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Questions tagged [unity]

For questions regarding the Unity desktop environment, including configuring and using Unity. Unity has been the default Ubuntu desktop environment from Ubuntu 11.04 to Ubuntu 17.04.

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Desktop environments in Ubuntu - How to configure/investigate what is what?

Where can I find all registered (the ones which appear for choice at login) desktop environments, corresponding processes, packages? e.g. all those login options, where are they configure for Ubuntu ...
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Removing 'Kubuntu-desktop' has made media keys practically non-responsive but only on Unity Desktop

After uninstalling the package 'Kubuntu-desktop' my media keys no longer work, but only specifically in the Unity Desktop. They work flawlessly in Gnome, Enlightenment and KDE but when used on the ...
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Ubuntu 16.04: Failed to start Light Display Manager

I am running Ubuntu 16.04 on VirtualBox 6.0. The hosting system is Windows 10. Before everything started to fail, I've had installed VirtualBox 5.2.2. After that, there appeared a dialog inside of ...
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Error recompiling Unity: The X server was not able to run in time

I'm attempting to disable built-in multi-touch gestures in Unity in Ubuntu 16. Apparently, this requires editing Unity source code. I came across this post explaining how: https://askubuntu.com/a/...
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Ubuntu Networking to Allow Connecting to Host Machine

I have a Unity project and a ROSBridge host. When I run the Unity project from a windows machine, it can connect to the ROSBridge as hosted by two different Ubuntu machines. Putting the Unity project ...
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Restore .desktop files and metainfo in Ubuntu with Unity [on hold]

I accidentally deleted most of all the .desktop files and xml in the system. Where can i get these back?
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Unity crashes when I open LibreOffice document

When I open a LibreOffice document, the window "quivers" (gets slightly smaller and and then bigger repeatedly, top menu columns (file, etc.) jump from the top menu to window menu and back) and Unity ...
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What are the options for text file previews problem

I read there seems to be a bug that stops text file previews from showing (if I understand correctly) in Ubuntu 16.04. It worked fine in 14.04 but now it just looks like an empty file. I have set Edit>...
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Trying Ubuntu 19.04 and see that there is no Libreoffice Start Center [closed]

Is there a place where I can make suggestions for new releases please? I am currently trialling the 19.04 nightly build and see that there is no Libreoffice start center icon in the apps.
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Replicating Windows “Super+Left” followed by “Super+Down” to align window to lower left quarter of screen

This question is similar to some previously asked questions (here, here and here) but none of the previously asked questions or answers provide exactly what I am looking for. I want conditional ...
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Error: schema com.canonical.notify-osd not installed

I installed unity-tweak-tool gaowei@alpha:~$ which unity-tweak-tool /usr/bin/unity-tweak-tool When I try to run, it prompts /usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/UnityTweakTool/__init__.py:40: PyGIWarning:...
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Icon of Matlab changing after locking screen

I am using Matlab R2018b on Ubuntu 18.04. If I start the program in the terminal the icon on the launcher is the standard Matlab symbol. After locking the screen for half a minute and unlocking it ...
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How to increase Ubuntu font and icon size? [duplicate]

I installed VirtualBox (version 5.2.18) on my Windows 10 laptop. There I am running Ubuntu 18.04, the OS in general looks small. I've tried changing resolution but it didn't work as I expected. Then ...
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Ubuntu 16.04 desktop UI is broken/missing features

I've been living with an issue on my 16.04 VM that I believe started after upgrading some system packages - not exactly sure which. It's hard to explain, but the UI in general is just a bit off, as if ...
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How to get rid of this UI “feature”/bug(without rebooting)?

Please look at this strange border - I have Firefox opened, as usual, but after pressing some keys a strange border appeared(can be seen between the dash icon and the google logo, overlapping the ...
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Sound Hotkeys Aren't Working after switching to Unity (Ubuntu 18.04)

I just switch from Gnome to Unity (Ubuntu 18.04), after transition I've noticed that the current playing song isn't appearing when I click on sound's icon located in the top bar and my hotkeys (Prev - ...
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Is this behaviour of VLC normal?

