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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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What is the philosophy behind Unity's name

The question is Why Unity is named as "Unity"?. or Is there any philosophy behind Unity's name or it is just a normal naming?
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How do I make the login screens and boot splashes match when installing different desktops?

I wanted to try out different desktop environments so I installed XFCE, KDE, GNOME, etc on top of Unity in Ubuntu 12.04 After a while I decided that I didn't like those other DEs and would stick to ...
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How to enable 3D in VMWare Player?

I want to test Unity in a VM using VMWare Player. I have already enabled 3D acceleration in the Display options and I have VMWare Tools installed. However, when I try to run Unity or when I try to ...
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How do I move Panel (Not Launcher) icons in Ubuntu Unity?

I've added a couple of applets to the Ubuntu Unity top panel. How can I move them from the right side to the left side? For example, in this Video, the person seems to have moved the Unity Panel ...
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What are the different colors on the unity launcher icons?

Example: My question is simple. What are the different colors representing in the unity launcher background for each icon. I mean, it seems consistent (firefox is always orange), but it's not ...
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Right-clicking on the Unity desktop does nothing - ideas?

I was reading today the latest Canonical design blog post where I was kind of surprised that one should be able to right click on the desktop to change the wallpaper. I am running the most updated ...
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What are the requirements to have unity 3D running/available

What are the hardware requirements to have so that Unity 3D will be available and work when starting Ubuntu.
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How do I bind right click to a keyboard shortcut?

My friend has a Dell Netbook with a twitchy touchpad and doesn't really right click reliably (the pointer moves as you right click). He would like to be able to do something like use a modifier key ...
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No window snapping on fresh install

I recently downloaded 11.10 and demoed on the Live CD. Snapping worked great. After installing snapping no longer works. I tried recreating my home directory from /etc/skel as well as creating a ...
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How do I remove the launcher? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I remove the Unity launcher? What I want, is the top bar from Unity and nothing else. Everything I've tried so far has failed. I've installed compiz, but there ...
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How do you change the font color in the Unity panel?

With my current (and favorite) theme the Unity panel is black text on a black background. Is there a way to set the font color in Unity or the theme somehow?
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How to open applications?

How to open apps in Ubuntu 12.04 to read documents, play music and video, surf the net and reading emails?
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Can I get rid of the launcher in Unity? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I remove the Unity launcher? Just wondering if I can get rid of the launcher in the Unity desktop and replace it by something else?
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How do I shrink the Unity launcher icons to make them smaller? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I resize the Unity launcher? I would like to make the icons in the launcher smaller, so that more of them can be displayed in that precious vertical space. How ...
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What's the visual difference between Unity 3D and Unity 2D? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Am I using Unity or Unity 2D? The answer to this question ( How can I tell if I am running 2D or 3D Unity? ) doesn't show the visual differences between Unity 3d and 2d. ...
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Unity sidebar gone black [closed]

Recently, I've upgraded to 11.04 beta 2. All looking fine, until, after installing some usual distribution updates, unity's sidebar doesn't show any application icons, only a black panel. Hovering and ...
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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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Persistent Window Placement? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Open application in specific workspace Does anyone know a way of keeping windows in the place you put them, between shutting down and logging back on again, rather where ...
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how to change default launcher icons in unity for a new user?

I have customised my Unity launcher's icon list with custom launchers . Now I want the same customised launcher to appear when i create a new user. Currently the default ubuntu launcher appears when I ...