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Touchpad gestures don't work on Dell XPS 15 L521x

I'm trying to get multi-touch gestures working on my Dell XPS 15. Two finger scrolling works but three or four finger gestures do not. I know that the touchpad is capable of multi-touch gestures ...
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Wrong window gets focus when switching workspace

I enjoy using VLC to play video while I do other work. The VLC window is set to by 'Always on top' and 'Always on visible workspace'. In former versions of Ubuntu this has worked great. When I ...
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How to get copy.com notification icon on Unity on Trusty to work?

Do you guys know how to get Copy's systray icon to work? That's an old question and the old fix doesn't work no more.. I've already tried: sudo apt-get install libappindicator1 and the other: ...
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How can the X root window be seen instead of the Unity desktop?

I would like to be able to see the X root window instead of the Unity desktop. This could be for the purposes of using such programs as Xphoon, which fill the X root window with graphics. How can ...
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High-level library for Unity Dash?

I've wanted to write a GTK+ version of Unity Dash for some time. I think it could be useful for Xfce, Gnome Flashback, elementaryOS, etc. Before I start doing anything about it, I'd like to know if ...
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About the calendar on the top bar

So Ubuntu has this calendar on the top bar(Unity). Now whenever I open it and click on a day, it gets highlighted with bright orange color. If I close it now and open it again after like 1 or 2 days, ...
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Unity Dash is unbearably slow after upgrade (13.10 32-bit)

I recently upgraded a 12.04 LTS Wubi installation to 13.10. The Unity Dash is nearly impossible to use on 13.10 due to the immense amount of lag it produces when opening, taking about 8 seconds to ...
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Spread windows not working on minimized applications

When I'm using "SUPER" + "W" to spread all running windows I only see the applications that are not minimized and the others are just nothing as seen on picture below. I have 5 applications running ...
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Steam entry missing text in Unity 13.10 dash after upgrade

I recently upgraded to Ubuntu 13.10 and switched from using KDE to Unity. When I search for the program Steam in the Unity dash, it's entry (leftmost in the screenshot) does not contain any text and ...
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How to remove all device icons from Unity launcher in 13.10?

How to remove all drives icons from Unity launcher in 13.10? Old trick with dconf-editor does not work anymore. I can remove any entry from com.canonical.Unity.Launcher.favorites, but not ...
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CryptKeeper's icon not showing in panel in Ubuntu 13.04

I installed "CryptKeeper" an hour ago, and I just cant get it's icon to be shown in the panel. I've tried running this code in the Terminal: gsettings set com.canonical.Unity.Panel systray-whitelist ...
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QML app icon not effective when called from app.setWindowIcon()

I've a Qt5/QML hybrid app built with Ubuntu Touch SDK. I'm trying to set the app icon for it, but without success. Code looks like this: int main(int argc, char *argv[]) { QApplication app(argc, ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 Unity: Black screen with cursor only, when external display is connected before booting laptop

Whenever I connect an external display to the DSub port of my laptop before booting into Ubuntu, something goes wrong in Unity to cause the exact same problem as described here: After logging in, ...
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Where to find GUI code

I've been rummaging through Unity's source code (Shell Interface) and I was a little curious about something; where in the code are you supposed to find positional code? I'll clarify a bit with some ...
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Window screenshot with Unity Global Menu enabled

When I press Alt+PrtSc, it only shoots when I release Alt, so it gets a screenshot of the Global Menu. How do I get the screenshot of the window without disabling Global Menu?
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Live Window Resizing is very slow - ubuntu 12.10

live window resizing is very very slow, if i activate it through compiz config manager. I searched the web for a while, but found no reason why. It's obviously an unity/compiz problem. The question ...
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How to remove Xubuntu notification style?

I downloaded Xubuntu to try it on Ubuntu. After uninstalling it using sudo apt-get purge xubuntu-desktop I found out that even after that when there were pop-up notifications, it would appear in ...
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Missing keystrokes in ubuntu 13.04

This has only been a problem since upgrading to Ubuntu 13.04 from 12.10. For some reason, when typing I lose lots of keystrokes. It doesn't seem to matter which application I'm typing in. It ...
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Save and restore window positions

Here is my configuration: Ubuntu 12.04 (with Unity) Laptop External screen to use the laptop in dual screen mode Several windows spread on both screens and on 4 workspaces When I have meetings I ...
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How to stop reordering of the same kind multiple preview windows in task switching?

When using task switching in the default graphical mode of Ubuntu 12.04, if they are multiple windows of the same kind, eg. multiple Terminal windows, you can see them all together and select which ...
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Can change background only from Gnome, not from Unity

I just upgraded my Ubuntu from 12.04 to 12.10 and I see when I right click on the desktop and click on change desktop background, all I get is the system settings dialogue and not the change desktop ...
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Using Unity with i3-wm

Is it possible to use the Unity Panel (with or without launcher) with i3-wm instead of compiz? And if that's not possible, could I somehow use the HUD inside the i3 session?
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Can't get iconify() and deiconify() to work properly

I'm writing app for Ubuntu with C++ and Gtkmm. In my app i use libappindicator to show icon with simple menu in notification area. Icon and menu works ok, i can minimize window to panel (using ...
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Ubuntu desktop 12.10 64-bit, icons don't show

Recently I had problems with fglrx cause I have an ATI card, if I install the privative drivers from the Ubuntu repo, I get no Unity launch bar cause the drivers are not compatible with the new Xorg. ...
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File transfer indicator applet?

