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can't see desktop except for background when log in Ubuntu14.04

I need some help, I installed Ubuntu 14.04 from 12.04. I had some problems when it rebooted so I had to install unity using sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop and continue tu update all packages ...
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How can I remove the shadow at the top of the unity launcher?

I'm using a theme (based on Ambiance Grey) where the slight shadowing that is present at the very top of the Unity launcher is visually disturbing (see image below), and would like to remove it. I ...
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Ubuntu “Search your computer” crashes the computer

I have just started using Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and everything is working just fine except some minor issues, but when I launch the "Search my computer" app, the computer is going nuts, crazy patterns, ...
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Arc Theme on Ubuntu 16.04 looks weird

I just installed Arc theme on Ubuntu 16.04 using version for ubuntu 15.10 (that's what's available on creator's website: ...
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Nautilus Icon not showing window indicators

Runnung Ubuntu 16.04, upgraded from 15.10. I installed Dolphin alongside the existing Nautilus for testing purposes. Ever since, Nautilus is no longer showing open windows in the sidebar. The Files ...
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Resizing the Unity search box

Is there any way to resize the search box in unity, I'm not sure exactly what it is called but I have provided a picture to show my meaning. QUICK EDIT: I don't mean maximize it fullscreen, but resize ...
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Ubuntu 16.04 not showing new installed applications in the dash

does anybody know why when I install new applications they do not appear in the dash unless I log out or in some cases even restart the system? Thanks in advance.
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How can I remove Gnome Desktop Environment without messing Unity DE? (Ubuntu 16.04)

I need to get rid of the GNOME Desktop Environment which has been installed by default when I updated my pc from 15.10 to 16.04. After a while, I found myself not only with GNOME DE, but also with ...
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The new “Ubuntu Software” doesn't launch on 16.04

The new "Ubuntu Software" app doesn't launch on 16.04 I've had to revert to the old "software centre" instead, but the UI is a bit tacky, now that I've seen the new one. But id like to use the new ...
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Panel Icons Missing Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

I am a new Ubuntu user having a problem with my Ubuntu 14.04 panel icons not properly displaying. Before this happened I had a problem to boot a system - it took years to display anything after the ...
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Problem upgrading unity mail - dpkg error

I was trying to update unity mail but it kept failing saying it couldn't delete packages. I got the following error when I ran sudo apt upgrade and sudo apt install unity-mail Errors were encountered ...
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How to make dash search outside the home folder

I am new to Ubuntu and very excited about life outside the MS-bubble! ;-) I want to set up a computer which shall serve as a library. My system partition is on a SSD. The data (pdf, mp4, mp3 files) ...
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Ubuntu 16.04 Unity windows suddenly resemble Windows 95

Recent installation of Ubuntu 16.04, unity. For some reason the windows for some applications have started looking "strange"; I'm not sure how best to describe it, they look like the old Microsoft ...
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Unity crashes after parallels tools installation (Ubuntu 16.04)

I've downloaded and installed Ubuntu 16.04 throught Parallels 11 on my MacBook Pro. The installation went fine and after reboot I could login and use the graphical interface without problems. ...
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How can i speed up unity on first boot? It's very slow when turn on turn on pc, and only recovers speed with reboot, until next power off

Unity stays very slow when pc turns on, but when i reboot it speed gets normal, which is very fast. Notebook is a Toshiba Satellite with Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] Trinity [Radeon HD ...
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How to Create Desktop Shortcut to Unity Panel in Terminal of 16.04?

I would like to automate the creation of the desktop shortcut of Matlab icon in the Unity panel of Ubuntu 16.04. Basic desktop Code which the button should have found here, stored as Matlab.desktop ...
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How do I remove icons from the Unity launcher using a script?

After a fresh install of 11.04 I have a script that does a few useful things. Is there a way to remove the LibreOffice, Ubuntu One etc icons from the Unity launcher using command line so I can put it ...
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ubuntu 16.04: When I change the video card driver from `nouveau` to `nvidia`, the top menu bar can't be displsyed?

