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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 ...
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Gnome 'Super-#' hotkey like in Unity

I've been using unity for a while, and just switched to gnome. (Gnome 3.2 on Ubuntu 11.10) I've liked it a lot, but it's missing one key feature (in my mind). In Unity you can use the super button ...
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Minimize and Show Applications

How can I minimize all the apps in Unity going to desktop and Show all the apps open, just like the top corner compiz function or MacOSx? thanks
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Do not have the Unity 3D option at login

I am not receiving the Unity 3D option when logging into Ubuntu 11.10. The only options I have are GNOME, GNOME Classic, GNOME Classic (No effects), Ubuntu, and Ubuntu 2D. I ran the test /usr/lib/...
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How do I install Zimbra Desktop?

I'd like to install Zimbra Desktop but I'm worried about picking logical installation locations and how it will integrate with the Unity desktop. If it doesn't appear in the Messaging Menu there isn't ...
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How well does the built-in GPU in a Intel Core i5 2500K support unity?

How well does the built-in GPU in a Intel Core i5 2500K support unity? Will I need a discreet graphics to run it?
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Where is the UIM notification area icon in Unity?

When I was using Maverick, it was possible to switch the input method from a UIM indicator applet. Now that I have upgraded to Oneiric, I can't seem to switch the input method even when I open uim-im-...
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Is there a shorcut to access the last files used? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are Unity's keyboard and mouse shortcuts? Is there any shortcut to access the latest files used?
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How to make the GNOME Music Player Client (GMPC) my prefered ubuntu music player application?

How can make GMPC my default music program and integrate it with the unity top-bar just as rhythmbox or Banshee? Thank you, Pedro
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While configuring Compiz, GUI crashed. Only Desktop with icons and upper menu bar visible

While browsing through CCSM I clicked Advanced, I guess, and whole GUI crashed, I've seen ONLY a wallpaper with some graphical noise on it. I rebooted and all I see is Desktop with icons on it and ...
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Where can I find Unity's log files?

Since I upgraded to Oneiric, the top left Unity menu button is missing, fonts look a bit weird (font size changed) and the login screen looks like the one from Natty, except with a GTK1-like gray ...
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Why do numbers appear over open and/or pinned apps when i hold down Super?

When i hold down the super (windows) key, numbers and in some cases letters appear over open apps and other unity things (workspace switcher, trash). The first 10 Open or pinned apps are numbered 1, ...
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Will 11.10 come with keyboard short-cuts for the file and applications lenses?

Since alpha/beta of 11.10 I miss my very often used shortcuts super+f and super+a will they be implemented again in the final version of 11.10?
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Unity menu search doesn't find manually installed shortcut

Sequence of operations: install a GNOME menu shortcut. Click Windows to get the Unity search interface. Type in the first few characters of the shortcut name. Result: The installed shortcut does ...
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Is a discrete graphics card mandatory?

I have a old intel o4 machine without graphics card. Still now I'm running Ubuntu 8.04 I would like to install Ubuntu 11.4 version. Would that require graphics card support?
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Unity freezing ( new install )

I just installed ubuntu 11.04 and after logging in for the first time , I enabled the restricted driver for my Nvidia 7300 LE card and enabled the same. after rebooting , the system freezes (...
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Does Unity support Dual Monitors?

I just did a clean installation of Natty on my laptop, and I must say it is fantastic! I was apprehensive about Unity at first, but I have very quickly changed my mind. Now with that said, my laptop ...
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Complete 11.04 desktop customization guide [on hold]

Are there any comprehensive desktop customization guide for 11.04 for novices like me?
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Unity launcher about:config does not show anything

I wanted to change the launcher size on ubuntu 11.04. I pressed super(win) key, and typed about:config, selected the Unity icon, but nothing happened. After that, I tried the same again, but this ...
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How to move windows around and between screens? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Unity keyboard/mouse shortcuts On MS Windows we can use Super + Arrow to move a window to the right and the left of the screen, maximize, minimize and even move it to ...
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How to add shadow to the panel?

Will this feature be enabled in Natty (with unity panel)?
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Will Unity lets users flick the left upper corner to reveal launcher? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to open the Unity dash when hitting the top left corner of the screen? Gnome Shell gives uses the option of flicking the left upper corner with the mouse to achieve the ...
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Is there any fix for ATI HD 4350 With Unity?

I Love the unity interface... so I installed the interface in my desktop pc and I installed the Ati Official Drivers, I recently Bought an Ati HD 4350, and the interface starts but very Sluggish and ...
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How to Have Vectorized Small Unity Icons in Ubuntu 14.04 by Defaults?

I know that there are many icon theme packages, but really, I think Ubuntu should be able to provide vectorized icons with any settings found in the system. So please no third party packages for the ...
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How to retrieve the full ubuntu desktop?

