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Can't disable a ctrl+alt+h keyboard shortcut

On ubuntu 14.04, I'm trying to use ctrl-shift-h in intellij IDEA (call hierarchy). However this combination is apparently bound to "maximize window horizontally". The latter overrides the action in ...
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Intermittent video glitches - Ubuntu 14.04

I recently started witnessing small graphics glitches with my Ubuntu 14.04 installation which has been running fine for a while with no graphics issues. The glitches usually happen at most bottom area ...
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How to display something in unity systray from a bash script

Is there a way to display something (a warning, a persistent icon that I could change, anything) in the system-tray in Unity? I need to be able to control it from a bash script. Ideally this would be ...
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How do I get rid of this stupid system tray utility?

By default, Ubuntu hides all but a few of the system tray icons in Ubuntu's notification area. A while ago I had a reason to want the hidden ones to show up, so I installed a utility that shows the ...
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Will Ubuntu 16.04 run Unity 8 on the desktop?

Will Ubuntu 16.04 run Unity 8 by default? Softpedia mentions that it'll probably be for 16.10...
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On the taskbar, show Windows that are open on only the desktop I'm using. Unity

A few questions have been asked about workspaces, but I only have one workspace but a 3 monitor set up. I'd like to only see the windows that are open in each window display on unities taskbar. ...
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knocking sound from speaker

I am hearing a repeated knocking sound from the speakers when they are idle, it goes away if i mute them or use them but other its a constant tak, tak, tak, tak, ... with about .5 sec between It ...
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separate meta and hyper keys in unity with XKB

I want to use Caps Lock for the Hyper key because I need it in Emacs, so in /etc/default/keyboard I use the relevant XKBOPTIONS. However, Unity seems to react to both: even though it passes Hyper_L ...
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Creating wine shortcuts on 15.10: how to hide from desktop but not from launcher?

So I followed a previous answer to successfully create a shortcut to a Wine application. I want to hide the desktop icon but still show the launcher icon. I deleted the my-app.desktop from the Desktop ...
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Desktop and Launch Bar gone

On Toshiba Satellite L300 running Ubuntu 14.04 for no obvious reason the desktop has vanished and using the mouse reveals 4 Untitled Folders which are empty. There is no Launch bar. Have tried various ...
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how to make unity available on login-screen

I've installed unity over kubuntu 15.10 and I can see it on the login screen. how could I do to make it available?
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Arc Theme not changing launcher

I have just installed the Arc theme on Ubuntu 15.10. However, I noticed that the launcher did not update - it is still the default launcher, save for the icon pack I downloaded. Taking a look at the ...
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Global keybindings to commands or shell scripts in i3

In i3 volume control is not handled by fn Right or Left arrow key. I currently have to put the following in a terminal: amixer -D pulse sset Master 5%+(or-) Which i do by way of an alias vup/vdown. Is ...
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graphics problem after update to Ubuntu 14.04, kernel 3.16.0-62 (and predecessor)

I did a system update on the 14.04 installation on my laptop, yesterday. After rebooting, all seemed fine until after I entered my password in the login screen. As usual the login disappeared leaving ...
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Stuck Unity desktop Hand icon Ubuntu 15.10

In trying to drag and drop a PNG imagine to my chrome browser window my desktop is in an hung state. The mouse pointer is now a small hand icon. I can't click any window buttons. How to I recover ...
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How to restart unresponsive Unity desktop from shell?

PREFACE: I have tried the methods listed on this page to restart an unresponsive Unity shell on my system running Ubuntu 14.04 LTS: How to properly restart unity? The Alt-F2 method doesn't work ...
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no unity and menubar

Unity doesn't load and no menubar? update : I've tried solution from Unity doesn't load, no Launcher, no Dash appears. It says I have to enable unity plugin with ccsm. It says "Loading ...
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dconf-WARNING **: failed to commit changes to dconf: The given address is empty

So I got this script change_wallpaper, based from the answer from this: Automatically change Ubuntu wallpaper at a certain hour and ran it through cron. # For changing wallpaper at a certain time */1 ...
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Why can't I move a window to the top left corner with wmctrl in Unity?

I've been playing around with wmctrl to take more control of my windows. I've encountered a weird behaviour where Unity reserves double the space. See this screen shot: I opened the terminal and ...
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How do I pin my windows to a specific display?

I have two displays connected to my Ubuntu 14.04 LTS workstation. I use these monitors with a number of other servers using a VGA Keyboard Video Mouse (KVM) switch (only the left monitor is connected ...
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Unity Tweak Tool close session

I have installed Unity Tweak Tool and some times, when I change some of the options it closes all the programs and also the session. Now I cannot even start a session because it closes when it ...
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I just upgraded from Ubuntu Trusty from 14.04.3 to 14.04.4 and noticed the launcher lost its transparency. How do I get it back?

If you lost launcher transparency in Unity (as in becoming opaque) after an upgrade from 14.04.3 to 14.04.4, you can do the following to get transparency back. Following is what worked for me after ...
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How can I get Unity tweak tool themes and icons to load by default?

