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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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Launcher and window menu bar missing after 12.04 upgrade [duplicate]

I upgraded from 11.10 to 12.04 and now my launcher menu is missing. I opened terminal using CTRL+ALT+T and the menu shows but the GUI (bar) above that is missing. Things like CTRL+TAB and image ...
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How can I see a list of all open windows in a panel in Unity?

Is there any reason why this is missing from Unity? It's a really helpful thing to have when you have a lot of windows open.
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Why do I get a “the location is not a folder” error when trying to open files using Dash or Synapse?

Within the last few days, I've encountered errors when trying to open files using Unity Dash, Synapse, or even the Gnome Search Tool. These methods will let me launch applications and folders, but ...
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Run RDP server on Ubuntu 12.10

What's the best way to run a RDP Server on Ubuntu 12.10? I'd like to run an RDP server on my Desktop running Ubuntu 12.10 and be able to login from another 12.10 machine using the remote login ...
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Unity completely broken after upgrade to 12.10?

I am facing a very frustrating issue with my computer right now. I successfully upgraded to Ubuntu 12.10 this afternoon, but after the upgrade, the graphical user interface seems completely broken. To ...
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Is Unity a Desktop Environment?

I read somewere that Unity is a DE, is that true or not?
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Ubuntu resolution with Ultrabook

I installed 12.10 to Asus Zenbook Prime UX31A. Now I face a resolution problem. The default resolution is 1920x1080. But everything is too small with this resolution. Icons, Unity, file system, ...
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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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How can I apply exceptions to window decoration on compiz?

Back in the previous releases, I used the compiz plugins "window decoration" and "window rules" to have a transparent, sticky, unmovable gnome-terminal acting as a wallpaper. The trick was to create a ...
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How do I stop the Unity launcher from hiding behind other windows?

The Unity launcher tends to put itself in the background of any windows sometimes. It does not occur on startup, just randomly after some hours of usage. How do I bring it back to front without ...
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Is there a shortcut to force close an application?

Back in 10.10, I was able to force close an application by clicking the force close icon on the panel on top. Now, with Unity, I am not able to add new icons on the panel. So is there like a keyboard ...
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Unity under NX?

I've been reading about how the new Compiz-based Unity has issues with virtual box and what not. Since NX effectively sets up a virtual interface/session, will Unity work within an NX server ...
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Completely removing smart scopes

I want to know if it's possible to remove the Unity Smart Scopes? Basically I like to keep a lean machine. I always remove just about everything I can - I actually only use the app and file lens', I ...
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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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How to let Ubuntu index and find files on a different (Windows) drive when searching?

I love the Unity dash and lenses, but it only finds files that are under /home/mylogin I would like it to find files that are under /media/MyWindowsDrive/Users/MyWinLogin I tried creating a link to ...
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How can I make running emacsclient from the unity launcher reuse an existing emacs window

(I'm actually asking this even though I intend to supply the answer, so this is more by way of providing a tip.) If you create an emacsclient launcher by copying a .desktop file (e.g. the Emacs one), ...
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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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Can unity places be written in C++?

Is C++ a supported language for writing unity places?
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How I turn off backlight around switcher icons

In the Launcher it is possible to switch off the backlight of the icons. How can I reach the same effect for the switcher icons? I would like to pass from this: to this (colored with GIMP): I ...
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How can I speed up Unity with an ATI card?

I've been using Unity for two days... but all the apps and Unity itself runs very slowly I've installed Catalyst 11.4 (Ati Radeon HD 4350, 2GB RAM, Core 2 Duo @1.86 Ghz, 12 Gb Partition, 1 Gb to Swap) ...
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Unity isn't starting on 13.10 (with Cinnamon 2.0 installed) [duplicate]

Since upgrading to 13.10, I can't log in to unity desktop. Light dm works correctly, but attempting to log in tries to start the session then drops back to light. I've already dropped to terminal ...
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How long will Ubuntu Classic be supported by Ubuntu? I.e. is it deprecated?

I prefer no-frills Ubuntu Classic (no effects) to the new Ubuntu Unity desktop. I'm glad it's still an option in Ubuntu 11.04. But will Ubuntu keep offering the option of logging into Ubuntu Classic ...
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Unity 2D on Ubuntu 13.04? Or is it too fast to matter

I've consistently always needed to stick to older computers at home. I've tried both 'Unity2D' and '3D' on my present computer (Toshiba Satellite, ATI Mobility 4200 series GPU, can post lshw if it's ...
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How do you change the search location of the Music Lens?

