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Disable specific Unity lenses in Ubuntu 15.04?

I'm desperately trying to get rid of all those search results in the Unity dash. I've followed several pages but some things stubbornly remain even though their lens/scope doesn't seem to be present?! ...
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14.04 logs in to black screen

I've searched here on AU for similar issues, tried many things including most all of the suggested fixes from this question without success. (Trying hard to avoid getting the dupe post flag here!) ...
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Ubuntu is not painting / rendering the windows properly

I am running ubuntu 14.04 OS on a system76 serval laptop. I have the Nvidia driver installed, but it seams that sometimes some popup windows are not rendered properly in phpstorm. Any ideas how to fix ...
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Program opening up in the top edge of the screen, preventing it from being dragged

I apologize if this is a duplicate, but I didn't really know what to Google. I'm using Ubuntu 15.04 and sometimes when I open up a specific application, it opens up on the top left corner of the ...
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Ubuntu 15.04 with Unity update to Xfce

I was wondering if it is possible to change my environment from Unity to Xfce on my Ubuntu 15.04 without changing the whole system to Xubuntu. If I'm assuming correctly, Xubuntu is a separate system, ...
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Is there a 'flowchart' or plan for Unity?

I'm trying to understand a bit more about Unity. I've downloaded the source-code, but from a starting point of no knowledge at all, I wonder if there is some kind of flowchart or plan that helps me ...
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Hide other workspace apps

Is there a way to hide apps that are running on other workspaces, so that my 'Work' does not look all cluttered with apps useless me when I am on that workspace. Yes, I saw this question but it was ...
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Disable Unity lenses in Ubuntu 15.04?

I'm sick and tired of seeing all kinds of results in the Unity dash when I start typing. I know I can use filter results to deselect some of the categories, but often those categories will turn ...
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Icons all missing - blank desktop

15.04 - Unity - This morning, all my icons, as well as the top bar, went missing. I've tried everything I've found here (commands for re-installing unity, etc) but nothing has helped. I HAVE ...
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How start Xpad and viber minimised in the system tray when OS start. 14.04

after this Code: sudo apt-add-repository ppa:gurqn/systray-trusty sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get upgrade i have system tray in 14.04 LTS. Skype have menu item - "Start Skype minimised in the ...
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What lenses for Unity are available?

This question is present as a matter of historical interest. While you are encouraged to help maintain its answers, please understand that "big list" questions are not generally allowed on ...
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Google+ Hangouts window steals focus [when switching desktops]

When I switch to a desktop that has the hangouts "window" on it, it steals the focus. Steps to repeat: * Desktop 1 has a terminal and the hangouts window * Type in the terminal * Switch to desktop 2 ...
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Problem installing ubuntu 15.04 (64 bit) in Virtualbox 5.0

I am trying to install 64 bit Ubuntu in virtual-box 5.0.x as guest OS inside a 32 bit Ubuntu 14.04 host. I tried both 14.10 and 15.04 (both 64 bit) without success. When the tried installing ...
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[Ctrl][Alt] causing windows to maximise vertically

Ubuntu 14.10, Unity, running Windows under KVM. Pressing Ctrl+Altimmediately causes the focused window to maximise vertically (no other keys pressed). Pressing them again causes the window to ...
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How to install Gnome desktop?

I want to install Gnome desktop in my 64-bit Ubuntu 14.04 I just googled and I found two ways to install Gnome. I also read other answers on askubuntu and googled but can't find what is difference ...
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15.04 boots without unity or menu

Was composing an email when notification of disconnection from wifi appeared. Couldn't reconnect wifi. I saved the email and rebooted to a black band across the bottom of the desktop wallpaper with ...
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No taskbar, tty incorrect login

I'm on Ubuntu 12.04. I've just installed libfolks25 and it had to restart a few services to complete installation. Once it restarted and rebooted the system, the taskbar and Unity sidebar have now ...
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Running apps indicators in the side panel with multiple monitors

Using multiple monitors (3 in my case), is it possible that indicators of running apps in the launchpad in each screen, will show only apps that are running in that screen. I mean, if there is a ...
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Unity launcher doesn't appear in VNC session

I'd like to have a unity desktop accessible via VNC on a precise server machine I have running. I installed the ubuntu-desktop package. I'm launching a VNC session with the following in my ...
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Modification of US-Internation keyboard layout

I have such question: how can i modify US-International keyboard layout? By default to get this symbols: `~´¨ i need to press it twice or with AltGr Right Alt With this answer I edited ...
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.desktop file. There was an error lunching the application

I a new ubuntu 12.04 user. I've read my stuff and copied/pasted code from here and there trying to make my second life client have a shortcut on the sidebar. I did this before... I did a format to ...
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How to automatically raise an application, started by a user defined shortcut

I created a keyboard shortcut, Ctrl+Alt+C, for gnome-calculator. This works fine, but if another application is currently running, the Calculator gets opened behind the other application. How to make ...
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Disable ibus in Ubuntu 14.04

I regularly switch between 3 scripts (English/Roman, Kannada and Hindi/Sanskrit/Devanagari). In 12.04, I used to enable IBus by typing Ctrl+Space to switch from English to Kannada, and again the same ...
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Changing icon font size/colour in 14.04

How can I change the desktop icon font size/colour to something more readable? At the moment, icon text looks like this: unity-tweak-tool (as mentioned in How do I change fonts and adjust their ...
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How can I edit/create new launcher items in Unity by hand?

