For questions regarding the Unity desktop environment, including configuring Unity and using it.

learn more… | top users | synonyms (2)

5
votes
0answers
91 views

How do I write a Unity sytem indicator in python?

Background: This is NOT for application-indicators but system-indicators. Picture: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/DesktopExperienceTeam/ApplicationIndicators The objective is to find a final solution ...
5
votes
0answers
78 views

Wrong window gets focus from scale mode

Following Second click on a launcher icon with more than one window open doesn't do a scale of that application, when I do this: Click on an icon in the launcher of an opened application. ...
5
votes
0answers
521 views

Ubuntu Dash Plugins

How is these dash plugins used? The description says that they can let information being displayed under various headers. But when I really search it, the results wanted are not included, neither are ...
5
votes
0answers
427 views

missing some icons in KDE 5 launcher and tray after installing unity

I have kubuntu 15.04 on my laptop. last night I installed unity desktop using the command: sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop on my laptop. but after first restart I missed some of my application ...
5
votes
0answers
633 views

How to resolve my “loading icons” in compizconfig while loading Ubuntu 14.04 on Virtualbox?

I'm running through the post about unity-doesnt-load-no-launcher-no-dash-appears to get my 14.04.1 loaded on VirtualBox. I've gotten to the step where I run ccsm, but it hangs at "Loading Icons...", ...
5
votes
0answers
276 views

How do I switch my monitors separately on Ubuntu 14.04?

I have two monitors, and would like each monitor to have its own desktop wall. I did some Googling, installed CompizConfig Settings Manager, and changed Desktop Wall => Viewport Switching => ...
4
votes
0answers
43 views

Can I have a window showing small live preview of another workspace?

Is it possible to mirror a live section of one workspace so that it is visible in the current workspace as a window that can be moved around? The other day I had a Windows 10 VM running on my Ubuntu ...
4
votes
0answers
201 views

VLC interface problem in 16.04

In VLC if I enter into full screen mode by double clicking, then after auto screen turn off time(The time of inactivity after which the screen turns off in idle mode) the mouse pointer and the control ...
4
votes
0answers
390 views

Unity 8 - Stuck at login screen

i recently installed Ubuntu Xenial in order to install Unity 8 and test how it work with my graphic card (Intel HD 3000). First I updated the system and then installed U8: sudo apt install unity8-lxc ...
4
votes
0answers
103 views

Ctrl shortcuts not working in VLC on 15.10

I'm experiencing some keyboard shortcuts not working in VLC after upgrading to 15.10. If I just open VLC with no file loaded, almost all shortcuts involving Ctrl do nothing. Ctrl+O should open the "...
4
votes
0answers
210 views

Lock the rotation of the Scopes and Welcome screen in portrait mode on tablet

Last update Ubuntu Touch on my Nexus 7 to 16.04 (r3) lock the rotation of the Scopes and Welcome screen in landscape mode. This is extremely inconvenient for me. Is it possible to unlock rotation or ...
4
votes
0answers
1k views

15.10 Dell XPS 15 (9550) External Monitor not waking

I'm in Ubuntu 15.10, with Kernel 4.3. Things are working better than I could ever imagine. Other than ONE bug... When my laptop turns off it's screen and my external monitor's screen (I have it set ...
4
votes
0answers
64 views

Window Transparency with Java

I'm using a java application that relies heavily on window transparency it to work properly (windows apparently fade on top of each other to make them cross over each other). On Windows it works just ...
4
votes
0answers
111 views

Make a right click with Super ( or another key )+left click

I have an xps 13 (2015), I can't manage to make a right click with the touchscreen by any means. I tought a good solution would be to make a Super+left click, a bit like the alt+left click to drag a ...
4
votes
0answers
2k views

Ubuntu 14.04 Mouse Pointer/cursor disappears when changing user

I have Ubuntu 14.04 installed (using unity) and everything seems to work fine until I try to use a second user. Once I click to log into another user it takes me back to the login screen and once it ...
4
votes
0answers
333 views

Cursor themes only work for some applications

Trying some X11 cursors from gnome-look.org (Vienna, Protozoa, Leafm, Ecliz... ) in 14.04 Unity. Done update-alternatives and chmod 755. Everything is ok, cursor themes are visible in unity-tweak, ...
4
votes
0answers
3k views

