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Resizing window to a particular size

I want to resize a game's window to 1280x720. I tried with wctrl and xdotools but it wasn't working. I'm using 15.04.
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Second screen toolbars/launcher not working (15.04 fresh install)

I've just done a fresh install of Ubuntu 15.04 on a Dell Latitude E6420 with an external monitor. Everything works fine on the external screen, but the launcher and toolbars do not react when clicked ...
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Ubuntu 14.10/15.04 keyboard shortcuts problem

I've noticed some time ago that some of my shortcuts in ubuntu 14.10. stopped working. I hoped that update to 15.04. will fix it but unfortunately that was not the case. I have problem only with few ...
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Broken not fixable unity

I was playing minecraft and I used the kill -15 -1 command and it broke my unity and I can't get it to work again even with the CompizConfig methods. If I am duplicating topics then post a link to ...
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How do you remove the transparent bar next to Unity Launcher?

I'd like to remove it, my background is very colorful, so it is a minor distraction. How do you guys think I could remove this tiny line?
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Launcher ubuntu touch

I m left hand I was thinking if it s possible to move the launcher on the right and side of the screen ? sometime it s a bit weird to use it with the left thumb on the left and side of the phone it s ...
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How to get true, correct font rendering on Ubuntu 14.04+

Font rendering has always been a huge problem on Ubuntu. I am hoping someone has a real solution to this problem. I have a laptop with a 17" (382x215 mm) display running at 1920x1080, approximately ...
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Match overlay icons in spread/scale to icon theme [14.04]

I am running Ubuntu 14.04 with Compiz 0.9.11.3. Not all overlay icons in the spread mode match the icon theme. For example: emacs24, gimp, libre office, Mathematica, Google-chrome, sublime. ...
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How to center windows title text (ubuntu 14.04 )

I'm trying to change the title text of the windows in unity to the center I saw this tutorial: ...
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Unity 3D not working any more after update and crash, OpenGL VMware related?

I know similar questions have been asked a lot of times, but after spending like 8 hours testing solutions (not working) and reinstalling or reseting drivers/unity/compiz etc... I decided to expose my ...
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Customize Layout of Panel and Launcher in Unity

Just wondering if there is a way to adjust the launcher to take 100% of the screens height and have the panel (menu-bar) at the top fill the width beside it. Currently it looks like this: But I'd ...
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Desktop frozen and unity doesn't restart properly

My desktop of 14.04 was frozen. I would like to restart without closing my running programs. First I login into a text console by Ctrl-Alt-F1, and run a comand to restart compiz by compiz ...
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Unresolved dependenices after trying to reinstall ROS

I tried to re-install ROS because of issues with not finding system paths correctly and now all I can see is a black screen when I turn on the computer. In tty1, when I try sudo apt-get install ...
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Unity Bar notification numbers small after upgrading from 14.04 to 14.10

After upgrading to 14.10 from 14.04, I noticed that the notification numbers on the unity bar were much smaller, and sort of hard to read. Is there any way I can fix this? Also, is there a more ...
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Short press on Super key opens shortcuts window [Ubuntu 14.04]

When I press the the Super key for a long time, the shortcut window opens (as it should do). Strangely, the same happens often when I press Super for a short time. Also the Icons on the Dock at the ...
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What's wrong with my desktop entry?

I have a problem with a desktop entry, looks like is not working fine. I want it to start a Genymotion VM. [Desktop Entry] Type=Application Name=nexus Comment="Nexus S, Genymotion" ...
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How to have an application moved to launcher in stripped-down Unity under Ubuntu

I installed Ubuntu server and then the stripped down Unity desktop. I then installed terminator. I see terminator in the Software Center. I can also locate the .desktop file for this application and ...
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How to hide an application from window switcher (alt-tab) in 14.04

How can I hide an application from the alt-tab menu for Unity? A post in an older thread suggested using compizconfig-settings-manager. http://askubuntu.com/posts/437099/edit Install ...
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Input source icon

Two days ago I've decided to switch to Ubuntu Unity desktop after using KDE for almost six month. Everything is running smoothly with some difficulties, but I had a small problem with my input source ...
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Chromebook: Map Search Key to Caps Lock

Using crouton, I have ubuntu running on my chromebook. By default, the caps lock key is a search key and opens up the dash home. How can I map this key to be caps lock instead? I am very new to all of ...
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Difference of HUD behavior in between Ubuntu 14.04 and 12.04

It seems to me that when press Alt and type, in 14.04, it only searches the menu of the current program. However, in ubuntu 12.04 it searches the menus of the programs running in the background. ...
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unity theming flaw

I am using a unity theme called 'Flatttice' installed from noobslabs ppa. The problem with theme is the selected background color and selected foreground color are same for inactive windows. This is ...
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Why does X220 Tablet rotation work with stilus only while touch input does not rotate with screen?

I have a Lenovo x220 Tablet and have tried installing both Ubuntu 14.04 and 14.10 on it, both with unity, and both have the same problem. When I install with unity and try to use the touch screen ...
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Desktop icons not showing when using dolphin

I'm running Ubuntu 14.04 with pretty much the default setup. I decided to install dolphin and use that as my default file browser (via the exo-preferred-applications tool). After I did this, my ...
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Chrome window is off position after maximizing

when I unmaximize my Chrome window and then maximize it again, it appears to be redrawn incorrectly, see the attached GIF to see for yourself. What is even worse, is that Chrome still thinks the ...
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Translucent menu bars and missing letters

I'm running Ubuntu 14.04 on a new Toshiba Satellite. Everything seems to be working OK, but I'm having some graphics related issues. Occasionally in Unity, the menu bars of my apps will turn ...
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Duplicate Dropbox dashboard entries

I have 2 Dropbox entries in the Dashboard menu if I don't put any search terms. I looked at a related question and tried the solution but it didn't help (How to remove duplicate entries in dash?). ...
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gtk-launch .desktop is not using custom icon

I copied my .desktop shorcut to user_home+"/.local/share/applications/" then going to terminal and typing in gtk-launch nameOfMyDesktopFile it launchs it, but it doesn't take the custom icon. I'm ...
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Upgrade to 14.10 and video drivers… no menus or dash

Finally managed to get a 14.10 install to stick, but there's no side menu and no top-right power button or menu there. If I launch a program (like use a folder to navigate to and launch a media file), ...
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Ctrl-Alt-Space doesn't work on Ubuntu 14.10?

