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Appearance option in System Settings suddenly gone

Recently, volume and sound stopped working. Soon after I lost the ability to go into System Settings other than through the console. Then many of my launcher icons vanished. Now my workspaces have ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 freezes a lot

I have a desktop with Ubuntu 12.04 with Unity, fresh install about a year ago. Details: Intel Core i5-3570K CPU @ 3.40GHz × 4, 4Gb RAM, 2 Tb HD, 64-bit Ubuntu 12.04.5 LTS Kernel: 3.5.0-54-generic ...
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How do I make the panel background invisible in Kubuntu 14.04 [duplicate]

I hope I am not wrong by asking a Kubuntu question. Previously there was a desktop theme called Bare Naked. It is my favorite, but no longer is available. Is there a way to make the panel ...
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Can not use Wacom Intuos CTL-480 and Touch Tablet on Ubuntu?

I am extremely new to Linux and just recently downloaded Ubuntu to my Chromebook. I really need to install my Wacom Intuos Pen and Touch tablet but the system can not recognize it. I have already ...
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How can I fix this Workspace glitch?

When I have Workspaces enabled (just 2 x 2) It shows this: It even clones screenshots. When disabled, there is still this: And I have to move the window whenever I open a new one from the left ...
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Dual Booting on Chromebook

I recently managed to dual-boot my Acer C720 Chromebook with Ubuntu Unity. However, unlike the standard desktops that I've seen via tutorials, etc., Unity comes preloaded with Firefox, Libre tools, ...
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some apps/popups displayed in gnome-style in ubuntu 14.04 (unity)

after installing valama, some dialogs (open-dialog, save-dialog, password-prompt, ...), are displayed in gnome-style (no title-bar). this issue appears in any application using gnome-dialogs (i.g. ...
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can't see desktop except for background when log in Ubuntu14.04

I need some help, I installed Ubuntu 14.04 from 12.04. I had some problems when it rebooted so I had to install unity using sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop and continue tu update all packages ...
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Unity 2D dash and launcher unable to install! [closed]

Ok. I tried installing ubuntu TV from This page. It said that my ubuntu 2D environment will be altered. Now when I choose Ubuntu 2D,I dont have a launcher. Everything is working except there is no ...
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Automatic folder synchronization to a specific USB drive

I am using grsync for folder synchronisation with my usb drive. I usually synchronize folders manually. Now I wish them to happen themselves. So, Is it possible to synchronize folders automatically ...
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How to save desktop session with Unity?

Is there a native way provided by Unity to save an arbitrary desktop session, in order to restore it during next system start? By desktop session, I refer to all the applications currently running ...
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How I can resize icons from system tray?

My system tray now : Zeal, Spotify, google notifications, skype and many more apps that they have a app indicator by default, has a horror icons with over size. I searched on google, ask ubuntu ...
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No menu bar and unity launch after upgrading to 14.04; ccsm cannot start

Yesterday I upgraded from 12.10 to 14.04 by do-release-upgrade. Things were Ok after the upgrading. However today when I logged into my account, no menu bar, no unity launch. I tried ctrl+alt+F1 to ...
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GNOME client-side decorations persist after removing GNOME [closed]

I have completely removed Gnome 3.12, all Gnome shell extensions, any extra applications, etc. from Ubuntu 14.04 and then reinstalled Unity. After rebooting I still see the characteristic client-side ...
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No Unity (desktop/sidebar) after uninstalling bluez

Had some problems with bluetooth earlier so I wanted to reinstall the bluetooth component. I used apt-get remove/install bluez. It looked like it uninstalled a lot of stuff. (Uninstalling took a lot ...
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how to change desktop background in ubuntu desktop

I was using gnome desktop environment at the start but i switched to unity environment by install unity shell via this command sudo apt get install Ubuntu-desktop after this I have many issues like ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 / Unity- onboard utility (on-screen keyboard) - desktop icon

I would like to have some easier way to launch "onboard" (on-screen keyboard utility). Once onboard is launched it conveniently sits on a service bar (would be nice to have some improvements there ...
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Unity command runner

I'm searching for command runner for Unity. I known that there is default runner under shortcut ALT + F2. But as it was explained in that question Run command don't run command line programs it ...
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Prohibiting changing of home page and launcher

I want to be able to prohibit the change of the order of the icons in the launcher and from people changing the home page in firefox. Is there a way to do this? So far I figured out a way to do it so ...
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Disable annoying global menu shortcuts

I would like to disable Alt+[key] from triggering the global menu categorie on Ubuntu 14.04 (for example the Alt+h combination triggers the help menu). I have unactivated numbers of unity features ...
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How to really install GNOME desktop

I want to replace unity desktop by Gnome desktop. I have installed Gnome-shell but what's I get is not what I want. I want to have the same result as if I installed Ubuntu Gnome. I have tried fresh ...
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Inconsistent icons in Ubuntu Unity

   I've downloaded IntelliJ Idea, then just unziped it and run it by execute idea.sh in terminal and made a new project. I wanted to see what would happen if I simply right click on ...
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Is super slow Ubuntu 14.04 a graphics problem?