Multiple chromium icons in launcher of 14.04 LTS

EDIT 2014-04-19: To add a little extra context to my question, these are the original instructions I followed http://ricardofeliciano.me/how-to-create-a-unity-launcher-icon-for-each-chromechromium-...
4
votes
0answers
249 views

sublime text 2 move to current workspace

I was wondering if there is way to move ST2, which is already open and on a different workspace, to the current workspace if I open a file with ST2. It's a bit annoying to search for the ST2 window ...
4
votes
0answers
1k views

Tor Browser Bundle's version of Firefox [Tor Browser] is recognized as the main Firefox installation [Ubuntu 12.04]

Whenever I run the start-tor-browser script to run Tor-Browser-Bundle, the Unity3D launcher stacks it with the Firefox shortcut I have on there as if it's another window of Firefox, unlike before when ...
4
votes
0answers
861 views

alt tab stopped working properly suddenly in Ubuntu 12:04 Unity

I have been working on my laptop since morning and suddenly before some time my Alt-Tab functionalist stopped working properly. Some times it switches between the windows some times not, even if it ...
4
votes
0answers
434 views

Remember window monitor for windows in multi-monitor setup (12.04)

I'm on Unity 3D, in a dual-monitor setup. I like to keep certain applications on fixed monitors / workspaces. However, it annoys me needing to move all those windows to the desired monitor / workspace ...
3
votes
0answers
47 views

How to silently install Unity on 16.04?

I am trying to create a Dockerfile that installs Visual Studio Code, which requires a desktop, on Ubuntu 16.04. I can get everything to build and run except for the last line of my Dockerfile: apt-...
3
votes
0answers
26 views

Getting invisible menus in LibreOffice, Skype, and Gimp

I am randomly getting clear menus and other working windows while working in LibreOffice and Gimp. I think I get them with Skype, but since it doesn't show a frame, there is nothing to make an image ...
3
votes
0answers
48 views

Change Image For Launcher Shortcut

I created a desktop shortcut that opens Firefox to a particular URL following these instructions. In the instructions they show you how to customize it with a particular image. I was able to do this, ...
3
votes
0answers
56 views

Synapse Application search bar indicator?

I would like to synapse search bar indicator on ubuntu 16.04. I am using the following command, but its not working: sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/apps sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install ...
3
votes
0answers
85 views

Centering the application launchers on the panel in 16.04

I am using Ubuntu 16.04 with the default Unity desktop environment on a Lenovo Yoga 3 pro. I have moved my launcher panel to the bottom of my screen, from the left, and have it so that it auto hides. ...
3
votes
0answers
372 views

No menu bar in gedit 3.18.3 on Ubuntu 16.04

Gedit usually shows the menu bar when the mouse is hovered over the top of Unity (desktop) no matter where or how gedit is displayed. This is ok. When started from terminal using sudo gedit there ...
3
votes
0answers
262 views

How to run Unity 8 on Ubuntu inside of VirtualBox?

Like the title suggest is there anyway? I tried to run Unity 8 on Ubuntu 16.04 in VirtualBox with the Guest Additions installed. When I login into the Unity 8 session from LightDM it's just loads a ...
3
votes
0answers
104 views

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 ...
3
votes
0answers
47 views

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 ...
3
votes
0answers
149 views

Bottom Unity launcher stops full screen video controls from working

As much as I think having the launcher at the bottom is better, it seems to have a problem. I can't control video such as youtube video when in full screen, because the launcher buttons seem to cover ...
3
votes
0answers
107 views

15.10 Unity stuck after login, even as guest, background image permission denied despite 644

Yesterday I ran the last Ubuntu security updates, and now my desktop does not open anymore. Only the purple login wallpaper is visible (my user wallpaper is different and does not appear) and I can ...
3
votes
0answers
137 views

dconf-WARNING **: failed to commit changes to dconf: The given address is empty

So I got this script change_wallpaper, based from the answer from this: Automatically change Ubuntu wallpaper at a certain hour and ran it through cron. # For changing wallpaper at a certain time */1 ...
3
votes
0answers
96 views

Can you change the desktop grid layout in KDE?

