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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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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 does copy-paste work with xterm?

Left-down-clicking in xterms starts the selection of something to be copy-pasted. Double-left clicking selects a word. Triple-left clicking selects a line. All this works under unity in 11.04. ...
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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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Force Alt + Tab switcher to display applications from active workspace

After upgrading to 11.10, the behavior of applications switcher (Alt + Tab) has changed. Now it displays applications across all workspaces. I have a lot of windows opened when working. I'm grouping ...
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How do I enable the 3D Cube so I can use it in Unity? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to correctly enable Desktop Cube in Unity 3D? I'm looking to get the "3D Cube" in Ubuntu 11.04 Beta 1, however last time I tried it after using compiz I lost my ...
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How to disable nautilus from handling the desktop?

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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Files lens and xdg-open only open nautilus but not the correct applicatiion

since some days my Files lens opens only nautilus but not the correct application which is associated with the file extension. For example, if I choose a PDF file, Nautilus is openend, pointing to ...
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How to open the Unity dash when hitting the top left corner of the screen?

How to open Ubuntu unity dash when hitting the top-left corner of the screen(i am working on Ubuntu 11.10), Just like in Gnome-shell(i love this feature). using compiz or anything else.
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How do I get “restart” option in the shutdown menu in Unity?

The dropdown menu I get when I click on the gear link in the top right corner only shows these options: Lock Computer Logout Suspend Hibernate Shutdown There is no "restart" or "reboot". How can ...
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How to launch an application in Unity?

How do I launch an application in Ubuntu with Unity?
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Clipboard manager for 12.04 Unity

What clipboard manager can be used for Ubuntu 12.04 64 bit Unity? I tried parcellite and glipper - both not working. parcellite remains invisible, glipper crashes.
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Prevent Unity from auto-maximizing [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Is there a way to turn off “auto-maximize”? How to keep programs from launching maximized? 11.04 On a small netbook screen, it's useful to have windows maximized by ...
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Getting gnome-shell working on nvidia optimus notebook

what i need is to enable the lamest hardware acceleration to get gnome-shell or unity 3d working. i know about bumblebee/ironhide/bumblebee-project. but i didn't understand how to use it directly ...
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How can I search for files in Unity?

I'm trying to use the dash instead of gnome-do, but I can't find files. "Find files" only returns "Top Results". In gnome-do, I was able to set some often-used directories to index. For example, I ...
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Why did I get two Ubuntu One cloud icons in the tray after the 13.04 upgrade?

I upgraded to 13.04, but now I have two Ubuntu One cloud icons in my tray. Can someone explain why and help me remove one of them? See what I mean? EDIT: The difference isn't so clear as "general ...
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Why does Unity hide the menubar?

Why does Unity hide the menubars by default, instead of showing them in the free space across the panel?
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Locking Wine applications in the launcher is not permanent

I happily run Word 2007 via Wine on my Ubuntu 12.04 desktop. I prefer having it sit in the launcher for easy access, however, every time I start a new session (that is, logging in or booting up), the ...
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Unity Applications lens is empty

I am using Unity on Ubuntu 12.04. For some time now, the Applications lens is completely empty when I open it. If I search for any applications from the Home or Applications lens, no results show up. ...
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How to do super w show open apps of all workspaces? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I make Super+W show open windows from all workspaces? Note: a PPA is now available with a workaround until the bug is officially fixed in Ubuntu 12.04.2 ...
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How can I get a more traditional drop-down like menu for Unity?

I can't find a drop-down like 10.10 where I could list all the applications/menu. I understand that the launcher is there for it now, but somehow, I currently feel that I was more comfortable with the ...
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How to easily open the Launcher with a secondary monitor to the left

I have two monitors (24" as main and a 19" to the left). Each time I want to swap to a different application or launch a new one, the launcher seems a little problematic to come up. Even though ...
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How can I get a startup application to run in another workspace other than #1?

I want to startup an always run but seldom actually used application to start on another workspace, so I don't have to manually do it each session start. Can this be done, and if so, how?
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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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unity messed up by fglrx drivers

I tried to install the ati propreitary driver from this link... here but somehow at the end it gave me some error.. and when i rebooted, unity complained that my h/w cant run unity.. and since then ...
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Unity Lenses Missing (files/folders, applications)

The File & Folders lens and default Applications lens is missing from my dock. How can I get them back? I attempted the guide here: ...
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What happened to the weather-app in the panel?

it was so easy to show the weather in the panel, without installing an app. why won't that be possible anymore in 11.04?
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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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Unity 2d support dropped in 12.10, what now?

