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Lost Unity Chrome [closed]

This morning, when I started up Ubuntu, it looked like the Unity design had vanished. Likewise, Google Chrome took on the platform-generic style and Pidgin became gray boxes with black frames. ...
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Questions about reinstallation

I reinstalled Ubuntu and got a system without internet. After deleting all types of drivers and putting important drivers and resetting network, it worked. Recently, I installed pantheon and mate, and ...
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Where to change default <Super>+<Space> keyboard switch key by a terminal?

Since 14.04 default keyboard switch key is Super+Space I preparing sample system for clone on hundreds of pc's and want to assign another default keys to switch layout with command line. I cannot ...
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How to execute a command with “=” sign in a desktop shortcut?

I'm trying to modify my Firefox shortcut in Unity so that it started with a specific parameter. From a terminal, I would start like this: VDPAU_DRIVER=va_gl firefox I tried modifying the ...
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How can I repair unity from terminal while on a WiFi that requires me to login through a web browser?

I was trying to reinstall unity-lens-applications but couldn't remember the name. I typed unity- and pressed tab to see the options. Instead of using the down key I just held enter to scroll through ...
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Pressing the powerbutton does not do anything in Ubuntu (no menu)

When pressing the powerbutton in Xubuntu 14.04 a menu prompt would show and allow me to logout/shutdown/... etc. Now that I have installed Ubuntu 14.04 this is not the case anymore. How can I ...
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Unity Launch Button Changes Color in 14.04- Why?

I just noticed for the first time that the Ubuntu's "Start Button" equivalent can be different colors. Yesterday I had to take a screenshot to debug something, and the button was blue. But today it's ...
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Keyboard shortcuts keep resetting

There is a conflict between the Ubuntu keyboard shortcut Ctrl-Alt-S (which does "toggle shaded state") and the emacs macro Ctrl-Alt-S, which invokes forward-search-regex, which of course is vastly ...
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Problem Notify Popup only display blue bar On Ubuntu 14.04

I have Ubuntu 14.04, but not from clean install. I update it from 13.04 -> 13.10 and 14.04. Some day ago, I just realize that some things wrong with it's Notification Pop Up. It only display blue bar ...
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Show the shortcuts cheatsheets

I've just installed trusty with unity. I press the win key for a while, but the shortcuts cheatsheet won't show up. I tried with compiz-settings-manager and with ubuntu-tweaks with no luck at all. Is ...
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ElementaryOS Ubuntu Theme

I'm trying to get the GTK theme that ElementaryOS uses working on Ubuntu 14.04 but the theme is not looking the way it should. This is how it looks: Rather than how it is supposed to look. What ...
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How to reduce the saturation of of laptop monitor in Ubuntu 14.04?

I want to reduce the saturation of my laptop display as its very high and hurts my eyes. I own a Dell XPS 15z. Also, I would be very grateful if anybody can help me to show how all the color ...
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Why doesn't my dock have the icons of my icon theme?

I just downloaded Numix circle icon theme. I applied that theme from Unity tweak tool. Now my launcher and Nautilus has the theme I applied but Cairo dock doesn't. Why is it so and how to change my ...
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How to disable live window resizing in Trusty Tahr

Subject says it all. How do I get rid of live window resizing? There's no setting for that either in "Appearance" or in "Unity Tweak Tool".
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Ubuntu start up view changed due to gnome shell [duplicate]

I recently installed Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr on my laptop. Its default Desktop Environment was Unity. I installed gnome-desktop-environment then I could use both unity DE and gnome DE on my ...
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How to move Unity launcher icons to desktop?

everyone. OK, I have what may be a very simple question--how do I take an icon from the Unity Launcher that I had locked there, and move them onto the desktop? I have tried everything I can think of ...
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Can't reset title bar right-click behavior in Unity, Ubuntu 12.10

I recently upgraded from Ubuntu 12.04 to 12.10. In 12.04, a title bar right-click would cause the menu to popup. After my upgrade right-click shades/unshades the window. I want the previous ...
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No menu in menu bar [duplicate]

I've tried Macbuntu, but not quite like it. So I uninstalled it but Ubuntu didn't restore completely. There are now only close, minimize, maximize buttons in the top menu bar, while originally there ...
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How to change Gedit embeded terminal plugin colors? [duplicate]

I am trying to use Gedit as an IDE for learning C. So far everything is working great but i have this problem: when using ls in its embedded terminal I am unable to see all the files and directories ...
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Repair overwritten icons paths

After running racket-lang install-script all my /usr/share/application/*.desktop files have broken icon paths and corresponding shortcuts are displayed with question marks. Paths are overwritten like ...
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Set desktop background from command line over ssh

I am attempting to set my desktop background from the command line in ubuntu 12.04. I am able to do this from the terminal on the actual machine as described here. gsettings set ...
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Reduce screensaver timeout to a custom value in seconds

I have a box running ubuntu 13.10 unity that I need to auto log in and it currently locks after 30 seconds, but I'd like to reduce this to between 1 and 5 seconds - how can I do this? Cheers
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How can I activate burn effect on ubuntu 13.10?

I saw on youtube that there is an effect that makes the windows catch fire when closing. Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LUM6cI32rk But I could not make this effect work in ...
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Launcher transparency

After messing around with CompizConfig I got to a state where I had to re-install lightdm, ubuntu-desktop and then re-enable all the compiz plugins. Everything works great, but the launcher ...
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Crash when maximizing Thunderbird on 13.10

I'm using Ubuntu 13.10, I've installed Unity tweak tool. Sometimes, when I maximize a window, the system freeze and I can't do anything (the system is still in freeze after 3 hours). I have to reboot ...
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13.10: how to set accelerator to select keyboard layout rather than switching to next/previous?

