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Dual boot windows 8 and Ubuntu with Windows 8 Boot manager

I have two partitions on my hard-didk , I have installed ubuntu on my 1st partition and windows 8 later on another partition.Now i can only boot into windows 8 because it doesn't recognize Ubuntu. ...
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How to set a specific window size for all windows that open to default

I want my windows to be a specific size (not full screen) and to be in the middle of the screen by default. When I close the application and re-open it, it will be the dimensions I want it to be by ...
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How do I tell a start up program to start minimized?

Here is a quesion that has been bugging me. You know how you can set up a program to run on start up right? Well, how can i tell it to start minimized, like you would do in windows? TeamViewer ...
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How to automatically bring an activated window to the foreground? [duplicate]

When I have a file browser and an image viewer opened and I double click a photo, the image viewer doesn't jump to the foreground, its icon just shakes a bit and acquires a glow around it, and I have ...
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Ubuntu does not put Fedora into GRUB menu

I have installed a number of operating systems, including Fedora. Most recently I installed Ubuntu, and Ubuntu installed its own version of the GRUB bootloader. However, Fedora does not show up on the ...
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How do I get Aero Snap in Unity 2D?

I really miss the "Aero Snap" window snapping feature present in Unity 3D. Is there any way I can get it, or an alternative to it, in Unity 2D?
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How do I add a border around windows but keep the current theme?

I seem to live my life in the terminal - many terminals in-fact. I also love the Ambiance theme - but the new borderless windows does not provide the visual differentiation I'm used to (the same ...
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Is there a script (or software) to open an application window on a specific viewport and position?

So, I have 8 virtual Desktops in Unity (with Compiz) because I have many projects I'm working on simultaneously. Problem is, every time I need to reboot or accidentally close Chrome (which ...
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How to set borders around windows in 14.04?

Can someone advise me of how to add borders (wide borders) to Windows in Ubuntu version 14.04. In the past I have used "gnome-tweak-tool". However it doesn't work with version 14.04. All my windows ...
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Disable new windows auto opening in background

Skype contact list, Home folder, etc. How to open them in foreground?
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How to bring back minimize and maximize buttons in Gnome 3

I have recently installed Ubuntu Gnome which has the latest version of Gnome 3 running on it, and I have noticed that on windows there are no minimize buttons, and no maximize buttons, although I can ...
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How to move windows around and between monitors, using keyboard short cuts?

On MS Windows we can use Super + Arrow to move a window to the right and the left of the screen, maximize, minimize and even move it to another screen. Is there a way to configure this feature on ...
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Reinstate window snapping feature after reverting to Gnome Classic

How do I get the window snapping feature working again after reverting to Gnome Classic on 11.10 like suggested in this answer to How to revert to Gnome Classic
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How to change color of unity workspace border, and window resize

Currently running ubuntu 11.10. So I've been doing a lot of work on a new theme to match the physical look of my laptop which is a blue, black, white theme. Obviously orange visuals look out of place. ...
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Can I zoom out windows or scale the whole desktop?

I have a 17" laptop with 1600x900 resolution, but it's not enough to open windows side by side. I'm wondering if i could zoom out (or any other solution) windows (or the whole desktop). Is there a ...
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Skype window problem in Ubuntu 14.04

Skype app in my Ubuntu system work perfectly. But today when I run the app, I see this: How Can I fix this?
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Accessing my Windows 7 files from my Ubuntu account

I have just installed Ubuntu on my computer and I have windows 7 as my other operating system. is there a way that I can access my windows 7 files from my Ubuntu installation?
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How can I make my windows transparent by doing Alt+Mouse Scroll?

Pressing and holding Alt + scrolling with the mouse wheel used to give me a transparent window, is there any way I can get that or something similar in Ubuntu 12.04?
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Focus existing terminal with `Ctrl-Alt-T` shortcut

I tend to use the terminal a lot, So I wondering if there is a way I can make Ctrl+Alt+T focus the existing terminal if there is one, otherwise create a new terminal?
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Can Snap-Windows be set up for 4 windows instead of just 2?

The title might need some adjusting but what I am trying to say is that, when one drags a window to the left or right side of the screen, it resizes to fill that half of the screen. So if I drag 2 ...
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How do I get a list of running applications by using the command line?

I want to list only running application like: Firefox, gedit, Nautilus, etc. using the command line. Note: I don't want to list all running process, only applications which are running (say manually ...
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How to move a window if titlebar is overlapped by Ubuntu menu

Somehow the title-bar of chrome was overlapped by Ubuntu menu-bar like attached image. In this case how to move this chrome window?
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How to adjust window placement in Unity, Ubuntu 14.04 based on overlapping top bar

Ever since I upgraded to Ubuntu 14.04 from 13.10, I will have windows that open with the top bar of the window obscured by the top bar of the screen. I can move the window once it is open, and then ...
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Center a window via command line

Is there a way to either place a window in the center of the screen after it is opened, or cause it to open in the center of the screen? This needs to be done using command line.
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Get Window size in shell

I would like to get the size of the current window from a shell script... Really not much else to say... I would prefer to use wmctrl.
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How can I make running emacsclient from the unity launcher reuse an existing emacs window

(I'm actually asking this even though I intend to supply the answer, so this is more by way of providing a tip.) If you create an emacsclient launcher by copying a .desktop file (e.g. the Emacs one), ...
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How to move a window between monitors with Gnome Shell? [duplicate]

I see this question is "answered" by stating that there is no way to do this in GNOME: How to move windows around and between monitors, using keyboard short cuts? I have doubts that it should be ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 mouse and window focus issues

So I just installed Ubuntu 14.04 tonight and I'm having this weird issue with my mouse and window focus. I can't seem to click on any Unity Launcher icons. More over I can't click on unfocused ...
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Identify package by window?