Will Unity allow making custom launcher icons from .desktop files or via menu editing system? (Right now the launcher doesn't give the option to "keep in launcher" on all programs. For some programs ...
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sudo and gsettings

I have read some questions and answers regarding the behavior and some potential solutions to the following issue: When calling gsettings set to update the launcher, even though the command succeeds, ...
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Remove a shortcut from Unity

I have Ubuntu 15.04 and this strange shortcut in applications lens : There's no such shortcut file in ~/.local/share/applications/ nor in /usr/share/applications I've cleared files and ...
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Windows 365 vs Ubuntu

I currently run on windows 365 that i have to renew yearly. I now want to install Ubuntu and do away with windows. (because it is free) Is it wise, and what version of Ubuntu if so advised. Regards
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sudo subl and desktop entry for sublime text launches different apps

I have modified sublime text with themes and plugins on ubuntu 15.04 and this had to be done with sudo subl because with the unity launcher I had a permission error with package manager installation. ...
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Ubuntu desktop lags

I've been working on Ubuntu Destkop 14.04 LTS with Unity for months now without a problem. But suddenly, it became too laggy. My only workaround was to suspend tha computer everytime after startup and ...
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Scrambled video when using dash in Unity 14.04.3

On a Trusty 14.04.3 LTS (running otherwise very smoothly), opening dash from the launch-bar or from the keyboard, causes the video signal on the corresponding display to go berserk. I have two ...
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Chrome is freezing Ubuntu when opening a tab or restarting

This just started happening yesterday. I didn’t knowingly change anything although I have auto-update enabled in Ubuntu. I can start chrome fine, it will work for a while, but then I open a tab and ...
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blank transparent window on startup unity 15.04

starting off my computer I noticed an unknown blank transparent window: what is this? it also looks like some preferences I had set have been lost (a specific resolution for a second monitor and ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 - No Unity in user account, but in guest account

Yesterday I switched back from Linux Mint to Ubuntu 14.04 and after installation I faced the following problem: When I login with my user account Unity isn't loading. I can see no desktop elements - ...
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System Settings icons missing in 14.04

I did a fresh install of trusty 14.04, but a lot of icons are missing. I installed from DVD which was painfully slow and I hope to avoid repeating the process, especially since I started customizing ...
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Skype-wrapper Ubuntu 15.04

I am trying to get to work skype-wrapper on Ubuntu 15.04x64. I followed this steps to install it on Ubuntu 15.04x64. But this don't help me. Can anyone help me with this problem? I'm trying to ...
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Is it possible to get a usable Ubuntu 15.04 running in Virtual Box on OS X?

I've just installed Ubuntu 15.04 with the guest additions (on VirtualBox 5.0.2, video mem=128MB, 3d enabled). Graphics are very "sluggish" even with HiDPI (Retina) disabled. After disabling all ...
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Virtualbox 5.0.2-102096 Unity Launcher not hidden in full screen

I just updated to VirtualBox 5.0.2-102096~Ubuntu~trusty and now when putting the guest OS in fullscreen the Unity launcher stays over the top of the screen. This is a returning issue, but in a new ...
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Can unity shell run kde or gnome apps?

I wanna install an app, but I read in the requirement section that it's only run in gnome and Kde desktop, is that mean that can't work in Ubuntu 15.04.
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Tk iconified window's status is “normal”

There seems to be a problem with the Tk status command when running on gnome-shell 3.10.4 and unity 7.2.5. After iconifying a window (with Tk's 'wm iconify') the state (Tk's 'wm state') is normal, ...
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wrong reference to home user shortcuts in 'unity launcher

in my unity launcher the default Files icon points to the correct home directory; but if I try to reach the standard folders (Desktop/ Downloads/ etc. -) through the right-click shortcut it points to ...
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Error while booting Unity on Chromebook

After following a guide on how to set up Ubuntu it worked fine. I shut down my computer and restarted. Afterwards, I tried booting it again from the Chromebook terminal, it would not start and I would ...
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Unity greeter wallpaper change every minute

I have script that changes Unity Greeter wallpaper location every minut, but problem is that it doesn't show new wallpaper unless i login in to any user account and switch back to Login screen ...
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Messed up window controls after installing and removing desktop environments

I have recently installed ubuntu-gnome-desktop and elementary-desktop in Ubuntu 15.04, and then removed them (along with the default-settings packages). Now, my window decorations are messed up. The ...
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Segmentation fault while running some ubuntu specific apps like nautilus, unity-control-center, etc

running nautilus from the terminal the following errors are returned: compro@Inspiron-3543:~/.learn_unix$ nautilus & [1] 7326 compro@Inspiron-3543:~/.learn_unix$ (nautilus:7326): Gtk-WARNING **: ...
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How can I lock an application (and all its new windows) into a specific workspace?

I run a Matlab script in the workspace 1. This generates several plots. In the mean time I switch to workspace 2 and working there. My problem is that the plots are popping up in workspace 2. Is it ...
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failed to disable shorcut on ubuntu14.04 and debian8

Use : gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.keybindings switch-applications "[]" to disable Alt+Tab gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.keybindings switch-applications "[]" to disable Alt+F4 in ...
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Ubuntu 14.10(Utopic Unicorn), Displays menu is Broken?

I recently upgraded to 14.10 from 14.04 from the software center, 2 days later I changed my Desktop Background from Settings-Displays , I may have updated the system with minor 3 to 10 MB updates from ...
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How to make the nautilus icon open the existing window instead of a new one

For some reason sometimes when I have a nautilus window open, then switch to a different window, when I click on the nautilus icon in the Unity bar, it opens a new nautilus window instead of the ...
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Where is my Flashback Metacity Session?

Recently I upgraded Ubuntu 14.04 to 15.04. On log-in screen I always had Flashback Metacity and Compiz Sessions (beside Unity) and I used Metacity (heavily customized). Because I had problems with ...