So its been announced. Ubuntu is dropping unity 2d support. I wouldn't mind if it wasn't for two things that are important to me. 1) A working system Unity is nice, i try to use it quite often. But ...
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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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How to change dash transparency?

Depending on the application that is running when I open the dash it is sometimes nearly impossible to read the icons due to the transparency of the dash background. Is there a way to change the ...
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How can I remove “Ubuntu Netbook Edition” option from the GDM session menu?

I was trying out Unity and then I uninstalled it but there is still an Ubuntu Netbook Edition option in the GDM session list. Accidentally clicking on that causes the user to log in to a broken ...
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Is it possible to change Unity Panel fonts or font size?

Is it possible to change the font or at least the font size of text in Unity's indicator panel (for things like the clock and system indicator monitor) without changing Application Font size from the ...
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LibreOffice icons missing from Unity task panel

After installing 12.04, I removed the LibreOffice icons from the left task panel to reduce clutter. However, now when I start LibreOffice from the home button, the icons do not reappear in the ...
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How to get previous behaviour of alt-tab task switcher in 11.10

When I press Alt+Tab the task switcher appears. Unfortunately, the behaviour in 11.10 has changed. Previously, in 11.04, I would see all applications, I could see if an application was minimised (it ...
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How do I set the number of workspaces without CCSM?

It's been an issue for quite some time to set the number of different desktops (or workspaces if you like) in the new Ubuntu Natty Narwhal (using unity). Some guys figured out a way to overcome it ...
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How can I fix Chrome to minimize into the Unity launcher?

Chrome, for the life of me won't minimize into the launcher. Every time I minimize it it goes away never to be seen again. This is a pain to have to deal with. How can I fix it? I was using the ...
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Unable to remove some unity lenses

I removed the files, video, photos and friends lenses with the following command. sudo apt-get purge unity-lens-files unity-lens-video unity-lens-photos unity-lens-friends Although the ...
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What is TargetEnvironment=Unity?

I have a pure Lubuntu 12.10 installation. While looking at some .desktop files in /usr/share/applications I see TargetEnvironment=Unity. One example is in the .desktop file for Google Chrome: ...
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Is it possible to force the Unity launcher to hide? Or to toggle hide/unhide with a keyboard shortcut? [closed]

I would like to manually control when the launcher is shown or hidden. Is it possible? There is no option to "never show launcher", nor have I found a way to force the launcher to hide.
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How do I change the trash keyboard shortcut?

After upgrading to Natty I found that the Win+T shortcut is mapped to the trash. I changed it to run a terminal in the keyboard shortcuts, but it did not change the mapping and I do not see where ...
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LibreOffice shows many icons on the Launcher, what can I do about this?

When I run LibreOffice it shows another icon at the launcher. If I open new files it will keep showing new icons for each file. When I run it from the terminal it does not return any error messages. ...
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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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Remapping Alt + F2 in Unity

I disabled the Alt + F2 default shortcut in unity (ubuntu 11.10) using ccsm and I set a new shortcut using the default system shortcut manager (system settings > keyboard). And it works, until I ...
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HUD is not working after upgrade

My HUD is not working after I upgraded from 11.04 (and or 11.10). It prompts for command and it tries loading for 4 seconds then gives up.
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Global menu not showing in Ubuntu 12.10 with Unity

I am on Ubuntu 12.10 with Unity shell. I am not quite sure what happened, but today I noticed that the menubar (containing 'File, Edit, etc...') is not appearing on the panel as it used to (i.e. the ...
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Is there an application to remove Unity UI? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can you remove Unity? After trying two versions of Ubuntu Desktop on CD and one on USB and then must go back to Windows, finally I decided to install Ubuntu Netbook. ...
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Move unity launcher to bottom of the screen [duplicate]

I have Ubuntu 13.04 DESKTOP version and for some odd reason I'm told that the Unity launcher cannot be moved to the bottom of the screen because of several reasons: 1. Canonical wants it there so it ...
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What exactly is a “lens”?

I've seen a number of questions about lenses, and I've picked up enough to work out that it's something to do with the Unity shell in Natty, but I haven't really worked out exactly what is meant by ...
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How to make the keyboard media keys to work with VLC globally?

My keyboard has media keys and they work globally on Unity with Banshee but don't with VLC when another app is focused. How to fix that?