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Ubuntu 14.04 change wallpaper and launcher of guest session

I've seen this, but making a whole new special purpose user isn't what I want. I just want to change the default launcher icons and the wallpaper. I've tried creating /etc/guest-session/auto.sh and ...
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USB mouse unusable in Unity

Is there something special you have to do to get a USB mouse or trackball to work in Unity? I was using a USB trackball with Gnome-Shell on a laptop and it worked perfectly. When I switch to Unity, I ...
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Will installing Unity 8 on 15.04 affect my current Unity desktop?

I would like to play around with Unity 8 on my laptop. I am currently running 15.04 with Unity and I'm afraid installing Unity 8 will break something in my current desktop? Will just get another ...
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Random Missing Characters on Unbuntu + Unity + External Display

Every time I try to use an external display with my HDMI port I'm having random missing characters on the applications and menus like this: Video card on my system: 00:02.0 VGA compatible ...
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Expo edges and wallpaper not working after reboot

I'm using Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and I'm using Compiz and its Wallpaper and Expo plugins. Since yesterday, after every reboot my first wallpaper won't show anymore and the edge setting won't work, so ...
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ubuntu 12.04 falls back to login or no icons in gui

after hours of searching for solutions i am quite confused and frustrated now. None of the solutions here helped. This is what happend and what i did. Suddenly after days of offline the 12.04 ubuntu ...
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How do I change the click target area for the corner box expand to expand a window in Unity Desktop?

When trying to adjust the size of a GUI window (such as my terminal editor window) I have to be exactly on the bottom right hand corner before the window-adjust icon appears. The target area is so ...
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I have hidden and unreachable workspaces - how do I cancel them?

I have double workspaces, whether I enable them or not. If not enabled, some pdf's open in an unreachable hidden workspace [I know it's there because I can see the Document Viewer open in the ...
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Since 15.04 Upgrade, Lost my Terminal/Shell

Since I've upgraded to 15.04 I've lost my terminal. I cannot fall back to using xterm because xterm is simply not as good as the basic Ubuntu terminal! How do I get it back? When I click the ...
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How to fix low-resolution wallpaper?

Whenever my computer starts and I log in, the desktop wallpaper loads at half resolution. Everything else is native resolution, and if I reselect the wallpaper it loads at full resolution. It's JUST ...
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Resizing window to a particular size

I want to resize a game's window to 1280x720. I tried with wctrl and xdotools but it wasn't working. I'm using 15.04. Here's a video showing the problem.
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How to set different scaling on multiple monitors?

I have a notebook with a resolution of 3200x1800, running Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTS with kernel 4.0.0-040000-generic. Unitys scaling function works great to magnify the menus, titlebar and applications. Now ...
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How to disable Raise-on-Click in Trusty?

When a windowed app has focus and I click a maximized app below it, I'd like to set focus to the maximized window but for the windowed app to remain in the foreground. I recently upgraded (by means ...
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Using a different desktop wallpaper from my lockscreen on gnome 3.8, Ubuntu-tweak no longoer loading on ubuntu 13.04 [on hold]

I am new to Ubuntu. I basically know nothing about it and friend convinced me to switch to the OS. Everything was going fine and I had managed to make my PC look like mac but I just ran into a ...
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Command equivalents of Unity keyboard shortcuts

I'm wondering is there any way to achieve the affect of the Ctrl-Alt-Keypad shortcuts in Unity using terminal commands instead? I want a command that sets a gui window to half the size of the screen, ...
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No login background and Ubuntu logo after fresh installation of Ubuntu 14.xx

Got a strange problem. I use Ubuntu a few years now. Recently I've updated from 14.10 to 15.04. After that there was no background or Ubuntu logo with version at the bottom. Just violet screen with ...
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Create unity shortcuts to WINE applications 12.04

I have just gone through the process of getting ubuntu onto my main PC, no issues, was absolutely brilliant how its done it and loved that I could read the web while installing too, I have WINE ...
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Locking Wine applications in the launcher is not permanent

I happily run Word 2007 via Wine on my Ubuntu 12.04 desktop. I prefer having it sit in the launcher for easy access, however, every time I start a new session (that is, logging in or booting up), the ...
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Fast switching wmii and unity

I'm developing user interfaces, and while developing in wmii it's critical that I get the same user experiance that users for unity would get. So does any one know how to make fast switching between ...
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Open in Terminal context menu only opens terminal in home directory

Been testing out Ubuntu 15.04 on my laptop. I noticed that right click menu (when right clicked on desktop or in the file manager) has open in terminal. But when I choose, not matter what directory I ...
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restore compiz/unity as default window manager from xmonad

I have installed and tried the xmonad window manager but now i want to switch back to compiz/unity as the default window manager. How can I do this? I have tried compiz --replace but i get: ...
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What does the unity/compiz error “FBO is incomplete” mean and how can I fix it?

I am having trouble with Unity after an upgrade to 14.04 (and still there after another update to 14.10 which was due to me not paying attention) I have no unity or anything else and only have ...
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Why does the Terminal minimize when initiated in Ubuntu 15.04?

After installing Ubuntu 15.04 update Steam quit working. So I tried to remove Steam installer and reinstall it; along with the installation I received the message: Steam, Steamdeps are run in a ...
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Duplicate icons, and some old ones in Dash [duplicate]

My issues is that I've some how managed to get duplicate icons (picture below) and some older icons. When I click on the duplicate / old icons it just takes me to the system settings. This is driving ...
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How to improve Ubuntu performance on netbook

Most recent Ubuntu 12.04 seems to be quite nice and Unity (3D/2D) works fine for me, however not on my old Acer Aspire One any more. There was a times, when I switched from Windows XP to Ubuntu and ...
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How to get a different Unity Launcher with different icons on each workspace?

