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desktop doesn't load properly when logging in

I have had ubuntu installed on my desktop computer for a few months now,and after an update a error message showed up on both lightdm. When I logged in saying 'could not apply the stored configuration ...
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fglrx works on Ubuntu 12.10 (32-bit), but not Ubuntu 12.10 (64-bit) on the same computer. How do I fix it on the 64-bit install?

I have followed instructions for every option listed here (uninstalling in between attempts, of course), but each one results in Unity not loading; no sidebar, no desktop icons, and no window borders. ...
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Why doesn't Gimp show in Unity Dash?

Gimp doesn't show in the Unity Dash, despite having it installed, and having the appropriate desktop file (shown below) in /usr/share/applications. [Desktop Entry] Version=1.0 Type=Application ...
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How to open and place a new window in another workspace automatically under Unity?

The basic idea is like tiling window manager with a fixed identical grid system. I don't want windows piled up in a same desktop(workspace). We can have a huge virtual desktop like setting up ...
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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 I make Unity dock notifications more visible? [duplicate]

By default dock icons of applications where something is going on have a very faint glow effect. Is there any way to make them stand out more? Like jump around, have a colored arrow or something like ...
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Ubuntu automatically logs in as gdm how do I stop this?

Not sure what I did but as of this morning ubuntu on my imac has been auto logging in as gdm. I've tried the following remedies reinstall lightdm and ubuntu-desktop delete auto-login and set ...
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How can I get rid of the GNOME volume overlay?

I installed GNOME Shell a while back, but then removed it. However, even while using Unity, I still get GNOME-style volume overlays/notifications. How can I get back the default Unity-style volume ...
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Gnome 3 empathy can`t get the menu toolbar to show

I can`t get empathy to show me the menu toolbar in ubuntu 12.10 in Gnome. When I log in in Unity, I can see the toolbar on the top, but that is not much comfy to need to go to Unity whenever I want to ...
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Webapp shown twice once started

I added a few webapps to my starter panel and if I start one of it the chromium icon appears below of it. Chromium itself is locked to the starter separately, that means that once I start the webapp I ...
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Perl Library for Unity

Is there a Perl Library for the Unity Launcher? Apparently there needs to be one to be able to write feedback to the launcher (Like Message Counts) but so far I haven't been able to find one. So I am ...
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Disable Dash searching for files

I've looked fairly extensively, so I hope this isn't a duplicate. I'm wondering how to disable the Dash search from searching for individual files; I am fine with searching for folders and ...
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Skype and VLC icons disappear from the menu bar

I started using Ubuntu 3 days ago, but I don't know how to open Skype and VLC programs because their icons disappeared from the menu. I have already read answers to other people with similar problems, ...
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Touchpad gestures don't work on Dell XPS 15 L521x

I'm trying to get multi-touch gestures working on my Dell XPS 15. Two finger scrolling works but three or four finger gestures do not. I know that the touchpad is capable of multi-touch gestures ...
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unity launcher from 12.10

I have Ubuntu 12.10 installed on HP 4000 PC, how can I start Unity Launcher? Do I need to install any packages before I can use it. Any comments are highly appreciated. Thanks for your help. Kevin
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Create a virtual desktop and share it over the internet

I was wondering if there is anyone who has an idea how to do a display trick. Here is the deal, I have Ubuntu on my laptop and we have a bunch of desktop computers in the university. I can't unplug ...
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Under “System Settings -> Details” “Graphics” shown as “Unknown” [duplicate]

I recently installed Ubuntu 12.04 on my desktop. System details shown by Ubuntu are as: Memory: 3.8 GB Processor: Intel® Core™ i3-3220 CPU @ 3.30GHz × 4 Graphics: Unknown OS: type 32-bit Now I ...
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how to install KDE icon theme in ubuntu? (ROSA Icons)

I recently got the great ROSA icon theme from the ROSA repo, I extracted the archive and put it into the .icons folder, under KDE I can select the icons no problem, but under unity using gnome tweak ...
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Unity cropping external monitor: how do I fix it? [duplicate]

I I have a dual-screen setup with my laptop (1366x768) and an external monitor connected through HDMI (primary 1920x1080). I don't know if this is cause by different aspect ratios (16:10 on laptop, ...
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How do I bind buttons to zoom and workspace switcher in Unity?

Previously I used compiz-config for button bindings. I keep hearing that Compiz does not work well with Unity. Is there a way to bind buttons to zoom and workspace switcher without using Compiz?
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Do many desktop environments slow down the system?

Ubuntu originally has several available desktop environments to be chosen during login (like Gnome and Unity). I want to install others like KDE, LXDE, XFCE, etc. I wonder if installing many other ...
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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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Unity is gone after uninstalling webapps?

I removed the package apt-get remove unity-webapps-facebook. After restarting, nothing but my desktop icons show. The top menu, and the leftside one is gone. Opening the terminal with Ctrl+Alt+T, ...
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How to disable Ctrl + Alt + Del in Unity

I have Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and I want to disable the Ctrl+Alt+Del shortcut because it interferes with the same shortcut in my VirtualBox's Windows. How can I do this? I tried to remove it from keyboard ...
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dash search results not showing my files

I am using the dash search to find files(mostly video files) but its only displaying recently played files.My files are in a different partition,and yes I have mounted those drives.How do I get the ...
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Compiz does not work well

Well this is the first time I'm with Ubuntu. The problem is that after installing Compiz and extras, I can install the cube and some other elements. But there are problems with: 3d windows, Paint ...
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keyboard shortcut for multiple monitors

Is there a keyboard shortcut for switching focus from one monitor to the next in Unity? Basically, if I am working on my web-browser on my right screen, how can I switch to my terminal on my left ...
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How do I install Ubuntu allong side an existing Windows 7?