I'm on ubuntu 16.04 unity latest updates installed, I have one of the best Asus gaming laptops in the market, VLC is installed but I never use it. For the last few months, I wasn't able to shut down ...
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Ubuntu 18 Nautilus Folder custom Icon not working

In Ubuntu 18 LTS With latest Updates and Unity Desktop, How I can change folder icons in Nautilus? Currently, nothing happens when I select a new icon in folder Properties. Tried icons 48*48, 64*64 ...
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Unity disappeared in the middle of an upgrade

I am in the middle of an upgrade on my laptop from 14.04 to 16.04. Little by little Unity disappeared - main menu disappeared, title bar on windows disappeared, all windows disappeared. I now have a ...
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How to enable composition in GNOME desktop?

I am new to Ubuntu/Linux, I was toying around with a few things here and there when I accidentally clicked on compton icon and now docky doesn't auto-hide, neither any other animations work. Every ...
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When trying to make desktop icons, some transparencies show up black

Upgrade: [Desktop Entry] Version=1.0 Exec=*redacted* Name=Upgrade Comment=Desktop Icon Encoding=UTF-8 Terminal=true Type=Application Categories=Application;Network; Icon=/home/.launchpad/images/...
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Separate two Firefox windows as if they were different apps

I'm trying to start two Firefox windows and have Ubuntu (18.04) treat it as two different apps. The reason I'm trying to do that is that I have two Firefox profiles. One has my company's proxy and ...
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Where can I find my display scale?

I am trying to get my current display scale from the command line on Ubuntu 18.04. As I can see that there are many different ways of "scaling" (xrandr, gsettings, text-scaling). The one I'd like see ...
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Ubuntu randomly freezes

This has been an issue I have experienced since Ubuntu 14.04. I have attempted a number of fixes (lost track as I've literally tried 20+) all to no avail. It's completely random when it happens and ...
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Show text file contents on it's icon

I have Ubuntu 18.04 with Unity desktop environment. Is there a way to display text file contents on it's icon on the desktop?
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Why does System Settings in 18.10 using Unity show 18.04?

After upgrading to 18.10 I noticed that the details in my System Settings still said 18.04. After noticing that I checked with lsb_release -a The output looks like this: No LSB modules are available. ...
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Restore Ubuntu 16.04 splash screen

I'm running Ubuntu 16.04 64 bit. I decided to try another desktop environment (Gnome) a week ago but I found it would be better to just keep using Unity so I switched back. The problem I encountered ...
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Why Nautilus is taking too long to load thumbnails in 18.04

I just fresh installed 18.04.1 yesterday and I'm noticing nautilus is taking significantly long to load thumbnails of files (regardless of their size). Like more than 5-7 minutes. In 16.04, thumbnails ...
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My changes to com.canonical.unity-greeter file won't take effect

I've installed lightdm and messed around with my login screen settings, but now that I want to use the standard 16.04 login screen(minus the dot-grid) the changes won't take effect. unity-greeter ...
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Lightdm is not changing background on Ubuntu 18.04

I installed Ubuntu 18.04.1 and right away installed Unity and configured lightdm instead of gdm and then removed gnome-shell while in unity enviornment. Since then no problem except lightdm won't ...
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TightVNC and normal GNOME desktop

I've got a remote server running Ubuntu 16.04.5 LTS, and I wanted to install TightVNC on it to be able to use GUI from my Windows machine to control it. So I've installed TightVNC and launched it with ...
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How do I stop Teamviewer from flickering in Ubuntu?

Teamviewer keeps flickering in Ubuntu Unity 18.04 remoting from Windows
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“Displays” app crashes even before opening

I am trying to reposition my external monitor in the Displays app. But as soon as I select the app in Search Your Computer, a loading icon shows up for a few seconds and then nothing shows up. I ...
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Ubuntu 18.04: Okular's icon persists in the Show Applications menu after removing it

I uninstalled Okular in Ubuntu 18.04 but its icon still persists in Show Applications (not the usual icon however, but a generic one, see screenshot below). I have checked ~/.local/share/applications ...
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Different Screen, Different Workspaces in Ubuntu 16.04..?

