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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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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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How to get a different Unity Launcher with different icons on each workspace?

I read through the various answers to having separate desktop folders in each Workspace using Screenlets, devilspie, or CCSM ... but that's not the answer to my question. I installed 14.04 LTS a few ...
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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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Can't shutdown and logout from top panel in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

I recently installed Ubuntu 14.04. Shutdown and logout from the top panel are not working. They worked fine when installing the OS, but a few days back I installed fglrx drivers for my ATI graphics ...
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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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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 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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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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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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How to automatically bring an activated window to the foreground? [duplicate]

When I have a file browser and an image viewer opened and I double click a photo, the image viewer doesn't jump to the foreground, its icon just shakes a bit and acquires a glow around it, and I have ...
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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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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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Unity Applications lens is empty

I am using Unity on Ubuntu 12.04. For some time now, the Applications lens is completely empty when I open it. If I search for any applications from the Home or Applications lens, no results show up. ...
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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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How to set custom keyboard shortcuts from terminal?

How to set custom keyboard shortcuts from terminal for different Linux versions? Basically I want to know where Linux stores the keyboard shortcut files and how it can be edited. On my research I ...
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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?
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How to permanently turn off online results

I don't like getting online results when searching in my dashboard, so I went to System Settings > Security & Privacy > Search, and I turned the setting off: But when I restart my ...
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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 make unity launcher apps not bundle together when you have lots of them or to speed up the bar when scrolling down to apps?

I notice that the applications don't stay straight when you add more on. Is there a way to fix this? Can you also speed up the scrolling speed when on the unity launcher?
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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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Enable Overlay Scrollbars In all Applications

Is there a way to force all applications to use the Natty overlay scrollbars? Examples: Chrome doesn't use it, neither does Firefox, gnome-terminal or a host of other applications.
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How to remove keyboard indicator?

/desktop/gnome/peripherals/keyboard/general/disable_indicator in gconf is set to yes Additionally I restarted, but it's still there. Maybe there is some setting buried in CCSM? here is screenshot ...
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Debugging Graphic errors

I have got a graphic problem, but I don't have a clue how to find the source of it. It seems like some parts of the display won't refresh when I am moving a window. It also has to be some software ...
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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, ...
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Ubuntu 13.10 - Black screen after login session [duplicate]

Yesterday, the system asked me if I wanted to upgrade to 13.10 from 13.04. Since that was the first time for me, I decided to proceed and ran the installation without worrying about it. After the ...
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How can you resize the icons in the Unity Dash?

The icons in the panel are way too large for my preferences, how can you resize them?
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Can I install Unity on 10.04?

I don't have any problem with GNOME, it's actualy great, but wanna testing same thing new, how?
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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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Why is Ubuntu switching to Unity?

I understand from Jono Bacon's blog that Ubuntu will be switching to Unity as the default desktop in the upcoming 11.04. What's not clear is "Why?". Could someone explain the benefits of Unity over ...
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How can I remove “Show Desktop” from the Alt-Tab (application) switcher?

Is it possible to remove "Show Desktop" from the Alt+Tab application switcher?
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Change default system font using terminal only in 14.04

The following question answers how to Adjust fonts using tweak tool but the luddite in me would like to know how to do this without installing unity-tweak-tool. How can I adjust the default system ...
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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 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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Possible to have 2 unity launchers?

Is it possible to have 2 unity launchers? One on the Left and one on the Right. In my thoughts, the Left one (The Default) would have the normal stuff that i use everyday. The Right side would have ...
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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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Can I make the launcher Icons smaller than 32 pixels? [duplicate]

Why can't the "Launcher" Icons be made smaller? At the smallest setting, they are still 4 times bigger than they need to be on a 10" Netbook. The Icons in the "Top Panel" are much smaller and we users ...
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How does copy-paste work with xterm?

Left-down-clicking in xterms starts the selection of something to be copy-pasted. Double-left clicking selects a word. Triple-left clicking selects a line. All this works under unity in 11.04. ...
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How to change the number of workspaces from the command line?

I'd like to change org.compiz.profiles.unity.plugins.core -> hsize and -> vsize from command line. I thought I could use gsettings set org.compiz.profiles.unity.plugins.core vsize 4 but then ...
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Install Gnome 3.10 in Ubuntu 13.10 without breaking Unity

I just installed the Ubuntu 13.10 RC. Everything works fine so far. The thing is i want to also install Gnome 3.10 and i worry that this will break Unity. I know how to install the latest gnome ...
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How to hide window title and menu bar in GNOME Shell?

Is it easily possible in GNOME 3's gnome-shell to achieve similar appearance of windows' title and menu bars as with Unity's Globalmenu?
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How to switch from unity to gnome

Default ui for Ubuntu 14.04 being Unity, want to switch to Gnome. Can't find usual way to switch at login screen as mentioned here. ...
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Unity completely broken after upgrade to 12.10?

I am facing a very frustrating issue with my computer right now. I successfully upgraded to Ubuntu 12.10 this afternoon, but after the upgrade, the graphical user interface seems completely broken. To ...
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How do I remove top panel on dual screen on secondary monitor?

How do I remove top bar on secondary monitor??
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How to hide recent files and most used apps?

How can I hide recent files that my Ubuntu Netbook's unity menu shows when I click on the files and folder icon? Okay ! I watch porn sometimes and right after that it appears in the files and folder ...
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How do I start a second instance of a program from Unity's launcher?

It's all in the title. Eg. if I have a gnome-terminal opened and I click on the gnome-terminal launcher icon, the running terminal will focus and no new instance will pop-up. Also, there is no item ...