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How to make an application started by a user defined keyboard shortcut to be the active application

I created a keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Alt+c for calculator. This works fine, but if suppose a terminal/other application is currently running and I pressed Ctrl+Alt+c. Now the Calculator gets opened ...
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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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Desktops Environments Other than Unity that Use Space Efficiently [duplicate]

I'm using Unity right now, and I like it, but I'm finding it's too buggy and bloated for my tastes. I'm trying different DEs, but I haven't found what I want. Are there any DEs that have a similar ...
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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 ...
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Blank desktop display, no unity, no bars, etc

Foreword: I'm completely new in Linux so bear with me I was told to prevent lag on games on this Ubuntu I should tick Nvidia tested properiaty driver in additional drivers and untick openGL in ...
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Cannot Add Menu Launcher With Menulibre

I'm admittedly new to the Ubuntu Dash, but I for the life of me can not seem to add an application to it. I can create the launcher and save it (apparently) in Menulibre, where I simply added it to ...
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open files when clicked in search results

When I click the unity start button, and type a file name and click a file among results, I get options to open file, open folder and email folder. Is there a way to open files directly(without ...
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Is dconf-tools/editor not included in ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Unity)?

I was reading an answer I required to a 'question' when I saw that dconf-tools/editor is missing from my fresh Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Unity) installation. Has it been removed from the default programs ...
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IRC client with proper indicator/tray icon

I'm having issues finding an IRC client that actually has a proper unity tray icon. Does one exist? I tried Pidgin, but their IRC implementation isn't exactly what I need, as it doesn't highlight ...
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No desktop environment

I installed gnome 3 on my ubuntu 14.04. I did nor like it, so i removed gnome-shell and ubuntu-gnome-desktop. But now unity icon does not show up on login bar. It takes password, but returns to login ...
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Difference between Unity and GNOME

I often come across the terms Unity and GNOME while reading about Ubuntu. I understand that Unity is the default desktop environment for Ubuntu. What is GNOME and how is it related to/different from ...
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System crash when try to minimize gtk3 applications

I have just upgraded my system from Ubuntu[unity] 14.04 to Ubuntu[unity] 15.04 (64bit). Everything is working fine except a system crash. I have installed ARC theme and when I try to minimize a gtk3 ...
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Some Applications are chunky and Pixelated and I cannot see why?

I have a screenshot example showing my monitor attached to my Dell XPS 13. The monitor is very high res and I thought I had a DPI / Scaling issue. However after some investigation I happened to open ...
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cannot login to ubuntu 14.04

I upgraded my Hp g6 from Ubuntu 13.10 to 14.04 yesterday. Now I cannot log into the system using Unity. But I can still login using i3 windows manager. I checked and found the ubuntu-desktop is ...
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Video recording/playback problems

I have a couple problems: 1. Whenever I put a YouTube video into fullscreen, Unity shows up on top. 2. Whenever I try to do a screen recording my screen turns black, irreversibly with the exception of ...
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How to fix corrupted 14.04.03

I am not quite sure how this happened. To the best of my knowledge everything was fine, there was a routine update icon in unity, which was run. I began having firefox routinely freeze. I'd end up ...
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How do I disable the alt-right click keyboard binding?

Using Oneiric 11.10 and Unity. I want to disable the context menu that appears with Alt+RightClick. Alt+RightClick is a much used shortcut in Blender. It's possible to remap keys in Blender, but I was ...
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Unity: how to stack windows vertically? [duplicate]

I have tilted my monitor so that it is higher than it is wide. I would like to stack two windows so that one occupies the top half of the screen while the other occupies the bottom half. It's easy to ...
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Wine application in system tray

Using Ubuntu 12.04 with Unity. Somehow I managed to minimize one Wine application into system tray from where it cannot be restored - it does not respond neither to double-click nor to right-click nor ...
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How to highlight current screen (or window)?

I'm using two screen setup at work and while it usually helps more than it hurts, I have some issues with it. One of them is problem with trailing focus - sometimes I make mistake of typing on wrong ...
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unknown version of the X Window System installed. Not installing X Window System drivers

I am using Ubuntu in a virtualbox, when I try to install guest additions I get the error: Warning: unknown version of the X Window System installed. Not installing X Window System drivers. ...
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After an upgrade, Unity system settings are transparent

I've upgraded from Ubuntu 14.04 to 15.04 and I now have a problem with my settings. If I go on system settings, there is no problem. But if I click on any icons, I get a partially transparent windows: ...
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How to stop Unity on the phone so it doesn't restart?

How to bring down the Ubuntu Phone GUI so I can test some Qt stuff? I figured that it's easy to put arbitrary Qt versions into home dir and run them without messing with the main installation. But I ...
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Netbeans desktop shortcut file not working in Unity launcher, Exec command works in term

I've been having trouble with the Netbeans desktop file generated by the netbeans install script. The file in question, as found in the /usr/share/applications folder, is very simple: [Desktop Entry] ...