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Desktop icons settings reset at every boot

I'm running Ubuntu 13.04, and I'm having problems with the desktop icons: after every boot desktop icon setting are reset and "computer", Home Folder and Trash icons are shown on the desktop. If I ...
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Blank Screen and Windows being “pasted?” after unity login

Here's what happens. 1: Boot up into Ubuntu. Nothing out of the ordinary. 2: Login to Ubuntu Desktop, accepts password. Wallpaper displays as normal. 3: Password is accepted, wallpaper stays for ...
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No battery indicator when logged in as second (non-sudo) user

I'm using Ubuntu 12.04 with Unity. I have a setup with two users, one with sudo privileges for admin use, and one without for daily use. When logged in as the non-privileged user, there's no battery ...
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How to configure Ubuntu Unity to have fixed workspace for external monitor [duplicate]

I am using Unity (ubuntu 13.04). Is there any way to make one of the workspace stay fixed for external monitor. For example, I am in the middle of the presentation and I just want to quickly switch ...
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Maximize, Minimize, Exit in the global menu

When I have a program like Firefox and the terminal maximized I have the minimize, maximize and exit controls in the global menu (at the top). I really don't like it, is it possible to get it to the ...
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Unity integration plus non-Ubuntu Linux compatibility?

Can I write an application that integrates with Unity but does not depend on it, in case it is not available?
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How to start empathy and steam on different workspace / viewport

The applications empathy and steam should start on different workspaces / viewports. In the tool ccsm there is the configuration option Window Management --> Place Windows --> Fixed Window Placement ...
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I'd like to USE the application - I DO NOT want to see it's icon wiggle!

Apparently it seems that the designers of Unity operates under the current logic: If a user types 'gimp' into the launcher this means A: If Gimp is not running: The user wants to start gimp. or ...
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Switching workspaces changes active window in previous workspace

Only a minor annoyance here, yet still hoping to find some way to fix it. I like the idea of workspaces in unity, but I've discovered when I switch workspaces, then switch back, unity does not ...
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TeamViewer does not appear in unity dash [closed]

I have a problem with teamviewer. I'm running 13.04 and decided to get teamviewer to manage my desktop remotely. I went to the teamviewer page and downloaded my version and chose to install it ...
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Desktop files not visible with ATI dual monitor setup

I have files and folders in my ~/Desktop folder but they do not appear on my desktop. Creating a new folder from the GUI works and I can move the icon around but when I select "Organize Desktop by ...
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how can I fix? Error: Opening the cache

I'm new to Ubuntu.I installed the newest version two days ago. I used the Software Updater and when I restarted the computer the Dash and Launcher were missing. I tried reinstalling the OS, the dash ...
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Unity not showing every application open

I am running Ubuntu 13.04 and I've noticed that Unity never shows every single application that is open. For example, if i view a PDF the viewer is not on the dash and not even in the alt+tab list; ...
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CD/DVD launcher will not show up

I accidentally clicked the Unlock from Launcher instead of eject. Now the launcher doesn't show up at all when a CD/DVD is inserted so I cannot lock it back to the launcher. I don't want to create a ...
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Desktop icons missing after “logging on” to 13.04

So I signed in to my Ubuntu 13.04 (dual booted) computer today and I noticed something strange, the unity lancher had appeared as soon as I signed in, but sign in box has stayed where it is and not ...
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Computer won't load unity panels after installing and then uninstalling NVidia graphics driver

After I installed the nvidia-304 driver, my computers will not load the unity panel or launcher, please help! Screenshot: http://ubuntuone.com/35FyHPKLGKEVksV0teinFX
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Enable window switcher keystrokes in ubuntu 13.04

I love the ctrl-alt-left (and all related) keystrokes for switching workspaces in Ubuntu. I recently made the mistake of disabling OpenGL in the ccsm (dumb, I know). I've since re-enabled OpenGL, ...
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I stopped a process and now my desktop doesn't work

I stopped a process from system monitor because my computer was overheating. I'm new with Ubuntu (13.04) I won't be messing with things in the future :P So basically I can't see the launcher or ...
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How do I remove items from the Places section of the Files sidebar? [duplicate]

I don't use the Music, Documents, Pictures, Video, and Trash folders often enough to warrant them an honorary place on the sidebar of Ubuntu's 13.04 default file manager "Files". I would like to ...
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Move Metacity Window Buttons in an Upward (Negative) Direction

In my metacity window theme for Ubuntu 12.04, I am trying to customise the close, minimize, and maximize buttons. I have the .png images in the folder already put on the window, but cannot move them ...
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How do I install Flash on a Chromebook?

The instructions are Start up Ubuntu. Use Chromium to download this version of libpepflashplayer.so. Start a terminal and do sudo cp /path/to/libpepflashplayer.so ...
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customizing scopes/lenses?

In the video scopes it shows 2 of my movies in my ~/Videos/Movies(/Media/Videos/Movies) folder. When I have some 20 movies in there. The scope wont show my TV shows either under ~/Videos/TV_Shows/. I ...
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Is there a way to disable 4-finger unity gestures without compiling unity sources?

