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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 ...
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What is the shutdown command?

I want to create a shutdown icon for the launcher in 13.04. In former versions of Ubuntu I used this desktop file and put it in the launcher: ...
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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 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 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 do I always show the launcher (i.e. disable the auto-hide functionality)? [closed]

When I upgraded from 11.04 to 11.10, the setting remained. Now that I have done a clean install of 11.10, the CCSM option does NOT work anymore and I can't seem to find a solution. Also note that I am ...
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How I turn off backlight around switcher icons

In the Launcher it is possible to switch off the backlight of the icons. How can I reach the same effect for the switcher icons? I would like to pass from this: to this (colored with GIMP): I ...
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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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How to have the Taskbar with Unity at the same time?

My question is simple. How can I have the classic Taskbar with Unity at the same time in Ubuntu 11.10? Somehow in the previous version I managed to achieve that, but now I can not remember how did I ...
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Hidden files are shown in Dash

I have several hidden files in a folder that are private and need to remain private. I do not mind people seeing what I do on my system but after I open one of these files I can find them through ...
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How to get Unity dash overlays maximized by default?

In Unity, if you open the applications dash or even if you just press the meta key to open the search dash, they always pop out with a default size of something looking 800x600ish. In the lower right ...
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Chrome + Touchscreen + Unity (14.04)

I've got a Dell 14R with touchscreen with Ubuntu 14.04. When I start Google Chrome by clicking the launcher with the TouchPad or with the Super+ combination, touch support in Chrome doesn't work. When ...
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How do I enable the “Scale Window Title Filter” in Compiz on 12.04?

I'd like to use the Compiz "Scale Window Title Filter" on 12.04. I've already read another answer which just said to install compiz-plugins-extra and enable "Scale Window Title Filter" in the ccsm. ...
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How do I configure Thunderbird Unity integration, particularly the monitoring of selected folders?

In ubuntu 11.04 I was using two thunderbird extensions : - Messaging Menu and Unity Launcher Integration - Unity Launcher Integration Since 11.10 it seems they are bundled with thunderbird. But I ...
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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 do I stop Unity from starting windows maximised?

I do not find an option to change the window behaviour that was in Appearance Properties. In particular I find it very annoying that Nautilus is always maximised when opening it. Is there a way to ...
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How do I show the Applications Lens By Default?

While I am growing to be more and more fond of Unity, there are a few minor things I'd like to change. One of them in which is the default view of the dash. When I go into the dash, 99% of the time ...
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Is there an easy way to change filetype association?

After the upgrade to 11.10 I've had the problems that all music-files would open with banshee, which then crashed all folders would open with konsole The first problem I after installation of ...
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Fuzzy text in Unity title bar

Since upgrading to precise, the text in the Unity title bar is fuzzy. I thought this might be my general font settings, but Window titles, which seem to use the exact same font, don't have this ...
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Adding a indicator / panel in unity panel

In GNOME panel we could add a notification indicator by doing "Add to Panel". How to do the same in Unity 2D? Well what I mean is how to add additional indicators like Weather, RSS... that seems to ...
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Where can I find the command line?

A basic question: Where do I find the command line? There is a lot of information about commands and using the command line, but I'm an absolutely new Ubuntu user: I can't find find the command line. ...
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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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How do I make the login screens and boot splashes match when installing different desktops?

I wanted to try out different desktop environments so I installed XFCE, KDE, GNOME, etc on top of Unity in Ubuntu 12.04 After a while I decided that I didn't like those other DEs and would stick to ...
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Will Unity be the only option during install?

I'd like to know if Ubuntu will offer other Desktop environments as an option during installation. This is only should we decide that Unity is not for us.
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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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Why aren't certain indicators showing in Unity?

I've upgraded to Raring a couple of days ago, and noticed that certain indicators are not appearing in my Unity panel, while all other do. Essentially I'm referring to: pyAlienFX (from ...
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Why are there two icons in the Unity launcher for Nautilus?

