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Ubuntu 14.04.01 - Unity Tweak Tool doesn't change theme and font settings

I'm using Ubuntu 14.04.01 in a VirtualBox machine and Unity Tweak Tool works perfectly, everything. However, after installing Ubuntu in a spare drive (not a virtual machine), Unity Tweak Tool doesn't ...
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Ubuntu refuses to recognize my external monitors

I'm running Ubuntu 14.04 as a guest OS using VMWare Fusion 6. My machine is a MacBook Pro with and Intel Iris Pro graphics chipset, running OSX Yosemite. I have two external monitors plugged in to the ...
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FNKey Brightness - Change Behaviour

When I change my screen brightness using FN keys in Unity or other DEs, the brightness changes instantly. It is very sudden. But when I use xbrightness -dec 10 the change is more soften. Is there any ...
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icons missing on 14.04 unity after installing gnome 3.10

icons are in desktop folder. Just installed Gnome 3.10, but icons don't show in Unity, Gnome Classic or Gnome 3.10. What do I do?
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How to get UNITY native notification for gogle chrome?

I have tried the below link Activate Chrome native notifications But there is no such files and folders in above said answers when I installed the google Chrome recently to version 38 How can I get ...
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Ubuntu 14.10 slow

I just installed Ubuntu 14.10 on my Dell Latitude D600. It has the Pentium M CPU so, I had to forcepae in order for it to install. Now that it's installed I'm noticing the ui is extremely slow. When a ...
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What's wrong with my window menu bar?

This is not a normal window menu. I have this problem with some other programs also. Not with all programs.
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How can restrict “maximize window” operation to a specified rectangle?

I want both my Ubuntu Unity taskbar and my virtual Windows7 OS taskbar to be always visible. To achieve it, I want to restrict the ubuntu 'maximize window' operation so that the maximized applications ...
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playing wav files on the iso disc

Can I play audio files off of windows7 while I am trying out Ubuntu with just the iso disk without installing it. Is it possible to access windows files while in Ubuntu?
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Change content of list in app indicator made using cappind

I made a simple indicator using cappind script which is based on zenity - Webupd8 article Capind page I want to change the text of the list according to some condition.. Like, if the contents are - ...
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Ubuntu Live: Disable Keyboard Shortcut Overlay on first boot

I am working on an Ubuntu 14.04 Live system. On every boot it displays the same "Keyboard Shortcuts" overlay that is shown when you press the Super key for two seconds. This is a nice feature for ...
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Black bars when setting wallpaper to span on multiple monitors

I have a wallpaper with a width smaller than the total width of my two monitors. In windows this isn't a problem, because when setting the wallpaper to the windows equivalent of span, it just spans ...
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multi-monitor organize desktop by name bug

I'm using Ubuntu 14.04LTS with Unity, and using two monitors: my notebook build-in display, 1366x768 and an external monitor at 1920x1080 resolution. my primary monitor is the built-in, and so, when ...
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Shift + Super + Right shortcut does not work (maybe blocked by other program?)

I want to map Shift + Super + → to "Switch to workplace right" action, but it doesn't work. It doesn't seem to do anything. Mapping any other shortcut to this action works fine. Also Shift + ...
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running Pycharm Gtk-Message: Failed to find module “unity-gtk-module”

I'm work trying to run Pycharm on Ubuntu/crouton on my HP 11 chromebook. Everytime I try to run I get the error: Gtk-Message: Failed to find module "unity-gtk-module" Can someone help?
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Intergated wireless mouse doesn't work

I have problems with the wireless mouse of my QOSMIO PX30T. Keyboard and mouse are both wireless and their receiver is integrated, so I can't change the USB port or unplug and replug it. Both work ...
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Menu bar has disappeared 14.10 - nvidia

I had some issues on upgrade 14.04->14.10 that others have reported with nvidia drivers failing to update, but it was working fine. I just rebooted and the menu bar is missing, there are desktop ...
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Can't find “Background” in system settings

So, recently I upgraded to 14.10 and since then I experienced some problems but slowly I managed to solve most of them. I used Gnome for while but few days ago I changed back to Unity and today when I ...
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How To Set System Wide Proxy Using Shell Script

I want to make a script that sets and unsets SYSTEM WIDE proxy just as what happens through the network settings. I tried this answers gsettings part but it does not work in 14.04 Could Anyone ...
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Customize fonts in context menus and dialogs

So I changed all my desktop fonts to 'Ubuntu Light' using unity-tweak-tool and I am running Iris Dark Theme, but the fonts in Nautilus, dialogs and context menus are unaffected (see screenshots) How ...
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2nd Monitor not displaying anything with Multiple X Screens

Specs: Unity Nvidia Quadro K2200 - 340.46 Drivers Multi-Monitor: ASUS P287Q (4K main, DP 1.2) and Generic Lenovo Thinkvision 1600x1200 monitor (DVI) Since I have different DPIs on both screens, I ...
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Unity Greeter starts with a black output Screen

The unity greeter in my Ubuntu 14.04 laptop starts with a black output screen. When I say this I mean every error and output of the greeter is printed on the screen but the GUI is not visible. What I ...
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How to make the background black in nautilus, evince, etc.?