There is a host of regressions related to switching keyboard layouts in 13.10. One of them is that the dialogue lets one choose accelerators for selecting previous/next keyboard layout: Previously, ...
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How to restore online searches in unity after running commands in fixubuntu

I run commands in fixubuntu.com to get rid of online searches but now I would like them back but can't find a way to reactivate them. I tried reinstalling unity-scope-home and unity-lense-applications ...
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Ubuntu Button Click Authentication

After upgrading from Windows to Ubuntu, I really like the operating system. The only point I find that is missing is the Windows functionnality to authenticate administrator permissions only by ...
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How to make Unity independent of every workspace?

I've been trying to get used to working with the workspaces, but the fact that the programs I use in workspace1 is accessible from every other workspace using unity, annoys me. For example, when some ...
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How to enable global menu for a specific application?

Most of the time I find the global menu annoying but sometimes it is usefull in some programs that was maximized specifically the WEBAPPS in unity where there are no menus. So, are there anyway to ...
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How to remove obsolete shortcut from the Files launcher icon?

The "Files" launcher icon has a set of shortcuts. One of this is a older folder that I have removed, so the shortcut does not work and display this error: How can I remove this obsolete ...
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Setting the icon_theme_path in python script

I've made a python script to add a new indicator in the systray on Ubuntu Unity. When i set a specific folder for the icon, the icon appears in the systray. Exemple : ...
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Problem with letter “T” and unity

My unity is showing some weird characters when I type the letter "T" on it. (Image below) Any clue ? Thanks in advance -- Ubuntu 13.10 x64 w/ Unity AMD fglrx 13.11beta
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stop web integration to unity in Ubuntu 13.10?

I don't want webapps integration in Ubuntu, so is there any way I can stop Webapps integration to Unity in Ubuntu 13.10 OS. Thank you.
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After install of kubuntu-full, no longer have access to Unity login

I installed Ubuntu 13.10 about a week ago. Just today I went ahead and installed kubuntu-full to get KDE and it's associated programs. I want to keep the Unity login screen though (default when you ...
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Application Switcher next, previous, up, down shortcuts in 13.10

I'm missing these options in 13.10 ccsm: Now that I upgrated to 13.10, I can't find those options at all. They don't appear anymore in ccsm. Were they removed in 13.10? How can I get those back?
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How to interpret Ubuntu's ON/OFF toggle buttons?

I have the same question as another poster and his question wasn't answered. It seemed like the people giving help didn't understand the question, so here we go again. The original poster's question ...
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Unity doesn't load any GUI with a Nvidia card

After a reboot, and not after doing anything that could justify this, my Ubuntu 13.04 system is completely dead, in that every time I boot, and after I log in, there's no launcher and no system bar on ...
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Unity Launcher “Stuck” icons

I'm trying to make my ubuntu clean and tidy, and there is a few launchers on the unity-bar i would love to get rid of. For example, I love the feature with the desktop-switcher. But, I am only using ...
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Reducing Ubuntu screen DPI [duplicate]

First of I apologize if this is a duplicate thread, I tried searching to no avail. I'm currently looking to reduce the entire system DPI in Ubuntu 13.04 I work better with multiple windows and the ...
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Why am I stuck with a version of GNOME Shell unlike KDE or other desktop environments?

Why am I stuck with a version of GNOME Shell unlike KDE? For example, on Ubuntu 12.04 I am stuck with GNOME Shell version 3.4, and I can't upgrade to a newer version of GNOME Shell like 3.6. With ...
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Compiz is crashing on startup in Ubuntu 13.04 after installing steam-login

I installed steam-login from here and it worked just fine. Then I went back to Unity and it wouldn't load Unity anymore. When I tried running compiz from the Ctrl+Alt+F1 command line it gave me the ...
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Will Canonical disable Amazon (and similar) lenses by default [closed]

I'm using 12.04 LTS, partially because it's stable and I need my machine to be stable and reliable. I also don't wont to switch to newer versions of Ubuntu because of shopping lenses. If I decide to ...
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XMonad with GNOME Ubuntu 12.04

I've grown tired of Unity on Ubuntu, and decided to try out xmonad. I installed it via sudo apt-get install xmonad. Now that I have it, I'm not sure how to continue. How would I go about setting it ...
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Always on top sidebar : how to make all applications think the screen is less wide than it is

I really miss the google-desktop linux sidebar. The sidebar was a gtk widget that could be positioned on the right and had the option to add many gadgets to it. The great feature of the sidebar was ...
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How to Provide Unity Desktop Integration Features to Site on Chromium

I have installed firefox and chromium browser, both are working well, but i am constantly using chromium, still it's not supported to Unity Desktop Integration, default firefox having unity ...
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How much is Ubuntu 13.04 related to/depends on Gnome?

I noticed that Ubuntu Unity (13.04) uses a lot of gnome related packages, even with no added stuff to its configuration. In a first install of Unity, I messed up with my configuration because I tried ...
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Disable desktop environemnts and customize startx

Is it possible to install ubuntu12.04 normally and then disable the desktop environments somehow, so that startx doesn't bring up unity or gdm or anything like that? I'm aware of ubuntu alternative ...
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12.04: Is it possible to close windows in “spread mode”?

I had to switch back to 12.04 after using 13.04 for a few weeks. I use the spread view (Super+w) in Unity a lot, and I liked the possibility of closing unused windows. If I understand correctly, Unity ...
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Open foo.r executable files in gedit

I'm editing a bunch of foo.r files (source R files for an R packages) in Ubuntu Unity 12.10. Every time I click on one of these files to open it in gedit, a dialogue box comes up: "Do you want to ...