My ubuntu 14.04 edition desktop has suddenly changed to the lightweight desktop . Here are some pics of this desktop it changed to: So how can I return the original Ubuntu desktop look , this ...
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Maximize current window to the **top/bottom**?

I know these shortcuts: Ctrl-Super-← - Maximize current window to the left Ctrl-Super-→ - Maximize current window to the right Sometimes I look at files containing long lines. I would like top ...
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16.04 Software Centre not opening

I can open it from the terminal by typing software-center but the icon in the launcher does not do anything. I was wondering if someone knows how to fix it? It is a minor irritation however as I've ...
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Performance issues on Lenovo T460s (seems like graphics problem under metacity)

We just got new Lenovo Thinkpad T460s laptops at work. Processor: 4x Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-6200U CPU @ 2.30GHz, Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 520 Memory: 8055MB DDR4 Harddisk: 256 GB SSD (...
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How do I create an application launcher without coding?

I want to create a launcher for an application that I just installed but whatever I searched was about creating a file with .desktop extension, but I need another way to make this without any coding ...
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how to give each terminal tab its own title?

I see that there are ways to set the tabs title through the CLI, but how can I give each tab its own "title"? top pine git by default, gnome-terminal seems to show <user>@<host>:<...
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Launcher disappeared [duplicate]

I have installed Ubuntu 14.04. It worked for approx. 2 days. But today when I turned it on launcher & Menu bar was absent & ctrl+alt+t was also not working. I tried "sudo service lightdm ...
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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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Disable usb automount for all users

I am running Ubuntu 14.04 with LTSP. I am using usbmount to mount usb thumbdrives outside of the desktop which works great. The problem is that when a user is logged into the desktop and connects a ...
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Force exit when closing from Unity Dock

Is there a way to ensure that apps you close from the unity dock really close, by which I mean an "Ubuntu" setting rather than application specific ones. The two applications I notice this most with ...
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How to enable global application menu in RStudio?

On Ubuntu 15.04 Unity, how can I enable the global menu bar for the Qt application RStudio? I found a 12.04 question, which was not solved and did not contain a clue. (Due to reputation issues, I ...
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How to customize unity launcher

I've tried to find any information about customizing Unity, here is a link to the official documentation but it didn't help for me - https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Unity/Theming#Unity_Panel Maybe I lose ...
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Installing and activating themes on Ubuntu 14.04 64-bit Unity, how to do?

There are lots of cursor, icon, window and GTK themes on the web and I downloaded some of them, but I do not know how to figure out if they are compatible with Ubuntu 14.04.1 64-bit Unity? Furthermore,...
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What specific PPA does Unity come from?

So me and another where looking around and just couldn't find this item. We are wanting a Minimal Ubuntu Server install with Unity. Problem is, there is no simple way to pick out a single PPA to ...
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Can't find “Background” in system settings

So, recently I upgraded to 14.10 and since then I experienced some problems but slowly I managed to solve most of them. I used Gnome for while but few days ago I changed back to Unity and today when I ...
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Is it harmful to install a lighter desktop environtment (XFCE) on Ubuntu 14.04?

I am to install Xfce, because the default (unity desktop) on ubuntu 14.04 runs pretty slow on my lenovo z570 laptop. Is it really recommended to keep the default desktop environment ? I googled a ...
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Is this a security risk/concern?

According to: http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Linux_Viewer#Installing_and_Running The Second Life Linux client entirely runs out of the directory you have unpacked it into - no installation step ...
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Can I uninstall Gnome?

I have Ubuntu 14.04 with Unity as DE installed on my PC. But I recently found out that Gnome DE is installed, too. I don't need Gnome, never use it, so I wannt to remove it. Can I do this without ...
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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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How do I start Unity manually upon boot?

I recently installed Ubuntu 14.04 (Trusty Tahr) LTS, and I was wondering how could I start the GUI manually upon booting the system. For example, I'd like the system to start at a black tty ...
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How to include microphone adjustment in sound menu

When I use skype I have 2 scrollbars for the sound: How can I keep those 2 scrollbars all the time, and not only when I have skype conversations? When I don't talk with skype, only speaker ...
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Always show menu in LibreOffice

I'd like to always see the application menu, but by default that's hidden until I mouse onto the top line of the screen. Perhaps this is aesthetically pleasing, but it sucks in terms of usability. I ...
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Finding Installed Software

Since I have not been able to open Dash Home in 12.04.4 see Dash Home will not open, I am hoping for a work-around. Is there another convenient way to open apps/programs without having to search ...
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Using unity as console command launcher

I wonder, is there any way to do this in Ubuntu's Unity: press Super button type gksu wireshark enjoy Wireshark as root In other words: is there a way to execute shell command from unity line?