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How to get rid of the Fogger lens?

though I prefer using Fogger instead of creating web-apps in chrome, I don't need the Fogger lens in my Unity Dash. The few web-apps I have are easily found via global search or applications lens. I ...
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Reopen a closed GUI of a running program

When I use Truecrypt or Skype GUI and then (by mistake) push the X button to close it I can still see they are running (using ps-e). In the case with Skype I can even see I am logged in. If I try to ...
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How to display in Unity an exported GMenu in DBus?

I can see exported menus with D-Feet but Unity doesn't display them... Any Idea, additional documentation or code examples? This is my code: GMenu *menu = g_menu_new (); g_menu_append (menu, "Add", "...
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Login screen corruption [closed]

This is what I get in the login screen, it disappears only when I move the mouse and it only happens in the login screen. This is Ubuntu 12. 04 running over an Intel desktop board DG31PR and I'm ...
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How to maximize windows to the middle monitor with three monitors

I've installed Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and most things are running smoothly. I've managed to set up my three monitors using ATI's Catalyst Control Center. However, I run into problems when I try to maximize ...
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Dash search function displaying 'old' result

I'm no Ubuntu expert but I have had brief experience with Linux in the past and use it a bit at my university. Today I had an issue with the Dash search function. Specifically I downloaded a ...
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Window buttons have suddenly changed to the right side

I'm using updated Ubuntu 12.04 64b with unity, and im having some problems with the window managing buttons and themes. Everything was fine until this week when i rebooted the system and when it ...
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Unity 3D vs Unity 2D vs Gnome shell for battery life (resource use)

I'm currently trying to choose between Gnome shell and Unity 2D/3D for my Ubuntu installation on my laptop (I don't really like the dull look of some environments like xfce). Of the three, which uses ...
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Why are my Firefox control buttons disappearing?

Not sure if this is a "fault" or just me. The window control buttons (top left) in Firefox disappear behind the unity launch bar on the left of the screen when Firefox is maximised. It is then ...
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Is there a Unity Lens to replace the filemanager

I'm setting up Ubuntu for a couple who have very little knowledge of computers in general. Instead of making them open nautilus to find their family photos and videos, is there an already made unity ...
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Unity Launcher integration and quickly run… fail

I'm trying to use the uniy launcher with progress bar.. but it doesn't work.. I just followed the first example on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqGfsgz1Sl4&list=UUWUDCz-Q0m4qK7lkK4CevQA&...
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Window buttons do not belong to the top window?

Sometimes in Ubuntu 12.04 (no modifications), when application X is on top of the screen (i.e. it is the window that I see), the close and minimise buttons are not from application X. Thus, when I ...
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setting XDG_DATA_DIRS and XDG_DATA_HOME

I made some mistake by setting environment variabel Now i can not launch any application from the console and recieve this error: GLib-GIO-ERROR **: No GSettings schemas are installed on the system ...
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How do I get my taskbar back?

When I restarted my Ubuntu workstation after a firefox crash, my taskbar disappeared. I'm referring to the bar at the bottom of the screen, where the currently-open programs are displayed. Also, I ...
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How can I make the launcher disappear after notification

I have a generally stock configured Unity 2d, with the launcher in auto-hide mode. When I get a notification, the launcher pops out and the relevant icon wiggles. That is all functioning well. My ...
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How can I repair the default GTK libraries after installing GTK 3.4 from source?

I am running Ubuntu 12.04 and compiled and installed GTK 3.4 to go through some GTK developer tutorials. Installing this version of GTK has caused problems with Unity. All system dialogs and top bar ...
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Alternate between windows on launcher click

There is no way to set unity to change between opened windows by clicking on the laucher incon? Everytime I want to change a window of the same program I have to use the keyboard!
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what software packages required to write applet to add to unity panel/bar

I was recently frustrated to find that I could not add the gnome "sensors-applet" to the unity bar/panel along the top of the desktop. Assuming somebody (like me perhaps) wanted to modify an applet ...
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Launcher application missing white triangle arrow which indicates it is running

This has happened since 11.10 if my memory is correct. If I minimize this application there seem to be no way that I know to get it back. Is this a unity bug or compiz bug? There is no triangle on ...
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Is it possible to add the Chrome Task Manager to the Chrome Unity quicklist?

Is it possible to add the Chrome Task Manager to the Chrome Unity quicklist as an option?
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How to couple Unity Launcher with window opened by IntelliJ?

I've written a launcher for IntelliJ IDEA. If I start IDEA, the new icon is shown in the Unity Launcher, but with a blank app label. If I Drag and Drop the launcher from Dash to the Unity Launcher, it ...
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How do I revert updates/tweaks to get to a usable GUI?

I just installed 12.04 the other day and then ran into trouble upon restarting after installing updates. What I did before the problem occurred: I did not make many changes before this problem ...
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No windows whatsoever after compiz reset

Currently using 12.04. This time I was trying to use the application switcher, and it asked me to resolve a few conflicts most of which were not easy to comprehend. So after some yes and no dialogue ...
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Is it possible to install the Unity 2D Panel in Kubuntu without pulling in all of Unity's dependencies?