When I change my video card server to the Nvidia dirver, then when I log out, when I log in again, it turned back. Later, I changed the driver to Nouveau. When I reboot, the screen is a blank screen, ...
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16.04 IntelliJ IDEA Desktop Entry not working

I tried running "Create Desktop Entry" both from "Tools" in main menu and "Configure" from the splash screen. It shows Desktop Entry Created You may now exit IDEA and start it from the system menu ...
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Change Unity Dash to list view

Can I somehow change the Unity Dash so that the search results appear in a list? I don't like that i have to use more than ↑ and ↓ in order to select an item and I find it hard to overview ...
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How do I test unity 8 in 15.10?

I have a 15.10 installed on a machine since the beta release. Today (official release of 15.10) I did an update. I thought I would have been able to test unity 8. But the greeter is the same and I ...
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How do I fix my track pad scroll direction?

That is, without changing my mouse wheel's scroll direction? The two are off, IMO. I prefer the MacOsX approach, but anything that makes them consistent would be better than what I have now. This ...
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imwheel refuses to “window spread”

currently I have my ~/.imwheelrc ".*" , Thumb1, Super_L|w Super_L|w from the keyboard works and invokes the window spread. But in imwheel it just prints the letter "w". I tried , Thumb1, ...
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How to use a downloaded Firefox and be able to launch it (with its icon) from the Unity toolbar?

I downloaded Firefox from the official website. I've extracted the tar.bz2 and moved the folder to /opt/firefox. My questions are: Is opt the right place to place the Firefox folder? I don't ...
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Lots of minor errors after interrupted upgrade to 16.04

I've just upgraded from 15.10 to 16.04 using do-release-upgrade. The process failed part way through due to an interrupted internet connection and has to be restarted. It appeared to complete ...
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How to retrieve the full ubuntu desktop?

My ubuntu 14.04 edition desktop has suddenly changed to the lightweight desktop . Here are some pics of this desktop it changed to: So how can I return the original Ubuntu desktop look , this ...
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Why aren't menus integrated in bar when running as super user?

When I open any window as root, menus aren't integrated in the menu bar or in the window's title bar. Why does this happen? Can I prevent this behavior?
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Big Trouble with Ubuntu 14.04

I'm not entirely Unix illiterate, but this distribution has got me totally buffaloed. I can't add the Terminal app to the application loader no matter what I do. I've now spent an hour researching ...
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Only desktop No Unity Ubuntu 16.04 After Fresh Install

After the fresh install of Xenial Xerus, I can see just the desktop wallpaper and nothing else. I had tried many methods that some had tried for a similar one like reinstalling compiz. But for me to ...
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How to remove the Unity Amazon package in 16.04?

I was able to go to the ubuntu software center before and remove it and now it doesn't show up since the switch to the gnome software store. Trying the terminal method of removing the shopping lens ...
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Reinstalled Ubuntu 12.04 and now I cannot change preferences like theme, wallpaper, and nautilus preferences

So I just down-rev'd ubuntu from 13.04 back to 12.04 LTS desktop 64 (Precise). I am using Unity. I just reformatted the Ubuntu partition, but kept my home directory intact, and everything seemed to ...
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How to remove windows decorations Ubuntu 16.04

I used to edit [theme]/gtk-3.0/apps/unity.css but it doesn’t do anything in 16.04 edit: Solved. Make a file ~/.config/gtk-3.0/gtk.css with UnityDecoration { -UnityDecoration-extents: 0px 0 0 0; } ...
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Cannot switch to Gnome on 16.04

I just installed Ubuntu 16.04. I have it already on my laptop with Gnome 3.20 working. My desktop pc has an i7 4790 and AMD HD 7950 installed the Gnome 3.20 and rebooted. Now I have the icon to switch ...
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Screen flickering on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

I have just updated (through Software Update) to ubunutu 16.04 LTS from 15.10, There are random instances of screen flickering throughout usage. After noticing this issue, I have installed compiz ...
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missing indicator-datetime in Ubuntu 14.04.2