My music collection is on a separate partition and not under /home/username/Music. How do I get the music lens in Unity on Ubuntu 11.10 to search in a different location?
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Unity 3d Not supported, Intel 945GM graphics card

I have just installed Ubuntu 11.10 on my computer, and everything seems to run great. Well, almost. At log on, I can select from the settings the Ubuntu desktop (not ubuntu 2d). Compiz configuration ...
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How will the launcher/button work on a touch panel?

I'm not sure if Unity has a design problem. If the Launcher is hidden you can bring it to front by moving the mouse over the home button or hit the Super Key. So far, so good. But what is on Tablet ...
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How do I get rid of all the Unity bars?

To make my question as simple as possible, I'll start with showing my desktop, so that I don't need to describe everything in words: Basically this is how I have been using Ubuntu 10.04 since it's ...
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Why don't applications opened as root use global menu?

Why do applications like synaptic (and other that need root privilege) have their menus in the window instead of top panel? Is it going to change or will it stay like that to indicate that user is on ...
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Is having Unity/awesome wm together possible? how can I do this?

I would like to have the menus, sidebar,the HUD, and the user friendliness ubuntu offers but I would like the window control and the window tiling capabilities of awesome together. Google has not ...
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Can I disable Dash and HUD hotkeys when fullscreen (in DOSBox)?

I'd like to know if its possible to disable the global hotkeys (Start and Alt) for Unity features while running applications in fullscreen under DOSBox. If possible, it would be nice to disable them ...
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Busy Cursor (Spinning Wait) Hangs

I'm running Ubuntu 13.04, and the problem is that sometimes the mouse pointer icon is stuck with the busy cursor (I can move it) or spinning wait. When this happens, if mouse cursor is on any window ...
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Where do I find a terminal lens for Unity?

I have been googling for a terminal lens, i.e. a Unity lens that integrates the terminal into the usual dash replaces the current Alt+F2 functionality. For instance one could have a line of icons ...
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How to create a unity launcher that does file-monitoring?

I would like to create a launcher that does the same thing as the trash icon where different quicklists are shown depending on whether or not there are items on the trash. I would like something ...
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Application menu only on maximised windows?

I know that there is a way to disable global menu. I don't quite want this as I quite like (at least one thing about) global menu. I would like to know if there is a way of disabling global menu for ...
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How should I handle multiple monitors when I regularly connect and disconnect different monitors and projectors

I'm moving from a macbook pro (with MacOSX) to a lenovo T430 running ubuntu 12.10. I use the laptop for work, and work from home regularly. I have an external 30" monitor at home, an external 23" ...
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Software updater doesn't display Ubuntu 14.04

I have the weirdest problem. Software Updater will occasionally not display in Unity on 14.04. If I manually start Software Updater everything works fine, but if there are updates and the window ...
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How to find *why* I can't bind some keyboard shortcut (or which app took it)?

In short: is there (under Unity) any way to find out which application grabbed some global shortcut? I do not ask for "standard shortcuts" but for some way to get information about actual shortcuts ...
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GIMP Windows Placement when Opened in Unity [closed]

I have just installed Natty Narwhal replacing my Lucid Lynx system. I use GIMP so much, and found that in Unity, when opening GIMP (and actually any applications, I think), the windows placements are ...
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Window is hidden but process is running [closed]

How may I restore the windows for a given pid? It would be useful in some situations where the window of a certain program disappears (happens to me sometimes). For example, every time when i'm ...
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How to stop reordering of the same kind multiple preview windows in task switching?

When using task switching in the default graphical mode of Ubuntu 12.04, if they are multiple windows of the same kind, eg. multiple Terminal windows, you can see them all together and select which ...
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How can you access a folder you want quickly?

You can't put folders in launcher in easy way, so how you access folders or files in fast and easy way?
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Guake terminal showing up wrong in Unity

It seems Guake terminal is not aware of the Unity sidebar being hidden. Even when the sidebar is hidden, it still shows with a left offset that is based on the width of the sidebar. Additionally, the ...
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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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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 to hide items in Unity's top panel?

I just updated to Natty and now the default top panel has icons for mail, chat, and power (lock, restart, etc.) In Lucid and Maverick I could just right click on them and remove from panel, but that ...
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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 to switch between windows

I'm looking to quickly switch between to windows of an application in Unity. I looked at Unable to switch between different windows of the same application but I didn't get any answer. The only ...
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Will 12.04 default into Unity the way 11.10 did?

When I upgraded to 11.10 from 11.04, on first boot I was put into the Unity shell. However, since then, I have opted to use Gnome-Classic. My question is, when Ubuntu 12.04 comes out next April, will ...
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How do I disable the alt-right click keyboard binding?

Using Oneiric 11.10 and Unity. I want to disable the context menu that appears with Alt+RightClick. Alt+RightClick is a much used shortcut in Blender. It's possible to remap keys in Blender, but I was ...