I would like to avoid installing Gnome dependencies, if possible. I figured this is possible as Unity 2D is written in Qt. Thanks for your input!
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can't login to Unity always login to Unity 2D

I select Ubuntu on login and it always loads Unity 2D. I ran /usr/lib/nux/unity_support_test -p And got this error X Error of failed request: BadWindow (invalid Window parameter) Major opcode ...
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12.04 Unity capable, but still stuck with no loader/dash/

I ran /usr/lib/nux/unity_support_test -p And it seems I pass all tests, I'm using the latest proprietary drivers, Unity 2D/Gnome works just fine, just not Unity 3D I already tried Unity doesn&#...
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Ubuntu boots quickly but is very slow loading X windows

I've heard a lot about fast booting in Ubuntu 12.04. Unfortunately my experience is a bit different. My ubuntu boots like this: from grub to noticeable mouse cursor ~30s + ~10s for desktop picture ...
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tomboy in12.04 ubuntu add ins tags cant unfold

I have this problem in both gnote and tomboy I cannot access the add ins from preference. I can click addins tab but once in there I see preference, tools, etc but I cannot unfold any of these tags to ...
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How to reset Unity after being replaced by Cairo-Dock? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: I broke my unity by using cairo dock PPA, how do I fix it? I have recently installed Ubuntu 12.04. I had installed Cairo-Dock as well. My brother closed something in Cairo-...
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Menus disappear on changing compiz settings

I installed compizconfig on ubuntu 12.04, and was changing the desktop effects, suddenly all menus disappeared, I can't even open terminal. I restarted several times. When I tried Ctrl+Alt+F2, logged ...
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Unity will not boot 12.04

I switched to GDM and restarted. No problem. Waited several days and my system is working well, except for a minor bug in Gnome 3.4. I install Ubuntu Tweak and make a few tweaks. Reboot and all is ...
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How to recover from an upgrade failure?

Today I foolishly gave in to upgrade requests to 12.04 from 11.10 and now Im having a lot of issues with the unity interface where the previous version worked seamlessly. After boot the following ...
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Compiz - green transparent textures?

Unity dash, launcher and notifications goes green after a short moment after login. That happened here: I use the fglrx driver on my ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4200 series graphics card. Does anybody ...
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Search for videos outside “My Videos” folder using Video lens

My remote scope for the video lens has the following: YouTube Movies TED Talks ??some chinese characters?? Encuentro RTVE 3sat Mediathek YouTube Education VODO SCI-FI London YouTube Shows Vimeo Bing ...
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Unity does not start automatically, have to start it manually

After upgrading to 12.04 the system starts up normally, and shows me the login screen. After I log in, unity does not seem to start up and shows me a small XTerm window. I start unity manually from ...
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Ubuntu logs automatically into Unity-2D mode

Recently I upgraded to Ubuntu 12.04. The computer is an Acer Aspire 5732Z and I have 2 problems: When I log onto Ubuntu (in 3D mode) it begins in 2D mode. I cannot change the screen resolution. ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 (64 bit) ultra laggy Unity-3d with 295.33 and 295.40 drivers on pre G80 series nvidia quadro 3450 card: Guest session seems un-affected

Before someone marks this question as duplicate : I have tried the common fix for this problem by installing the 295.33 series driver as suggested elsewhere. I have also removed my compiz-1 settings ...
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Configuring .desktop Launcher (switcher problem)

I am trying to write *.desktop launchers for 2 applications (Aptana and Dart Editor). I have the same problem with both of them. When I click on the icon, they launch properly but neither are they in ...
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Upgrade 11.10 to 12.04, no applications in launcher, no shutdown menu

My unity crashed during the update from 11.10 to 12.04, and after waiting a long time i was forced to restart the computer. when it came up, things were in a sorry state, i got to the terminal and ...
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12.04 Unity 3D does NOT load

I have a nvidia graphics card, and Unity 3D will not load. When I log into a 3D session, I see my wallpaper. I am able to right click. How can I fix this?
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Compiz in Precise 12.04 - Unity 2D [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I make Unity 2D launcher icons smaller? I'm looking to be able to tweak some things in Unity 2D. I have an older machine with a Celeron M 2.2GHz and only 2GB RAM, ...
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Wine installation messed up unity?

the exit, minimize, and window size buttons are gone (for ubuntu main programs) in the top left of screen and the entire black bar with the buttons when in windowed mode is gone.
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How to hide/remove “exit, minimize, maximize” bar on top of the application when not maximized, showing only the application/program on the desktop

I'm an on and off novice ubuntu user, last used 9.04 and installed 11.10 a week ago. What I want to happen, edit unity to suit how I use my computer: Copy the way xmonad (www.xmonad.org) shows its ...
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Placing newly opened windows while having a window maximized?

I'm often working in a maximized window from which I'm opening new windows, that do not appear maximized. They are placed at the very top at the desktop in the way that I can not see the upper window ...
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symbols not shown in taskbar

I use ubuntu 11.04. In my taskbar no extra symbols are shown like for skype or vuze but instances still run in background ( ps -e in terminal shows them). How can I fix this problem?
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Intel HD Graphics Works on Unity, but no in Gnome shell

I cant play starcraft 1 in Gnome shell(to slow), in unity runs perfect .Why?
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Dash application icons not in alphabetical order

The Installed icons within the Applications lens on my Unity dash are not in alphabetical order. I imagine there's a simple fix, but I don't know what to do. I've searched for a solution, but every ...
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Unity 11.10 and VGA output to flat screen TV

When I connect a VGA cable from my HP laptop to my SONY 40" flat screen, I get a weird looking desktop: it tends to have everything on the right but no dash, icons etc. I enabled CCSM and checked ...
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Can I search by application type/usage/category instead of application name in Unity Application lens?

Most of the times, application search works great in application lens. Search for an application name and you will get it. But say if I forgot the application name but only remember its use - say I ...
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Why is the top menu-bar not accessable when previewing open windows of an application?

If I have more than one window of the same application running then clicking its icon in the launcher displays a preview of that application's open windows, When this preview is activated I can't ...