I was going through one article here and the topic was "Changing the Size and Appearance of the Unity Launcher" which required to open up CompizConfig from System Settings --> Desktop. I could find System Settings and could reach to control panel but cannot locate either Desktop or CompizConfig. When i go to Software center and search for compizconfig, it says that it is already installed.But when i search it from the list of installed applications, i couldn't find it.??

  • Try running it from the Terminal: ccsm Does it pop up? – adeklipse Jun 29 '11 at 12:35
  • what does it say when you open terminal and type there ccsm – Denwerko Jun 29 '11 at 12:36

CCSM (compizconfig-settings-manager) is not installed by default. To install it go to the Software Center or click on the link below:

compizconfig-settings-manager Install compizconfig-settings-manager

Then you can open it by typing ccsm in the Dash or run it from System Settings

Warning: ccsm can lead to unwanted effects that may be hard to overcome and may leave you without a desktop (see also this question for more background information).

You may have installed simple-ccsm instead.

  • He clearly mentions that Ubuntu Software Center says it's installed. – Oxwivi Jun 29 '11 at 14:29
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    @Oxwivi: CompizConfig(simple-ccsm) != CompizConfig Settings Manager (ccsm) – Takkat Jun 29 '11 at 15:03
  • Ah, that you should have mentioned earlier. – Oxwivi Jun 29 '11 at 16:06

Try accessing Compiz Config Settings Manager (or ccsm) by pressing Alt+F2 and typing ccsm. The Unity settings are in there, just type "unity" into the search bar.


In the Applications lens (at the launcher), on the extreme right of the search bar, you will see "All Applications" written along with an arrow. Click n it and choose "System". You should be able to see CompizConfig Settings Manager there.

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