[Running Ubuntu Desktop 14.04.2 x86_64 -- 3.16.0-41-generic -- on an Intel DuoCore T9300] My Unity bar indicator-datetime disappeared suddenly about a week ago. No warning and no other problem apart ...
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The application compiz has closed unexpectedly

I have installed Ubuntu 12.10 on my desktop. (Pentium 4, 80 GB hard disk, 2 GB RAM, 32-bit CPU.) And I have installed Windows XP. I made a 40 GB partition for windows and 40 GB for Ubuntu. I ...
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Remote desktop solution working with Ubuntu 12.04 + Unity (3D)?

I'm trying to install a remote desktop solution on some clients using Ubuntu with Unity (3D). I've uninstalled Unity2d because it behaves not very well. Xrdp won't work, only the wallpaper is shown. ...
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Turn off Files sidebar

I'm on Ubuntu 14.04LTS and would like to set the Files sidebar (where it shows Places, Devices, Network) to default to not being displayed. It can be toggled on/off with F9. In preferences you can set ...
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Sound, login, desktop, etc are all broken. Should I reinstall Ubuntu?

I'm using ubuntu 14.04 with unity. It seems I installed something and then turn off pc like always. Today I started ubuntu and the system froze just before the login screen. I did everything I could ...
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Ubuntu 16.04 Not hibernating on HP Pavillion g6 2005tx

I upgraded to the Ubuntu 16.04, I was able to hibernate on the previous versions (15.10), but this one is not hibernating. I am running an HP Pavillion g6 2005tx. I get a long black screen when I try ...
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Ubuntu 16.04 does not start after Gnome shell installation

I'm relatively new to Linux, have been using it for about 6 months already. I like Gnome shell more than Unity but looks like in 16.04 Ubuntu plays a trick on me. As soon as I install gnome Ubuntu ...
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When clicking URL in E-Mail client switch to browser window

I want to switch to opened browser window or start new browser window in the current Desktop/Viewport. When I click a link in Thunderbird, that will open a new Tab in existing browser session/window ...
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System crash using Nitrogen

Just installed Ubuntu 16.04. Steps: Installed unity-tweak-tool Numix icons Custom theme: https://github.com/vooze/arc-darker-ubuntu Installed Nitrogen Terminal: gsettings set ...
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Why doesn't Gimp show in Unity Dash?

Gimp doesn't show in the Unity Dash, despite having it installed, and having the appropriate desktop file (shown below) in /usr/share/applications. [Desktop Entry] Version=1.0 Type=Application ...
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Programs disappearing after being minimized

I installed Ubuntu 11.04 yesterday using the Wubi installer and I've noticed that a few of my programs will disappear when I minimize them. For example, I can't minimize Eclipse because it will ...
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How to add Tor Browser to my menu/launcher for regular use?

I have installed Tor Browser following these instructions here. The "Tor Browser" thingy is not in Application > Internet category. I must run the shell script every time. I'd like to use it ...
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How to remove an icon from Unity Dash?

I installed DbVisualize in Ubuntu 12.04. Now I don't want to use it anymore, so I deleted the folder "DBVisualizer" in my Home folder. Problem is I can still see the icon in the Dash. How could I ...
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How to remove icons/shortcuts from Unity menu?

I have installed Chromium and Tweet Deck on it (trough Chrome Store), now I uninstalled Tweet Deck and after that Chromium, the problem is, when I installed Tweet Deck it asked me if I want to create ...
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Bash script cannot run with keyboard shortcut

I have this script in my /home/username/ And I can run it via terminal with the following code ./script.sh or sh script.sh it works (it has executable permissions) but I cannot assign it to a ...
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How to add Chrome Apps to the Ubuntu Launcher with icons

In previous versions of Ubuntu / Chromium, I was able to use the create shortcuts feature for Chrome Apps and would find the apps available in the Ubuntu launcher with icon, giving a native ...