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DISCLAIMER: I'm brand new to Ubuntu, and I have zero coding experience, so please keep any answers in layman's terms.

I was browsing the Ubuntu Software store thingy (Software Center? Ubuntu Software? wtf is it called) to look for programs to download. When I go to browse, however, it only lists programs I have installed. I've tried to look up answers to this issue, but I can't understand any of the solutions posted since it's almost all in code or in extremely technical jargon I just don't understand. Could someone that knows their stuff please help a newbie out? I don't even have any idea where to start, so please explain to me what I need to do.

Nothing is missing when I go into the Ubuntu Software. It's only when I go to browse the different categories where it only shows what I have installed. I can still utilize the search feature to find specific programs, but as you can imagine I can't get all that far using just that if I don't know what's out there.

I've restarted my computer and it didn't do anything to fix it.

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    updated. this is not my issue.
    – weasel
    Jul 22 '18 at 2:40
  • What version of Ubuntu are you using?
    – wjandrea
    Jul 22 '18 at 2:45
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    given that i just installed ubuntu on this laptop earlier today, it's whatever version this currently is. 18.04 iirc
    – weasel
    Jul 22 '18 at 2:48
  • @weasel If you mean the newest version, then yes, 18.04. But 16.04 and 14.04 are still supported.
    – wjandrea
    Jul 22 '18 at 3:10
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In the menu bar at the top of Ubuntu Software click All in order to show all software, not just installed software.

Open the terminal and upgrade the list of available software by running these commands:

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade 

If the default Ubuntu 18.04 repositories are missing from the sources.list file at /etc/apt/sources.list, you can replace it with a standard Ubuntu 18.04 sources list like in this answer. Make sure to run this command after changing sources.list to refresh the list of available software.

sudo apt update  
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  • the menu bar works normally in that regard, but it's sadly not that simple. when I click on "All," it shows me the front page of the store. but when I go to browse (e.g. recommended graphics/audio & video/etc. applications), it just shows me what I have installed in those tags.
    – weasel
    Jul 22 '18 at 2:51
  • that most recent edit fixed it! thanks a ton <3
    – weasel
    Jul 22 '18 at 2:55

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