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Tomboy notes aren't searchable from Dash

I installed Tomboy and created an example note. Trying to search both the title (first line) and the content didn't give any results. I was expecting the notes to show up after searching for them, ...
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resetting unity theme doesn't stick

Ubuntu 14.04 I have Ambiance theme applied, but font colors are not following the theme. Font colors are black, which is very hard to read on the dark background. For example, the font in the switch ...
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Unity partially broken after installing GNOME

I recently installed GNOME on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, but this appears to have damaged Unity such that I can't change the wallpaper in Unity, nor will the context menu appear when I right-click the desktop. ...
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Cursor themes only work for some applications

Trying some X11 cursors from gnome-look.org (Vienna, Protozoa, Leafm, Ecliz... ) in 14.04 Unity. Done update-alternatives and chmod 755. Everything is ok, cursor themes are visible in unity-tweak, ...
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Ubuntu 14.04, only wallpaper and a mouse cursor is showing

I upgraded to Ubuntu 14.04 weeks ago, that was a fresh install. And as usual installed, Unity tweak tool, some themes, Chrome, eclipse etc. Today, while playing with Unity tweak tool, I mistakenly ...
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Menus are being placed below windows' titlebars [duplicate]

I upgraded 12.04 to 14.04 last night. I'm using unity. After upgrade this is what it looks like . How to place these menus back in global menubar? I haven't touched any compiz settings. ...
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Dragging Windows Between Workspaces Freezes UI [closed]

I am having a problem on two systems when I enable multiple workspaces and try to move windows between them (zoomed out using the workspaces button on the unity bar) the UI freezes. To replicate: ...
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Teamviewer mouse wont open the laucher

I have an issue that I am unsure of the root, as in weather it is an ubuntu issue or a teamviewer issue. On my computer I have the launcher auto-hide, While connected to it from a windows computer ...
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Unity does not load after update [closed]

How can I solve the following problem ? There is no unity dash or nothing after I updated my system last night. System Information : Distributor ID: Ubuntu Description: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Release: ...
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Blank desktop after login

Today my 14.04 updated itself not requiring a reboot. After a while I rebooted because of other reasons and then I was pleasantly surprised by a blank screen. I have tried everything I could think ...
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Ubuntu 13.10 unity won't load from this morning [duplicate]

I turned on my pc this morning and unity will not load at all. I have tried loading it manually using ctrl+alt+f1 and all i got from it was the following:- compiz (core) - Info: Loading plugin: core ...
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unity and the tray are not displayed after login

When I'm Log in the Tray bar works. After the correct login it disappear , also the unity bar doesn't appear. so I can not even start a terminal session for making changes, since it does not work the ...
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How to REMOVE UNITY at 14.04 [duplicate]

I'm a relative new user in linux, I have a laptop with low-medium hardware, Unity goes OK but when I work with web browser or 3-5 windows and applications , crashes and gets slow. I have installed KDE ...
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In Unity Dash, when I type 'o' is not visible while 'O' is visible. How to repair?

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS 64bit, Unity-3D HUD. Lowercase 'o' is not visible in HUD. But uppercase 'O' is visible. Anyway search results are correct. In Unity Dash, when I type 'o' is not visible while ...
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Is there a command to get the location of a file which I have clicked and am dragging?

I want to be able to drag a file to the edge of the screen, and a command that gets the location of the file I'm holding. I know how to get it to run the command when at the edge, I just don't know ...
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how to scale all controls equally with high resolution display setting?

I've had some success using Unity on a high resolution display (mac retina) by adjusting the 'Scale for menu and title bars' ratio (see image below); however, some of the icons (including sliders and ...
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HELP: I Broke Ubuntu By Uninstalling Compiz

I'm still getting used to Linux, having come from Windows. I was receiving an error that "compiz" had crashed a few times so I figured I'd uninstall it. sudo apt-get remove compiz sudo apt-get ...
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Broken workspaces problem

Selecting a program icon on the Unity sidebar won't take me to any window sitting on a different workspace, only the ones in the current. Can anyone suggest how to fix?
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Permanent Changes to xkb-settings (12.04)

I am able to remap caps lock to be an extra ctrl key by running the following: setxkbmap -option "ctrl:nocaps" However, as discussed in this question, the changes are not persistent (also after any ...
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What is the difference between xubuntu with Unity and Ubuntu? [closed]

I have Xubuntu 13.04 and am having trouble with installing Ubuntu, so I was wondering, "Couldn't I just install Unity?". If there is no difference, then how would I go about installing Unity and ...
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14.04, unity not working after upgrade kernel to 3.13.0-27

After installing new kernel update unity is not loading. Just blank screen without Unity panel. I have tried to delete Unity and Compiz config files, and to reinstall Unity, but there is no result. I ...
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Can the C++ API be used to develop scopes for Unity 7?

I want to develop a Unity 7 scope for Ubuntu 14.04. I've found a nice introduction here, but unity-scope-tool depends on Unity 8 which I don't won't to install. As I can see, most of the other scopes ...
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14.04 LTS Unity no longer boots after last 94 MB update

I am running 14.04 LTS, Unity, on an HP Pavillion 15, 4GBRAM, 750 GB hdd, I-5 machine, with AMD 8600M graphics card built in. I have disabled the dash and all Ubuntu spyware. I have been faithfully ...
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Unity not working [duplicate]

I have Ubuntu 14.04 and it has run fine until yesterday, when an update for Ubuntu was installed. I rebooted and it was in low-resolution without the launcher or taskbar. I reinstalled my NVIDIA ...
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WARNING: terminal is not fully functional despite xterm-color

I have two Ubuntu VMs. On one of them, whenever I run git diff or git log, I see: WARNING: terminal is not fully functional I then get a horrible, monocolour diff (yech). How do I fix this? I ...
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Misconfigured Compiz and lost desktop usage [duplicate]

I disabled something in the compiz manager, I think I disabled the openGL plugin. Now nothing is showing on my desktop, I can not interact with anything and all I can see is the background wallpaper. ...
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How to create a theme with a picture panel svg or png for GNOME Flashback (Compiz), Unity, Gnome Classic?

