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Why does Skype notification icon show up in Unity while Opera and Indicator-weather don't?

The only thing I really miss in Unity is being able to have the notification/indicator icons available I choose. I always have a little CPU indicator, Weather, Opera and Skype available, but in Unity ...
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Why doesn't unity dash respect the gnome Main Menu entries?

I'm testing out Natty, and one thing I notice is that the custom commands I put in my old main menu don't appear in dash. I click "Applications" and what I get is different from the list in the "Main ...
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Unity does not use the categories from the .desktop files

I installed the educational version of Ubuntu with Unity. This is for kids. The most important applications are the ones that the descriptions says are specially added for kids. Trying to find them ...
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Is there a way to make the launcher get out of the way of open windows?

Is there a way to make the launcher "dodge" open windows in Ubuntu 10.10 Netbook Edition?
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Where do I submit a .desktop file updated with the Unity Launcher API?

Specifically, I decided to update the desktop file for Google Chrome to add a static quicklist (like is already present in Windows 7). Where do I have to submit it for inclusion in Ubuntu?
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How to disable touchpad click on Acer Aspire 5742z

I have an Acer Aspire 5742Z using Ubuntu operating system - how do I disable the touch-pad click
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Indicator Menu Replacement for notification area?

I'm looking for a Indicator Menu, that replaces the notification area. Any Systray Icon should be in a Identicator Menu, because on Netbooks the Application Menus and the Systray Icons overlap ...
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What exactly is Unity? [duplicate]

I still do not understand about Unity, please help me is it same with Docky?
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Help on Netbook Launcher

Can i install the netbook launcher together with existing desktop mode and unity mode ?
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Unity does not display properly [closed]

Ubuntu Unity on the Ubuntu netbook edition installs without a problem but when I log in though, where the panels are, there is just blank area with a shadow effect style thing on it. I can open apps ...
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unable to set lock screen in ubuntu 16.04?

I am using dconf-editor to change my lock screen , but it always falls back to default one. I'd tried every method that's possible using dconf-editor, but unable to do so . what's the possible way to ...
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How can I directly move windows to another viewport, choosing from a list?

With multiple viewports, you can right click a window and then move it to the viewport right/down, etc. On Gnome, I could send a window directly to workspace 1/2/3/4. Can I implement this in Unity? ...
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xfce4-notes not showing in Unity menu

I use xfce4-notes and I liked it a lot. My issue, it is not showing in Unity application menu, is there any solution?
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Removing the border around dash

I'd like to remove the huge dotted border around the dash in ubuntu 16.04. Google isn't my friend lately and I just can't find any result... Compizconfig doesn't contain any option for this. Can ...
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Geary stuck on messaging menu after uninstallation

I uninstalled Geary but for some reason it still shows in the Messaging Menu with a "No" symbol as an icon. I tried restarting. Under /usr/share/indicators/messages/applications there are only ...
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Unity 16.04 fade

I don't know how it happened, maybe I changed some Compiz setting. Now all my Unity windows start fading / blurring gradually and become unreadable. I tried to unity reset and docnf reset /org/...
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How to cleanup themes/icons that I messed up

I've been playing a bit too much with my custom themes/icons. I started by copying them from /usr/share/themes (/icons) to ~/.themes (.icons). Then afterwards decided to delete the original files to ...
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After login, nothing but a black screen

So I tried to install Unity3D and it didn't work out. Each time I started it it would crash. Anyways, I moved on and did some stuff on blender. I switch off my computer and restart it a little later, ...
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Ubuntu Touch Music app installed in 16.04 unity 7 shows no music

For some reason the music-app installed in ubuntu 16.04 desktop unity 7 shows no music even when there is music in the music directory in my home. Does it look for music somewhere else?
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Simple Unity Launcher Fix

I see that I can install 'myunity', and that seems like it will be overkill for my problem. Here is what happened: I was using 2 monitors with different desktop backgrounds using nitrogen, and the ...
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Missing Files app from dash / application switcher

I am using Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (very happy with it so far), but I am facing a really weird issue. It's not impossible that I have changed a setting somewhere to break it, but I cannot find such a setting ...
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Can't drag windows to another workspace on Ubuntu 16.04

This used to work on Ubuntu 14.04. I know that I have to enable in CCSM Desktop Wall > Edge Flipping > Edge Flip Move. Also turn off Move Window > Lazy Positioning option. I disabled Grid as well in ...
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which Desktop would i get after ugrade to 16.04?

Currently i'm using ubuntu 14.04 with xubuntu-desktop. i had completely remove unity from my system. now i want to upgrade my 14.04 to 16.04 so my question will i get unity back or it will have ...
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Ubuntu booting into gnome not Unity

First I have installed Gnome and removed unity. But now I want back unity. So I again installed unity and purged gnome. Problem is on booting it boots with gnome animation and before it i have a black ...
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Changing icon and text sizes (and toggling) for visually handicapped

I need to temporarily make everything larger: icons, text, etc. while I cope with a temporary visual problem. Is there an easy way to toggle between normal resolution and "large-print", if you will? (...
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How to make active application float to the top of the launcher

How would one make icons on the launcher jump to the top of the launcher when switching to a window using Alt+Tab or by clicking that window's icon on the launcher ?
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How do I get rid of redundant Wine launchers in Unity?

