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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 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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How to configure Logitech Performance MX 950?

I am completely new to Ubuntu 13.04 and I do not have much experience using terminal. However, I would like to assign the "zoom" button on my Performance MX mouse to show workspaces... I find 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 ...
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Is there a way to show the plugged in removable drives on the {unity} desktop?

Is there a way to display drive icons, like in GNOME 2.x and Cinnamon on the Unity desktop?
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Launcher in 13.04 does not always show when mouse touches the edge of the screen

I have a weird problem with the launcher ever since I upgraded from 12.04 to 13.04. I've set the launcher to auto-hide mode and whenever the pointer touched the left edge of the screen the launcher ...
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1Up Industries's Bins-like for Unity Launcher?

I'm curious if there is an application for Ubuntu that allows for the type of functionality given by Bins (link here). Would like to group IDEs and web browsers in a similar fashion. edit: I'm not ...
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How can I change Chrome's title bar text?

I have chromium web browser open and I don't want it to say Chromium Web Browser in the title bar in unity. It can be blank for any app I have open as well using 12.04
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Hitting Alt doesn't bring up the HUD

I just noticed that the HUD appears to be gone. I updated to 13.04 recently and tapping Alt doesn't do anything. The Alt (tap) shortcut is even gone from the cheat sheet that appears when I hold ...
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unity broken :(

So I updated my computer a while ago... bad choice. Now my desktop is all screwed up. Without unity running it runs just fine... but unity controls everything so its hard to do anything without it. ...
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What does it mean that I have a green “LV” cicular logo/symbol on my mounted drive

I have a local mounted disk which bears my Ubuntu 12.04 OS. The disk icon on the Unity dock has a green "LV" circular label on it. Any ideas what this label means ..I cannot find any documentation on ...
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Transparency bug in the dash

I'm using ubuntu 12.10 on my laptop acer aspire 5742zg with an optimus nvdia card (bumblebee is running perfectly) and I have a problem with the transparency in the dash. When I open the dash all the ...
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Hierarchy in Launcher?

Help! My launcher is full! And scrolling through the icons is so painfully slow! Is there any possibility to apply a hierarchy in the launcher? Some folder-like icon where you can put in a bunch of ...
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LightDM not Behaving as Expexted

I seem to be having some odd lightdm behavioral issues. So far this what I have in my /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf file: user-session=gnome-classic greeter-session=unity-greeter ...
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Unmount fuse mountpoints on logout?

I have a couple of folders containing compressed data. I have one application which needs to access the uncompressed version of the same data. A simple way to solve that for me has been to run a ...
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How to have gnome-applet's functionality with unity?

with gnome-fallback and classic gnome shell, we had gnome applets available, but not in Unity. There was a system monitoring applet there that I could see may CPU and network bandwith used. I'm pretty ...
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How to delete “blank links”/“dead links” from Dash search? [duplicate]

After removing the old version of Netbeans and installing the new version, I've being getting the problem. Looks like the Netbeans uninstaller removed everything related with it, except the ...
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Unity intercepts drag and drop file uploads to webpages

Just asking if someone out there has seen the same quirk: If I want to drag a file to a dropzone in a website (say gmail's compose interface) Unity brings up the window picker bar (Launcher) and I ...
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Installed application as root, unable to use by other user

I have installed a program as per the read-me file available with the same, i.e. --How to Install---------------------- * You need login as root * 1. Run "tar jxvf linux_install.tar.bz2" 2. Run ...
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Ubuntu 12.04.2 LTS vs. Ubuntu 12.10? [duplicate]

should I pick Ubuntu 12.04.2 LTS or 12.10 for my home machine? I know that Ubuntu 12.04 is LTS but 12.10 is newer. But what should I pick now? Can I use Gnome 3 Shell (apt-get install gnome-shell) ...
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Is it possible to integrate Unity within Lubuntu Desktop Environment?

Is it possible to integrate Unity Dash in Lubuntu (Fresh Clean Install) apart from installing ubuntu-desktop. If installing ubuntu-desktop is the only option then if installed are there any chances of ...
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How to delete unity default launchers

As a part of the system init script, I want to delete default launchers after blank ubuntu desktop installation using bash script. If I delete launchers from the /usr/share/applications it works, but ...
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Ubuntu 12.10 Fresh Install Blank Screen Issue With Gateway Nv7802u Laptop

Before flagging this question as a possible duplicate, and saying that I have not done any research, give me a moment to explain the issue. I have done search after search on Google, on ask Ubuntu, ...
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How to tweak Unity panel bgcolor in Ubuntu 12.10?

Currently in Ubuntu 12.10 we have very few GTK3 themes upgraded to version 3.6 in addition to the default Ambiance theme. When you maximize an application window, you have only the toolbar below the ...
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Disable Alt (Hold) in Ubuntu 12.10 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I modify or disable the HUD’s use of the Alt key? When I hold hold Alt it displays a box in the corner for that programs application menu. I hate this and its ...
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Global Menu broken for Gnome Applications after adding GNOME 3 PPA

After using the GNOME3 PPA to upgrade Nautilus , (I have been working with it for several days without problems), the Global Menu broke for all Gnome-application, like totem, gnome-terminaL, nautilus ...
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How do I disable the Alt - Tab switcher?

I would like to disable the Alt+Tab (or all of the Alt+ combinations) on my Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. I tried to disable at System preferences -> Keyboard shortcuts, but this method doesn't seem to be ...