I tried changing the colors in gtk-theme-config, but after tweaking the colors, restarting nautilus, and even logging out, the background is still white: I also tried out some themes from ...
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Screen blanker problem

Ubuntu 14.10. I have enable screen blank after 5 minutes but after that screen is turning off for one second and turning on again. My graphic card is Intel GM965: 00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: ...
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Suddenly Unity went haywire, e.g. application switcher and selection of Chromium tabs do not work

This strange behavior began suddenly while I had Eclipse open and after watching a Youtube video in the Chromium browser. I hadn't changed any Unity configuration nor installed any new packages for ...
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Fatal Server Error; AddScreen/ScreenInit failed for driver 0

I'm no Linux n00b, but I don't even know where to begin fixing this. I switched to vanilla Ubuntu this morning, loaded up a few of my essential programs (gvim, zim, xmonad, chromium, source * pro ...
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Screensaver not working in 14.10

After the upgrade to trusty my screensaver stopped working. Gnome screensaver's settings tell it to start only on Gnome sessions (OnlyShowIn=GNOME and AutostartCondition=GNOME3 unless-session gnome in ...
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How to change wrong icon from Unity launcher and Dash?

I am developing a software using Quickly. I have changed the icon but unity is still showing the old default icon even after I log out and log in back. I have installed a .deb file of the software and ...
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Revert XFCE Login Screen To Unity

I have XFCE installed on 14.10 and I wanted to revert the login screen to the Unity one. I have KDE,LXDE,Unity and XFCE.
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Ubuntu 14.04 freeze on Lenovo thinkpad x230, Samsung SSD 840EVO

I recently installed an mSATA disk (Samsung SSD 840EVO) on my Thinkpad x230 and then installed Ubuntu 14.04. It seemed to work fine but then froze completely after showing a system error message. ...
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Turn the webpage's parallax background into a wallpaper? [closed]

http://terraria.org/about Is it possible? I think it would loom really cool, but I have absolutely no clue how to go about it.
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Reinstalling Unity greatly increased start time

I had some issues with xrandr; namely, I set a primary monitor as DVI0 instead of DVI-0 which caused a whole mess of issues. After an hour of searching/messing around in the root terminal, I managed ...
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Make Unity my default DE [duplicate]

Am using Ubuntu Studio running xfce DE, I also have Unity installed, how do I make it my default DE. am new to Ubuntu.
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Ubuntu System Monitor

I'm doing a comparison about Windows OS and Ubuntu OS, and I know there is a "system monitor" in Ubuntu, can i know how it works and what is the function of it?
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Both unity 7 and unity 8?Desktop cube?

I want to ask you: 1) Can I have both unity 7 and unity 8 installed at the same time like I have unity and KDE right now?So that all i have to do is switch between them during logon? 2) How do I ...
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Disable the Keyboard Shortcuts overlay

I am automatically provisioning many fresh Ubuntu 14.04 installs and would like to know how to disable the Keyboard Shortcuts overlay from the command line?
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Unity/Gnome flashplugin dialog freezes session

Upgraded from 14.04 to 14.10 and now when I launch Unity or Gnome sessions the session draws the desktop, hangs, and then offers this dialog: Data files for some packages could not be downloaded. ...
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Unable to launch Unity Tweak Tool

Yesterday I upgraded Ubuntu, to the 14.10 version. To fix some problems with the graphic environment, I launched unity-tweak-tool and... It didn't work at all! If I start the program from the command ...
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How to install webapps ubuntu 12.04

I am a new ubuntu user using 12.04 version. I want to install webapps. However, I dont want the preview versions of webapps. I want latest versions. All the tutorials for installing webapps mention ...
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I can NOT change Alt Tab shortcut in ubuntu 12.04

My ubuntu is 12.04.5 amd64 kernel 3.13.0-39-generic . I want to use Alt Tab in Emacs , so I must disable it in unity. I cancel Alt Tab shortcut in system settings -> keyboard -> shortcuts ...
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Ubuntu 14.10 desktop missing bars

When I start my laptop, I'm going to the BIOS settings and booting the laptop with Ubuntu 14.10, while the process, a message shows on a black screen, "…cant read pipe…" There's not enough time to ...
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Desktop not showing [duplicate]

My desktop is not showing anymore, just the desktop wallpaper and bottom text "ubuntu 14.10", no launcher and no panel. Please help me, I must finish my thesis. I was trying to reset Unity, and ...
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Enabling the scroll lock button permanently

I've seen posts already where people can use the command line to enable functionality of the "scroll lock" key. But can this be done permanently? If so, how? I appreciate the help! :)
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Unity/User Agent issues

So, there is a game called Transformers Universe that is designed with playing in browser in mind. I have installed Unity Web Player via Pipeline as every source has told me, and acquired a user agent ...
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Assigning Windows Key to Program

How do I assign solely the Windows Key with no combinations to launch an application like Google Chrome or Gnome Do? I am running Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.
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Slowness and Multiple icons in Unity Search

When I search an application/file in the Unity search bar, I get multiple icons (up to hundreds) of everything, and the search is extremely slow. I have Ubuntu 14.10, but the problem persists from ...
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Ubuntu 14.10(Utopic Unicorn), Displays menu is Broken?

I recently upgraded to 14.10 from 14.04 from the software center, 2 days later I changed my Desktop Background from Settings-Displays , I may have updated the system with minor 3 to 10 MB updates from ...
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How do I get terminals to not have the gap when I snap them to corners? [closed]

See picture above to see what I'm talking about.
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No Unity dash after update on a fresh install. 14.04 [duplicate]

Installed Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and updated. The desktop loads but there is no dash, no launcher no anything. I was told to press ctrl+alt+F1 but the screen goes completely black. If I press ctrl+alt+F7 ...
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No date, notifications & such in top menu after “unity --replace”

I'm using Ubuntu 14.04 with the default Unity setup. Sometimes, (like when the bug where the password box disappears) I have to run unity --replace in another tty. But when I do that, the top bar ...