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How can I install Typing Break?

I've just upgraded to beta 2 of Oneiric/11.10 and the typing break has gone. I've gone into the system settings and looked in "Keyboard Layout" and "Keyboard" and can't find anything. Has it just ...
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How to disable nautilus from handling the desktop?

As it is the only way to activate transparent themes in Gnome-shell: How to disable Nautilus from handling the desktop? Can I make it handle the desktop again? What will happen to the unity and ...
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desktop files and Ubuntu software Center

Since 12.04, when additional software is installed, Ubuntu software center puts an icon in the launcher, representing a .desktop file in /usr/share/app-install/desktop/. This desktop file is not ...
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Unity not working in 14.04.01 LTS, blank desktop

I installed Ubuntu 14.04.01 LTS as a dual boot installation (the other OS is Win XP with SP 3), but when I log in there is nothing on the desktop, just the background. My computer: Intel D865PERL, ...
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Running KDE Connect in vanilla Ubuntu

So I'm new to Ubuntu but not inexperienced with customizing open source software, and I recently learned about an application called KDE Connect -- ...
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Change default system font using terminal only in 14.04

The following question answers how to Adjust fonts using tweak tool but the luddite in me would like to know how to do this without installing unity-tweak-tool. How can I adjust the default system ...
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Switching forward&backward windows on different viewports in Unity

My sample setting is as follows: Viewport1 contains following window: Firefox A Viewport2 contains following windows: Firefox B Gedit When Viewport1 is shown and Firefox A has gained focus ...
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How do I access Wine applications from Unity?

I just did a clean install of 11.10. This is my first time using Unity. I installed Wine and successfully used it to install IrfanView. I can't figure out how to launch IrfanView from Unity. Do Wine ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 - Lightdm and Unity optimal configuration

What I'm using: SonyVaio Vpcef2e1e (with 4GB RAM and Ati mobility radeon™ hd 4250) In the old days I never had issue with the graphics. I had to fight sometimes to add drivers to the graphic ...
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ubuntu 14.04 unity desktop without panel and launcher [on hold]

Now after having succeeded to make running the new Ubuntu 14.04 I see, that Unity seems not to work (the desktop appears without launcher and panel). Gnome is working. CCSM is possible to open under ...
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Key combination to switch between an application's windows in all of viewports

Alt-` is used to switch between an application's windows in the current viewport in Unity. Is there another key combination to switch between an application's windows in all of viewports? I do not ...
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Changing windows layout close,minimize,maximize,menu keys

I've searched out around and found out this useful tool named Unity Tweak, however once I try to change my key (close, minimize, maximize & menu) positions, nothing happens... Not sure if I'm the ...
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System Settings/ appearance

I upgrade the Ubunto from 12.04 to 14.04 and, I can not find the appearance in the system settings, beside some other settings. May someone help me with it?
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How to display the skype indicator on the status top-bar?

How do I to display the Skype indicator on the top bar, please? I'm actually running Ubuntu 14.04 LTS with Unity. Architecture: 64 bits. And, I haven't customized my theme. I've tried to follows ...
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How to enable single click?

I have Ubuntu 13.1 installed with the default window manager and DE. I am trying to enable single click so I can open files and folders with only one click. I tried googling and all results said to ...
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Set mouse scroll as shortcut for just one application?

I'm using Unity in Ubuntu 14.04, but since I can't put the Unity dock on the bottom of the screen, I've set it to hide and set the sensitivity low enough that my mouse can't activate it and slide it ...
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Synaptics touchpad not detected while switching user on Unity

Synaptics touch pad is detected and works well if a single user is logged in . However if we swtich to another user , mouse no longer works for the second user . You could either switch using the ...
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launcher icons can not be changed

I deleted something cache folder since I can not move and delete icons from the launcher bar. I did a reset the icons, reinstall desktop and unity, the whole system (didn't touch the /home) could ...
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Where to Start to create a Unity/Gnome3 Hybrid? [on hold]

First, is it possible to take some features from Unity, and some from Gnome3 and make a custom Shell? As background, I've been using Unity for a while, and was fairly satisfied with it. However, ...
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Installed Gnome Shell desktop environment on Ubuntu 14.04 but its not working?

I had installed the gnome shell desktop environment on my Ubuntu 14.04 but its not working. I had been told that after installing it; I would be getting options at the log in time -'asking me' which ...
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ubuntu 14.04 minimize window suspending deskop

When i try minimize window i can't do nothing until i switch to another desktop (using keyboard shortcut). I using sidekick effect but it's also happens when i don't have any effect. What is strange ...
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Sidebar in Ubuntu 14.04.1 [duplicate]

Hi I'd like to know before I download, is that left sidebar still there and not movable to bottom -without playing with codes. Thanks.
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Not able to hide hidden files / folders from nautilus broswer

This is the issue in Ubuntu 14.04 I am not able to hide hidden files/folders permanently from nautilus browser. i am able to hide hidden files/folders from nautilus browser temporarily but when i am ...
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Problem with Script not working properly when ran from Custom Launcher

I am using 13.10 and I have created a Launcher that I want to place on my Desktop using help from other posts that I found here. My problem is (I think) that my Launcher doesn't execute my script. ...
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How to see, which key is pressed, as seen by unity window manager?