I have 2 screens(a laptop and a lcd) and want to have different workspace in each screen(one should not be connected to other).I have read multiple answers but all of them were very old, asking to ...
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Ubuntu 16.04 default theme loads first before my custome theme

On startup the login screen will be purple instead of my wallpaper and after login the panel color and launcher as well as the wallpaper will be the default purple theme for a second until it loads my ...
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Why is my mouse cursor teleporting leftwards incrementally when I drag certain elements?

My mouse's x-position seems to be dividing itself by three-fifths and I'm not sure why. This has been happening whenever I drag an icon, drag a bit of text or image out of a browser window, or even ...
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Ubuntu 18.04. - Desktop icons are missing in flashback metacity when dragged from menu to desktop

I just installed a fresh 18.04 and use flashback metacity. Up until now everything is working fine ... yet the desktop icons are missing for applications/links added to the desktop. See picture. How ...
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Lyx does not appear in “Open with…” list, Ubuntu 18.04

I installed Lyx on Ubuntu 18.04 with Unity desktop. The program does not appear on the list of "Open with Other Application", and .lyx files can't be opened by click. Some solutions on the web suggest ...
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Duplicate icons for Git Extensions

I use Git Extensions on Ubuntu 16.04 and added a .desktop file to launch it. I get duplicate icons, like has been discussed in this thread: Duplicate icons for manually created GNOME launcher items ...
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VLC 3.0.4 fullscreen bug (Ubuntu 18.04)

Ever since the last VLC update, I have this problem. I am using Ubuntu 18.04. In fullscreen, besides the video, VLC also shows Unity launcher (side bar) and the Ubuntu top bar (see the screenshot). ...
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Natively install Ubuntu 18.04 with Unity

Questions: Is there an Ubuntu 18.04 which is bundled with Unity instead of Gnome3? Description: I liked the Gnome look and feel for a desktop computer with a large screen but for a laptop I ...
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ubuntu 18.04 Untrusted application launcher

I have some starters in a folder and When I double click on them, I get the message "Untrusted application launcher". If I click on "Trust and Launch" the program execute but is NEVER TRUSTED !! I ...
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Unity 7 with Ubuntu 18.04

When I create a starter file, unity does not display the icon with the name Is it because of Unity or Ubuntu with gnome?
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Ubuntu 18 unity - keyboard (not mouse) freeze, lightdm restart borks system

I'm having the following problem within Unity in Ubuntu 18 after a while the keyboard becomes non responsive (sometimes, prior to this it behaves like a mouse button is stuck down and mouse movement ...
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How can I add a live Unity-style workspaces icon to the gnome-shell dock?

I have configured gnome-shell in Ubuntu 18.04 to have 4 static workspaces in a grid with the "Workspace grid" gnome-shell extension. I have also disabled the workspace overlay that pops up whenever ...
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Dragging and dropping web links onto Unity desktop creates HTML file rather than moving the icon

Is this some configuration error? Is it supposed to behave like this? Can it be easily fixed so that the icon just gets moved as in Gnome desktop(, or Windows, or OSX)?
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Increase key press delays for the contrl keys

I'm using Unity desktop. The foremost reason I use that because it enables me switching windows by pressing Super+N where N belongs to {0, 1, 2, 3 ... 9} The way I have optimized is by assuming, at ...
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File, View, etc menus not appearing

I'm running Ubuntu 18.10. None of my applications are showing their menus in the menu bar at the top of the screen, eg. File, Tools, etc. All I see is "Activities" and then a drop down menu titled ...
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Unity mode missing in VMware 15 Workstation Player [Ubuntu 18.04 LTS]

I have recently installed VMware Workstation 15 Player on my Ubuntu 18.04 laptop and and installed Windows 7 as the guest OS in VMware. I have installed VMware Tools and everything seems fine. I ...