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How do I find out which program is associated with a Unity launcher icon? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I find *.desktop files? How to find out the terminal command of an application? The title is very self-descriptive. I find it completely unintuitive that I ...
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The settings in the settings manager have no affect

The problem is that when I try to change the options from the System Settings from the panel tray it does not change. I removed unity and installed it again but the same problem continues, even after ...
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How do I add parameters to Unity icons?

Many posts tell you to copy files from /usr/share/applications to your home directory. Well, unfortunately that does not work for non-Ubuntu stuff. Can anybody show me how to add this xterm -bg ...
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Bash command to lock the screen in Unity

I am in need to lock my screen with a bash command. The commands below will provide a blank screen, however the desktop is brought back without a password prompt. Is there a better way to do this? ...
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How can I stop the Unity bar from causing cursor delay between two monitors?

If I have two monitors, side by side, then the Unity bar will interfere with mouse movement. I set the unity bar to only display if I move the mouse to the top left corner of the screen, but the mouse ...
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How can I search and locate a system folder

Files & Folders Lens can be used to locate user's documents easily, but it seems ignoring system files and folders. How can I search & locate system files and folders? (Say for example I ...
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System resets to login screen spontaneously

Now I'm experiencing spontaneous resets of the desktop environment (when logged in and working normally), where the screen will go black, then reset to the login screen. The resets appear to be ...
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Acer Aspire Backlight Problem

I have the same problem as found on this link Screen turns black after booting, backlight only works in recovery mode on an Acer Aspire 5736z I've never used any Linux before so if someone could ...
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Make windows smaller

Currently everything on my laptop takes up too much screen real estate. I can make the launcher icons smaller, the font smaller, I can use ctl-(minus) to make the contents of my browser smaller, but I ...
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Will removing Xubuntu packages affect Unity? [duplicate]

Thanks to the answers at How to remove xubuntu-desktop?, I know how to remove the Xubuntu desktop. But I am concerned that removing Xubuntu from my Ubuntu install might affect or harm the Unity ...
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Workspace Switcher icon is not valid in Mac Lion Theme

In my Unity there is one problem: This issue hapened when I changed my icon theme to Mac-Lion-Theme
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Launcher vanished after disabling Unity plugin

I unfortunately disabled The Unity plugin from CompizConfig, now the launcher is vanished. I cannot re-enable the Unity plugin now, because no way for me to load CompizConfig again without the ...
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How to get username back on the Unity panel?

Installed kdm and used it as default. After i login into unity through i do not see my username.But if i go back to using lightdm, i have no problems. Anyone knows how to use kdm as default and ...
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Thunderbird download indicator for Unity?

Firefox has a great Unity progress bar when stuff downloads. However, Thunderbird hasn't. (Or does it?) Is there a Thunderbird progress bar available for Thunderbird?
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How to stop HUD from appearing while video playback?

When I watch a movie in VLC, I want to jump forward or backward in the movie using Alt+Right/left, but when I press Alt the HUD appears. Is it necessary to change some key bindings (like shown here) ...
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Does Ubuntu 12.04 LiveCD run Unity 2D or 3D or selects which one to run adaptively?

In case I boot from an Ubuntu 12.04 LiveCD, am I going to see Unity 2D, standard Unity ("3D") or does it depend on my hardware?
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How do I install KDE on my 11.04

I want to get rid of the Unity thingy (who came up with this?). KDE seems the best choice. All the instructions, including this How do I install KDE shell on Ubuntu? mention the Ubuntu software ...
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Unity 2d and 3d both running

Ok. I installed Ubuntu 11.10 on my computer and everything works fine. I installed Compiz config Settings, and it shows that the Ubuntu Unity Plugin is unchecked. I researched and found out that I am ...
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In terms of the desktop wall what is “edge flipping”?

I'm trying to make the launcher reveal on the bottom using Compiz, but everytime I change the reveal from left to bottom it says... The new value for the edge binding for the action Reveal Mode in ...
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Intel 855GME Driver Not Enabled

I have a Toshiba-r15s822 Tablet PC and I just made the switch to Linux, Ubuntu was the build of choice, thing is I tried it before and everything worked fine (about 2 years ago, I think stuff are ...
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No support for in .icon folder in Unity?

IIRC, gnome2 had the possibility to setup a .icon folder in your home directory and put some icons in it named as the executable you want it it assigned to. Then nautilus would use this icon for the ...
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CCSM doesn't work when changing launcher visibility or number of workspaces

The compizconfig setting manager doesn't work on my 11.10 installation of Ubuntu. I've tried setting the launcher panel visibility to "never" and changing the number of workspaces in the virtual box, ...
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Wicd tray icon fails to appear in system notification area even though in dconf>desktop>unity>panel/whitelist

I'm trying to get the Wicd (replacement for non-functional Network Manager) icon to show up in my laptop's systray/notification area. The solution that worked for 11.04 Ubuntu/Unity does not work for ...
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“invisible” icons in the launcher bar

In the launcher bar, there are "icons" that display a text ("System Settings," "Home Folder") when you float the mouse over them, but they're just black -invisible - it looks like a blank spot ...
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How to upgrade to the latest Unity

I am using the 4.24.0 version of Unity and I would like to upgrade to the LATEST version. Is it possible to upgrade to it without having to download and compile (as per this Q&A) and IF yes, how? ...
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How can I add a “force quit” button to my Unity top-bar?

