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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 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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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Dropbox icon in the wrong place

I'm using Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. Yesterday when I logged in, I found out that the Wi-Fi indicator disappeared. However the main problem is that Dropbox indicator is located on the left, above the Dash ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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System tray icons disappeared after installing Ubuntu 14.04

I have many applications with tray icons like davmail, hardware monitor. I miss this feature on Ubuntu 14.04. Does anyone have a solution? There are some tools like Skype indicator, but I need a ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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What represent the StartupWMClass field of a .desktop file?

I am working on this pre-existent .desktop file and I have a doubt: The file content is: [Desktop Entry] #Icon=connect-data-space Icon=XCloud Categories=Utility; Type=Application ...
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Viber notification is not in the right position [duplicate]

This question is basically the same question as Annoying Viber notification, but the guy there didn't get any answer. So I am also posting it as I couldn't find any answer anywhere. As you can ...
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Is it possible to restart the unity panel without restarting compiz?

I'm being hit (quite often) by that bug where you can't click on some indicators. It's easy to fix by restarting unity, but that usually also means running to the risk of upsetting some window on ...
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How to add a keyboard modifier state applet to Unity panel?

I am a KDE user thinking about moving to Unity. Due to manual disability, I use sticky keys and in KDE I have an applet in the system panel which shows which modifier keys are active. I remember that ...
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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 change the icon theme in Ubuntu?

I want to change my icon theme to Faenza. I tried using MyUnity, but it didn't work so well. How can I change it?