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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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How to let Ubuntu index and find files on a different (Windows) drive when searching?

I love the Unity dash and lenses, but it only finds files that are under /home/mylogin I would like it to find files that are under /media/MyWindowsDrive/Users/MyWinLogin I tried creating a link to ...
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Bluetooth speaker: preferred mode “High fidelity playback” (A2DP) is not getting saved

I have a bluetooth speaker, Sony SRS-BTX300, which works in linux/ubuntu 13.04, but only after some fiddling. (Update Dec 2013: same problems remain in 13.10) I have to set the preferred bandwidth ...
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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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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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How to configure GNOME 3 to show icons on desktop

In Ubuntu 11.04, files in /home/user/Desktop appear as icons on the desktop. It seems that they do not under GNOME 3 using GNOME Shell (for example on Fedora 15). How do I configure that? Update: ...
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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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How to reinstall unity desktop on Ubuntu 14.04 [duplicate]

I've installed gnome desktop and now I don't have unity desktop. How can I reinstall it?
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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 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 to reset font size in ubuntu 14.04?

After my last update and restart ubuntu changed the font size to a very small one! How can I change it back to normal? as you can see over the red it is very small
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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 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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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 14.04? 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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How can you access a folder you want quickly?

You can't put folders in launcher in easy way, so how you access folders or files in fast and easy way?
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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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Add Virtualbox Shortcut in Unity Launcher to boot to a VM

Can I create a shortcut to a virtualbox OS in the unity sidebar without it being on the desktop too. I tried to right click in virtualbox and create shortcut on desktop then move it. but if i do it ...
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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 remove Wine program entries from the menu?

I had installed some programms with Wine, but I removed Wine from my computer. Now when I browse all applications in the Unity menu, the symbols of the programms I installed with Wine are still there. ...
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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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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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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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How can I edit the quicklists via GUI?

I want to make quicklists on my own. How do I do this from the GUI?
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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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How to stop nautilus managing desktop in unity

Since 11.10 nautilus shows my Desktop in Unity. As I remember correctly, tthis wasn't in 11.04. How can I disable that?
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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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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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How can I set my system to suspend when inactive to a longer amount of time

I run Mythtv on some Ubuntu 11.10 based machines. In the power settings, I can choose from a list of time periods from 5 minutes up to 1 hour for the the machine to suspend when inactive. I would ...
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Empty nvidia-settings after install v. 331.67 driver on Ubuntu 14.04?

I've followed this tutorial (with the following adjustments below) to install v. 331.67 nVidia driver. But get nvidia-settings (NVIDIA X Server Settings) empty... Then, before restart the PC, I make ...
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How to create a Bookmark that opens a Network shared folder

I am trying to create a bookmark that when I right click the Files icon in the Launcher and select the bookmark it will open the desire network shared folder. Right now it only opens if I have ...
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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 to add drive/partition-icon to the launcher?

My dualboot-system (win7 / ubuntu 12.04) has a ntfs-formatted partition called "/share" for files I use both in win7 and ubuntu (e.g. pictures, music etc.). I'd like to have a symbol of this drive in ...
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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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What are the different colors on the unity launcher icons?

Example: My question is simple. What are the different colors representing in the unity launcher background for each icon. I mean, it seems consistent (firefox is always orange), but it's not ...
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How do I make the Unity Launcher background transparent?

I found a way to make the icon backgrounds transparent for the Unity Launcher by changing the files under /usr/share/unity/4. Does anyone know how to make the background transparent for the launcher ...
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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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How do I bind right click to a keyboard shortcut?

My friend has a Dell Netbook with a twitchy touchpad and doesn't really right click reliably (the pointer moves as you right click). He would like to be able to do something like use a modifier key ...
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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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Is there a way to add a main menu button to the unity panel?

I like many of the features of unity (ubuntu 11.04). I use a netbook and so enjoy having less wasted space. The side menu is fine too. However where is the main menu? Using the dash to get there is ...
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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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What is the relationship between Unity, Gnome, Gnome 3, Compiz, Metacity, and LightDM?

I am learning about Graphical User Interfaces in Ubuntu and constantly come across different terms, which cause a lot of confusion for me. I have tried reading easy-to-understand tutorials about the ...
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How do I script to open a set of programs each on specific workspace?

I looked around for a while and could not figure out the answer to my following problem: I have a setup of six desktops on Ubuntu 12.04 with Unity. On start up, every morning, I go through a routine ...
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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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Missing date & time from top panel of Unity Desktop - Ubuntu 14.04

I'm using Ubuntu 14.04 an my machine and since the last upgrade from 13.10 to 14.04 the date&time is missing in the top panel of Unity. This machine was originally installed with Ubuntu 12.10. I ...
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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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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 ...