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How do I get my Dashboard to advise anything but 'Sorry, there is nothing that matches your search'? [closed]

The statement Sorry, there is nothing that matches your search comes as a result (virtually invariably) upon my entering just about anything in the command line or search string in Dashboard. This ...
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How to enable visual effects (compiz) without disabling Unity?

How can I install compiz fusion (or whatever it is called) to have visual effects like windows burning to ash on minimize , rotating (3d cube) workspaces etc ? I was using compiz (ccsm) in 10.10, but ...
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Remove dead link in Unity dock

I had libre office calc locked to my launcher dock but when I removed libre office the icon stayed on the dock and now I cannot remove it. Right clicking on it gives me the option "unlock from ...
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Proxy settings for a single website

in KDE i can set manual proxies and in exception use particular site like youtube here shown in screenshot use that proxies only and all other sites load normally, my question is how can i do that in ...
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How can I create Unity dash integration for my Python script?

I have written an awesome script in Python and I seriously think it should help many rookie Ubuntu users out there -- especially for a quick solution/tip. My script searches through AskUbuntu.com and ...
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How do I switch desktop session users from a shell script?

I've got 2 users, foo and bar. Currently if I'm logged in as foo, I can select bar from the menu in the top-right of Unity, and since bar has no password set, I switch straight to bar. However, I ...
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How to get the list of Dash search plugins (scopes) in command line?

I am going to disable all or some of Dash search plugins (scopes). I can do it in Dash GUI one by one (see http://askubuntu.com/a/355523/103599) but it seems to me unpractical as there are 56 plugins ...
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Where do I make a suggestion for a feature in Unity?

What website do I use to make a feature suggestion for use in Unity?
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Help, broken Gsettings

I was trying to disable the global menu as per http://ubuntuhandbook.org/index.php/2013/07/disable-global-menu-on-ubuntu-13-10-saucy/#comment-8612, but while it didn't change anything, after running ...
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how to restore top level menu on panel in ubuntu 13.04

I tried to install "Macbuntu" which is not compatible with 13.04 and I don't know why? But I used force option on command line nothing changed so I uninstalled "macbuntu". Now the problem is that the ...
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In Ubuntu 13.04, can I add more wallpapers to the collections Ubuntu already has?

I'm using Ubuntu 13.04, and I noticed there are several excellent wallpapers, but I'd wish to add my own in a sort of collection similar to those it has that have an auto-changing cappability. I tried ...
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what are these parameters in application.desktop?

I set up a custom launcher in .local/share/applcations by copying and modifying one of the launchers in /usr/share/applications It works fine but I was wondering what the meaning of parameters are ...
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How to run a command with one click, preferably from unity's launcher

I'd like to run this command without having to open up terminal every time. sudo openvpn --config /home/ubuntu/Documents/vpnbook/vpnbook-euro2-udp25000.ovpn --auth-user-pass /home/ubuntu/Documents/...
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In settings menu “Background” entry appears rather than “Appearance”

"Appearance" still appears in the dash but opening it only opens system settings. I have a feeling this problem is related to this one
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gedit opens different window though it should not

It's a follow-up of Why does gedit keep randomly opening new instances when opening files from nautilus? On Ubuntu 12.04 with Unity: I double click on a text file on the desktop or through Nautilus. ...
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Dash icons didn't change when upgrading to 13.04

I've recently updated from 12.10 to 13.04, and everything is working fine but the icons at the bottom of the dash didn't change. Instead of the new ones shown in this link, I'm still getting the ones ...
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Wallpaper settings via nitrogren are lost after rebooting?

I use nitrogen to set a different wallpaper for each monitor. It requires disabling of the Nautilus desktop, but works great. Until I reboot...at which point the settings are lost and I go back to ...
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why is Ubuntu 12.10/12.04.1 adding unsupported updates by default?

after installing Ubuntu 12.04.1 and 12.10 respectively for over a few times, i noticed that within the Software Sources, by default, the Unsupported Updates (precise backports / quantal backports) are ...
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Recent Update crashed Unity and Window manager

I just updated a few packages. Among them was the ubuntu-desktop package (maybe it has something to do with that). After the update the Unity Launcher no longer stacks Items, so I have to scroll. ...
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Where does Compiz store its configuration in Ubuntu 12.10?