I have a 600GB hard disk which has three partitions C, D and E in Windows 7. Windows 7 is installed on the C drive. Now I want to install Ubuntu on E drive. How do I do this? Is it a good idea to ...
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Will installing GNOME Shell affect Unity?

Is it possible to install GNOME 3 and switch between GNOME and Unity? If I run sudo apt-get install gnome-shell will it remove unity, or break it? I wanted to make sure, before I install GNOME. My ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 launcher icons missing

I just notice that the icons in the launcher are all missing. The launcher is there, but it is empty. Now I have to use Alt+Tab to switch between opened applications. I don't know what happened. I am ...
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Persistent notifications in Unity

I'm a new user having just installed Ubuntu 12.10. I'm getting along well, but something is bugging me. I keep missing notifications which is getting me in trouble. Is there a way to make ...
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Where is “Show position of the mouse when the Control key is pressed” [duplicate]

I am using Ubuntu 13.04. CTRL Key in VirtualBox is not working for me, that's because the "Show position of the mouse..." is hogging the CTRL key. I don't see an option to disable this in the Mouse ...
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The Unity 'Home Folder' launcher quicklist has duplicates. How can I remove them and add new entries?

I added places to my 'Home Folder' quicklist in 11.10, I believe following these instructions and ended up with duplicates once that feature became standard in 12.04. I tried this solution, removing ...
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Are there any upcoming changes that can help people who are bad with names?

Every time I've tried to use Unity, I get stuck with the problem of there not being any standard lists of programs—there’s no menu for things like “system tools”, there’s no way to find the terminal ...
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Fix gear icon in Libreoffice 4 from ppa

I installed libreoffice 4 from the supply debs in their website, because it didn't have unity integration I decided to completely uninstall it. Today I saw the ppa has libreoffice 4 with support for ...
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How do I customize the home folder launcher in the sidebar?

I'm using Ubuntu 12.10 and for my side bar Home Folder launcher, I want to use different bookmarks. I have my Music, Pictures and Videos on another drive and want the default ones to link to those ...
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Unmount fuse mountpoints on logout?

I have a couple of folders containing compressed data. I have one application which needs to access the uncompressed version of the same data. A simple way to solve that for me has been to run a ...
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No Unity launcher [duplicate]

I have Ubuntu 12.04 and was trying to install updates. Big mistake because the next thing I know I just have a blank wallpaper screen and nothing else. I've tried every piece of advice given on ...
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Changes in GUI behavior after update

[Ubuntu 12.04 32-bit, Unity 5.18.0] On Friday morning I installed the recommended software updates, as I always do (list included at the end of this message). The next day, after rebooting, the GUI ...
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Ubuntu 12.04, Unity launcher missing [duplicate]

I am new user I just messed up some option in compiz Config Manager and it has to do with Unity. I was on CompizConfigSettings Manager menu and I clicked one of the options and whole Unity tray GONE! ...
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how to change autodim time

I'm running Unity on 12.04 Precise. Settings > Brightness & Lock lets me control whether the screen dims to save power, but not to control how long to wait before dimming. How do I do that?
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URL to open Compose mail in new window with Unity Mail

I use the "Unity Mail" app, and it does what i need. It's a really nice app. But there's a thing i can't figure out. I have made a custom URL in "Compose" in the preferences, so that instead of ...
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Can change background only from Gnome, not from Unity

I just upgraded my Ubuntu from 12.04 to 12.10 and I see when I right click on the desktop and click on change desktop background, all I get is the system settings dialogue and not the change desktop ...
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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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How to have gnome-applet's functionality with unity?

with gnome-fallback and classic gnome shell, we had gnome applets available, but not in Unity. There was a system monitoring applet there that I could see may CPU and network bandwith used. I'm pretty ...
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Ubuntu restarts if Dash menu is clicked [closed]

glad I have a serious problem with my 12.10 because whenever the dash menu is clicked, it causes my computer to restart. How can I fix this issue?
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How to open a file with drag to application?

I use GpsPrune to view some gps dumps, unfortunately there is no setting to double-click and open the files in the viewer. In older versions of Ubuntu you could just drag any file to the icon of an ...
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Is there a command to refresh the applications listed on the dash?

Sometimes, after installing an application (Codeweavers Crossover to be more specific on this case) it fails to show on the dash until you logout and back on, that happens with Unity and GNOME Shell, ...
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Why can't I change the wallpaper in Gnome Shell and Unity?

I've just installed Gnome Shell and changed the theme and so on; but I can't change the wallpaper. I'm using the Gnome Control Center to change the wallpaper but it doesn't work even if i ...
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After Ubuntu 12.04 LTS update, Only Unity 2D … bug?

I have no clue why this happened, but I would really like to fix it. I ran a bunch of updates (25+...I hadn't updated in a while) and for some reason after I restarted to install the updates, I could ...