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Unity launcher gui graphical issues

This is an on-going issue for me. It started when I ran the ubuntu updater and installed a 13.04 nightly build about 2 months ago. I didn't have time to fix it, so I let it go. About a week ago I ...
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How do I restore the default settings and video driver after installing Nvidia?

I downloaded Nvidia driver from its official site and installed it in 12.04. But, I didn't notice that my laptop have an Intel HD 400 and a GT 620m video card, and Ubuntu does support the double video ...
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What's “Unity.LayoutHint” intended for?

I currently write my own lense in python (Ubuntu 13.4) using singlet. In the api documentation, there is a Unity.LayoutHint (View), which is used by Unity.PreviewAction (View). I don't see any change ...
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Unity Side Bar Icons size [duplicate]

Is it possible to scale down unity's sidebar icons? Im trying increment the vertical space in the way that it fits 2 more icons without scrolling.
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How to merge the folders : downloads - téléchargements / pictures - images / videos - vidéos?

I had previously installed Ubuntu Unity 13.04 in French, and got the folders: téléchargements - images - vidéos Then I reinstalled it in English and got the new folders: downloads - pictures - videos ...
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Apps icons unlock from launcher after restart

I have downloaded IDLE python ide from software center and locked it to launcher. but the icon is just a question mark in a grey square and whenever I lock it to launcher after restarting the machine ...
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Changing Unity Dash title , Ubuntu 13.04

How can I change unity dash title from "search your computer and online sources" to "dash home" in ubuntu 13.04 ?
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No Desktop - 13.04

Before I start. I am kind of new to Ubuntu. I upgrade to 13.04 and it seemed to go well. But when I logged in I got no launcher or anything. I can right click to bring up a menu and use the shortcut ...
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Ubuntu 13.04 - I'm not able to use vertical worskpaces

I'm experiencing this strange bug. Basically, if I enable the workspaces in Ubuntu 13.04 I see them, and I can go into different workspace by pressing Super+S and double clicking on them, but I am ...
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Auto Hide Launcher left a broken line there

I find that the launcher is quite annoying, so I choose to auto hide it. I have installed Compizconfig, how the problem is still there. The lanucher will hide but it left a column there, if I ...
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How to remove proprietary AMD drivers & repair Unity

I have installed these AMD drivers for my HD 5770: http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownload/linux/Pages/radeon_linux.aspx When I launched Steam it threw me an error that something was wrong with OpenGL, ...
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Change icon with Launcher API

With Launcher API provided by libunity I can add a counter or a progress-bar to my application icon. But I would also like to change the icon it self or the name of the application. Is this possible? ...
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Unity mail sound notification not playing after re-installing Ubuntu 13.04

It was working great just a couple of days ago on a previous install, also 13.04. Everything is the same, not sure why it isn't working. Under options, "Play sound on message receive" is switched on ...
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13.04 Unity (Dual Monitors) graphics suddenly broken for no reason

EDIT: Re-opened since the errors came back. and previous solutions didn't work. I've been happy with 13.04 since launch. This week however something odd started happening. Sometimes after login, the ...
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How do you restart unity? I have no menu bars [duplicate]

Yesterday after running my ubuntu HDD in VMware on win7 I found that I had somehow lost unity. Even after actually booting into Ubuntu, unity was GONE. Every answer on the web couldn't bring it back. ...
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Create Unity Launcher for file [duplicate]

how do you create a launcher for a file in unity? I am currently trying to create a launcher for the side panel in unity that, when clicked, opens an executable file in my home directory. Is there any ...
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Different wallpapers for each workspace in Ubuntu 13.04. Fusion extra's not available. Is there another fix? [duplicate]

I have been looking everywhere for an answer to my question. Tries just about every guide there is and went through all of the ubuntu forums. This is not a duplicate question as the answers to the ...
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Ubuntu 13.04 Unity black and white pixilated screen after suspend resume

Whenever I suspend and resume my laptop I get the following screen (see link to image below). I can do Ctrl+Alt+F1 to get to TTY and I can kill and restart Unity but it seems to have no effect when I ...
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Cannot get web-apps working in Ubuntu 12.10

I have been using vanilla Ubuntu 12.10 since it came out, and I will be upgrading to 13.04 in a month or two. However, I recently decided to try to install a couple of web-apps. I was unable to do so, ...
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Install latest version of Unity in ubuntu 12.04 [duplicate]

Is there anyway I can install the latest Unity (used in Ubuntu 13.04) in Ubuntu 12.04? I do not want to upgrade my super stable 12.04 just to get the Unity.
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How do I disable Unity in 13.04?

I'm using Xfce most of the time, but Unity keeps popping up even in my Xfce-Session. So I deactivated the Compiz-Plugin in ccsm, because that worked well in 12.10. But now with 13.04 as soon as I ...
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Is there a way to find the executable name for an application so I can launch it in a terminal?

Is there a way to find the package/executable name (for example, evince for document viewer, or totem for Videos) for an app?
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Toggle Transparency

I am using 13.04 and am missing the toggle transparency feature which was available through the compiz settings manager in the accessibility section under 'opacity, brightness and saturation'. It ...
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Ubuntu Touch Desktop?

Does Ubuntu Touch have a desktop mode? I mean with like a full unity inferface so you can use your tablet like a regular Ubuntu PC. Heard this is not possible due to the display server. I did however ...
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Fonts corrupted

Fonts seems to be corrupted in Unity in my system after an update yesterday. It seems certain characters are refusing to display (please see attached screenshot), or gets displayed in same color as ...
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Is there a way to make the tooltips on launcher applications appear without delay in 13.04?