I read through the various answers to having separate desktop folders in each Workspace using Screenlets, devilspie, or CCSM ... but that's not the answer to my question. I installed 14.04 LTS a few ...
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Second screen toolbars/launcher not working (15.04 fresh install)

I've just done a fresh install of Ubuntu 15.04 on a Dell Latitude E6420 with an external monitor. Everything works fine on the external screen, but the launcher and toolbars do not react when clicked ...
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Google Calendar in unity

Is there a way to sync google calendar with unity without adding new software ?? If there isn't a way can you recommend the light weight software for this task?? that will have the ability to notify ...
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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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How to re-enable the systray (indicator panel) after latest updates

After Suttleworth's bizarre decision to hard-code the whitelist for the systray, a developer created a patch to allow people to continue to use applications that use the systray with Ubuntu. ...
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Which Gigabyte mother board will work well with Ubuntu 14.04 Desktop? [on hold]

The Ubuntu officially certified list is very short and I think a bit outdated. I want to build several software development machines. Just want a good onboard graphics controller, DDR3 RAM, MicroATX ...
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unity fails to start after booting

I am using UBUNTU 14.04.2 on my lenovo E531 laptop.My problem is: after booting the computer,graphical interface of ubuntu fails to start and it shows a black screen. I'd consider myself a beginner, ...
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Active window changes when switching workspaces

I have a terminal open on Workspace 1 in fullscreen. My active workspace is now top-left, and I am typing in my active window Firefox. Then I press ALT-CTRL-DOWN followed by ALT-CTRL-UP, and I come ...
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How to get rid of disk icons in Unity launcher? [duplicate]

I have got here an installation of Unity and I am annoyed with the 3 disk icons in the Launcher right below the workspace switcher. Is there a way to prevent these icons from showing? Those 3 icons ...
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Unity-dash search lags inconvenient

Everytime I log in to Unity desktop, and open the dash, it takes long (like 15-30 seconds) to load search result (it shows blank dash). Even if it does show search result, it is always the virtualbox ...
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14.04 Always show menu items

Is there any way to have the menu items on window menus always visible? I hate the whole hide and seek thing and have searched Google and here but I'm unable to find anything on how to make them stay ...
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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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Where can I find more Unity themes?

This might already be answered, but I can't find it. I am getting a bit bored of the traditional purple feel of unity and I would like something new. Where can I find more Unity themes? I have ...
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Ubuntu 14.10/15.04 keyboard shortcuts problem

I've noticed some time ago that some of my shortcuts in ubuntu 14.10. stopped working. I hoped that update to 15.04. will fix it but unfortunately that was not the case. I have problem only with few ...
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Modal windows disappear in ubuntu when show desktop button or shotcut is used

If I'm using netbeans or intellij and I have a modal window opened like settings window and I used show desktop button or super+D in ubuntu, then the modal window will completely disappear and that ...
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Remove VLC player from sound menu in Unity bar

I don’t use VLC that much to have it there, so I would like to remove it from the sound menu in the top right. I found a small image to show what it looks like (the sound menu is open and shows VLC ...
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Why I can't see my desktop icons in ubuntu 13.04?

I just installed Ubuntu 13.04 in my laptop Aspire-M3-5871TG, and I can't see anything (neither icons, ...). Only is visible the desktop background but I can open and work with the terminal. Maybe the ...
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When will 14.04 support VNC using the Unity gui?

I've installed Ubuntu 14.04 desktop and would love to be able to VNC into the default GUI(UNITY). I am aware of several workarounds for xfce or older gnome environments, but when can we expect support ...
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Ubuntu 13.10 AMD/ATI proprietary driver slow boot time, lengthy login/logout delays

Ubuntu 13.10 is causing me major headaches with my AMD/ATI HD 5770 GPU. Below is a list of problems I am currently encountering. 1) The boot time is extended by at least 25s after installing catalyst ...
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Will Unity 8 offer the full Unity 7 desktop experience or will it be dumbed down?

Like the title says, I'm wondering what end-stage, ready-for-desktop Unity 8 will look like and whether it will break the Unity 7 workflow and additionally, things like shortcuts, window management, ...
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Ubuntu Trusty not displaying launcher properly

After a recent software update (possible to kernel 3.13.0-49), Ubuntu Trusty no longer displaying Launcher & top status bar properly on a very old Dell using 32 bit Ubuntu Trusty. I used to use ...
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Unity and Gnome 3 Lock Screen

I installed Ubuntu Unity 14.10. Recently, I added the Gnome 3 shell so that I can run both. At my login screen, I can choose which one to log in to. I have noticed that when I choose to log in with ...
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Will Ubuntu MATE break Unity desktop?

I'm currently running ubuntu 14.04. I installed gnome alongside unity and it seems to work without issue using lightdm as the default display manager (using gdm as default previously broke unity). My ...
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Text becomes unreadable after high memory usage

I currently use an old laptop running ubuntu 14.04.2. I am using the default unity desktop. It has an integrated intel graphics card. After using the laptop for a while, the text becomes unreadable. ...
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Can you run unity8 as your desktop?

I know you can run unity8 on your desktop, which will pop up a qml phone shell, but can you run it as your desktop? If so how do you achieve this, are there things not yet working on it? My confusion ...