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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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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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Can't shutdown and logout from top panel in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

I recently installed Ubuntu 14.04. Shutdown and logout from the top panel are not working. They worked fine when installing the OS, but a few days back I installed fglrx drivers for my ATI graphics ...
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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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What is the difference between Unity-2D and Unity-3D?

What is the difference between Unity-2D and Unity-3D? Would unity-2D be supported (updates, features) in the future version of ubuntu?
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Is libunity planning on including functions for Unity Lenses?

I am unclear on this, because I have heard mention of a proposed API for Unity Lenses, and such an API would be extremely useful for projects involving home automation. I am interested in ...
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Will wine get intergration into Unity Dash? And if so, how?

Will Natty's Unity Dash have wine integration like the ubuntu-desktop session? It would be nice if it had it's own category for Wine (if installed).
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Why does my application behave differently with Unity?

I'm the newly appointed application maintainer for a program called "xlog". The program works fine in all but the Unity environment. It is written using Gtk2. I've never previously used Unity. ...
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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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Will it be possible to run unity compiz in virtual box or another virtual machine? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I run Unity in a virtual machine? 11.04 comes with unity interface. I would like to test 11.04 without installing it on a hard drive. Will it be possible?
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What customisation options are available for the new unity launcher?

I'm looking to understand what are the customisation options available for the unity launcher in 11.10. Is it possible to modify?: size of launcher, (smaller than 32 px? bigger than 64?) position ...
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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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Unity menu very slow and unresponsive

I have a HP G62 laptop with Intel Pentium processor and ATI graphics. Since upgrade to Ubuntu 13.10, my Unity menu is very slow and unresponsive. I am using proprietary driver for my graphics For ...
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Can I make the global application menu show the full application title?

I've been using Ubuntu Netbook Edition as my main OS for a while now. I really like it, but I have one complaint. Whenever an application as a long title, it gets cut off. For example the terminal ...
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Force Unity to open any file with any program

When you drag a file to the Unity launcher, only the applications that are supposed to open that file will remain active, while all others become deactivated. Is it possible to configure Unity to ...
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Sorting Unity 3D Search Results

When I hit the "Windows Key" and search for an application, the order is always incorrect (imo). As a very simple example, I'll search for "calc". The default Ubuntu calculator is 3rd from the ...
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After upgrading to 13.04 Unity interface is not showing

I've upgraded to Raring last night. The upgrade itself went okay, no errors. But when I rebooted the computer afterwards and logged in to my Unity session, all I could see was the Desktop background ...
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Mouse pointer invisible after reinstalling Unity on top of Gnome in Ubuntu 13.10

I am using Ubuntu 13.10. I usually use Cinnamon and Gnome shell and had removed Unity and related packages. I re-installed Unity, and everything works fine except that the mouse pointer is no longer ...
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Is an Internet connectivity indicator applet available for the Unity panel?

Because my internet connection is very unstable at the moment, I'd like to use a small indicator applet for the Unity panel. Since I'm connected through a WLAN/Wifi Router, I can see in the ...
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How to access Skype in Unity?

I don't know how to access Skype in Ubuntu 11.10 because it gives me some error when I press the Skype icon on Unity launcher. Here is a screenshot. It's obvious that another instance of Skype is ...
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Unity launcher bar stuck and won't hide

When using drag and drop the launcher bar reveals and will not hide unless I close the program. Is their a fix?
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Will Unity be considered as interface for Kubuntu?

I'm hearing as how Unity is using nux (and not gtk) for its gui. I realise that it's tangled up with Compiz somehow, but I wonder if anyone has considered Unity as the future interface for Kubuntu... ...
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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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How to remove the Ubuntu Software Center Suggestions from the Dash

I want to remove the Ubuntu Software Center Suggestions from the Dash in Ubuntu 12.10. How to do that?
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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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Unity runs slow, how can I improve its performance?

I like how Unity looks but I have 2 problems: Unity 3D When I login with Unity 3D, my pc becomes slower, I got an AMD II X3 with 2GB of RAM, Nvidia Gforce 6150SE nForce 430/PCI/SSE2 integrated. When ...
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How to edit gnome/unity menus without using Alacarte?

Alacarte crashes every time I attempt to edit a submenu or move an item from one submenu to another and then I'd have to wipe the application.menu files or my gnomeshell desktop would be useless. Is ...
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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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CPU Frequency Scaling in Unity?

