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Manually turn off monitor

Can I turn off my laptop monitor manually and instantly with just a click or a simple terminal command? I just want to turn off my monitor not locking my machine. There is no dedicated turn off ...
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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 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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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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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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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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How can I remove Unity web apps?

I recently installed Ubuntu and all has been great, except for the web apps feature. I've tried adding a few web apps, but it's very buggy and not a very good experience. I'm also tired of being ...
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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?
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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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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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Permanently set keyboard layout options with setxkbmap in gnome/unity

Ubuntu 13.101 (and maybe upstream gnome) introduced very annoying bug: pressing keyboard layout switch shortcut makes focus go away to some system window, then back to window where shortcut was ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 LTS randomly freezes (graphics/unity only) [duplicate]

When I'm just chilling on the desktop or doing whatever, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS will (every 10-20 minutes or so) just randomly freeze. The screen just stops, I can't see my mouse move, etc. However, I can ...
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How to install Gnome desktop?

I want to install Gnome desktop in my 64-bit Ubuntu 14.04 I just googled and I found two ways to install Gnome. I also read other answers on askubuntu and googled but can't find what is difference ...
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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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How to revert unity and remove gnome desktop?

I just installed gnome in Ubuntu 13.10 following this article at www.omgubuntu.co.uk After reboot , weird things started happening : Gnome desktop always crashes (hang and unusable) no mouse cursor ...
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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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How can I automatically add workspaces, only if I need them?

Assume I am using 4 workspaces and I incidentally need more, is there an automated process or, if impossible, an easy way to incidentally add more workspaces (instead of installing Ubuntu tweak etc. ...
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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 show all windows of an application?

I have an application using multiple windows. How can I quickly bring all the windows of that application to the foreground? When I scroll through the applications with the scroll-wheel it only ...
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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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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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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 minimize a window to the task bar. In 12.04 Meta+Ctrl+↑/↓ maximizes and unmaximizes a window. If you have a numeric keypad you can use ...
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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 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 get Aero Glass effect in Unity?

How can I enable an effect like Aero Glass in Windows, applied to the Unity dash and top panel in Ubuntu 12.10?
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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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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 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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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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How to change color of unity workspace border, and window resize

Currently running ubuntu 11.10. So I've been doing a lot of work on a new theme to match the physical look of my laptop which is a blue, black, white theme. Obviously orange visuals look out of place. ...
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How do I run a script on Unity login/logout?

I have two scripts - one to mount some folders over SSHFS - and one to unmount. I would like to launch the mount script when my default Ubuntu desktop is launched (after I log in at the graphical ...
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How to eject a CD/DVD from the command line

I've just right clicked on the DVD icon in the Unity Launcher in order to eject it, but instead of hitting the 'Eject' button, I missed and hit the 'Unlock from Launchpad' option instead. How do I go ...
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Show all open windows in 11.04?

Can someone tell me how I can get an overview of all the open windows? Like htting ctrl+s that shows all the desktops, but for the open applications? Right now when I hit Alt+Tab it shows quite small ...
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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 ...
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Application Indicator for Shutter

Looking through the list of application indicators, I see screenshots that appear to have a Shutter indicator. Where can I find & install this?
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How can I remove un-installed programs from the Unity dash menu?

The Unity dash seems to operate independently from the Gnome main menu. This is quite annoying. I've uninstalled many (Wine) apps, removed their entries from the Gnome main menu, but they appear in ...
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How can I remove web-apps?

How can I remove web-apps? (Not the whole feature, but certain web-apps)
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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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Using indicator-appmenu in maximized mode only

I like the mac like global-menu or appmenu whatever you call it. But I was wondering if there is a way that I use it only when I maximize the application window ?
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Can I use other Desktop environment in Ubuntu-Studio and exchange whenever I want?, Xfce to Unity & Vise

I have Ubuntu-studio 12.04 installed and I really want to have both Xfce and unity desktop, can I install both and use one of them when ever i want login? If so can you give me a little guide. Thanks ...
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How can I stop Unity 2d intercepting meta key when I'm in VirtualBox?

Whenever I'm working in virtualbox guest system and pressing meta key (aka winkey, or Mod4) a huge unity menu pop ups. Is there any way to fix this behavior?
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Scale title bars and menu in Ubuntu 14.04 with Gnome

I've installed gnome in my new 14.04 (not the Ubuntu-Gnome distribution). I've noticed the title bars are huge though, and I would like to change. The things is that this solution from here is not ...
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Unity will not boot/load after upgrade from 13.10 to 14.04

There are many similar post on ask ubuntu and I have gone through them with little success. I upgraded from 13.04 to 13.10 to 14.04 back to back. The upgrade from 13.03 to 13.10 worked fine. After ...