Is there a way, for example in CCSM to change the delay before launcher tooltips are shown, because for whatever strange reason, the launcher doesn't respond to me clicking on an application, before ...
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What's the right way to remove an Ubuntu Unity web application? [duplicate]

After I've tried sudo apt-get remove --purge unity-webapps-googleplus the application was not removed completely - say the state was not reverted to which it was before I have installed it. I can ...
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Ubuntu 13.04 - No Unity and No Icons

I have a dual monitor config, and I tried to change one monitor to be portrait. Somehow, that caused me to lose Unity and all my icons entirely. I now just have 2 blank monitors. I managed to get ...
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I installed then deleted gnome and ubuntu desktop, now stuff isn't working correctly

I did: sudo apt-get install gnome and realized it wasn't what I was after. I then did: sudo apt-get remove gnome* and it jacked stuff up. I got my system back usable with: apt-get install ...
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Nautilus Quicklist Not Working

After having an issue with the new version of Gnome's nautilus breaking the wallpaper, I uninstalled and went back to the version included in Ubuntu 13.04. After a successful reinstallation, the ...
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Can't recover my desktop environment

Good evening Everyone, I am having problems recovering my desktop. Before it came to this desktop without the taskbar at the top, and the sidebar. Also the title bar for applications are gone. What ...
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XUl + Unity web API

Is way to make Unity Web Apps API available in XUL application? XUL applications lighter than Firefox. I think this is the best way for use web applications as desktop platform.
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How to fix this Dash background distortion? [duplicate]

I downloaded Ubuntu 13.04 and chose to try it first. This mess of shapes and colours is what I got to see: Apparently the Dash's background is being distorted.
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Show Applications Problem

After some difficulty I've got Ubuntu-Gnome 13.04 32 bit installed in VirtualBox on Windows7 Professional. When I click on Show Applications all I get is a list of topics on RHS of screen. It did work ...
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Disable downloaded files in dash

How can I disable the downloaded files section from the Unity Dash? I have already excluded the downloads folder in my privacy settings but that doesn't help.
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How to upgrade Shutdown dialog just like Ubuntu 13.04 in Ubuntu 12.04?

Is there any way to change the Shutdown / Restart dialog to the more pleasant version running in Ubuntu 13.04's? I am running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and do not want to upgrade to 13.04. This is for ...
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No icons, launcher, top panel or anything else while 'Try Ubuntu'

I just got Ubuntu live media on USB and pressed 'Try Ubuntu' and that worked very well, so I decided to install. At the end of the install I got a fail message and it said something about the boot ...
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Ubuntu 13.04 Unity Mail

I added account to Unity Mail and added it to the launcher. It still doesn't make any sound or notification if email arrives (I changed the settings and I know it's correctly connected to gmail, ...
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Unity won't to start after installing proprietary AMD graphics driver

After installing Ubuntu 13.04 64-bit, I installed all the updates, and then I installed the proprietary AMD graphics drivers for my AMD Radeon 7670M 1GB DDR3 graphics card (I have Samsung NP350V5X), ...
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What do the listed unity lenses do?

Ubuntu 12.04 synaptic package manager shows these unity lenses: unity-lens-applications unity-lens-files unity-lens-music unity-lens-video What do the lenses do? And do they send dash searches or ...
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Where does unity-webapps gets installed?

When reddit.com asked if I want to install reddit unity webapp, on clicking ok it got installed directly wihtout asking for my password. Does that mean it's installed in user's directory? If no, then ...
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Want to create new Dolphin window from Unity launcher

I installed the Dolphin File manager when Ubuntu 13.04's file manager stopped supporting expandable folders in the file pane. Sometimes I like to have separate Dolphin instances running in my various ...
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How can I make the top bar and launcher icons it holds thicker?

If you're trying to use the ubuntu-desktop arm image on a touch device (for example the nexus 7), making the top bar thicker would be a useful user interface tweak. I can already make the unity ...
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Everything freezes except mouse. Ubuntu 12.10

I use ubuntu 12.10 32bit Gnome 3.6.0 with Unity GPU: Intel 3000 HD In about this computer: Processor: Intel® Core™ i5-2410M CPU @ 2.30GHz × 4 GPU : Intel® Sandybridge Mobile x86/MMX/SSE2 ...
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Unity does not get listed in lightdm on xubuntu 13.04

I've installed Xubuntu 13.04 beta2 and installed unity but it's not getting listed in lightdm session list. Any help?
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What Unity Lenses and Scopes are available to add? [duplicate]

I am curious to know what sort of unity scopes can we add in Ubuntu 13.04. I have tried a YouTube lens but it doesn't work. Are there any scopes/lenses (except the default ones) I can add to the ...
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Screen doesn't dim down to save power on Ubuntu 13.04

While idling my screen does not dim down to save power on my ThinkPad T430. I use acpi_osi='!Windows 2012' to fix dimming for function keys. On some days while the beta dimming to save power ...
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Ubuntu 13.04 Unity Social Lens Not Showing Anything

My Unity social lens is empty. I've enabled social networking in my online accounts. I've installed the Friends Twitter client, which is working fine. Anyone any ideas?
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13.04 Unity troubles related to Nvidia Optimus [closed]

I know this bug in variations has been discussed in other questions, but none of the solutions work... I'm running Ubuntu on a lenovo ThinkPad T420s. It has a Nvidia Optimus discrete graphics card. ...
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How do I configure the launcher to “dodge windows”? [duplicate]

How do I configure the launcher to “dodge windows” in 13.04? By unity revamped / like, please not batch files. I want to go into ccsm and enable it like in 11.10 or 12.04 with unity revamped. I don't ...