How to create a theme with a picture panel svg or png for GNOME Flashback (Compiz) and GNOME Flashback (Metacity) and Unity in Ubuntu 14.04. How to create a theme with a picture panel (svg or png) ...
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System monitor borders missing

It seems that some applications the borders are missing, I noticed it on gnome-system-monitor, but thought not much of it as I don't really use it. But more applications are having this issue too now, ...
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dropbox icon disappears only for some users, while dropbox still loads

On Ubuntu 12.04 I have two users: for both Dropbox is installed and starts when logging in, but only one of the two can see the actual (white) Dropbox icon in top right tray: what is the problem with ...
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NVidia screen config

How do I restore the display config to the one I got during installation? I'm running Ubuntu 14.04 with dual nvidia gtx 570 connected to two screens. When I installed ubuntu at first I ran 13.10 ...
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How to fix System Settings window lag

I wanted to open System Settings window and I waited ~30s. Then the window was opened. My machine has an Intel Core i7 processor and 16GB RAM. What produces a lag in opening System Settings? How can ...
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Can't lock screen through unity

I can't lock my screen through keyboard shortcut or dropdown menu. Here's the twist - I CAN lock it by running gnome-screensaver-command -l in a terminal. How do I diagnose this?
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Super+digit takes precedence over Ctrl+Super+digit

I use Ctrl+Super+0-9 to switch workspace. I also use Super+0-9 to start programs that are pinned to the bar (unity default). The problem is that when I try to switch workspace, if I happen to press ...
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Unity wont work in Ubuntu 14.04 Virtualbox [closed]

When I try to boot up Unity 14.04 LTS On virtual box after installation, It says, "Sorry, Ubuntu 14.04 has experienced an internal error." Under the details, it says that the executable path is: ...
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Is the window manager handling Wine applications differently?

I'm not exactly sure how to explain this; perhaps it is a bug. On some applications that a launched using Wine, if you switch window focus away from them, you cannot get the focus back. For example ...
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Unity launcher dissapears

When you open two or more windows of the same program, the icon in the Unity Laucher shows two or more arrows telling you there are more instances opened. And then when you click on the icon all the ...
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How do I find out if a configuration setting is running?

I use a High-DPI monitor on my Lenovo Yoga2 Laptop (like a retina display) so I have to change the overall font-scaling. There are many ways to set the text-scale-factor, for example dconf-editor, I ...
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Missing Unity Bar and top bar in 14.04, using Nvidia, with slightly stretched graphics

I'm new to Ubuntu, so apologies for not knowing the correct lingo for everything. I just upgraded to 14.04 on my Macbook Pro 5,5 (mid-2009). 13.04 worked great, but I'm having some issues with 14.04. ...
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How do I get my Unity login screen back after installing Lubuntu Desktop on 14.04?

I have installed lubuntu-desktop and xfce4 on a Ubuntu 14.04 installation. After doing so, my login screen changed. I have tried resetting my LightDM and attempted to modify the lightdm file, where ...
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set up windows on a workspace

I'd like to set up a command that can restore all of my windows after a reboot. I typically have a set of windows per workspace (multiple monitors) for a particular task. After I reboot (which is ...
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trash media to eject it, like in OS X [closed]

Is there some simple way to make Trash treat removable media as OS X's Trash does? (It treats drag and drop of the media to the Trash as eject, actually changing the icon from a trash basket to an ...
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Strange glitches on initial login

After a fresh install of Ubuntu 14.04 with full-disk encryption, my computer boots up fairly quickly. When I first log in to my account, four strange glitches happen all at the same time, and all ...
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Why does my program crash if it doesn't fit in the display?

I used to make programs for my E-ink PocketBook using SDK from http://pbsdk.vlasovsoft.net/ on 32bit Ubuntu 12.04, and it worked great. Recently I went to 14.04 64bit. I use gcc with the -m32 option ...
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Ubuntu unity error after kubuntu-desktop

After installing kubuntu-desktop, when I log into a default unity session there are some minor cosmetic errors. The drop down menus (File, Edit, etc) have black words on the black menu and the ...
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Cannot access installed applications from HUD

I was trying to get rid of dash plugins within the search, so I created & copied a list of my scopes and used: gsettings set com.canonical.Unity.Lenses disabled-scopes "[$(find ...
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slow graphics when cpu usage is high in 14.04

I just upgraded to 14.04 and it has an annoying issue to me. Whenever it is doing something CPU intensive (ie. encoding audio or video and the usage is over 80%) Unity goes veeerrry slowly. Windows ...
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Problem with icon arrangement in the laucher

I'm having a problem with selecting and arranging the icons in the launcher panel. I had the same problem in 13.10. I hoped it would go away in 14.04 but unfortunately it hasn't. First, when I ...
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Unity will not log on

Unity will only log onto the guest version on my computer, when I type in my password normally it momentarily flashes to a black screen then return to the login screen. When running unity through ...
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Is there a way to set global/default system settings (specifically GUI Scaling)

I added Ubuntu 14.04 to my system (MacBookPro11,3) which has a HiDPI screen. In system settings, I was able to set the GUI scaling to 2.0 for my own account, and I'm happy about that. However, the ...
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Dash's “search your computer and online sources” stops working after a while

The dash "search your computer and online sources" just spins and hang. It works a few times after each reboot, but then simply stops working. If I select files or applications the dash search works, ...