According to http://wiki.compiz.org/CCSM#line-108, the settings could be saved at one of the following places: GConf KConf (not applicable in a default Ubuntu 12.10 installation I guess) INI ...
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How to remove leftover unity-webapps-facebookmessenger icons?

I have uninstalled unity-webapps-facebookmessenger but I have left over launcher icons in the dash and message menu. I have removed the facebook.com entry from allowed webapps domains in dconf-editor....
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Is it possible to have my desktop loaded before login?

I am connecting to the system with Putty (this is Windows SSH client) then running some service in interactive personal mode. For example this is a script to run freeswitch: dims@nebulla:~$ cat ...
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Is it possible to set up a second monitor/display that doesn't change when switching desktop on your main with unity's desktop wall?

Is it possible to set up a second monitor/display that doesn't change when switching desktop on your main with unity's desktop wall? This is possible with the Gnome3-desktop, but I can't switch over ...
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GNOME / Unity not meant to be customized?

I was originally planning to ask if there was an easy GUI-friendly way of installing new themes on GNOME/Unity, but ... I've been reading some blogs recently that seem to indicate that GNOME and ...
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What Language is unity written in? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I build Unity from source? What Language is Unity written in? Also, where can i get its source code? I have an idea for a windowing enviroment or shell (dont know ...
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Ubuntu 12.10 runs terribly slow on desktop [duplicate]

So I got to installing Ubuntu 12.10 on a SONY VAIO desktop (a Sony VAIO RS420) but it runs terribly slow. The windows load slow (it won't even pull up Terminal, but connects to WiFi and opens Firefox) ...
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Re-order active applications in right navigation bar

I am using Ubuntu 12.04 and I want to know is there a way to re-order the item in my navigation bar. In windows 7 it is possible to group elements and re-order their position. To be more specific. ...
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See a list of recently accessed files, sorted by date

In Ubuntu, is it possible to view a list of all recently accessed files (by date?) The Unity search menu only shows a short list of recent files for a given search term: I'd like to see a longer list ...
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will an ati 5650 radeon cause issues in 12.10

Seeing so many users failing to load up unity and facing graphical issues with quantal ,should i be worried as my system has an ATI Radeon 5650 mobility card. Ps-On another note ,how do i still keep ...
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Where does unity store app shortcuts and how to get rid of nonfunctional/duplicate shortcuts?

I have lots of duplicate icons (with different sizes), or even icons without title in my dash. I want to get rid of those, but don't know how. I have observed, that when logging in as a different user,...
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Unity Gwibber lens doesn't work 12.10

Is there something Specific I am needing to do to get the unity Gwibber/Social lens to work. I have gone into system settings and added google account, twitter account and facebook account. When I go ...
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How do I use Scale for Application-only windows?

If I have 3 windows opened in the same application (e.g Google Chrome) I get this in the Unity Bar: OK, that's good and expected. If I click that, it will Scale the windows that belong to that ...
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Recent update killed unity 3d launcher

I am scratching my head on this one, a lot of things are still new to me. I updated 126 packages just now through the update manager, and upon reboot everything works fine except the unity launcher. ...
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How to find available applications on Unity

On previous versions of Ubuntu I had a menu listing installed applications, sorted by categories. I never could find anything similar in Unity. The dash never lists any application so I must find the ...
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How to solve dual monitor issue, which happens only during X start?

When is loading and two monitors are connected, instead of a login screen I see this: ...after clicking OK, selection appears: Then I'm following to console login, disconnecting by hand the ...
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Hiding the Launcher sidebar of Ubuntu Unity with CompizConfig

I am using CompizConfig to hide the Launcher at the side of Ubuntu Unity's home screen. So I followed a tutorial, I went to Ubuntu Unity plugin, and I set the Hide Launcher to autohide, but it still ...
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Compiz / Unity very unstable, crashing very often on 12.04 [closed]

I'm using Acer TimelineX from beginning of using 12.04, Compiz is crashing more than twice daily. Up to today I've been trying to solve this problem by: Using another driver and graphic card. ...
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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 can't ...
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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 ...