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Nautilus windows are not focused when launched via hotkeys

When launching Nautilus windows from terminal, keyboard shortcuts configured in the Keyboard application, or via Alt+F2 and then typing /, the resulting Nautilus window is not focused. This is the ...
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Where are theme customizations in 11.10? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I change the theme? I upgraded, and now I need to tweak my fonts for the Ambiance theme - and I can't find anyplace to do it - in fact, the whole preview dialog for ...
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How can I get an “Applications, Places” menu on the top panel in Unity?

I've figured out how to kill the Launcher (in Unity 2D, which is what I'm using on my laptop), and now I want to put an Applications and Places menu on the top panel so that it is always there. This ...
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Using numlock for Trendnet KVM switch no longer works

I have a Trendnet TK-209 KVM switch, and since upgrading to 11.10, I can no longer switch between systems using numlock-numlock from ubuntu. (I also tried scrlk-scrlk). If I switch manually to my ...
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Is there a virtualbox indicator? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What Application Indicators are available? Is there any indicator that compatible with Ubuntu 11.10 with unity?I use it in Ubuntu 11.04.
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Unity equivalent to the Gnome 2 system monitor [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What can replace system monitoring in the top Gnome Panel in Unity? I'm using gnome 2 right now and looking to switch to unity, but one thing that I really miss is the old ...
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How can I turn on Unity again [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I reset my Unity configuration? I'm just a newbie switching to ubuntu for a few day. I accidentally turn off the unity interface in the ccsm (compiz something I don'...
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Why does a search-thingy appear on startup all of a sudden?

Why does this appear right after login in all of a sudden? It's in the middle of my primary monitor. When I press Esc it disappears. It started to show up the other day for no apparent reason. It ...
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All browsers with one icon in the launcher!

I'm trying to create my first launcher for Unity that works like this: when I use the left-click, it opens the browser set as default on the system when I use the right-click it opens 3 shortcuts ...
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Only mouse is responsive after closing laptop lid

I just upgraded to 11.04 and have been having this issue. I'm using the Unity interface, my card is an Intel GM965. When I close my laptop lid I have it set to just blank screen. When I open the lid ...
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Is Chromium still under consideration for Unity?

During uds-m there were discussions to include Chromium as the default browser for the - back then - netbook edition. However, it was opted to stay with Firefox. Have there been further discussions ...
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Unity interface on the Desktop in 11.04 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I install Unity after installing Desktop Edition? The web site omg Ubuntu http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2010/10/ubuntu-11-04-to-ship-unity-as-default-desktop/ as omg ...
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How can I combine application launchers into one launcher icon?

I am using Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. My launcher is full of icons and I want to categorize it by creating separate folders for each category. Is it possible? If yes then please explain me how to do it.
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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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Can you have a desktop environment without a display manager?

The following article nicely explains the differences between a display manager, a window manager, and a desktop environment: What is the relationship between Unity, Gnome, Gnome 3, Compiz, Metacity, ...
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Is there a text-based window switcher for Unity?

The visual switcher is very poor at providing context. E.g. the browser window thumbnails are too small to tell apart, and often most of them are blank (see screenshot). Is there any switcher that ...
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need help,ubuntu theme problem

I am a Ubuntu 14.04 LTS user and everything was working fine,until I miss clicked some button or may have deleted a file,the Ubuntu currently looks weird,and mostly unusable. want help for it to be ...
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How to reset all gnome-tweak-tool settings to defaults

I have installed gnome-tweak-tool in Ubuntu 14.04 Unity, then chose Windows -> Windows action keys -> Disabled (previously was Alt). After that Unity windows buttons stopped working for that Ubuntu ...
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How can I disable these advertisements in the launcher in 14.10? [duplicate]

This looks like a great launcher (although I can't tell what the name of it is. Please edit this question and title to reflect its real name if you like). I wanted to run Sublime Text. How can I ...
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ubuntu cannot display all the unicode

I am using Ubuntu 14.04 with default unity desktop, however it seems that it cannot display some of the unicode. e.g. U+1F648 🙈the "see-no-evil" monkey. and it appears to be a white block in my ...
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How to fix Unity locked disabled settings?

I am not able to adjust any of the settings in Ubuntu 14.04. Everything in Unity is locked/disabled. I've tried uninstalling Unity and reinstalling it. I've tried installing xscreensaver and that did ...
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Making .desktop files - Just a few questions

I would like to ask some questions about .desktop files, and figure something out that I think would be rather nifty. I will start by saying I am running [elementary OS Luna] with kernel [3.2.0-65-...
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No sound icon on the top Unity panel in Ubuntu 12.04

I have Ubuntu 12.04 and I just logged in and noticed that the sound icon on the top Unity Panel is missing! How do I get it back?
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What is GTK to Gnome shell and unity

Can someone tell me what exactly is GTK, Genome shell, and unity in between all of those. I might sound stupid but can someone tell me how to take advantage of any of these I am using and which one ...
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Unity's “File Edit View” menus in Gnome Fallback in Ubuntu 12.04?

I was recently playing around with Ubuntu 11.04 (Ah, the last version of Ubuntu to use Gnome 2 in the background) and I noticed this: As you can see its the "Unity" "File Edit View..." menu in ...
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How can I reset my Unity Launcher settings?

