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Permanently set keyboard layout options with setxkbmap in gnome/unity

Ubuntu 13.101 (and maybe upstream gnome) introduced very annoying bug: pressing keyboard layout switch shortcut makes focus go away to some system window, then back to window where shortcut was ...
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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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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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How to find *why* I can't bind some keyboard shortcut (or which app took it)?

In short: is there (under Unity) any way to find out which application grabbed some global shortcut? I do not ask for "standard shortcuts" but for some way to get information about actual shortcuts ...
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How to get back unity and compiz after uninstalling, no launcher or dash on startup

I've gone through a ton of threads regarding this issue with nothing working for me. I removed compiz to reinstall it (foolishly) and I just can't seem to get unity back. I'm on 14.04. The Unity ...
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How to stop Unity love handles on onscreen keybord

I have a Dell XPS12 - the one that converts into a tablet. When typing with onboard [default onscreen keyboard], sometimes 3 fingers will be touching the screen at the same time. This launches the ...
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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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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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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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menue bar and launcher

I recently installed Xorg 1.11 and fglrx 12.6 on my machine and after restarting system that worked as well . that was good also at the game time . the unity menuebar/launcher and panel left after i ...
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Alt+Ctrl behavior different from Ctrl+Alt?

Specifically I am trying to use the workspace switching shortcut Ctrl+Alt+←↑→↓. They work fine when I press Alt then Ctrl then an Arrow key, but not when I do Ctrl then Alt. This ...
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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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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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Facebook webapp doesn't work

All my unity-webapps work with chromium, except for Facebook. It popped up the bar to ask me to install, I did, and the unity-webapps-facebookmessenger package was installed. However, it does not ...
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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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Can Nautilus automatically close the window after a file is opened?

In Mac's OS X, if you hold option while opening a file, the nautilus window will automatically close (after opening the file). This works whether you double-click the file or use the keyboard shortcut ...
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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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Unity launcher fails to auto-hide after 15 minutes of use

My Unity launcher is set to Auto-hide and hides however, about 15 minutes into using it, it just stops hiding and sits on top of my windows. I see here many are experiencing a problem with the ...
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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 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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Eclipse Luna displaying regular scrollbars instead of overlay scrollbars - how to change?

I've recently switched to using the new Eclipse Luna, but for some reason it stopped displaying the overlay scrollbars, and now shows the regular ones that are in e.g. Firefox. Kepler had them. Since ...
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Fonts messed up after installing Kubuntu desktop on Ubuntu 14.04

I decided I wanted to try Kubuntu since I had some difficulties with the Unity desktop. I do not remember exactly the command(s) I run, but I think I used sudo apt-get install kubuntu-desktop. Now the ...
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how to track a crash when changing from X :1 to X :0?

I need to track on 14.04 a crash that often happens here: I open a new X at :1 (that sometimes goes to ctrl+alt+f8 others to f9). But when I try to go back to X :0 with ctrl+alt+f7, it crashes ...
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Screen locks after a few seconds

Ubuntu 14.04 locks my screen after a few second. I don't always have to log in after this happens. Most of the time I do. It's about every 20-30 seconds that I have to do this. I have tried to change ...
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Any way to find keybindings currently in use? (ubuntu, compiz or otherwise)

Is there a good way to list or find out the keybindings that are currently in use on your computer? I'm changing some keybindings in compiz (particularly because I don't have a keypad) and I didn't ...
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How to hide unity launcher border line

I'm on 14.04. I have my launcher on full transparency and I've hidden the containing boxes, and to complete the picture and have the icons completely hovering, it'd be nice to hide the border line or ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 with gtx 670 slow window animations

I have Ubuntu 14.04 installed on an i5 2500k, 8GB ram and gtx 670. The problem is that all the window animations are very slow. For example when trying to resize a window is like it will take hours to ...
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Can I make menus never dissaper?

When you start application menus (File, Edit, View, etc...) disappear and applications title replaces them. Can I disable this feature and make sure that menus never disappear?
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Ubuntu settings mess up after trying Kubuntu

I am trying Kubuntu on my computer, but then I come back again to Unity and when I do, configuration keeps some of KDE's settings: General window and indicator fonts are smaller and thinner; they're ...
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How to make Unity responsive?

I really like the Unity interface. The usability, the look and especially the search. But the search got less and less responsive. In 14.04 I have to wait quiet some time before results appear (semi ...
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kubuntu-desktop took over everything

I installed kubuntu-desktop via software centre but now everything is messed up in unity. As if the theme was changed but it's still "Ambiance" (the default). It even affects LXDE. For example... ...
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Unity stopped working. Blank desktop

I was having problems installing MongoDB with NPM and I found someone saying that the problem is related to the fact that I had Python 2 and 3 installed. So I removed Python 3 and after this many ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 unity broken no launchbar menu bar

I tried installing nvidia 331.79 driver from xorg-edger ppa, but after installation the unity is broken that no launchbar and no menu bar. The login screen worked properly but right after I logged in ...
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Empty tooltips in MATLAB

I am running MATLAB R2013b. Under Unity, the built-in editor of MATLAB shows empty tooltips, as seen here: Under xfce the tooltips are showing up just fine. My system: Ubuntu 14.04, Intel i7 ...
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Speed Up Unity Dash Loading Programs

Each time I open dash for the first time since booting, it takes ages to load programs on it. I have to wait for like a minute or so and then programs appears. I have online stuffs disabled so its ...
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Unable to reinstall unity-2d on Ubuntu 14.04 desktop LTS?

It is wiered that I'm not able to reinstall unity-2d on my system. I removed it as it was not ready to go into the 2D mode. I have XRDP install for which I need Unity-2D. after removing the unity-2d ...
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How to change Spread all windows animation speed?

I know using CCSM I can change the animation speeds of minimize window, open window, etc. But I can't find the section that lets me modify the animation speeds of 'spread all windows' (Super + W ...
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Full Transparent (glass type) menu for ubuntu 14.04

Is it possible to have menus like this concept design in ubuntu 14.04? with static blur like dash,launcher?
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Unable to change almost any configuration from my desktop

first, apologies for my english. Well, my problem is that if I can't change any configuration. some examples: 1-can't unlock any apps from the Launcher. 2-can't disable online searchs on the Dash. ...
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Disable 'grave' button in Ubuntu 14.04

I want to bind in "guake terminal" grave ` button to some action, but can't do this, always get exception that "Cannot bind global grave button". Also I disabled ALT+` for "switches windows of ...
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Launcher labels have red background

I've recently migrated to Ubuntu from Windows 7 and it's been great so far. I have this one problem though that I cannot solve. On the right side of the screen where my icons/shortcuts (launcher) are, ...
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Unity launcher, dash and menu fonts are not anti-aliased

I am running Ubuntu 14.04. After installing Qt4 settings manager and tinkering with it (changing the font face for Qt apps) I notice that unity launcher, dash and menu and date indicator fonts are not ...
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Ubuntu Trusty Tahr runs slowly in Virtualbox, with 3D enabled

I installed the latest Ubuntu in the latest Virtualbox. It is slow: frames are visible in animations and the mouse flickers. This question is different from many others on the net that suggest ...