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How can I edit the quicklists via GUI?

I want to make quicklists on my own. How do I do this from the GUI?
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Panel icons disappear at startup

Icons sometimes disappear from the Panel notification area when Ubuntu 14.04 starts up. Not the same icon disappears every time, and only one icon disappears at a time. This happens infrequently, and ...
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How to move the Dash launcher home button to the panel?

Is it possible to use the Natty BFB (Ubuntu button that opens the dash) in Precise? I really liked the design of having the button on the menu as opposed to having it on the launcher.
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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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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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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 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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Dropbox icon in the wrong place

I'm using Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. Yesterday when I logged in, I found out that the Wi-Fi indicator disappeared. However the main problem is that Dropbox indicator is located on the left, above the Dash ...
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How do I change the background color of the menu bar?

I'm trying to change the background color of the menu bar in Ubuntu but no luck. My current theme is Ambiance. I've tried to change the file named gtkrc in the Ambiance theme folder but no luck. ...
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Cannot login via Unity login screen after upgrade to 12.04

Logging in via the shell accessed through Ctrl+Alt-F1 and logging in as guest via the graphical user interface work 0O When I try to log into my standard user account via the graphical interface, the ...
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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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Autohide Unity Launcher in Gnome Classic

I am using the Unity launcher in the Gnome Classic desktop. How can I enable the autohide feature for the launcher? Background information: I reverted to Gnome Classic Desktop as described here: ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 Gnome Classic and Unity Launcher

Is there any possibility to get the new unity launcher while having the Gnome classic desktop? I enabled the classic desktop as described: How to revert to GNOME Classic Desktop?
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How can I get window thumbnails when hovering over unity bar application icons?

I am pretty sure that after installing 11.10 when an application had two or more windows open and I hovered over a unity bar icon with little white arrows (one for each window), I was getting a window ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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How do I boot into the console and then launch the Ubuntu desktop from it?

At the Ubuntu login page I have to hit Ctrl+Alt+F1 to be able to login as an user using the command line. But how do I get to the command line first and then start the Ubuntu desktop from it?
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How to disable all scopes, filters and dash plugins?

The Dash is overloading me with stuff I don't need, down to the weather and food recipes (?!) when I'm just looking for a file or app. Also I can't figure out how to set it to include music files ...
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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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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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Missing date & time from top panel of Unity Desktop - Ubuntu 14.04

I'm using Ubuntu 14.04 an my machine and since the last upgrade from 13.10 to 14.04 the date&time is missing in the top panel of Unity. This machine was originally installed with Ubuntu 12.10. I ...
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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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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 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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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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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 ...