I'm using Ubuntu 15.10. I've installed 15.10 on my laptop with unity tweak tool using the arc-dark theme as well as the Numix icons with no problems. It uses Intel graphics. On my desktop using ...
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How do I add a user to the “Authenticate” menu? [duplicate]

I am talking about the menu shown in the screenshot provided: When I click on "Select user...", a list of users is shown, but my user is missing, although I have sudoer permissions.
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Title Bar does not change on switching the theme

If I select Radiance or Ambiance in the menu show in the following picture, my whole theme does not change. It doesn't changes the title bar as shown in the picture. How can I resolve this problem? ...
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Moved my /home folder to new partition, now unity launcher doesn't show any applications

I followed this tutorial: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Partitioning/Home/Moving and moved my /home folder to a different hard drive (I have an ssd split into two partitions for windows ...
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How to manually arrange files/folders in nautilus? (15.10)

On the desktop, I can arbitrarily arrange files by dragging and dropping them wherever I wish. Is is possible to have the same functionality in nautilus? For example, I want to be able to open ...
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why does text scaling factor change randomly when i shut machine down?

currently dual booted ubuntu 15.10 and windows 10, and by default with the text scaling factor set at 1.0 everything was too small. cursor, words, everything. read about others who had similar problem ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 - NVIDIA Latest update questions

I just did a fresh install on Ubuntu 12.04, did my updates, and then i tried to update NVIDIA to the most recent update. I encountered the same error i had from this posts that i posted: No drivers ...
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dpkg: error processing package unity-scope-gdrive

SEcond post of the day...not looking good... (Apologies if the code in this post isn't formatted correctly, used the post code sample function). I had this issue: dpkg: error processing package ...
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Graphic elments fall apart after install new RAM

I have installed a new RAM module and after that graphics elements in Unity are falling apart. (See attachment.) In some applications this problem appear, but non in others (ad.: in Chrome). I ran ...
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Window content refresh issue

I notice a rather annoying issue with window content refresh. I do need to always press F5 to see the content updated. For example, if I'm in terminal and delete or move some files from, let's say, ...
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Illegible Devanagari Vowells

I am with Ubuntu 15.10 and I have several problems with the Devanagari supra applied vowels as, e o au ai, that are not understood by the Golden Dictionary, Stardict as also by the Dictionaries and by ...
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Desktop login fails/loops , “Could not get UID of name …”

With Ubuntu 14.04.4, I cannot login with the unity desktop. No answer from Desktop login fails, terminal works helped. After latest update for 14.04, cannot log in to any user account did not help ...
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LibreOffice 5.1 doesn't integrate with Unity in Ubuntu 15.10

I have upgraded Libreoffice to 5.1 using official PPA. But the menus don't integrate with Unity bar. I've already tried to uninstall and reinstall with no success. Also, I can't change the icon size ...
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Cant swap ESC with CAPS LOCK

I read a lot o guides on this theme, and this guide worked for me:How to permanently switch Caps Lock and Esc However after some recent update it does not work. Additionally i reseted the ...
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Unity Control Center removed after installing AMD proprietary drivers

I have installed the AMD proprietary drivers from the Additional Drivers list and everything seemed fine. Then I realized that the "System Settings..." option in the Ubuntu Power Off button in the ...
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lagging when open foreground application ubuntu 14.04

i have problem with performance on ubuntu 14.04 64 bit (fresh install), when i finished install ubuntu on my computer, its look fine but after while its so laggy, i check the process (with top) some ...
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User Permissions after PC Name Change

I made a mistake on my PC name when i installed 14.04. I altered the name via the netbios command, but have since run into issues. Do I need to update my user groups? permissions? Any advice please
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Since I installed 14.04 I'm missing app indicator for sonata

I don't know if there ever was an app-indicator for Sonata. I had Linux Mint before. Does anyone knows how to restore / install it on Ubuntu 14 (unity)? As an alternative, is there a good (slim, ...
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How Do I Update Firefox's Adobe flash and Chrome's Version(alng with the Unity Plugin)

I am Not sure How to Update Adobe flash On My PC. It Says "Fire Fox Has Banned The Outdated Plugin Adobe flash from running on this site"and when I click on unblock it says that it needs to be updated ...
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How to find and start Thunderbird or any application in Ubuntu?

I have just transfered from Vista to Ubuntu. I am computer-illiterate. I think Thunderbird is installed, but not sure. How do I see if it is installed? How do I start it? Please, no involved ...
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Super Key doesn't work

I Use Ubuntu 14.04 and the first day after installation the key worked fine. But now I try to use it to open the Dash and doesn't work. I have a lenovo G-580 laptop. I have tried to open the keyboard ...
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Messed up desktop and other folders

Recently i made an attempt to rename Desktop to desktop..and messed up some things.When i try to remove these folders from here..they get deleted from home directory. Following is screenshot of ...
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How can i speed up unity on first boot? It's very slow when turn on turn on pc, and only recovers speed with reboot, until next power off

Unity stays very slow when pc turns on, but when i reboot it speed gets normal, which is very fast. Notebook is a Toshiba Satellite with Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] Trinity [Radeon HD ...
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Launcher and menu bar has dissapeared on ubuntu 14.04.2

Suddenly one day after booting i found both Launcher and Window Menu bar not showing up and neither Terminal shows with Cont+Alt+T command. Every thing is fine however when i boot in Guest Mode and ...
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Ubuntu Desktop Problem - Org.gtk.vfs.Daemon Error

I installed standard Ubuntu 14.04 LTS about a fortnight ago and everything has been working fine. Yesterday I installed Wine via the standard package manager and then installed a simple windows exe ...
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Keyboard layout messed up (Ubuntu 15.10)

I am quite desperate right now :( it all started when I tried to install a new language packet (at least I guess so). My left ALT key was not working any more, so I could not "Alt-Tab" for instance. I ...
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How make LibreOffice use theme icons instead of its own?

So I have Square icons theme installed in Unity environment and LibreOffice5.1 suite installed manually from deb packages on the official website. The easy solution would be using PPA for LO5.1 but ...
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How do you use Openbox with Unity?

I am not a fan of the way that Metacity positions its Close, Maximize and Minimize buttons on the left of the screen. Is there any way to change this? If not, is there any way to use Openbox with ...