccsm gives me an error like no module named pygtk I tried this as well Can't start unity from command line Tried this as well ...
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How to modify application-specific keyboard shortcuts?

In Unity, can I modify the keyboard shortcuts specific to a particular application? For example, the Google Chrome shortcut for "Full screen" is F11 by default. Suppose I want to change it to be F12 ...
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Set Ubuntu 12.04 Dash's default lens to its application lens and some other tweaks!

I found this link on unity configuration, used some, but still some desired tweaks remain. Here are the questions about persistent dash customization for my Ubuntu 12.04 LTS: Assign the Application ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 Google Chrome Broken

I'm running Ubuntu 14.04 and Chrome seems to have broken with no way out. I was fiddling with the command line flags, and I activated something that I did not want. I disabled it and restarted the ...
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Desktop empty after login Ubuntu 14.04

I really need someone's help. I don't know waht else to do, I've read all forums trying all sort of manipulations without managing to solve my problem. After my login my desktop is empty. I don't ...
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Can't find my app in a dash, something is wrong with .desktop file?

I created .desktop file: [Desktop Entry] Name=STS Version=1.0 Type=Application Terminal=false Exec=/root/springsource/sts-3.5.1.RELEASE/STS Icon=spring_tool_suite.png Actions=New; [Desktop Action ...
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XFCE-like menu in Unity?

I am a new Ubuntu 14.04 user (having moved from Windows XP at the advice of a friend), and I'm loving it! I like Unity a lot, but one thing that I dearly miss is the Windows Start Menu's folder-like ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 ignoring network settings performed in the UI?

I have installed Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Server, and then added a minimal desktop like so: sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop --no-install-recommends Then I complemented the install with the following ...
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Application doesn't show as installed

I installed Inkscape, but the system does not seem to recognize it. I can not launch the application for Dash or open a .svg file. when I open an .svg Inkscape does not appear as a option. What ...
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How move indicators in Ubuntu 14.04 [duplicate]

How can move panel indicators and order them at my leisure? I'm using Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, Thanks!
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Problems with GUI for a user

Suddenly my system crashed (I don't know why) and my desktop looks ugly. Additional there is no menu (Unity) and I am not able to launch a terminal using short cuts. Using a right-click I was able to ...
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Gvim doesn't show up in the nautilus context menu for .c and .h files

Most of the time I can browse the file system with the file browser, right-click on a file and top item in the menu "Open with Gvim", but when I right-click on a .c or .h file, it says "Open with ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 LTSP Thin Client Direct X option fails to load Unity

I have been experimenting setting up an LTSP server over the past few days. I've previously done this with 12.04, and I found that I could get a workable session going using the Ubuntu 2D session ...
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Getting dropbox to sync at start-up problem

Dropbox: I expect it to sync at start-up, with the dropbox icon in top bar. However, the only way I can open dropbox is by running ~/.dropbox-dist/dropboxd Which does work, but only while the terminal ...
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kubuntu-desktop took over everything

I installed kubuntu-desktop via software centre but now everything is messed up in unity. As if the theme was changed but it's still "Ambiance" (the default). It even affects LXDE. For example... ...
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How to contribute to Ubuntu Desktop Environment UI, Unity as a Designer? [duplicate]

How to contribute to Ubuntu Desktop Environment UI, Unity as a Designer? Can my ideas be considered?
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Unity broken after upgrade from 13.10 to 14.04 (another one …)

I just upgraded my notebook (Thinkpad R500 with ATI HD3470 graphics) from 13.10 to 14.04 and since then Unity seems to be broken. I can login but afterwards I only see my desktop background and the ...
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Multiple notifications via notify-osd or alternatives

I am searching for a way to display multiple notifications at once. The default app for Ubuntu seems to be notify-osd. Can this be configured to display multiple notifications? PNotify is a very ...
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Logout takes too long: how to find the reason?

Logging out the session (not on shutdown) takes too long: more than 3 minutes on my netbook. On the process CPU isn't working, seems just waiting. No difference using indicator menu, shortcut key, or ...
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How to customize top panel? Ubuntu 14.04 Unity

I'm looking for a way to move some of the "stuff" on the top panel from the right corner to the center. It's a little frustrating thing to look at the time in the corner, when I can possibly just look ...
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Is there any way to make the Ubuntu Dash a 'start-up application'?

My desktop is pretty blank and I'd much rather have the useful Dash come up on start-up, is this possible? Surely there is a command that is executed internally when I press the Dash Home button? What ...
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Why is the menu bar showing in the window?

I have Ubuntu 12.04 and I noticed that when I use unity I can see the menu bar integrated in the window. Usually it dose not show. But I can see the menu bar. The picture will describe what I'm trying ...
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Ubuntu is misbehaving severely

Things I open, close randomly (while still running in the background as processes). Apt-get keeps returning directory does not exist and locked directory errors. The OS was unable to find the /tmp ...
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Unity “File” button opening a separate window when automounting USB

I installed Ubuntu 14.04 and whenever I plug an USB drive it automounts it normally and opens a Nautilus window. However, when I change to another window and then try to return to my files by clicking ...
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Can both appmenu-qt and appmenu-qt:i386 be installed at the same time?

OK, so here's the backstory. Skype recently released version 4.3 on Ubuntu. It now has a menu bar, which it did not before. The only issue is that because it is 32-bit software, it's menu bar is not ...
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Is it possible to change Unity 3D to 2D and will I gain any performance boost after that?

How to change Unity 3D to 2D on Ubuntu 14? And, will I get any improvements in performance if do that? What software utilities will I lose if I switch to from Unity 3D to 2D?
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Mouse gestures (without button) unexpected in 14.04 Trusty, opening Activities

Is this behaviour documented, or a bug: sometimes, when I move the mouse (usually left and up), without any mouse buttons down or keys pressed, Ubuntu acts as if I clicked the 'Activities' button in ...
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Disable HUD menu

I know it may be useful feature for someone, but i don't use it at all. Is there any way to protect HUD key from beeing set up after every/some update of Ubuntu?
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How does one run Unity 3D (the full free version) in Ubuntu Studio?

How does one install Unity 3D (the full free version) on Ubuntu? I have tried to run the program through Wine 64-bit, and I get this message every time: Error initializing license system. Please ...
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Fluxbox Lightdm nautilus

I recently started using fluxbox, I'm using Lightdm as a desktop manager and was using gnome/unity before fluxbox. I'm facing a few troubles while trying to adapt to this new window manager, the ...
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Installing Ubuntu Desktop on server with only system management tools in it?

I'd like to install ubuntu-desktop on the server edition of Ubuntu 4.04 LST. The default installation is bloated, with too many packages in it. So I tried this: sudo apt-get install ...
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Unity closing windows while process still running

Windows I'm using will randomly close and then the processes for those windows will still be running in the system. I'm using Ubuntu 14.04.
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Remove “restart” option from menu

When I click the gear icon to open the system menu on my PC, these options are presented: Suspend Restart... Shutdown... The restart options seems redundant, because it literally does the same ...
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How can I enable one-click open in the unity dash? [duplicate]

Searching in the unity dash and clicking an item gives me options such as sharing via e-mail or revealing the file in nautilus which I rarely use. I'd rather restore the behavior of 12.04 where you ...