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How to have an application moved to launcher in stripped-down Unity under Ubuntu

I installed Ubuntu server and then the stripped down Unity desktop. I then installed terminator. I see terminator in the Software Center. I can also locate the .desktop file for this application and ...
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How to hide an application from window switcher (alt-tab) in 14.04

How can I hide an application from the alt-tab menu for Unity? A post in an older thread suggested using compizconfig-settings-manager. http://askubuntu.com/posts/437099/edit Install ...
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Input source icon

Two days ago I've decided to switch to Ubuntu Unity desktop after using KDE for almost six month. Everything is running smoothly with some difficulties, but I had a small problem with my input source ...
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How can I manually adjust menu colors in themes?

I am using Ubuntu 14.10 with the Unity interface and the Ambiance theme. I like this theme, and any other theme I've tried was much worse for me. However, one thing that really bothers me with this ...
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Difference of HUD behavior in between Ubuntu 14.04 and 12.04

It seems to me that when press Alt and type, in 14.04, it only searches the menu of the current program. However, in ubuntu 12.04 it searches the menus of the programs running in the background. ...
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unity theming flaw

I am using a unity theme called 'Flatttice' installed from noobslabs ppa. The problem with theme is the selected background color and selected foreground color are same for inactive windows. This is ...
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Why does X220 Tablet rotation work with stilus only while touch input does not rotate with screen?

I have a Lenovo x220 Tablet and have tried installing both Ubuntu 14.04 and 14.10 on it, both with unity, and both have the same problem. When I install with unity and try to use the touch screen ...
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Desktop icons not showing when using dolphin

I'm running Ubuntu 14.04 with pretty much the default setup. I decided to install dolphin and use that as my default file browser (via the exo-preferred-applications tool). After I did this, my ...
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Unity unable to bring programs to foreground

Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTS, some programs are already running and shown on dash. But from time to time I am unable to switch to the program. As shown in the snapshot, SecureCRT is running and when I click its ...
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Duplicate Dropbox dashboard entries

I have 2 Dropbox entries in the Dashboard menu if I don't put any search terms. I looked at a related question and tried the solution but it didn't help (How to remove duplicate entries in dash?). ...
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Can't install freeglut3-dev or libglfw-dev due to unity-control-center dependency issues [duplicate]

I'm trying to install 2 different packages: libglfw-dev and freeglut3-dev When I run: sudo apt-get install libglfw-dev or sudo apt-get install freeglut3-dev I get the following error: Some ...
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Is there any steps to enable unity (unable to see my icons and terminal windows) [duplicate]

Which steps do we have to perform in Ubuntu 14.04.2 when there's no icons and terminal window... How to open a terminal window? Because when I type ctrl+alt+t I still get no response.
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gtk-launch .desktop is not using custom icon

I copied my .desktop shorcut to user_home+"/.local/share/applications/" then going to terminal and typing in gtk-launch nameOfMyDesktopFile it launchs it, but it doesn't take the custom icon. I'm ...
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Upgrade to 14.10 and video drivers… no menus or dash

Finally managed to get a 14.10 install to stick, but there's no side menu and no top-right power button or menu there. If I launch a program (like use a folder to navigate to and launch a media file), ...
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Ctrl-Alt-Space doesn't work on Ubuntu 14.10?

Ctrl-Alt-pretty much everything else works. Ctrl-Space works. Alt-Space works. But nothing seems to see Ctrl-Alt-Space. If I go into System Settings->Keyboard->Shortcuts and try to assign C-A-S to a ...
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Horizontal glitches/lines/Screen tearing in ubuntu 14.10

Why do I get horizontal lines like the ones shown below in my Ubuntu 14.10 acer aspire 4736z laptop as shown in figure (see the icons of terminal, vuze, hardisk etc)? This happens some time (~10 min ...
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Is there an application like the GNOME system settings which is more modular (remove some devices, leave others)?

I'm looking for a GUI application which works as nicely as Ubuntu's system settings, except that it lets me remove some of the items in it without the whole thing crashing. In the current GUI, ...
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Image Viewer (eog) causes lightdm to restart

When I open an image and without zooming, try to drag to any border (which is ofcourse, by mistake), eog closes and a black screen appears** that says lightdm is starting, and lands me in login ...
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Why are my launcher icons missing/not working on a fresh install?

I just finished installing Ubuntu 14.04 and my desktop looks normal, but on the left-hand side where the icons usually go, mine were different! The Firefox browser wasn't there or any of the other ...
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ubuntu 14.10 - lightdm can't start unity. Bad xorg config?

When I try to login with lightdm my monitors go dark and then switch off before taking me back to the lightdm login screen. I get a message telling me: Could not switch to the monitor configuration ...
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On every single kernel update, I need to reinstall the NVidia driver and Unity is broken

Every time I do a kernel update (with the regular standard update manager in Ubuntu 14.10), Unity breaks completely. I need to reinstall the Nvidia drivers and I need to manually repair Unity. If I ...
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dark blank screen when using unity except for I-shaped solid cursor; mate works better

I started having problems several weeks ago and asked a question. It was marked as duplicate, but the suggestions to try didn't work. The text marking it as duplicate suggests editing it to get more ...
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GTK2 themes do not show up in any tweak tool [duplicate]

I have Ubuntu 14.04 and I would like to download this theme I managed to get it to work on 13.10 but since I upgraded to 14.04 it no longer works. When I look in any tweak tool it does not show up. ...
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Unity/Ubuntu Desktops loading up on KDE?

