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I broke my unity by using cairo dock PPA, how do I fix it?

I installed cairo dock like so sudo add-apt-repository ppa:cairo-dock-team sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install cairo-dock cairo-dock-plug-ins after i booted up and selected with graphics ...
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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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How do I get multiple workspaces in Unity? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I reduce or increase the number of workspaces in Unity? This video from a Unity developer shows him clicking on the workspace button in the launcher to use ...
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How to remove “Desktop” option from Alt-Tab menu? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Removing “Show Desktop” from application switcher When I press Alt-Tab it display all opened programs and desktop icon. I never use this desktop option and ...
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Does the Compiz Cube plugin work with Unity? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to correctly enable Desktop Cube in Unity 3D? I can't currently enable Compiz Cube. It conflicts with the Desktop Wall plugin, and that plugin is required for Unity. ...
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Indicator applet-less applications?

Since I heard that indicator applets are going to replace the notification area, I wondered what was going to happen to applications that use the notification area and don't have an indicator applet? ...
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Unity Super + D shortcut doesn't work

Super key + D shortcut doesn't work in show desktop functionality for me in Unity. I have searched and found solutions for adding a button in Unity launcher but I don't want that. I just want the ...
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How do I theme the maximized window buttons with Unity?

I use a custom Gtk theme along with the default Ambiance window controls. Using my theme, the Unity panel shows its very ugly default buttons when my window is maximized. Since I have the same window ...
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How to reset Unity to defaults? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I reset my Unity configuration? I tried to activate some Compiz effect via CCSM (I think wobbly windows) and Compiz crashed and froze up the screen. So I used the ...
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How do I make Super+W show open windows from all workspaces?

I know there is a bug in 12.04 which makes the Super+W shortcut only show open applications/programs from the current workspace, not all workspaces like it should. Is there a workaround until this ...
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How to enable auto change wallpaper in unity in ubuntu 13.04? [duplicate]

I am unable to find any feature to make the desktop wallpaper autochange after an interval. If there is, please let me know. If not, then is there any app for the same?
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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 disable autohiding for launcher in Unity

The launcher appears to slow and disappears to fast how can I disable autohiding behavior of launcher. I use desktop pc
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Switch keyboard layout hotkeys don't work on lockscreen

I've recently upgraded to Ubuntu 13.10 which has a known bug that makes it impossible to change keyboard layout via Alt+Shift. I installed this patch which made it possible to switch layouts again. ...
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Can't use window controls on maximized windows

When I maximise a window and hover my mouse where the window controls should be, they do not appear however if I hover my mouse over the file menu bar, they do appear but as soon as I move my mouse ...
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How to return the login screen of the original unity ubuntu?

I've installed the LightDM GTK+ Greeter 1.7.0 as below sudo add-apt-repository ppa:lightdm-gtk-greeter-team/stable sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install lightdm-gtk-greeter ...
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Getting completion feature with Alt+F2 in Unity?

I know there is an application that does what I want. It's called gmrun But I was wondering if I could get something like bash completion with unity's run interface .i.e. with tab command ?
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Why is my terminal invisible after minimizing it and how can I find it?

I minimized my terminal after doing a repo sync. I cant find it on any desktop now! Please help.
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Unity not searching applications

I installed Ubuntu 10.10 and have updated to 11.04 and now 11.10. I switched from using Ubuntu Classic / GNOME Classic to Unity for this release. The problem is, the super key menu (Dash), doesn't ...
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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 do I add a static quicklist that opens a web page?

I am working on creating Unity Launcher icons for web applications. Evolution comes with quicklists so you can compose, go to calendar, etc.: I want to replicate the same thing but for my gmail ...
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How to add support for the global menu to a python non-gtk, non-qt app?

I'm looking for good documentation (an example, tutorial, or guide) on how to add global menu support to a non-gtk, non-qt application. (In gtk it works 'magically' for the main menu...). The ...
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Unity not Working 14.04

I am using Ubuntu 14.04 LTS x64. I did a sudo apt-get upgrade yesterday and restarted my PC. Now my taskbar and panel are missing. When I try to restart Unity using unity --replace Then I get error: ...
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How can I install Typing Break?

I've just upgraded to beta 2 of Oneiric/11.10 and the typing break has gone. I've gone into the system settings and looked in "Keyboard Layout" and "Keyboard" and can't find anything. Has it just ...
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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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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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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?
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Mouse gestures for Unity desktop

I liked the mouse gesture of Windows 7 to minimize all open windows except the active one. Can I have that kind of gestures to use in Unity. or What are the mouse gestures available for Unity?
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How To Install And Test KDE Plasma 5 On Ubuntu 14.04

KDE Plasma 5 is hitting release candidate now: Schedules/Plasma 5 - KDE TechBase. How can I install plasma 5 in Ubuntu 14.04.
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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 remove the “Dash Home” icon from the Unity launcher?

My notebook has a widescreen display so vertical space is an absolute premium for me. When I installed Ubuntu 11.10 I was disappointed to see that a new icon confusingly named "Dash Home" had been ...
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How to delete Apps and Files & Folder (lenses) icons from Launcher?

Hi there, I've been looking for some information about how to delete those Icons (Applications and Files & Folders). Why? Simple, because I understand that Ubuntu's button (BFB) it's a better ...
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unity drag & drop files to another window

For example: i have 2 nautilus windows opened and maximized and i want to move a file from window A to window B. If i drag the file on the unity launcher it doesn't move the file but it will open the ...
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White text on white background problem

I am not sure what happened, but I'm running Ubuntu 11.10 and it is unusable right now because of the white text on white background problem as seen in the screenshot. Does anyone know how to fix ...
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How to change the number of workspaces from the command line?

I'd like to change org.compiz.profiles.unity.plugins.core -> hsize and -> vsize from command line. I thought I could use gsettings set org.compiz.profiles.unity.plugins.core vsize 4 but then ...
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File / Application association using a custom command is gone?

In previous Ubuntus when you want to select/change an application to open a specific file (right-click/open with other application or properties) you were able to write a custom command to open the ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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Restore Unity Greeter

I've installed XFCE Desktop environment, but when I decide to switch back to Unity, while uninstalling the XFCE packages, the LightDM keep starts like XFCE, and I want to restore the Unity one. I ...
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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?