I have recently switched from Ubuntu 14.04 to Kubuntu 14.04 and there's one thing that's bugging me... I have two (identical) monitors and I use multiple workspaces extensively. My workspaces are ...
3
votes
0answers
170 views

Global Menu for JavaFX Applications

I know that we can enable global menu for Java Swing applications using Jayatana. But I am searching for global menu support for JavaFX applications. After searching on it, I have found that ...
3
votes
0answers
97 views

Triple Screen working on GNOME Shell but not on Unity

I'm trying to use my triple-screen setup on Unity, and after a lot of failures, I have still not been able to make it work. Today, as a last resort, I tried on GNOME Shell and ... it worked ! The ...
3
votes
0answers
127 views

How “Scale for menu and title bars” works?

recently I bought new laptop which had 14" 1920x1080 screen. I would like to use multi monitor setup and I have 23" 1920x1080 screen at work and 22" 1680x1050 screen at home. I would like to use it at ...
3
votes
0answers
392 views

Changing default resolution system-wide in Ubuntu 15.10

Ubuntu 15.10 uses the native resolution of the screen by default. The native resolution on my laptop (3200*1800) is too big for the size of the screen (13"), leading to a very high pixel density, it ...
3
votes
0answers
344 views

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 ...
3
votes
0answers
147 views

Chrome Notifications No Longer Display (14.04)

I recently reinstalled 14.04, and Chrome notifications worked great for about 2 days, after which there were no gmail notifications or Now cards and now there isn't even the bell icon. The Chrome and ...
3
votes
0answers
104 views

Screen completely glitches out when I plug/unplug monitor with laptop on

I have a mobile i7 running Ubuntu 15.04, and I have a 3 monitor set up including the laptop. Now, everything used to be fine: I could come home from College with my laptop still on and plug in my ...
3
votes
0answers
80 views

Window Click to Focus Without Passing Event To App

I like the click-to-focus behavior, but is there some way to prevent the window from receiving the click event until after it has been focused? Example, I click a window in the background to bring it ...
3
votes
0answers
136 views

Chromebook: Map Search Key to Caps Lock

Using crouton, I have ubuntu running on my chromebook. By default, the caps lock key is a search key and opens up the dash home. How can I map this key to be caps lock instead? I am very new to all of ...
3
votes
0answers
273 views

Chrome window is off position after maximizing

when I unmaximize my Chrome window and then maximize it again, it appears to be redrawn incorrectly, see the attached GIF to see for yourself. What is even worse, is that Chrome still thinks the ...
3
votes
0answers
281 views

How can I add a custom python indicator to the unity-greeter login screen?

I've installed a custom indicator called PRIME Indicator and it shows up in the top panel (next to date time etc) after I login. I would like to show the indicator before login on the unity-greeter ...
3
votes
0answers
139 views

Change language to arabic without changing window/GUI alignment

I recently changed my language to arabic but I found that the GUI is flipped horizontally which is not so nice and kinda nauseous. How do I make the GUI left-aligned with arabic language still present?...
3
votes
0answers
463 views

Cannot change theme except via reboot

I'm using Ubuntu 14.10, unity, x64. Also have an nVIDIA GPU (Optimus 555M) if that's at all relevant for this issue. I'm not sure if I'm missing anything, but I cannot seem to reliably change the ...
3
votes
0answers
129 views

Unity On Top of Full Screen Apps With Multiple Monitors

I use an nvidia graphics card with multiple monitors on ubuntu 14.04. However its extremely frustrating to use because if I have anything open in fullscreen on one monitor, unity will always appear on ...
3
votes
0answers
199 views

Controls like checkboxes and radio buttons are invisible : After Upgrade to 14.10

I recently upgraded to 14.10 from 14.04. No matter what theme I try, radio buttons and checkboxes simply do not appear in my applications. Any ideas? Here's a an image showing this:
3
votes
0answers
615 views

Secondary monitor issues with Nvidia Laptop in Ubuntu 14.04

I've got a Dell XPS 15 L502x laptop, with a NVIDIA GeForce GT540M graphics card using the Optimus duel system. I've purchased an external monitor that I can connect with HDMI to act as a second ...