We just installed 32 bit version of Ubuntu 14.04 on our old Dell Dimensions 2400. Everything seemed to load ok but Ubuntu is super slow. Several of the different threads I've read about this focus on ...
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Slow Booting Ubuntu 14.04

I am currently using Ubuntu 14.04 & facing the problem that it is taking much time to boot, so I installed bootchart to see which process is taking much time but could not understand the chart ...
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How to reenable unity - tried the standard stuff

While going through my compiz settings, I noticed, that windows decarator is off, and I clicked to turn it on - then clicked yes, before I've read that this will turn off unity. I tried reenabling ...
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Unity 3D Suddenly Disabled Ubuntu 12.04

My Unity was always OK since first install in 2012. I always use Unity 3D session, never use 2D session. But now, I have only Unity 2D session. I don't want 2D session, I want my 3D session back. I ...
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Neither launcher nor dash appears on login, Unity Plugin enabled

I was trying to fix an issue with Ubuntu 14.04: my screen would freeze when the computer was woken after being asleep. I followed the instructions here (Ubuntu 14.04 System freezes on wakeup from ...
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Ubuntu 14.04LTS - Hotkeys don't work unless an application is open

This is a strange one for you all! I'm using Ubuntu 14.04LTS and I have Guake Terminal installed which has a hotkey to make it pop open on the screen when I press F12. This stopped working a few days ...
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Unity - Gaussian Blur to the launcher bar?

If the top panel can be blurry, can the Launcher bar be blurry like the panel or the dash?
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Accented characters not rendering correctly on title bar in Ubuntu 14.04

So I've noticed this problem after I upgraded from Ubuntu 13.10 a few days back. I've noticed that whenever a window title is supposed to contain any accented character like "ï", the title bar ...
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Removal of the Lock/Switch Account menu in gnome desktop Ubuntu 14.04 LTS [duplicate]

We are looking for a way to remove the list of previously logged on users from the shutdown menu in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS running Gnome Classic Desktop. We have lots of computers in a lab environment where ...
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Can't launch unity bar with wacom tablet

I have a Wacom Intuos CTH680 & I can't seem to be able to launch the unity bar with the pen. When I move the pen to the edge of the detection area, the unity bar doesn't reveal itself. The only ...
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Display seems to crash after login [closed]

When i log in as main user, the display seems to crash. It only shows artifacts and the unity bar at the top. When i log out and back in as a guest everything is fine. So there must be a config in ...
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Mouse wheel over luncher icon

Unity allows to switch between windows of open programs by moving mouse wheel over launcher icon. After mouse wheel is moved old windows disappear and new one appear. I would like to change ...
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how to change specific icons in the unity launcher (ubuntu 14.04) [duplicate]

I would like to change some specific icons in the launcher but no matter what I try I cannot solve this issue if someone could possibly supply step by step I would be grateful.
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Ubuntu Desktop Theme Recommendations [closed]

I've been using Ubuntu 14.04 Desktop since release and while I like the Unity interface, I'm not a big fan of the color scheme or the fonts used by default. What would your recommendations be for ...
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How to install all the Compiz plugins (excepting those which are unsupported or experimental) on Ubuntu 14.04?

I just bought a HP laptop yesterday and I've installed Ubuntu 14.04 on it. I want some awesome Compiz plugins (like cube rotation,cube deformation,fire painting,water,etc.),but I don't know how to ...
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Change the Unity launcher search provider

If I enter a term that gives no hits in Applications etc. I will automatically redirected to the Yahoo search page. How can I change the search provider there? I found out, that the content-search ...
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Desktop empty after login Ubuntu 14.04

I really need someone's help. I don't know waht else to do, I've read all forums trying all sort of manipulations without managing to solve my problem. After my login my desktop is empty. I don't ...
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Logout takes too long: how to find the reason?

Logging out the session (not on shutdown) takes too long: more than 3 minutes on my netbook. On the process CPU isn't working, seems just waiting. No difference using indicator menu, shortcut key, or ...
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How does one run Unity 3D (the full free version) in Ubuntu Studio?

How does one install Unity 3D (the full free version) on Ubuntu? I have tried to run the program through Wine 64-bit, and I get this message every time: Error initializing license system. Please ...
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I lost my sidebar and header bar buttons after an error message

I left my laptop on for 30 minutes, and when I came back there was an error message. I clicked on the prompts that asked if I wanted to report the error, but after that I lost my sidebar and header ...
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How can I replace the top row of function key with media keys? (thinkpad)

The thinkpad x230 has a top row of function keys which can be used as media keys by pressing fn+FX I would like to not have to press the fn keys, i.e. only pressing F11 would start playing music. I ...
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Pinch to zoom in Unity with touchscreen

Is there a way to enable pinch-to-zoom in Unity? It seems like mulititouch is supported with my touchscreen already: When I tip on a window with three fingers, I can move around the window. But when ...
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Messed up after installing Unity8/Unity mir

i recently installed Unity 8/Unity mir desktop from terminal using command provided on OMG Ubuntu. But now i can't go back to my original unity desktop. My pc is on auto login at start-up so i can't ...
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Installation PROBLEM : unity Ubuntu-Desktop [duplicate]

Currently I am using Gnome-Shell but now I want to use unity Desktop. I tried to install ubuntu-desktop by following command sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop Its showing following error The ...
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14.04 LTS | Log Files | Debugging Unity, Gnome, XSession [duplicate]

I'm unable to fix my Ubuntu desktop (GUI only). See: 14.04 LTS | Unity reset but cant login normally 14.04 LTS No Dash / Launcher after update through Software Updater The issue is in the areas of ...
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gnome-control-center suddenly has limited settings

I remember normally I can make most of the settings just by typing the name in Unity search, like when I type "Displays" I can configure my monitors. But all of sudden the "Displays" is no longer ...
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Unity unable to login (can login with xubuntu) [duplicate]

Any and all help would be appreciated... Ok so. My laptop is Ubuntu 14.04, and the other day I restarted it and then was no longer able to login. So what happens? I attempt to login (lightdm) and ...
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CCSM not saving any changes made

I'm making changes with ccsm to the unity plugin, mainly to disable a whole ton of useless keyboard shortcuts which just take fullscreen applications out of focus and cause other problems. The changes ...