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Are there docs for creating a Unity theme? [duplicate]

for the last year or so I have been using KDE. I am switching back to Unity because I prefer the work flow while I'm coding, I find it easier and faster to manage all that I am doing in Unity. However ...
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How do I access Empathy after is has been “started hidden”

When I start Empathy with the --start-hidden switch at session startup, it's very hard to access it afterwards. Even if I receive a message, I won't see any windows when I click the icon in the ...
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Unity is locked, you can not remove icons or move them

Issue the following, I can not change the order of icons on the unity, nor their sleep or anything to add that it would be "locked", the programs run.
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How to remove unity upper panel in my customizes ubuntu os

Now these days I am working on a Ubuntu customization project. In which I want to remove unity upper bar panel and put this panel at the bottom of the screen. I need manual method to change it. I am ...
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Reinstalling nvidia drivers caused a problem?

I've been struggling with Ubuntu 12.04 for past 24 hours to setup nvidia properly. 1.I've checked out additional drivers tool and started downloading recommended package but stopped the operation in ...
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What is the difference between gtk-window-decorator and compiz-decorator?

I am using Ubuntu 13.10 and have installed CCSM. I found that the default decorator was /usr/bin/gtk-window-decorator. Is it correct? I am using the user configurations (the home directory of my user ...
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Implementing Unity Global Menu

I'm working on a desktop (like XFCE) as a private project, and I would like to implement the Unity Global Menu in my desktop using python. I've looked at the Dbusmenu API and even Unity's dbus ...
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How to get Ubuntu standard background settings dialogue back?

After installing the gnome shell in Ubuntu 13.10 the dialogue for changing the desktop wallpaper gets replaced with gnomes's dialogue, which is feature less, poor and useless thing. To illustrate the ...
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Installing Ubuntu with Unity but without the “Big Brother” add-ons and prebundled app cruft

I just tried the minimal Ubuntu install (a 36MB mini.iso) to see if I could get a normal Ubuntu desktop installation with Unity but without the unwanted cruft such as Amazon/Ebay/Music suggestions in ...
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Ubuntu 13.10 hangs up sporadically [closed]

I am running ubuntu 13.10 (classic unity setup). It hangs up sporadically without any obvious reason. The last time it hung up at 18:01 (the clock showed this time). Here is the logs information from ...
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Does anyone know how to make Unity remember your opened windows on logout?

Does anyone know how to make Unity remember your opened windows on logout? I know KDE does this, but would like Unity to remember what applications were loaded and to restart them in the appropriate ...
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Unusual graphic glitch in settings menu, among other windows

So I have this issue with how windows display in windows most prevalently in all settings menus, and I can't resize the window. I honestly have no idea what to call it, but it is an inconvenience that ...
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Searching Window Spread in Ubuntu 13.10?

The super + w shortcut which "window spreads" will not let me search through windows. I tried messing with ccsm but still cannot figure out what is wrong. Ubuntu 13.10
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is there code example or api reference for “convergence”?

I cannot find any code example for writing apps for “convergence”. Does anyone know it where I could find any? Or will anyone give some clue about how to write a convergence app for both phone and ...
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Bring up multiple instances of program upon click

I seem to be having a strange problem with Ubuntu 12.04 on my laptop. I also use Ubuntu on my desktop and it works fine in that if I click the icon of a program and I have multiple instances of it ...
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Screensaver not activating in 13.10

I'm running Ubuntu 13.10 64bit and the Unity desktop environment. I have my screen lock settings configured so it will blank the screen after 5 min. and lock it imediatly. The problem is it doesn't! ...
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Non-translucent dock

Is there an option to have non-translucent dock when I have an application maximized? I have combed through System Settings and nothing remotely refers to that. By the way I am running Ubuntu 14.04 ...
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Desktop Switching Shortcuts not working at all!

Some time ago I was tampering with Settings and installing new applications and I somehow disabled desktop switching by shortcut (I think It was CairoDock that did it). Now I always have to click on ...
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Unity-Dash Problem

I have an Asus x64J Laptop with 2 graphic cards (intel + nvidia). I installed Bumblebee to play games but since then my launcher looks different. I want that part in the circle straight like on the ...
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When I press Home folder launcher on Unity dash it starts loading some time

I have a little problem with unity dash. When I press on Home folder button after opening home folder mouse pointer shows loading for some time. I have reseted Unity dash once, it not helped. ...
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Adding unity-dock shortcuts at static place

I would like to add a shortcut in my Unity Dock (the left panel), but right on top of the trash icon, in the "static" zone of the dock. A picture is worth a thousand words : Can you help me ...
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Unity will not work after upgrading from 12.04 to 12.10

Last night, I updated from Ubuntu 12.04 to 12.10. This morning, I logged in to my computer, only to get a black screen. I am able to access the shell by pressing the escape key while the Ubuntu logo ...
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Blender keyboard binding over written by Unity key bindings

I am trying to use Blender to do some 3D modelling. And there is Blender shortcut CTR+ALT+0 is supposed to move the camera to current view. But in unity this shortcut minimizes the current window. Is ...
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Single terminal instance doesn't come up when I click on the icon in the launcher [closed]

I have a couple of terminals open in Ubuntu (13.04). If I click on the terminal icon in the bar on the left side of the screen I can see all of them on my screen. However, with 1 open terminal I ...
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Display resolution & Unity: were perfect before restart

Today I rebooted my system, after an uptime of 11+ days (suspending once daily) and after an update a few days ago that invlolved fglrx, to see that the screen resolution has changed. In "Displays" ...
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How to allow multiple users to use the X display?