Okay, so I installed Ubuntu 11.10. The thing is, when I click the home folder icon in the launcher (Win + 1), the home folder opens and a new icon appears in the launcher. I want the windows to be ...
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How to disable Alt + `?

I can't find this shortcut, please help.
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How do I stop Unity from remembering search history?

Is it possible to stop Unity from remembering the past search history? If I search for "settings" and then close and reopen the unity dash, the word "settings" is still in the search bar. I want to do ...
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Every other time I reboot, I loose my applications lens in Unity!

Since upgrading to 11.10, I have had issues with Unity. It seems as though every other time I reboot, the applications lens disappears. Sometimes it's there, other times it is not. When it is not ...
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Indicators do not accept mouse clicks

Since today the Unity systray icons for network, audio and messaging do not react on mouse clicks. Only data, me-menu and system-menu do react. When I open of them and move the mouse to the ...
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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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How to make a Unity suggestion?

I have some suggestions/ideas for Unity - mainly some behavioral suggestions to make Unity more intuitive. I'm new to bug-reporting, etc. How do I go about suggesting something so that the Unity ...
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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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The eclipse application icon is huge in Unity's dash

I have a problem with the manual installation of Eclipse Juno. After unpacking the tarball to /opt, adding a symlink from /usr/local/bin and adding the following to a new file ...
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Simpler ALT-TAB in Unity

I am looking for a simpler ALT-TAB in Unity. The default application switcher takes 0.5 seconds to load, far too slow. Some other Compiz application switcher are fast enough, but they make me sick ...
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How can I change Unity's super-t binding to something else?

First, I've tried searching several threads to find the answer, but I couldn't find one that solved my problem, so I'm opening a new one here. I just installed Ubuntu 11.04 with the new Unity ...
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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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Unity doesn't appear after installing Nvidia drivers

I've just installed 12.10 from scratch. Unity also started okay, but in a poor resolution. I found a setting (I think it was in "software sources") to change the display driver to Nvidia, and then I ...
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How to hide mounted partitions and devices from Unity Launcher via Command Line?

I've checked and read similar questions, but most of the answers requires installing either dconf-tools, CCSM or MyUnity. In Ubuntu 12.04, is there a way to hide mounted partitions or devices from ...
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Unity top bar, side bar, and window decorations missing after upgrade to 12.10

I upgraded from 12.04.1 to 12.10 via the Update Manager and the upgrade said it completed successfully, however after rebooting the Unity task bar was missing along with the launch bar and the window ...
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Why do I get Unity instead of Classic when using NX?

Recently I installed FreeNX on my PC and when I login with my 'dev' account I get the Unity interface rather than Classic Gnome. This is odd as my last login before FreeNX was with the Classic ...
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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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Is there a way to hide applications from other desktops/workspaces in the Unity launcher?

I don't want to see applications that are opened on my other desktops (workspaces) in my Unity launcher (or sidebar, whatever it is called). I find it annoying and would prefer if Unity just dealt ...
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How do I disable Online Videos in the Unity Dash?

Recently, I discovered that, Unity lenses can access Internet to fetch information. Such as Video lens. But I want to disable that feature, since It is no use to me. Can I disable access to Internet ...
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Can I blacklist an appindicator?

I've whitelisted some indicators for apps that don't yet have Unity-compliant appindicators. Is there any way to blacklist appindicators for apps that are Unity-compliant (not old-style indicators) ...
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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? I'm using 11.10.
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How to move the lock window on the lock-screen?

Is it possible to move the window where you input your password on the lock screen away from the center, e.g. at the lower edge?
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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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about:blank opens in Chromium when I type into the dash

Here's a rather odd problem I'm having. Whenever I open the dash and type into it, Chromium opens up and opens an "about:blank" tab for just about every letter I write into the dash. Why is it doing ...