In Ubuntu 10.10, I added the CPU scaling applet on my panel in order to control the CPU frequency scaling. Since Unity no longer has a panel that supports applets, what mechanism do I use in 11.04 to ...
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How to force Unity reload ~/.local/share/applications/

Let's say I changed/added some myapp.desktop file at ~/.local/share/applications/. For some time Ubuntu Unity will still show me old applications shortcuts at Unity lens under Ubuntu button. It will ...
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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 move the Unity title bar buttons to the right side?

Can I put the title bar buttons in Unity on the right side somehow, or is that impossible?
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How to start contributing to Unity?

I just forked the source code of Unity. I am new to contributing to the project. Do unity developers use any specific IDE? I am asking this because I am confused about where to start and how exactly ...
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Unity 3d no longer works after installing 12.04

I just installed Ubuntu 12.04 by cd. Unity 3D will not work now only 2D It worked fine in 11.10 and also when I upgraded to the beta of 12.04 through update manager. I tried both Nvidia Proprietary ...
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Why can't the Unity panel be hidden?

What intrinsic purpose does the static unity panel hold for the OS? There has to be a great reason for this thing to HAVE to be here. It ONLY goes away in fullscreen apps and I can't use everything ...
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Can the Unity dash search for content within files?

Hi was wondering if Unity Search can get or will have support for content search? I know tracker can index your files and you can then search for them, but is it possible to get this with "in" unity? ...
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Are there any existing apps similar to GNOME 3's chat popup/respond box?

In general, I prefer Unity to Gnome Shell, but the latter's chat popup and inline responder thing (video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lepXx1kDelo) is more or less a killer app for me and is ...
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Is there an Inhibit Sleep indicator for Unity?

In the classic Gnome shell, you could add an Inhibit applet to prevent the computer going to sleep. This doesn't work with Unity. Is there an alternative and just easy way to prevent the computer ...
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Is there a dynamic-multiple-monitor friendly desktop environment available for Ubuntu?

I use a laptop and like to migrate during the day from one (physical) workplace to another and connect to an external monitor if available. I also must multitask a lot, so I have a lot of windows ...
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Enable Overlay Scrollbars In all Applications

Is there a way to force all applications to use the Natty overlay scrollbars? Examples: Chrome doesn't use it, neither does Firefox, gnome-terminal or a host of other applications.
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Where was the discussion on making Unity the default?

Obviously this is the kind of major decision that would require public feedback and a meeting of the technical board, but I can't seem to find the minutes from the meeting it was discussed. Were ...
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Set Multiple values for StartupWMClass (to group under same launcher in Unity)

This a specific example of a generic problem I haven't been able to find a solution for yet. I have a program (Android Virtual Device Manager) that launches 'sub-programs' (namely emulators or ...
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Minimize window with Docky conflicts with Unity

I'm seeing this unwanted behaviour eversince Unity came to Ubuntu. The Unity's Launcher randomly "steals" the endpoint for the minimizing animations from Docky. In other words, when I click on an icon ...
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How can I make Unity always show Filter Results?

I want Filter Results in Unity to always show. How is that possible? I use Ubuntu 12.04. See the screenshot:
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How to get copy.com notification icon on Unity on Trusty to work?

Do you guys know how to get Copy's systray icon to work? That's an old question and the old fix doesn't work no more.. I've already tried: sudo apt-get install libappindicator1 and the other: ...
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Fast, lightweight alternative to Compiz' Expo Plugin?

Are there any fast, lightweight alternatives to Compiz' Expo Plugin (which are compatible with / capable of running alongside Unity & Compiz) in standard Ubuntu? I'm looking for sth that's almost ...
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How to make the Unity launcher always visible? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I configure Unity's launcher auto-hide behavior? Is there a possibility to make Unity dock always visible on the left? Its current behaviour - hiding and ...
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How to improve performance of VirtualBox when UNITY_LOW_GFX_MODE is not working?

I set export UNITY_LOW_GFX_MODE=1 in my ~/.xprofile and it no longer has any effect in 13.04. Is there a way to disable all the eye candy? I'm running in VirtualBox and the Unity 3D mode with all the ...
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Will the new Unity desktop be programmed in Qt?

Will the desktop version of Unity, scheduled to appear in 11.04, be programmed using Qt? I ask this in relation to Matt Zimmerman's blog posting of several days ago, where he intimated that Qt was ...
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Unity does not start in Ubuntu 13.04

I have upgraded to Ubuntu 13.04 and I cannot use Unity. I have tried the proprietary driver, both from the official sources and from AMD's website. I have also tried using the open source x.org ...