After a system crash, the shortcuts I use for switching the workplaces with Mod_3 modifier (e.g. Mod_3 + Left to switch workplace left) ceased to work. I use the following .Xmodmap script: remove ...
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Open terminal in 'always on top' mode on startup

I want Ubuntu to open a terminal in the lower right corner when I log in, with the always on top mode enabled. I have made a script which does this when I run it from a terminal, but it does not work ...
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Installing logger pro on 12.04 LTS over Crouton

I'm running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS 32 Bit on my Acer C720 chromebook over Crouton unity. I'm trying to install Vernier's Logger Pro but failing horribly. The application simply doesn't start when I double ...
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Problems with shortcuts in the Unity Tweak Tool

I'm having problems with my Ubuntu 14.04 (Unity). I configured shortcuts corners several times, however, they do not work. Especially, the shortcut "show desktop" belonging to Docky. I'm using the ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 Nautilus has no menu - File, Edit etc. don't exist

Since Ubuntu 13.04, and now 13.10 and 14.04, my Nautilus (Files) has no application menu. This means that I can't access Edit>Preferences and can only change preferences via dconf-editor, as the ...
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Bricked - tty mode incorrect, terminal disabled, unity broken

After installing VirtualBox unity seems to be uninstalled.. Launcher and task bar are missing. I can't access terminal from the normal ctrl alt T command. I tried logging into TTY mode but it says my ...
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How to turn off window refreshing during resizing

I have noticed that ever since upgrade to 14.04, when working with R, resizing a window triggers thousands of redrawing requests. This is able to kill off my session completely if the redrawing takes ...
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How do I create the “Gnome-Desktop-Item-Edit” program's launch icon with root privileges and more?

I personally dont prefer running commands in terminal to achieve a task and prefer apps to execute the job. Creating launcher for apps is one such command where I prefer the gnome-desktop-item-edit ...
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Unity Launcher “application start” feedback in custom theme

When I start application in Unity, the application launcher icon blinks informing me that something is happening. That's a behaviour in default Unity theme. However, in theme I use (Moka) such ...
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Empty nvidia-settings after install v. 331.67 driver on Ubuntu 14.04?

I've followed this tutorial (with the following adjustments below) to install v. 331.67 nVidia driver. But get nvidia-settings (NVIDIA X Server Settings) empty... Then, before restart the PC, I make ...
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Get back the original Ubuntu Desktop after removing Mate

I've installed Ubuntu 14.04 and later installed Mate desktop environment. I did not like it and wanted to switch back to Ubuntu Unity. I removed Mate Desktop from the system also. But I have several ...
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How to avoid unity lens to capture the meta key so I can use EMACS? [duplicate]

When I use the graphical EMACS and I want for, for example, execute M-x . as soon as I press the Meta key the unity dash opens and I lose focus from emacs, this is really annoying. how do I avoid ...
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state of multitouch gestures in 14.04 / Unity

This seems like one of the most-asked items around here, but the Ubuntu dev team has been making changes fast in this area, so recent information is important. I'm on a macbook pro 9,2. When I ...
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Tried Gnome 3.10 on Ubuntu 13.10. How can I get Unity back?

I am running 13.10 and installed GNOME 3.10 with the gnome3-next ppa from Team GNOME, as explained in an article on Webupd8. How can I get back to Unity? I did a ppa purge and now sort of have ...
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Open apps can not be activated after a while

I just bought a system 76 kudu pro with Ubuntu 14.04 preinstalled. When I have a few applications open and haven't used some of them for a while and want to use them again, it won't work. The apps are ...
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How to properly restart unity?

I keep on experiencing weird bugs. These usually start after a few hours of use. Sometimes the dash starts opening under every open window (becomes only visible on desktop, but I still can search and ...
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Can't I open an app without a keyboard?

Any application which is not locked in the Launcher can be opened via searching for it. But how do I open an application without the help of the keyboard? That is, without typing in the search field. ...
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How do I re-install Unity after uninstalling gnome-shell?

I am using Ubuntu 14.04. I have big issues with the Unity desktop. I installed then uninstalled gnome-shell (using "apt-get autoremove --purge gnome-shell"). Since then, my desktop has no background ...
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How do I fix Unity crashing after using Unity Tweak Tool to set Window spreading/scaling?

The problem: After setting Window spreading to on in Unity Tweak Tool, Unity will crash on trying to initiate the Window spread/Scale Compiz effect. This results in the Unity panel and launcher, as ...
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Can't make intel hd 4000 drivers to work

After replacing my xserver with sudo apt-get remove --purge xserver-xorg sudo apt-get install xserver-xorg sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg I can't get my Intel HD 4000 card to work in 12.04. Or ...
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How do I disable changing proxy settings?

I've got several machines, running 14.04.1, for kids to access. Each machine has accounts for each kid, as well accounts for several adults. Although I've set a system wide proxy use policy, it ...
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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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Can I still use unity low graphics mode in place of unity 3d?

I can not run unity 3d on my Chromebook but unity 2d in Ubuntu 12.04 works fine so is it possible to run unity low graphics mode on Ubuntu 14.04 as an alternative? If I can run low graphics mode as an ...
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How to make Ubuntu 14.04 run with less lag?

I recently updated from Ubuntu 12.04 LTS to 14.04 LTS and for the first time it worked! However, whenever I move my mouse over an application icon on the unity shell, the animation takes forever to ...
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Screen tearing with GT 730M (and no Sync to VBlank option in Nvidia settings)

I've got problems with screen tearing while using Geforce gt 730M (GPU is Optimus with additionally Intel 4000). Tearing appears during scrolling websites, watching movies, playing games etc. I've ...
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Modifying common keyboard shortcuts in Ubuntu [14.04]

I need to modify the Common Applicaton Shortcuts in Ubuntu 14.04 so I can use the Super (Windows) key instead of Ctrl. I looked them up in System Settings > Keyboard > Shortcuts but there are no ...