Sometimes when I log into Kubuntu 14.10, my first desktop is fine, but then when I switch to others, all my widgets are gone and it has the Ubuntu default background, and when I go back to my first ...
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Can not unlock from and lock to Launcher

I just use dd -ip /dev/sda -op /dev/sdb to clone my old disk to new disk, and boot from my new disk. All the things remain the same except that applications in Launcher changed back to default. Why? ...
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Ubuntu 14.04LTS Icons and Theme not working

Recently I've installed Ubuntu 14.04, works perfectly, but I tried to change the icons (Numix Circle) and theme (Numix, gtk I guess) with Unity Tweak tool. None of the installed themes or icons are ...
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Icons On Launcher and Taskbar Different

A few days ago, this issue started popping up: Whenever I log in to Ubuntu, the icons in the Launcher bar and the Taskbar look kind of strange. Unlike the neat icons Ubuntu came with, these icons are ...
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I can't find any option to change a sound theme

I'm using Ubuntu 14.04 with Unity (dual boot, but separate hard drives). I have looked all over the settings for a way to change the sound theme, but I can't find one. There is one spot in the ...
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Ubuntu touch full desktop

Would it be possible to take my nexus 10 with the latest ubuntu for tablets installed, mount the system partition as rw, and, by means of adding and removing packages, get a full unity 7 desktop ...
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How to change unity greeter logo position?

I have changed unity-greeter logo successfully by replacing desired logo to /usr/share/unity-greeter/logo.png Now I want to change the position of the logo. Is it possible? I use 14.04 64-bit os
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Extensions for unity

Users of Gnome can write and upload extensions for customisation, as can be seen here https://extensions.gnome.org/. Is there anything similar for Unity? I haven't been able to find anything. I know ...
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Is there any way to make the ubuntu icon launch Kupfer instead of the dash?

I find programs like Kupfer, Synapse, Gnome-do, and Alfred much quicker, more task-oriented, and generally more useful than the unity dash. I use the shortcut keys: ctrl+space to launch Kupfer, but I ...
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Any workaround to make Ubuntu webapps work in 14.10?

I installed Ubuntu 14.10 just yesterday. Webapps are of the features most advertised in the Wubi Installer. I can see that the Ubuntu browser has upgraded. Unfortunately all webapps show a blank ...
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How to change Font Color in Unity Lenses and Menus?

I installed KDE after Ubuntu and this changed some Fonts in Unity. I followed some advice (i.e. using Compizconfig Settings Manager and other programs, switching themes back and forth) and am almost ...
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How do I disable vertical resize when mouse drag on left / right edge?

Currently, when resizing a window by mouseclick + drag on either the left or the right side of the window, it is resized both vertically and horizontally. I can't find any information about this, ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 - unity won't load after update

I just updated Ubuntu and can no longer access the desktop. Upon booting, I am shown the login screen (with the wrong resolution) and can log in; after this, though, I am only shown an empty desktop ...
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How can I install XFCE and completely remove Unity

I use Ubuntu 12.04 (I have not upgraded to 14.04 for performance reasons) but I don't like Unity. How can I install XFCE as my default graphic system, and completely remove Unity?
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Ubuntu Desktop has changed appearance after installing tweak and Gnome

I have a recent install of Ubuntu 14.04. I just installed a few things as recommended to do on howtoubuntu here, and on unixmen here. As a consequence the appearance of my Ubuntu environment has ...
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No dash, no launcher in Ubuntu 14.10

I am presented with the same issue that the one described here: no dash and no launcher upon login. I am creating a new question though because the solution doesn't resolve the problem. Note that I ...
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ubuntu and unity randomly unresponsive

Some times randomly, ubuntu 14.04 gets unity super slow and unresponsive, and when using the browser i get the screen pretty chopped when scrolling down. (like in the image) ubuntu in general gets ...
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How to stop Ctrl+= being swallowed?

I want to bind C-= in Emacs but Emacs sees it as "=". Emacs is 24.3 running in gnome-terminal on Ubuntu 14.10. xev sees that Control is pressed but C-v C-= in bash prints only "=". I assume that ...
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Purge video driver installation and set to default values

this is the (temporary, though) solution I found It's not permanent because it's really uncomfortable, but since it was saying me that the nvidia module wasn't loaded, I googled looking for one of ...
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Not allowed to close a window after clicking the icon on the laucher

After clicking the icon of the application on the launcher I am not allowed to close when hovering over one of the windows and it is not focusing on the one my mouse is over,and I saw that it is ...
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Ubuntu Eclipse window disappears

I am using ubuntu 14.10 with 4 virtual desktops and the newest eclipse ide (4.4.1). Unfortunately I encounter a very annoying bug with this setup: When I try to maximize the eclipse window, it is ...
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vodacom webbook ubuntu ON9 v1.13.3

I need help I have lost my password for my ubuntu v1.13.3 and I don't knw how to reset it I have tried writting 'mount/dev/mmcblk0p3/mnt'after builts in command list but it shows no found
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Gtk-WARNING related with themes, should I take them seriously?

I launched Evince from the command prompt after TexLive installation to test some of generated pdf files and noticed that there were warnings related with icon-themes. While Evince was running I ...
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Lock the Nemo icon to the Unity Launcher (Ubuntu 14.04) and customize it

Is it possible to create the same kind of shortcuts like the Nautilus launcher has, for the Nemo file browser? How can I edit Unity Launcher shortcuts in an easy manner, can I use a text editor or ...
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Unable to open Unity after update

I am completely new to the Ubuntu world and just hit my first major problem while installing unity on my chromebook C720. I installed it without problem using crouton and just updated it using the ...
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Display color goes haywire when resuming from lock screen

Resuming the computer from locked screen sometimes ends up distorting the display. It happens randomly and restarting the computer is one workaround for it. I tried this : ALT+F2 ,then type ...
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Windows not maximizing correctly, Conky suspected

Any program that I open is disregarding both the launcher and the panel when maximized. Attached are screenshots of firefox, gedit, and gnome-terminal after typing ls /. I have had Conky ...