I got a physical machine running Ubuntu 12.10 server edition along with a X server + Unity. I would like to remotely connect to this machine through SSH to run a graphical application over the remote ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 Launcher and overall Style Change

I recently restarted my computer and when it turned back on the unity launcher appearance was different. Originally the icons would stack at the bottom unless I moved the courser over them, and then ...
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How to disable super+space key in Unity?

After a recent update (or maybe I missed that somehow) Unity does not allow to use super+space key now. Instead it shows a language swithing box in the middle of the screen. I couldn't find this ...
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Show Desktop button keeps Moving in Unity

My Show Desktop button keeps moving around the unity toolbar. It isn't a giant problem, but it is annoying to try and find it all the time. How do I make it stay put? Using Ubuntu 13.10
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How to have a different virtual desktop per physical display?

Context: I've recently switched back to using an external monitor with my laptop. I'm using a 2x2 virtual desktop with the expo plugin. (Actually a 3x3, doesn't matter) I'm currently not satisfied ...
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Application menu options not click able

I'm using Ubuntu 13.10 and gnome 3.10. Everything was working okay. Suddenly I noticed that application menu options are not clickable for all the applications. I've added a screenshot and the same ...
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Install unity 7.1.2 in ubuntu 12.04, is possible?

I have upgraded Ubuntu 13.04 to 13.10. I like very more the default unity interface. The command unity --version return unity 7.1.2. The problem in Ubuntu 13.10 is than I give errors on installation ...
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cannot open ccsm

I uninstalled compiz, compizconfig-settings-manager and unity (sudo apt-get purge --auto-remove). Moreover I removed manually (sudo rm -rf) all folders connected with compiz: compiz and compizconfig ...
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Change Custom Theme's Desktop Label

I'm attempting to write a custom theme for 12.04 and would like to change the upper left-hand corner label for the desktop from "Ubuntu Desktop" to a simple icon. (See image) ) In looking through ...
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Cairo dock, white border lines on all icons

I have ubuntu 13.10 (I think, the latest one) and even thou I love Unity I kind of did not like the left bar so I installed cairo dock which is great, BUT at random times the whole dock gets white ...
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Is there a way to get bouncy cursor using Unity?

I have just realized that compiz doesn't have the option for a bouncing cursor (a cursor that will bounce whenever you access an application, like a busy cursor) as KDE does it. Is there a way to ...
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battery show percentage (and time if possible)

My battery has some broken cells making the battery drop from 60% straight down to 30% in a few seconds. This makes the estimated time remaining extremely unreliable for a full charge but the ...
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Can I add or change search tags in Unity's Dash

I'm using Ubuntu 13.10 and I use two languages English and Russian. So i need to switch all the time to English to find and launch applications, for example Clementine. Is it possible that I set ...
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How can I upload to Ubuntu Wallpaper Contest?

Is there any other way to upload original content (wallpapers, pattern, etc.) to Ubuntu Design, without using the flickr contest...? Usually the contest were for Ubuntu, but the latest contest is ...
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Function volume keys get stuck; volume raises to max/min rapidly

I have two function keys for raising and lowering sound volume in keys [3] and [4]. Occasionally, when raising or lowering the volume, it's like the key gets stuck and the volume quickly raises to ...
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Window minimize does not work

So after installing Gnome 3.10 on my Ubuntu 13.10 and playing around with it my Unity desktop is a bit bugged. When I try to minimize a window, nothing happens. Now, when I press the windows key and ...
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Always show close, minimize, maxmize buttons

In Unity I have to mouse over the top-left to see the close, minimize, and maximize buttons. For some reason, this is really annoying to me. How can I make those buttons always visible? This ...
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Unity on 13.10: Ctrl + Alt resizes the window. How to disable this?

I run an almost fresh install Ubuntu 13.10 with Unity. As soon as I press Ctrl + Alt (on the left part of the keyboard), current window resizes to the size of 1 / 4 of the screen. How do I disable ...
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Stuck at boot screen 12.04

I tried to install a lightdm greeter theme but after dissapointing results I chose to try gdm instead, which prety much reconfigured my desktop theme, so I chose to remove them both. Since the last ...
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Problems with AMD drivers. After logging in computer will not display unity interface

I recently built my first computer and installed Ubuntu since i am short on cash. For the last year I have been using ubuntu on my laptop, and have not had trouble with it. When I installed on my ...
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Any way to enable Google Drive search in dash without other online results?

As you probably know, ticking the "do not include online results" option in Security and Privacy prevents the Google Drive scope from returning results; unticking it opens the floodgates and provides ...
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No window decoration around nautilus windows in Ubuntu 13.10

I updated my Ubuntu and after window boarders for nautilus has been disappeared and the menu items that are on the unity top bar does not work. Menus are still there but you cannot click on them but ...
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Enable Wobbly Windows correctly

Whenever I want to enable the Wobbly Windows plugin in CCSM, it tells me the following: Plugin "Snapping Windows" provides the feature "edgeresistance", which is also provided by "Wobbly Windows". ...
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Some smart scopes not working

In addition to one of my questions here on this site, I discovered that a lot of my enabled smart scopes do not work in Ubuntu 13.10. For example Zotero, almost all music lenses except banshee etc... ...
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System-wide scaling of user interface in Ubuntu (13.10 x64 or any variant)? [duplicate]

Does Ubuntu contain a feature for system-wide (dpi) scaling which can scale the entire user interface while maintaining proportionality between interface elements? If not, can this be achieved? If ...