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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 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 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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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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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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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'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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Can I hide the title bar of MPlayer in gnome?

I'm on a 10.04 machine with MPlayer, version SVN-r1.0~rc3+svn20090426-4.4.3. When you invoke MPlayer from the command line to show a file, it displays the file within a window. This bar has a title, ...
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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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Persistent Window Placement? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Open application in specific workspace Does anyone know a way of keeping windows in the place you put them, between shutting down and logging back on again, rather where ...
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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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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 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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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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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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Why some windows in ubuntu 12.04 opens in background

Skype contact list, Home folder, etc. How to open them in foreground?
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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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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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Restore default keyboard shortcut for Workspace Switcher/Show Desktop

I tried setting the default keyboard shortcut to Hide normal windows (Show desktop) to Super + S. It didn't work and now whenever I press Super + S, I get the workspace switcher. I tried setting ...
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Screenshot of active window doesn't work

Ubuntu 10.10 Screenshot of full screen works. Screenshot of "selected area" works. But Screenshot of current (active) window doesn't. Nothing happens. The save screenshot window doesn't open. Tried ...
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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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Mouse click events are delayed when moving the cursor in xubuntu 12.04

I am trying out live xubuntu on my samsung n150 (netbook, similar to eeepc). So far everything seems perfect, except for this one thing. When I am clicking the mouse while moving the cursour, the ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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 ...
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How do I control window placement in KDE with keyboard?

Is it possible in KDE to set up keyboard shortcuts similar to what Unity uses for window placement - i.e. Alt - Ctrl - Numpad 6 to make a window occupy the left half of the screen etc.?
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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 to stop windows from moving past the edge of a workspace?

I would like to stop windows from entering into neighbouring workspaces. I would like each window to be self contained inside the current workspace. Also, how can I stop windows from going ...
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Disappearing window borders after reboot

Since the install of Ubuntu Desktop 10.10, any launched programs shows up without a windowborder. I update daily, but the problem remains. Until now I found only one "remedy" that fixes the problem ...
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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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One pixel 'grab' area when resizing windows

I find it far to hard to grab the top edge of windows to resize them. It seems like there is only a 1 pixel range where the mouse cursor changes to the resize icon. Does anyone know if this range can ...
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Windows appear behind the panel

When opening new windows in my Ubuntu 11.04 sometimes they are hidden behind the panel. I can grab them while pressing Alt+Button 1 but I would like to solve it so that they appear where they should. ...
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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 do I find what command created an existing window? [duplicate]

In the system monitor application (gnome-system-monitor), there is a column titled "Command Line" that gives the command (complete with arguments) that was used to create that window. Is there a ...
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How do I enable live window resizing in Ubuntu 13.04?

In Ubuntu 13.04 when you resize an application window by clicking with the mouse on any of its borders the whole window area gets covered by an orange transparent film; if then the mouse cursor is ...
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Shortcuts no longer work for move window to left/right of screen in 12.04

I used to be able to send windows to the left/right half of the screen with ctrl-windows-left and ctrl-windows-right in 12.04. Now the left/right shortcuts do not work, but ctrl-windows-up / down ...
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How do I change the window titles (as used by wmctrl)

I am using wmctrl to move applications after I have launched them such that I do not have to do this manually for, for example, several text editors and web browsers and pdf viewers and terminals. I ...
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How do I make my windows minimize like a Mac in classic Gnome?

How do I make my ubuntu windows do this?
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How to make Unity Launcher menu be almost always hidden and not influence window placement

I'm using Unity on 11.04. I've had a look at the compiz-config settings but could not find any answers. I would like to change a few default settings in Unity Launcher. I would like to apply ...
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How to resize windows with alt+right click instead of alt+middle click in Ubuntu 13.04

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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Ubuntu 12.10, cannot resize any window

I am using the unity interface and i usally work with maximized windows. However lately i noticed that i cannot resize windows. I can get them maximized and to normal state. When in normal state i ...
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How to figure out if a window is actually displayed on the screen using shell script?

I'm trying to write a shell script that recognizes if Thunderbird window is displayed and if so it disposes it to the messages tray. I'd like to use it in this answer of "How to keep Thunderbird and ...
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How do I use Compiz's “Scale Window Title Filter”?

I saw an answer that described filtering the windows in compiz scale. The feature seems to be Scale Window Title Filter. I have Scale, Scale Addons, and Text turned on in CompizConfig. When I invoke ...
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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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Black Spaces in Panels/Windows/Dialog

A lot of windows look have black spaces everywhere like this: However, when I take a screenshot, the black space is replaced with transparency, and the screenshot looks like this: This isn't that ...