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How to disable Alt + `?

I can't find this shortcut, please help.
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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 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 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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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How do I disable the screensaver/lock?

When I'm watching a film in Mythtv the screen turns to black every 10 - 15 mins and I have to log back into Ubuntu. Very annoying! How do I disable the black screen / screensaver / logout in Unity? ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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How to configure the clock date format to ISO 8601 in Unity?

By default, the time in AM/PM style is shown, I would like to have the same that ls gives: 2013-01-09 01:12 That is 24 hours and ISO 8601. How can I do this? I am aware of the following question. ...
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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 ...
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Why is the dash so unresponsive, and is there a way to fix this? [duplicate]

I just upgraded to 12.04. When I press the super key to open the dash, there's a lag of 1-3 seconds before it displays, with no other programs running. (This is similar, but not identical, to the ...
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How to disable nautilus from handling the desktop? [duplicate]

As it is the only way to activate transparent themes in Gnome-shell: How to disable Nautilus from handling the desktop? Can I make it handle the desktop again? What will happen to the unity and ...
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Desktop runs very slick, animations are all fast and flawless. Moving windows around, however, is very laggy. Why?

This isn't a question about Ubuntu being laggy in general - not at all, in fact, it's very slick and fast for me. Clicking the "Workspace Switcher" in the dock performs the animation immediately and ...
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Making youtube fullscreen will freeze Unity (the whole desktop)

I never had this problem until today. When I watch a youtube video everything is fine, until I make the video fullscreen. It actually continues to play perfectly when fullscreen, but when I then exit ...
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How to show the Alt-Tab popup on All Monitors?

By default, it seems that the Alt-Tab popup for switching between applications shows on whichever monitor contains the active window. Is there anyway to duplicate the alt-tab popup on both monitors ...
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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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What is the keyboard shortcut to minimise a window to launcher in unity?

In 10.10 that I was using before 12.04 you could use alt+F9 to minimise a window to the task bar. In 12.04 meta+ctrl+ cursor up down maximises and unmaximises a window. If you have a numeric keypad ...
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Window focus confusion in unity

I like having focus prevention set to high, so that I don't have some stupid auto-launched app steal my typing in the middle of something else. Unfortunately, Unity keeps focus on the right window ...
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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 add classical categories in Unity's Dash?

I want to use the classical GNOME categories (Accessories, Education, Games, Office, Sound and Video) in the Dash menu instead of the current Media Apps | Internet Apps | More Apps
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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 improve Ubuntu performance on netbook

Most recent Ubuntu 12.04 seems to be quite nice and Unity (3D/2D) works fine for me, however not on my old Acer Aspire One any more. There was a times, when I switched from Windows XP to Ubuntu and ...
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Gnome 3 change system notification to be as unity?

the notification area in the bottom of screen is annoying, can i change the place and look of it to be as in unity? "at the right top and disappears when hover over it"? and also is there an ...
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How to reorder tray icons? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it possible to change the order of icons in the indicator applet? Using 11.04 beta. I see that you can no longer right-click and unlock|move tray icons. Is there a ...
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“Simple” gnome applets in Unity - stickynotes

I guess this is a related question to Can I use GNOME applets in Unity? (moved by suggestion of @Jorge Castro) I'd like to use stickynotes_applet in Unity.. Now in Gnome, this applet gets added to a ...
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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 can I change the wiggle time of 'urgent animation' in Unity Launcher?

I really like wiggle animation for application notification, but I find it disappear too quickly and I wish I could change this delay. I looked through all the ccsm, appearance, and myUnity settings ...
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How to discard saved password for samba share in unity?

I access samba shares from unity on Ubuntu 11.10 and saved username/pass for it. Now, I want to use a different username. Each time I go to the share and open it, it just opens without asking for ...
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Is it possible to have different GTK+ theme in Unity and Gnome Shell?

I sometimes use two different Desktop Environments like Unity and Gnome Shell (comparing, testing, creating screenshots, etc.) but Unity looks bad using Adwaita theme, which is the same with Gnome ...