The title says it all. In olden times, one could right click the bar, go to "add to panel", and then add the "force quit" applet from the list. Apparently that doesn't work any more.
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Why don't windows of the same application behave as they should?

Somewhere along the upgrade path, Unity has developed some strange logic behind window layering. First, before Oneiric, there was a way to see all the windows of an application - I think it was when ...
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How do I setup dual monitors with workspace on only one monitor?

I have dual monitors, one on the left and another on the right. I like to have VMWare Workstation opn the right hand monitor, full screen. In Gnome3, when I switch workspaces the right side monitor ...
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Compiz profile is screwed up when switching from Unity to GNOME Classic

Gnome Classic defaults to using metacity (at least, for me). When I activate compiz (compiz --replace), the unity panel and launcher show up. This is due to Unity being a compiz plugin. Is there any ...
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I can't find my nautilus settings

My nautilus browser looks like this: I can't find the settings anywhere. I've tried reinstalling nautilus.
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after 11.10 update and compiz install, desktop vanished - only functional keys are ctrl-alt-del [closed]

Yesterday I updated from 10.04 to 11.10 and ended up with the Unity desktop. I was slowly getting the hang of it but wanted to make the launcher icons smaller. I installed Compiz per the help page, ...
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Why does my name show as [Invalid UTF-8]? [closed]

I just did an upgrade (from 10.10 -> 11.04 -> 11.10) and am trying to get everything figured out. I notice that when I log in, my name is [Invalid UTF-8]. Where is this coming from, and how can I ...
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How do I associate the correct icon for my login?

After upgrading to 11.10 from 11.04, the Unity launcher shows a question mark icon for libreoffice-calc. If I log in using Unity2D or log into the guest account (2D or 3D), the correct icon appears. ...
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How do I make Unity 3D work on my Dell D2400 desktop?

On my 11.10-running desktop, Unity 2d seems to work, Unity 3d does not. I ran a test, and here is what I got. Not software rendered: no Not blacklisted: no GLX fbconfig: ...
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How to stop excessive memory usage of unity-window-decorator? [closed]

I am using Ubuntu 11.04 on an AMD64 computer. When I boot the computer the memory usage of unity-window-decorator is few tens of MB (checked with System Monitor)c After many hours using Google Chrome, ...
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Blue “gap” behind the Unity launcher button? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the blue triangle on the home button for? I regularly have a gap in the upper-left corner of the button for the Unity launcher. It is almost like a beveling of ...
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Unity or Gnome 3. What's more stable to be used?

I have installed Ubuntu 11.04 and I am still a newbee in Ubuntu. Ubuntu gives me trouble with Some Apps like - Skype, Vuzu and kGet. So I tried Gnome 2 but it's not much attractive. I wanted to know ...
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Strange invisible window causing 'dead zone' in Unity

I have a very strange problem. Every so often a strange window will appear on the screen - well, I say "appear", but it can't be seen. I know it's there though. It creates a sort of 'dead zone' on the ...
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How to change the about:config shortcut in unity?

how can i change it to Gunity ?
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Close windows with middle click in preview pane (SUPER-W)

I am using 11.04 with Unity. When I press SUPER-W, the previews of open windows align on the screen. If I click one of them, it attains focus. I used to have this enabled as a Compiz plugin in ccsm ...
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NVIDIA Geforce Go 7300 automatically removed from blacklist when problems are solved?

Just a short question: Will we get an in formation when the issue with NVIDIA Geforce Go 7300 is fixed, resp. will the card removed automatically from the blacklist during the bugfix-update? Thank ...
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Where can I find out what features are getting added to the Dash?

I'm curious what features are coming down the pipe for the new Dash feature in Unity. Where should I be looking for a blog or RSS to follow? In particular, I'm wondering if they are going to add ...
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How comes I can't use Unity with the propietary nVidia driver for my Geforce 410M?

I've got a 2nd generation Intel i5 processor with integrated graphics. In live usb mode, Ubuntu uses this one and Unity works fine. After installation with automatical updates and 3rd party software ...
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How can I make the Quark music player work in Unity?

When I start (strange-)Quark in Natty nothing happens, it doesn't appear in the upper panel next to the network, so I can't use it. How can I fix it? http://hsgg.github.com/quark/ The worst ...
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move main menu from top panel to top of the window? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does Unity support disabling the global application menu? Is there a way to move program's main menu (The one that says File, Settings, Help, ....) from the top panel ...
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Kill the notification area so I can use the awn-notification-area?

This is what I get when I try to start an awn-notification-area applet in Unity: There is already another notification area running on this screen! Please remove the existing notification area ...
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LiveCD no Unity in VirtualBox

I have started the Natty beta 1 ISO as a "Try Ubuntu" in a VirtualBox VM. When it starts up there appears to be only the desktop and an "Examples" folder available - no Unity or anything. Is this ...
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How can I get the Unity interface to work on my netbook?

I have 10.10 installed on my netbook, but the Unity interface that came with it does not seem to work. The top and side bar are missing and several graphical menus don't work. I have tried updating my ...
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Is Unity already preinstalled inside ubuntu netbook edition?

is it Unity already preinstalled inside ubuntu netbook edition?
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Installed Unity on my desktop PC and it is very laggy and annoying

I just installed Ubuntu Unity on my desktop PC and it is very lag and annoying! Any ideas?