Ctrl-Alt-pretty much everything else works. Ctrl-Space works. Alt-Space works. But nothing seems to see Ctrl-Alt-Space. If I go into System Settings->Keyboard->Shortcuts and try to assign C-A-S to a ...
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Horizontal glitches/lines/Screen tearing in ubuntu 14.10

Why do I get horizontal lines like the ones shown below in my Ubuntu 14.10 acer aspire 4736z laptop as shown in figure (see the icons of terminal, vuze, hardisk etc)? This happens some time (~10 min ...
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Why are my launcher icons missing/not working on a fresh install?

I just finished installing Ubuntu 14.04 and my desktop looks normal, but on the left-hand side where the icons usually go, mine were different! The Firefox browser wasn't there or any of the other ...
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ubuntu 14.10 - lightdm can't start unity. Bad xorg config?

When I try to login with lightdm my monitors go dark and then switch off before taking me back to the lightdm login screen. I get a message telling me: Could not switch to the monitor configuration ...
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Black spaces around windows and control panels - Ubuntu 14.04 - Unity/Compiz/Metacity

I have an issue with my Ubuntu 14.04. I installed Gnome 3 Compiz and Metacity some weeks ago in order to find out if I could live without Unity. Over the past weeks I was every now and again switching ...
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dark blank screen when using unity except for I-shaped solid cursor; mate works better

I started having problems several weeks ago and asked a question. It was marked as duplicate, but the suggestions to try didn't work. The text marking it as duplicate suggests editing it to get more ...
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Unity/Ubuntu Desktops loading up on KDE?

Sometimes when I log into Kubuntu 14.10, my first desktop is fine, but then when I switch to others, all my widgets are gone and it has the Ubuntu default background, and when I go back to my first ...
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What is the mediascanner-service and how to avoid getting it installed?

Since a few months, on one of the desktop Ubuntu 14.04 systems I use, CPU has regularly been going up to 80-100% for no apparent reason. htop would usually attribute responsability to file system ...
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Ubuntu 14.04LTS Icons and Theme not working

Recently I've installed Ubuntu 14.04, works perfectly, but I tried to change the icons (Numix Circle) and theme (Numix, gtk I guess) with Unity Tweak tool. None of the installed themes or icons are ...
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I can't find any option to change a sound theme

I'm using Ubuntu 14.04 with Unity (dual boot, but separate hard drives). I have looked all over the settings for a way to change the sound theme, but I can't find one. There is one spot in the ...
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Ubuntu touch full desktop

Would it be possible to take my nexus 10 with the latest ubuntu for tablets installed, mount the system partition as rw, and, by means of adding and removing packages, get a full unity 7 desktop ...
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Any workaround to make Ubuntu webapps work in 14.10?

I installed Ubuntu 14.10 just yesterday. Webapps are of the features most advertised in the Wubi Installer. I can see that the Ubuntu browser has upgraded. Unfortunately all webapps show a blank ...
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How to change Font Color in Unity Lenses and Menus?

I installed KDE after Ubuntu and this changed some Fonts in Unity. I followed some advice (i.e. using Compizconfig Settings Manager and other programs, switching themes back and forth) and am almost ...
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Ubuntu unity launcher numbers to be always shown

When I hold the 'super' key on my keyboard, it shows me numbers over the launcher icons so the super+number combination would jump to the application. I tend to forget numbers, and holding the 'super' ...
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How do I disable vertical resize when mouse drag on left / right edge?

Currently, when resizing a window by mouseclick + drag on either the left or the right side of the window, it is resized both vertically and horizontally. I can't find any information about this, ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 - unity won't load after update

I just updated Ubuntu and can no longer access the desktop. Upon booting, I am shown the login screen (with the wrong resolution) and can log in; after this, though, I am only shown an empty desktop ...
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Unity freezes when closing or minimizing a window

On a very fresh install of Ubuntu 14.04, it sometimes happens that when I close or minimize a window, Unity freezes. I can not interact with the panel or any application, only move the mouse around. A ...
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Ubuntu Desktop has changed appearance after installing tweak and Gnome

I have a recent install of Ubuntu 14.04. I just installed a few things as recommended to do on howtoubuntu here, and on unixmen here. As a consequence the appearance of my Ubuntu environment has ...
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ubuntu and unity randomly unresponsive

Some times randomly, ubuntu 14.04 gets unity super slow and unresponsive, and when using the browser i get the screen pretty chopped when scrolling down. (like in the image) ubuntu in general gets ...
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How to stop Ctrl+= being swallowed?

I want to bind C-= in Emacs but Emacs sees it as "=". Emacs is 24.3 running in gnome-terminal on Ubuntu 14.10. xev sees that Control is pressed but C-v C-= in bash prints only "=". I assume that ...
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Purge video driver installation and set to default values

this is the (temporary, though) solution I found It's not permanent because it's really uncomfortable, but since it was saying me that the nvidia module wasn't loaded, I googled looking for one of ...