I sometimes find small bugs in dialogs or windows. For instance, I found a very minor bug in the sound preference dialog. I thought I'd report it, but it wasn't obvious what package provides the ...
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How do I zoom in one window in Unity

I'm trying to zoom in (or scale up) one window on the Macbook Pro with HiDPI/retina screen in Unity on 12.04. This is useful for some applications that doesn't allow the font size etc. to be changed. ...
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Which window has current focus?

I'd like to know (programmatically) which window has current focus. Is there a window-manager independent way of discovering that? Otherwise, how does one determine which window has focus in Compiz ...
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How do I start skype in the system tray?

I have skype version 4 is set as one of my startup programs. Whenever skype starts, it pops up in it's full window mode. I would preferably like it to start as just an icon in the system tray.
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Can't use window controls on maximized windows

When I maximise a window and hover my mouse where the window controls should be, they do not appear however if I hover my mouse over the file menu bar, they do appear but as soon as I move my mouse ...
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How to resize windows with alt+right click instead of alt+middle click in Ubuntu 13.04 [duplicate]

The title says it all. I want to resize windows with an right click while holding the alt key, instead of the new default alt+middle click. I have found no way to enable this behaviour in 13.04. The ...
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How do I make a window bigger than my screen?

I want to resize my web browser to be a higher resolution than my screen. I remember being able to do this in Windows 95 by setting the desktop resolution higher than the monitor resolution. How can ...
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Remembering Window Positions (and preferrably sizes, too) in Ubuntu 14.04

I've just installed Ubuntu 14.04 alongside Windows and I am finding one thing to be very irritating. That is, when I open any application, it opens at the top-left of the screen. The first thing I ...
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How can I move window titles to the center of the title bar in 12.10?

By default the window titles are on the left side of the title bar. Is there a way to center the titles?
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Accented characters not rendering correctly on title bar in Ubuntu 14.04

So I've noticed this problem after I upgraded from Ubuntu 13.10 a few days back. I've noticed that whenever a window title is supposed to contain any accented character like "ï", the title bar ...
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How do I get my window frames back in Gnome Flashback?

Sometimes I wonder if there's a conspiracy to kill Gnome Flashback because it feels like it's been constantly beset with problems since the emergence of both Gnome 3's new look and Unity. As in a ...
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How can I disable alt+click window dragging?

In Ubuntu 14.04, when you hold alt and click a window, you can drag it around. As I understand, you used to be able to disable it through gconf, but Unity doesn't read settings from here any more (...
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How to start terminal in full screen?

When I open a terminal using CTRL+ALT+T in Unity, I would like this window to be automatically maximized, rather than to have to additionally hit ALT+SPACE and the 'X' key to make the window that ...
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How can I print-screen just one window and not my entire desktop?

I could swear I've always been able to do Alt+Print Screen to get 'just that window' but right now I am getting my entire desktop. Any idea why this would be or what I can do to get my ability to do ...
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Is it possible to have four equally sized windows on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS?

It is common to have two equally separated windows by either dragging each window to one side of the screen or Ctrl+Super+←/→, but I want to divide my screen into four quarters. I have encounterd ...
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Is there a way to start multiple applications at once and arrange their windows?

Let's say I usually have three windowed apps running at the same time: Chrome Emacs Terminal I like for them to be arranged the same way. I want this to happen on all of my desktops (or whatever ...
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Window title-bars missing occasionally in Unity

window (title and icon) sometimes doesn't appear. As a solution to this, I have to logout and login again. Is there something wrong with my system? How to make sure that this doesn't happen again?
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How can I get a list of all open windows in the command line?

How can I produce a list of all open windows, including dialog boxes and duplicates, from the command line?
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Certain windows are not opening in the last position/size I used them at [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to save window positions? Certain windows are not opening in the last position/size I used them at. Opening "compose a message" with evolution through the message menu ...
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How to know the pid of active window

How to know the pid of active (focused) window? I want to write a script in which it is necessary to know whether the user is actively using a program [browsing internet with somthing say firefox] ...
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No Pidgin main window on First Open [closed]

I removed emapathy and installed pidgin. Why ? because i hate empathy. The problem is that when i start pidgin for first time after login into ubuntu. via dash or me menu, i cannot see the main ...
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terminal window disappears after I minimize it

I just installed Ubuntu 12.04. I create a terminal using Ctrl+Alt+T, then I minimize it, and then I cannot find it anymore - not in the launcher, not in Alt+Tab. How can I return to my minimized ...