Today I tried to change the alt+tab behavior of my Ubuntu because I did not like the grouped layout. I tried two shell scripts I found in a git gist. My problem is that since I used those scripts the ...
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Does Unity interface relate to Unity3D?

They share the same name, if they don't relate to each other than do they have copyright conflicts between each other?
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How to shutdown automatically from command line in 13.04

I know there is already a similar question about this topic. But that question was only about how to get the shutdown dialog in general. I need to get back the countdown of the old shutdown dialog (...
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Terminal shows more files on desktop than there are actually

I noticed this thing today and found it to be awkward. My desktop has the following files : But upon running ls in the terminal i got the following output: a.out htc_pass.sh openmp....
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ScreenCloud Tray Icon Disappeared

Yesterday, after installing MythTV, I uninstalled it realizing that it's not what I was looking for. With it, MySQL server and a few other things installed, so I used Software Center's history to see ...
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Disable unity launcher on Alt + F2

I've added custom shortcut on Alt + F2, but Unity launcher is running when I press it. How do I disable it in 13.04. I've found this question but I don't have 'unityshell' under apps > compiz-1 >...
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Change background color of selected text

I use Ubuntu 12.04 with Unity and when I select a text (for example to copy something from browser), it has ugly orange background. I want to make it something normal like blue. I tried gnome-color-...
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indicator-messages absent in 13.04 fresh install

I can't find a way to show the "blue mail" indicator What I think : this indicator is called "indicator-messages" Ubuntu change some things (like removing the whitelist) I tried : to ...
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My desktop is gone

My unity desktop is gone after running these commands sudo apt-get purge fglrx* sudo add-apt-repository ppa:andrikos sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install fglrx xserver-xorg-video-intel Not sure ...
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Is it possible to have the remote host name appear in X11 windows?

I found that running applications over X11 from remote virtual machines give a lot better performance than VNC or Spice. However, it can get confusing when you have a bunch of windows open on your ...
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Can I change user in the Unity interface without having to type password when changing back?

First of all, let me emphasize that I am talking about my home computer that I use for personal use. I have two accounts in Ubuntu: one for me, one for my wife. We don't use separate accounts to ...
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What does the count on the Chromium Launcher Icon tell?

On my Chromium Launcher Icon a count of 4 is displayed. I have two Chromium windows with several tabs open. A count with progress bar was always displayed when downloading. Therefore I checked this ...
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How to define completely new xdg-user-dirs?

I've just configured my ~/.config/user-dirs.dirs file under unity (ubtuntu 12.10) and everything works well so far. But is there any chance to extend the user dirs like this: XDG_UBUNTUONE_DIR="$HOME/...
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Can I turn off global menu only in Nautilus?

According to post #15 of this Ubuntu Forums thread about Nautilus being slow, turning off global menu speeds Nautilus up significantly. This is certainly true for me, as running Nautilus as root makes ...
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Photo Lens does not work

The new photo lens in Ubuntu's 12.10 dash does not work for me. It simple shows nothing. All other lenses work like a charm. I have not switched off any sources in 'Privacy Settings'. Yes, I have ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 no desktop, only terminal

I installed cinnamon and uninstall unity using a terminal command I found on the web, but I skipped some steps on removing unity thinking it was not important. Now, when I turn on my laptop it will ...
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How exactly does Unity handle desktop files? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where are the Unity Launcher .desktop files? I searched for a .desktop file for supermeatboy since it wasn't in /usr/share/applications/ . So I used the Terminal: chocobai@...
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Where can I get games for Ubuntu's Unity Engine?

I'm new to Ubuntu, but I installed it because Windows gave me too many virus problems. I heard that Unity is a cross-platform engine, so I can run good graphics games on Linux. Where I can get a list ...
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How to change keyboard shortcut for Compiz Magnifier (currently alt-enter)

I'm running Ubuntu 12.04 with Unity3D. When I press Alt+Enter (a keyboard shortcut used by a number of things, especially Sublime Text), the Compiz magnifier is launched (creating a box around the ...
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Following windows

I have installed WhatPulse on my Ubuntu 12.04. I would like the WhatPulse window(s) to follow me onto whatever workspace I go to (the windows are already always on top). If it may help, I already have ...
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Start application without icon in the launcher

Is it possible to launch an application without icon in the launcher?
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Lenses don't show up in the Dash

I have Ubuntu 11.10 (Oct, 2011). I never use Unity-2d. I downloaded various Lenses from the Software Center. Then I restarted the system. But I don't see any differences! What do I have to do?
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Why does unity make it hard to rearange an icon in the launcher? [closed]

I recently installed the latest version of Ubuntu, and I noticed that when you try to click on an icon in the launcher, unless you wait for one second or drag the icon to the right, you will not be ...
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Hidden Launch Bar wouldn't slide-out when moused over, now it won't hide away.

When the launch bar is hidden, I have trouble getting it to slide out when I move the mouse pointer to the left side. After adjusting the settings under Settings--Appearance--Behavior, the bar no ...
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How do I compile a Wikipedia lens and install?

I read a tutorial about how to compile and install a Wikipedia lens, but it didn't work. The tutorial sounds easy - i just copied and pasted to the file that was suppose to edit. I have tried some ...