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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How to resolve my “loading icons” in compizconfig while loading Ubuntu 14.04 on Virtualbox?

I'm running through the post about unity-doesnt-load-no-launcher-no-dash-appears to get my 14.04.1 loaded on VirtualBox. I've gotten to the step where I run ccsm, but it hangs at "Loading Icons...", ...
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How to disable mouse interference with Alt+Tab?

I want to be able to use Alt+Tab or Alt+` to switch back to a previous window AND at the same time start moving the mouse to where I will be clicking, without it all switching to the wrong window just ...
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How do I switch my monitors separately on Ubuntu 14.04?

I have two monitors, and would like each monitor to have its own desktop wall. I did some Googling, installed CompizConfig Settings Manager, and changed Desktop Wall => Viewport Switching => ...
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I am missing some icons in KDE 5 launcher and tray after installing unity

I have kubuntu 15.04 on my laptop. Last night I installed unity desktop using the command: sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop on my laptop. But after restart I noticed some of my application icons ...
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Placing window in full screen mode to a half of the screen

Is there a way to keep an application in full screen mode after placing it to a half of the screen? The question is about Ubuntu Unity, but other DE are relevant too. On Ubuntu [16.04, Unity, Compiz] ...
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How To Start VNC Session With Gnome Desktop?

I'm trying to start a VNC session with the Gnome Desktop as follows: Server Side Configure .vnc/xstartup file to: #!/bin/sh # Uncomment the following two lines for normal desktop: # unset ...
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Mouse clicks stop registering in some windows

Yesterday and today I have been struggling with a strange problem: in some windows, the mouse clicks are ignored: Symptoms: The pointer is fine, the keyboard is fine, but I can neither left- nor ...
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16.04, nautilus problems and no files on desktop

After last dist-upgrade my unity is work but I can't open folder (or start nautilus by term), and my desktop dosn't contain any file or folder, or accept click on it. This is the error on launch ...
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Fonts messed up after installing Kubuntu desktop on Ubuntu 14.04

I decided I wanted to try Kubuntu since I had some difficulties with the Unity desktop. I do not remember exactly the command(s) I run, but I think I used sudo apt-get install kubuntu-desktop. Now the ...
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How can I decrease the volume increment in 14.04?

I know that this has already been asked a lot, but all solutions that I found are old, pre - Unity. So, I am asking again: How can I decrease the sound increment(or decrement) that happens when the ...
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gtk.css - How to add blurry background effect?

How to add blurry glass effect into the themes? (CSS3 supports gaussian blur with blur(1px); on many browsers) When I drop the opacity, I'm getting a result like this: But I want a blur effect like ...
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submenu items in Unity launcher dynamic quicklist

How to make a submenu in a dynamic quicklist (of dbusMenuItems) in python? The official documentation is very scarce: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Unity/LauncherAPI Here is my minimal coding example: ...
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Configure Unity to show the full app name in menu bar

Is it possible to configure the Unity menu bar to not truncate the app name in the menu bar. If that is not possible, can the length allowed for the app name be adjusted? Edit I am trying to find ...
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error Failed to load module “overlay-scrollbar”/“unity-gtk-module” on program run

I just installed Ubuntu 15.10 yesterday and when i run a program I got the following errors: error: libgcrypt.so.11: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory Gtk-Message: Failed to ...
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Unity dash: Sorry, there is nothing that matches your search

I face with problem Sorry, there is nothing that matches your search When searching in applications. However searching within files or musics etc is ok. Just applications are not found. it even ...
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How to set different scaling on multiple monitors?

I have a notebook with a resolution of 3200x1800, running Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTS with kernel 4.0.0-040000-generic. Unitys scaling function works great to magnify the menus, titlebar and applications. Now ...
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Unhandled Lockdown error (-256)

Ubuntu 14.04.02 LTS up to data packages while writing these. Looks like paired when type iidevicepair list but get this error message when click on the nautilius to iPhone. From Cannot mount iPod ...
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Display color goes haywire when resuming from lock screen

Resuming the computer from locked screen sometimes ends up distorting the display. It happens randomly and restarting the computer is one workaround for it. I tried this : ALT+F2 ,then type “unity”...
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Cairo-Dock crashed my Unity desktop, is this possible?

I'm still new to using Ubuntu and learning more and more each day. The other day I formatted my hard drive and wiped the Windows 8 partition (never use it) and re-installed my Ubuntu install to start ...
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Multiple chromium icons in launcher of 14.04 LTS

EDIT 2014-04-19: To add a little extra context to my question, these are the original instructions I followed http://ricardofeliciano.me/how-to-create-a-unity-launcher-icon-for-each-chromechromium-...
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sublime text 2 move to current workspace

I was wondering if there is way to move ST2, which is already open and on a different workspace, to the current workspace if I open a file with ST2. It's a bit annoying to search for the ST2 window ...
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Change Unity wallpaper in Ubuntu 18.04

In previous Ubuntu releases, the user was able to modify the Unity wallpaper in the System Settings programme (Appearance panel). This action no longer has an effect on Ubuntu 18.04. How can I ...
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I miss Unity workspaces. How to have them in Gnome?

I switched from Unity to Gnome in 18.04 and I really miss how workspaces worked in Unity. A simple button displayed all workspaces and you could drag and drop windows to any. You could also drag one ...
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How to show opened windows in current display with ALT +TAB switcher in ubuntu

I am using ubuntu 16.04, using multiple monitors, when I use ALT+TAB to switch between applications, all the windows in all monitors are coming up and it's confusing me. Can anyone know how to show ...
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Firefox minimizes when using “Always on Visible Workspace” on an hdmi dual monitor

I've never used the always on visible workspace feature without the dual monitor setup, so it's not clear to me whether that part is related. When I pin a firefox window to every workspace on one ...
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How are global-menus intergrated with Firefox?

