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Inconsistent icons in Ubuntu Unity

   I've downloaded IntelliJ Idea, then just unziped it and run it by execute idea.sh in terminal and made a new project. I wanted to see what would happen if I simply right click on ...
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Is super slow Ubuntu 14.04 a graphics problem?

We just installed 32 bit version of Ubuntu 14.04 on our old Dell Dimensions 2400. Everything seemed to load ok but Ubuntu is super slow. Several of the different threads I've read about this focus on ...
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Slow Booting Ubuntu 14.04

I am currently using Ubuntu 14.04 & facing the problem that it is taking much time to boot, so I installed bootchart to see which process is taking much time but could not understand the chart ...
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How to reenable unity - tried the standard stuff

While going through my compiz settings, I noticed, that windows decarator is off, and I clicked to turn it on - then clicked yes, before I've read that this will turn off unity. I tried reenabling ...
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Unity 3D Suddenly Disabled Ubuntu 12.04

My Unity was always OK since first install in 2012. I always use Unity 3D session, never use 2D session. But now, I have only Unity 2D session. I don't want 2D session, I want my 3D session back. I ...
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Neither launcher nor dash appears on login, Unity Plugin enabled

I was trying to fix an issue with Ubuntu 14.04: my screen would freeze when the computer was woken after being asleep. I followed the instructions here (Ubuntu 14.04 System freezes on wakeup from ...
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Ubuntu 14.04LTS - Hotkeys don't work unless an application is open

This is a strange one for you all! I'm using Ubuntu 14.04LTS and I have Guake Terminal installed which has a hotkey to make it pop open on the screen when I press F12. This stopped working a few days ...
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Unity - Gaussian Blur to the launcher bar?

If the top panel can be blurry, can the Launcher bar be blurry like the panel or the dash?
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Accented characters not rendering correctly on title bar in Ubuntu 14.04

So I've noticed this problem after I upgraded from Ubuntu 13.10 a few days back. I've noticed that whenever a window title is supposed to contain any accented character like "ï", the title bar ...
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Why does menu transparency mess up my notification area?

I used Unity Tweak Tool to set the menu to be transparent but now my notification area gets all confused after it changes: As you can see it looks like it's not clearing earlier images from the ...
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Removal of the Lock/Switch Account menu in gnome desktop Ubuntu 14.04 LTS [duplicate]

We are looking for a way to remove the list of previously logged on users from the shutdown menu in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS running Gnome Classic Desktop. We have lots of computers in a lab environment where ...
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Issue with Sublime Text Unity icon

I just installed Sublime Text 3 via the terminal from the following commands: sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/sublime-text-3 sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install sublime-text-installer ...
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Display seems to crash after login [closed]

When i log in as main user, the display seems to crash. It only shows artifacts and the unity bar at the top. When i log out and back in as a guest everything is fine. So there must be a config in ...
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Mouse wheel over luncher icon

Unity allows to switch between windows of open programs by moving mouse wheel over launcher icon. After mouse wheel is moved old windows disappear and new one appear. I would like to change ...
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Akgregator probelms: try icon and favicons

I use Akgregator in Unity and I have two problems: I don't see the try icon (with the number of new messages): I don't see the favicons of the feeds, but only the default icon: How to solve ...
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14.04: Icons missing in system settings

This problem has appeared here before, but in my case it has a special twist: I am running Ubuntu 14.04, fresh install, no upgrade. the icon for the System settings shown in the launcher (the wheel ...
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how to change specific icons in the unity launcher (ubuntu 14.04) [duplicate]

I would like to change some specific icons in the launcher but no matter what I try I cannot solve this issue if someone could possibly supply step by step I would be grateful.
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How to install all the Compiz plugins (excepting those which are unsupported or experimental) on Ubuntu 14.04?

I just bought a HP laptop yesterday and I've installed Ubuntu 14.04 on it. I want some awesome Compiz plugins (like cube rotation,cube deformation,fire painting,water,etc.),but I don't know how to ...
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Change the Unity launcher search provider

If I enter a term that gives no hits in Applications etc. I will automatically redirected to the Yahoo search page. How can I change the search provider there? I found out, that the content-search ...
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Logout takes too long: how to find the reason?

Logging out the session (not on shutdown) takes too long: more than 3 minutes on my netbook. On the process CPU isn't working, seems just waiting. No difference using indicator menu, shortcut key, or ...
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How does one run Unity 3D (the full free version) in Ubuntu Studio?

How does one install Unity 3D (the full free version) on Ubuntu? I have tried to run the program through Wine 64-bit, and I get this message every time: Error initializing license system. Please ...
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I lost my sidebar and header bar buttons after an error message

I left my laptop on for 30 minutes, and when I came back there was an error message. I clicked on the prompts that asked if I wanted to report the error, but after that I lost my sidebar and header ...
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How can I replace the top row of function key with media keys? (thinkpad)

The thinkpad x230 has a top row of function keys which can be used as media keys by pressing fn+FX I would like to not have to press the fn keys, i.e. only pressing F11 would start playing music. I ...
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Pinch to zoom in Unity with touchscreen

Is there a way to enable pinch-to-zoom in Unity? It seems like mulititouch is supported with my touchscreen already: When I tip on a window with three fingers, I can move around the window. But when ...
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Messed up after installing Unity8/Unity mir

i recently installed Unity 8/Unity mir desktop from terminal using command provided on OMG Ubuntu. But now i can't go back to my original unity desktop. My pc is on auto login at start-up so i can't ...
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Installation PROBLEM : unity Ubuntu-Desktop [duplicate]

Currently I am using Gnome-Shell but now I want to use unity Desktop. I tried to install ubuntu-desktop by following command sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop Its showing following error The ...
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14.04 LTS | Log Files | Debugging Unity, Gnome, XSession [duplicate]

I'm unable to fix my Ubuntu desktop (GUI only). See: 14.04 LTS | Unity reset but cant login normally 14.04 LTS No Dash / Launcher after update through Software Updater The issue is in the areas of ...
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gnome-control-center suddenly has limited settings

I remember normally I can make most of the settings just by typing the name in Unity search, like when I type "Displays" I can configure my monitors. But all of sudden the "Displays" is no longer ...
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Unity unable to login (can login with xubuntu) [duplicate]

Any and all help would be appreciated... Ok so. My laptop is Ubuntu 14.04, and the other day I restarted it and then was no longer able to login. So what happens? I attempt to login (lightdm) and ...
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CCSM not saving any changes made

I'm making changes with ccsm to the unity plugin, mainly to disable a whole ton of useless keyboard shortcuts which just take fullscreen applications out of focus and cause other problems. The changes ...
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Unity desktop shortcuts display path to file

I'm using Unity on Ubuntu 12.04 and something odd has happened to my desktop. At some point all the icons for all the files on my desktop began to display their path beneath the file name. This is no ...
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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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change keywords for unity smart scopes

I would like to use some custome keywords for unity smartscopes. E.g. "w" for wikipedia instead of "wiki". Is there a way to do this?
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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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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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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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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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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 ...