In gnome-shell when you do a file transfer you get a icon appear in the bar at the top, I know in unity it shows you the information in the unity Launcher, but I have that set to autohide, so I was ...
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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 switchs between the windows some times not , even if it ...
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Unity launchers and bar disappeared and unity --reset shows an error

I am having a problem with unity. I have launched Movie player with QNapi (application for downloading movie subtitles) and somehow Unity crashed and disappeared leaving just the opened windows ...
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Two launcher entries for Skype after Skype-wrapper installation

I installed skype-wrapper because the Skype default icon looks awful with the rest of the unity bar (and I like the integration), and uninstalled the sni-qt package to remove the normal Skype icon. ...
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Remove icon borders in Unity application switcher

In Unity's application switcher (ALT-TAB), each icon has a colored border (see red arrow in screenshot below). It is misleading, a bright icon has a bright border, making it look as if it were the ...
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How can I suspend the way that ubuntu does?

I would like a command I could map to a button or execute within my network. So far I know the command sudo pm-suspend but I could not make pmi action suspend work on either 12.04 nor 14.04 : Error ...
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Alt Key for HUD Doesn't Work

After few of tweakings, I doesn't have HUD anymore. Normally (on another computer): But it doesn't appear at all (on my computer): Indeed, the ALT key call the menu of focused app. So, as ...
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Increase Unity dash opacity in ubuntu 13.10

Is it possible to set opacity=100(not transparency) for unity dash(search)? I am not talking about blur effect. When i set no blur then unity dash looks full transparent. To reduce the load i want to ...
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Unity won't boot

My Ubuntu is not starting correctly. I see the BIOS splash screen followed by a purple background, then some lines of text on a black background: [ 1.071536] ata6.00: failed to enable AA ...
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Unity Scope to read XMP metadata from local files

I have seen various tutorials on writing Unity Scopes, including the one on developer.ubuntu.com However, they all appear to concentrate on scopes that download data from various web services. I am ...
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how to install global menu in gnome 3

How can I install gnome2 global menu? This one (from google) and not the one we taking here. Thanks.
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How to switch workspace via the Unity Desktop ICON via Mouse Wheel Specifically

I want to wheel over the "Workspace Icon" in the Unity Switcher to change desktops. (I know you can switch workspaces via COMPIZ which is ok for wheeling the desktop), but I would like to wheel over ...
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KDE behaviour without using Kubuntu?

Is there a way of getting the KDE behaviour using Unity?. I mean the jumping Icons and everything but without installing KDE alongside Gnome or Unity.
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Settings and configurations are not saved on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

I recently installed 12.04 LTS. Whenever I rearrange the launcher icons they reset to their initial order after a reboot. Also, although I can change the time and date settings, none of the changes ...
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Ubuntu 13.10: Bad application startup drawing (e.g., chromium)

I have always noticed a small graphical performance issue in my ten years experience with GNU/Linux. The problem is related to how applications are drawn when started. Typically, on my machine, when ...
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Strange theme after download

I downloaded CairoDock yesterday and since I rebooted my system it shows me this weird theme, with orange windows and little white borders around programs, also my icons are messed up, the top right ...
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Unity global menu options disabled for certain applications

I am using Ubuntu 13.10, and am also using the Gnome 3.10 staging, next, etc. ppas. I have Cinnamon, Gnome Shell and Unity environments installed. All the environments and applications work fine. ...
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Unity is *always* visible, no matter what app I'm using

I have used Unity for a bit, but I have never encountered this. Any full screen (games, lock screen, etc) app, the Unity sidebar and the top bar are always visible. Thankfully, they don't work. ...
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Blank Screen upon login after installing openGL

I have an Inspiron N5010 running Ubuntu13.10 64b. It uses Intal HD Graphics (i.e. no ATI/Nvidia graphics card) I need a software that uses OpenGL, and I installed multiple packages using synaptic ...
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Add a persistent progress bar to launcher icon

I'm trying to write a script (python) to add a progress bar to an launcher icon. When I execute my script the icon changes, then my script exits and it changes right back. How do I change the icon in ...
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12.04 Unity - Windows Consistently Jump Behind Main Menu Bar

I have run a clean install of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and installed all the latest updates, and have not made any alterations to the interface. However I am presented with a persistent problem: When using ...
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Unity and PHPStorm hotkeys conflict

I use Ubuntu 13.10 and work in PHPStorm. The problem is that the populat PHPStorm hotkeys don't work but Unity's hotkeys work instead. For example, by pressing Alt+F1 I'm expecting "Select target" ...
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make Ubuntu search by default in all categories?

I am using Ubuntu 13.10. Every time I want to search for something using the Super key, Unity has set its search category (filter) for videos (nothing else), although I chose the last times to look ...
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Unity Launcher resets on Reboot and Unity Tweak Tool no longer working

I have a new issue to report. As of this morning, on startup, my entire Ubuntu system looked a little different. What I discovered was that my Unity Launcher had reset to their primal defaults (i.e. ...
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high vram memory unity/compiz with nvidia

I run my desktop at the high resolution of 1920x1200 and am finding the vram usage is very high; nearly all my graphics memory (~200-220mb used). I'm checking my vram usage with the nvidia xserver ...
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Access API for Unity topbar?

Is there any way to access Ubuntu Unity topbar using node.js ? I just want to make a web app and need some way to make a indicator for the web app .