How is the global menu added to Firefox? The nightly releases are great but obviously lack Canonical's intergrations. I have tried the Unity Customisations plugin for Firefox that comes with the ...
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sound-indicator system slider “jumps” in steps of ~10%

So, as the 17.04 got released I decided to jump the early bandwagon and upgrade from 16.04 LTS to 16.10 to 17.04. From experience I know that upgrading to a non-LTS is hardly a smooth ride and this ...
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Graphics card treats dual monitor as one desktop - need to split into two desktops

I'll include a pic of what I mean to clarify: That very wide monitor on the right is actually two physical monitors. The graphics card just treats them as one monitor. Obviously this is pretty ...
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Ubuntu 16.04 Desktop mouse freezes after going back from suspend

Under Ubuntu 16.04 PC AMD64 my laptop's mouse pointer freezes after coming back from suspend. The mouse pointer won't respond to the mouse pad. However, I tried attaching a USB mouse and its fine. ...
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Title bar & Nautilus not theming in Unity in 16.04

Have seen numerous posts on this, but the only solution reported to work (adding a delay to the gnome settings daemon plugin) doesn't work. Ubuntu 16.04 in a VMWare Workstation 12 VM. Installed ...
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Ubuntu 16.04 sometimes does not apply theme at startup

I have the arc theme installed and the numix circle icon pack. Sometimes, when I boot up the system, the desktop looks like this (note also how bad the text looks): However, if I do from the terminal ...
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Lock the rotation of the Scopes and Welcome screen in portrait mode on tablet

Last update Ubuntu Touch on my Nexus 7 to 16.04 (r3) lock the rotation of the Scopes and Welcome screen in landscape mode. This is extremely inconvenient for me. Is it possible to unlock rotation or ...
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Wrong window gets focus from scale mode

Following Second click on a launcher icon with more than one window open doesn't do a scale of that application, when I do this: Click on an icon in the launcher of an opened application. ...
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How can I remove the shadow at the top of the unity launcher?

I'm using a theme (based on Ambiance Grey) where the slight shadowing that is present at the very top of the Unity launcher is visually disturbing (see image below), and would like to remove it. I ...
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Window Transparency with Java

I'm using a java application that relies heavily on window transparency it to work properly (windows apparently fade on top of each other to make them cross over each other). On Windows it works just ...
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Controls like checkboxes and radio buttons are invisible : After Upgrade to 14.10

I recently upgraded to 14.10 from 14.04. No matter what theme I try, radio buttons and checkboxes simply do not appear in my applications. Any ideas? Here's a an image showing this:
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Cursor themes only work for some applications

Trying some X11 cursors from gnome-look.org (Vienna, Protozoa, Leafm, Ecliz... ) in 14.04 Unity. Done update-alternatives and chmod 755. Everything is ok, cursor themes are visible in unity-tweak, ...
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How to prevent unity changing workspace when activating window previously partially draged across two workspaces

How to prevent unity from changing automatically workspace when activating minimized window previously partially dragged across two workspaces the way that bigger part of window is in other workspace....
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Netbook/Tablet : is there a way to switch between Desktop mode and touch mode (preferably the new Touch interface of Ubuntu)?

I have a Dell Inspiron Duo (a netbook with flipping screen that functions as a tablet as well) ... and to revive this netbook/tablet I installed Ubuntu (13.10). Everything seems to work just fine (in ...
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Why does Ubuntu 12.04 Unity suddenly blur text and images?

Today after a reboot, Ubuntu blurs text (well, anything that is rendered on screen) whenever focus changes or on any interactions with the desktop. Example: Normal good look: Blurred state: Note ...
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Keyboard shortcuts stop working after upgrading to Ubuntu 17.10

I upgraded to Ubuntu 17.10 and wanted to boot with the unity environment, but when I did, I noticed that the keyboard shortcuts like Ctrl+Alt+T for the terminal were not working(only when I boot in ...
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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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Gnome panel and terminal not working on VNC

I have an Ubuntu 16.04 instance on AWS EC2. I've installed vnc4server, ubuntu desktop and gnome panel to remote GUI. The first time I connected everything was Ok but after I restarted my instance, ...
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Chromium Password Manager NOT requiring password to view passwords

I'm using Ubuntu 16.04 and chrome://settings/passwords is what I'm talking about. I was going there to check a password that I forgot, and to my surprise, clicking the Show Password button shows me ...
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How to make XFCE look and feel like Unity?

Canonical is going to retire Unity and use Gnome as default desktop environment for Ubuntu. I found my old system running very slow under Gnome desktop environment but it is super fast using XFCE (it ...
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Now that Unity is being deprecated, what is the best way to switch to Gnome3?

Is there a "best practices" guide for switching from Unity to Gnome3 now that Unity is being deprecated? There are frequent warnings that this switch can be problematic -- leaving one with a disabled ...
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Ungroup items in taskbar (launcher) in Unity

As you can see in the image below, there are 3 instances of Firefox and file manager is open and all of them are grouped together. But I do not want them to be grouped. I looked into unity tweak tool ...
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Ubuntu nautilus window control duplicate

I'm having problem with my nautilus on ubuntu. As you can see, the Close Button, Maximize Button, and Minimize button are duplicated. But whenever I launch nautilus as Root, it works fine. There are ...
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Dock a window to the side

I'm struggling to find the right words to google, so forgive me if this has already been answered. I want to "dock" a window to the side. I'm using Zim to take notes and my setup has just a single ...
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How do I remove “trash” option that appears on the sidebar of the file explorer in Ubuntu Unity?

I have come across many solutions to editing and configuring "places" section on the sidebar of the file explorer in unity but the file in ~/.config/user-dirs.dirs file does not have any option to ...

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