I want to get rid of redundant Unity launchers of uninstalled software, especially uninstalled windows (wine) software. All answers already given elsewhere are user specific and not universal and does ...
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Bright flash when resuming from sleep, ubuntu unity

Hi as the titles says really, I'm getting a really bright flash of the screen pre-suspend, when returning from sleep. Then it will load the lock screen at the brightness level I've set. Any way to ...
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How to investigate (or even fix) the odd blank area on my screen?

Everything works, but there is an anomaly which started a few weeks ago. An area which should display part of the wallpaper is all-white instead. It is a small area, approx 0.25" tall and 3" wide, ...
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How to display something in unity systray from a bash script

Is there a way to display something (a warning, a persistent icon that I could change, anything) in the system-tray in Unity? I need to be able to control it from a bash script. Ideally this would be ...
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Creating wine shortcuts on 15.10: how to hide from desktop but not from launcher?

So I followed a previous answer to successfully create a shortcut to a Wine application. I want to hide the desktop icon but still show the launcher icon. I deleted the my-app.desktop from the Desktop ...
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Ubuntu Unity running slow after update, not opening certain programs

Okay, so to preface this I'm a noob in Linux so I don't know how to figure out which packages might have broken my system. So yesterday evening I installed an update and later noticed that I couldn't ...
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Resetting Ubuntu dash/launcher keyboard shortcut

Super (aka the Windows-Logo key) doesn't work as my base Unity Dash/Launcher keyboard shortcut. Setting it in ccsm (sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager) by going to ... Desktop->...
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How can I dock a specific System Settings as an icon to the Unity launcher?

I need to access my sound settings frequently and thus would like to add a direct shortcut icon to the sound settings to the Unity launcher. Is there any way to achieve this? Unity launcher: ...
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Can I change the contents of the Keyboard Shortcut List that shows up when I hold down super? [duplicate]

It occurred to me that this could be a very convenient way to keep a little bit of information sitting just in the background, ready whenever I need it. I am referring to this list
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Is it possible to restore traditional full-width scrollbars (15.10)

Ever since the hateful and buggy "overlay scrollbars" appeared, I disabled them and used "normal" scrollbars, so I am glad the overlay ones are finally gone in 15.10. However, I don't like the new 15....
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Using the CCSM, is there a way to run Desktop Cube smoothly with Unity Desktop Manager?

I have tried several times in UBUNTU 15.10 to run the cool looking eye candy option of the Desktop Cube with small to catastrophic failures. Any advice? buxtor
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Unity desktop environment and Georgian (MESS) layout

I've installed Ubuntu 15.10 on my laptop with Unity desktop environment. I'm Georgian and often use Georgian (MESS) layout on keyboard. When I use LibreOffice and Georgian (MESS) layout in Unity ...
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All programs are closed after lid is closed

I have Lenovo Y570 with Ubuntu 15.10 installed on it. Whenever I close the lid and then open it, I see the log-in screen, and if I type in my password, I find that all my programs from last session ...
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Is the gnome-screenshot modified for Ubuntu? [closed]

I am a big fan of gnome-screenshot on Ubuntu. When I press the print key on my keyboard, it captures the current screen and shows me a dialog asking what to do with the screenshot. Usually, I use it ...
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Conky's frame appears randomly

I tweaked the Harmattan Texture conky to create a mix between the comfortable version and the god-mode version. The problem is that at some moments, which I can not anticipate, a black frame, or ...
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Why when I run' sudo apt-get remove upstart' does ubuntu try and remove ubuntu-desktop, unity, and unity-greeter?

I'm having problems with Xorg randomly crashing on Ubuntu 15.10. I checked ~/.xsession-errors and there's some stuff in there about upstart, so I'm trying to delete it from my system. I read that ...
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How do I reset my Unity configuration on 15.10?

I know that there are similar questions regarding what I'm about to ask, but I have tried several suggestions in an attempt to fix my problem, to no avail. My desktop background is blank and I need to ...
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Why does “apt-get autoremove” removes packages that are still used by programms?

I mostly install my software via apt-get. From time to time apt-get tells me to use autoremove to install "unused packages". But it removes for example webapps-common which is used by the ubuntu ...
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Nautilus Actions is not working on Ubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf

In Ubuntu 14.04 LTS I used to MenuLibre application to create menu items for applications in Unity and Gnome desktop environments as an alternative to edit the text file .desktop of /usr/share/...
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Very strange bug in Unity (or less likely in Gimp and Skype) - some windows dont show anything

Sometimes when I start Gimp main window looks like this: After a few restarts of Gimp everything renders OK. Sometimes I can also reporduce this bug with Skype: In this case it helps just to ...
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Upgraded Ubuntu 15.04 to 15.10, and Unity graphical elements not showing up

I just upgraded to Ubuntu 15.10 from 15.04. Problems: The Unity sidebar and top bar are nowhere to be found. No matter if I push the cursor against the screen border. The Unity top bar only ...
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Theme for small screen?

I'm running the latest (15.x) vanilla Ubuntu on an old laptop, Thinkpad x60. It's running pretty smoothly with an SSD and 4G of RAM. But the screen is pretty small (1024x768). So any UI bells and ...
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Is it possible to theme the BFB launcher background separately in Unity 7?

I already had a look at this related question, which covers changing the BFB icon in older versions of Unity. But the information there is probably dated, and does not entirely cover what I'm planning ...
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How to add more functionality to the drop down menus in gnome ubuntu?

When I click on an open program in the activities bar of gnome all I receive is the option to quit the program, is there any way for this drop down menu to show more actions. For example when I am ...