To date I could only find solutions that involve recompiling unity sources and avoiding updates, is there a way to disable 4-finger unity gestures without compiling unity sources? UPDATE I already ...
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Unity Super+A as default when pressing start menu

I have one feature that I am trying to tweak in Ubuntu 13.04 and it's been more than a year, without success. Whenever I press the SUPER button (the keyboard button with the windows logo on it), I ...
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After upgrade from 12.10 to 13.04 unity doesn't work

I have upgraded Ubuntu from 12.10 to 13.04. First look was all good. After restart, there is no Unity. I have tried: dconf reset -f /org/compiz/ unity --reset-icons but it didn't help. What ...
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Unity Fail after attempted NVIDIA install and removal

I have had a running 13.04 system for quite some time now. However, I hadn't tried to install the NVIDIA drivers on it. I also had a similar problem on a 12.10 system. In the past I resolved this ...
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Distorted graphics when using Gnome on Ubuntu 12.10

I installed Gnome Desktop Environment on Ubuntu 12.10 and when I try to use it my screen looks like this. I still can log with Unity. I used these commands: sudo apt-get install ...
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Everytime I enter to ubuntu I don't have bars, I dont have browser, etc [duplicate]

Every time I enter on Ubuntu, this happens: Then when I put my mouse in the corner it would give me a black image I have my unity enabled but it doesn't give me a little box next to it to enable ...
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Can I create a Custom “Taskbar” in Ubuntu Unity

As the title says, I am creating a theme for my Ubuntu 12.04 Unity session creation in progress for a buddy of mine. I would like to add an image on the lower portion of my screen. I have taken the ...
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Gnome 3.8 affects Unity in Ubuntu 13.04

I have installed Gnome 3 just to try it using this command: sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install gnome-shell ubuntu-gnome-desktop sudo reboot After this on log screen I have choice ...
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black screen after logout

I have ubuntu 13.04 installed and normally I use MATE as desktop viewer. After I logout and login with the default desktop viewer (Unity? gnome?) the screen is black and just the ubuntu logo appears. ...
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How to prevent the keyboard shortcuts to be forgotten at reboot?

I have Ubuntu 12.10 and everytime I have to reset some of my keyboard shortcuts. for example, I have "toggled maximization state" as strg + alt + 5 but I want it as F10 so I always have to make the ...
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Thunderbird's Indicator Doesn't Show the Bubbles in 13.04

I have tried the solutions that I found here. These two, mainly: Why won't Thunderbird report notifications to the indicator-applet on 12.04? and Why aren't certain indicators showing in ...
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Everything gone except desktop [duplicate]

I recently changed the default font using dconf tool. That was ok, and after trying that font, I opened dconf again and clicked "Restore Default" button. Then the screen was unresponsive, I forced it ...
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Mac-like search bar in task bar

I like the Unity Dash and all, but it can take a while to load (older computer with 1GB RAM). So I was wondering if it would be possible to create a program in Python that puts a search bar (like on ...
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stop emacs server being killed on logout

I'd like to run an emacs server in the background and have it persist after logout. I do not want to start it a system service since it's not a system service. A more practical reason is that I'm not ...
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Unable to see desktop in Ubuntu 12.04 [closed]

I am unable to see any Desktop in ubuntu. When I turn on computer, it just shows a black screen, no wallpaper. However, if I open a program say chrome and try switching to Desktop with Alt + Tab, I ...
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AMD proprietary drivers can only use 2 monitors (ubuntu 13.04)

I have 4 monitors I'm trying to set up in Unity with 2 GPU's (2x AMD HD7970's). Originally I had 2 monitors on each card and tried to set it up that way, but I kept getting the White Screen of Death ...
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Unity is working but not visible after installing AMD Catalyst 13.8 Beta2

I have installed AMD Catalyst 13.8 Beta 2 Drivers Now the Unity is working i can click the close button or maximize button or everything if i remember their locations they are nto visible :( Some ...
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Low Graphics Mode error on 13.04

Background I have a dell inspiron 15r se. Step by step, I wanted to upgrade the system from 11.10 to 13.04. Up to 12.10 everything was alright, it was working very well, Problem When i did sudo ...
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VNC Unity Side/Top Bars missing

While I know related questions have been asked before, I have not found a satisfactory answer, especially not for versions of Unity >= 13.04. When logging in remotely through VNC, Unity side/top bar ...
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Unity quicklists make the pointer busy in my application

Lets say that i have an argument in my application (for example appname --something) that doesn't show the gui of the program, instead it does something in the background and closes after it finishes. ...
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Arduino IDE Hud Menu

Arduino IDE like Eclipse IDE have no a natural integration with ubuntu HUD menu, but on eclipse i found here and here good tutorials to fix and it works perfectly like you can see on print, but i not ...
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Ubuntu 13.04 and issues with gnome shell 3.8

Please suggest a very safe way to upgrade gnome to version 3.8.1 in Ubuntu 13.04 x86_64. I used gnome3 ppa, both stable and staging, did sudo update and sudo dist-upgrade, but finally found my Unity ...
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Can I change the contents of the SOUND icon in the tray?

I installed a number of music players to try them out. I noticed that several of them appear in the drop down menu when I click the sound icon in the tray. I would like to change which programs show ...
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Ubuntu being… not too fast?

Yeah I know there is enough of similar questions already - why ubuntu is slow and blah blah. But, seriously. I have pretty ok-ish specs - desktop PC with Intel i3 and 4 GB ram. When I'm on Windows I ...
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Can't use keybinds when desktop icons are hidden and there's no active window

Desktop icons: disabled No window active Action: press SUPER or any other key Result: nothing and Desktop icons: enabled No window active Action: press SUPER or any other key Result: opens ...
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Ubuntu 13.04 unity desktop not displaying once expanded across multiple displays and terminal is not working

It took a while for me to even find out how to spread my desktop across all 4 of my displays. I also managed to activate the ability to drag windows between desktops as well. Now only my login ...
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13.04 cssm tweak broke compiz and unity: How to recover [closed]

I was trying to setup my desktop with the right 270 pixels reserved for conky as mentioned here When I was tweaking the General Settings in cssm Unity reset itself and stopped responding to mouse ...
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PC does not restart after last kernel update

I was using ubuntu 12.04 perfectly im my desktop until last kernel update (3.2.0-51). After the update proccess and reboot the system, the unity inteface didn' t start. The only way to login in the ...