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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 to edit gnome/unity menus without using Alacarte?

Alacarte crashes every time I attempt to edit a submenu or move an item from one submenu to another and then I'd have to wipe the application.menu files or my gnomeshell desktop would be useless. Is ...
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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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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 to force Unity reload ~/.local/share/applications/

Let's say I changed/added some myapp.desktop file at ~/.local/share/applications/. For some time Ubuntu Unity will still show me old applications shortcuts at Unity lens under Ubuntu button. It will ...
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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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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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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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Set Multiple values for StartupWMClass (to group under same launcher in Unity)

This a specific example of a generic problem I haven't been able to find a solution for yet. I have a program (Android Virtual Device Manager) that launches 'sub-programs' (namely emulators or ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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 improve performance of VirtualBox when UNITY_LOW_GFX_MODE is not working?

I set export UNITY_LOW_GFX_MODE=1 in my ~/.xprofile and it no longer has any effect in 13.04. Is there a way to disable all the eye candy? I'm running in VirtualBox and the Unity 3D mode with all the ...
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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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Which version of Unity am I running?

I just installed Ubuntu Natty beta 2 on my system. And I also keep regular track of the milestones of Unity in Launchpad. When I downloaded Ubuntu Natty beta the Unity version was 3.8.6. However few ...
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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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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 ...
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Is there a Gmail notifier that works with multiple accounts?

Is there something equivalent to gnome-gmail-notifier for Unity and Unity 2D on Ubuntu 11.04/11.10? 'equivalent' means that it must notify about new emails from multiple normal GMail and Google Apps ...
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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 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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Is 1GB RAM with integrated graphics sufficient for Unity 3D on 12.04?

I have been using Ubuntu since Hardy Heron (8.04). I used Natty, Oneiric with Unity. But When I recently (more than 1 month now) upgraded My Ubuntu to Precise (12.04), the performance of my laptop is ...
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Menu missing in Lotus notes 8 and Eclipse in Unity

I installed lotus notes 8.5.2 on 10.10 netbook using unity desktop. At first lotus notes showed its menu. Suddenly (not sure if I did something) the menu disappeared. When I start up using gnome ...
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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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Unity does not start after installing the fglrx drivers

I installed Ubuntu 12.10 and at first when I go to check the system information I used to have (unknown) on the graphic card section, I used the synaptic manager and downloaded the fglrx, after that I ...
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How can I bring gnome sticky note back in unity?

If I'm right, panel applet is no longer supported in Unity. How can I bring sticky notes back? Is there any application or AppIndicator that has the same functionality (like show all notes when logged ...
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Is there a Gmail notifier that integrates with the Messaging menu?

how can i get it back in natty 11.04? thanks.
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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 ...