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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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Unity doesn't load, no Launcher, no Dash appears

When I login, nothing happens. I am presented with my desktop wallpaper. No Dash, no Launcher, nothing.
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What are Unity's keyboard and mouse shortcuts?

In Unity, are there any pre-defined shortcuts, e.g. to open the dash or unhide the launcher?
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How do I modify or disable the HUD's use of the Alt key?

A number of games, Emacs, and the terminal make extensive use of the Alt key. Can Unity be configured to respect this key, rather than launching the HUD with it?
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How can I edit/create new launcher items in Unity by hand?

Will Unity allow making custom launcher icons from .desktop files or via menu editing system? (Right now the launcher doesn't give the option to "keep in launcher" on all programs. For some programs ...
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How do I disable mouse magnet on middle edge with multi monitors?

I use Ubuntu 12.04 on a two screen setup. Multiscreen on 12.04 has generally become much better, but there is one thing that really gets on my nerves: there's a mouse magnet of sorts on the middle ...
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How do I turn on workspaces? (Why do I only have one workspace?)

It appears that Unity on Raring only comes with a single virtual desktop (aka workspaces) by default, and CCSM's Wall plugin has no way to add more. Is this configurable at all?
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How can I configure Unity?

Are there any configuration options for the Unity desktop? There are multiple valid answers for this question spanning over several versions of Ubuntu. For your convenience an index of each below (...
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How can I remove Amazon search results from the dash or disable the feature?

How can I disable Amazon search results in the Dash?
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Can I move the Unity launcher?

I can’t get used to the new Unity system. I’d like to move the left Unity panel to the bottom of screen (like Windows 7 – more similar is better). But I can't find a way. Is it possible?
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How to pin Eclipse to the Unity launcher?

How can I pin eclipse indigo 3.7 I have 'installed' at /opt/ to the taskbar? I have tried launching eclipse and right-clicking to choose the 'keep in launcher' option. But when I click that icon, ...
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How to change tooltip background color in Unity?

In a lot of applications the tooltips are just plain ugly (White text on black background, way too much contrast) or even unreadable (black or dark blue text (Hyperlinks) on black background). I want ...
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keyboard shortcut to switch between windows within an application

Is there a keyboard shortcut, or can I somehow bind a shortcut, to switch between windows within an application (similar to opt+~ on macOS)? Ideally, I'd like Alt+Tab to be unaffected or to be ...
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How can I reduce or increase the number of workspaces in Unity?

I was reading about how to get multiple workspaces in the mutter version of Unity, however since Compiz is replacing Mutter how do I go about adding and removing workspaces in Compiz version of Unity?
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What lenses for Unity are available?

This question is present as a matter of historical interest. While you are encouraged to help maintain its answers, please understand that "big list" questions are not generally allowed on AskUbuntu ...
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Is there an easy way to rearrange or move the icons in the Unity launcher?

It looks like the only time that you can choose where an icon goes on the unity launcher, is when you add it. Is there a way to rearrange the order of an icon after it has been added?
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How do I reset my Unity configuration?

I've been messing around with Unity and broke something, how do I "start over"?
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What's the right terminology for Unity's UI elements?

I've sent a few mails to the Ayatana mailing list regarding some UI suggestions for Unity, but I'm afraid I keep confusing the right terms for the UI element, so I would like to have some ...
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How do I disable the screensaver/lock?

When I'm watching a film in Mythtv the screen turns to black every 10 - 15 mins and I have to log back into Ubuntu. Very annoying! How do I disable the black screen / screensaver / logout in Unity? ...
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Missing date & time applet from top Unity panel

I like Unity very much. Recently, I installed Compiz manager and Nautilus Elementary also then tried to Play. During some of my playing around, Unity's clock applet has vanished. I want to make it ...
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What is the "show desktop" keyboard shortcut?

I just upgraded to 11.10 from 11.04. Previously the shortcut to show the desktop was Super +D (same as in Windows), But now it is not working. What is the new shortcut?
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Where are the Unity Launcher .desktop files?

I'd like to know which folder the Unity Launcher .desktop files are stored in, as they're not anymore in /.gconf/desktop and I need to add a custom application to the launcher bar (adding it in /usr/...
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How can I keep recent files from appearing in Unity?

I sometimes browse erotic media files but I would like to avoid having them appear in files & folders / recent. How can I do that? The old "making .recently-used.xbel a folder" trick from 10.10 ...
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How can I remove duplicate second Unity Launcher on a Dual Screen setup?

On my dual screen display I have a Unity Launcher on the left hand screen and also on the right hand screen. Both work perfectly fine. However, I don't want this second launcher present on my right ...
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How do I set focus follows mouse?

Is there a way to set up "focus follows mouse" behavior in Unity?
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How to ungroup windows on Unity task switcher?

I'm playing with ubuntu 12.04, precise pangolin, and there's an issue I can't see how to solve. If I have three instances of, let's say, Firefox, in the switcher appears a single Firefox icon, I have ...
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How do I quickly switch between workspaces in unity?

I'm using Ubuntu 11.10 with Unity and would like to switch between workspaces with a keyboard shortcut. Is there any way to achieve this?
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How can I uninstall a nvidia driver completely ?

As expected, Nvidia drivers have reduced my customizations. I can't login to Unity 3D session. I can't find any content to help me to uninstall the driver and I don't know what to do as I have never ...
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How can I find *.desktop files?

To the best of my knowledge, all shortcuts in the Unity Launcher have a corresponding *.desktop file. I have one shortcut (for skrooge) that doesn't have an icon. How can I find the *.desktop file ...
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What Custom Launchers and Unity Quicklists are available?

Please note that right now, most of the information contained below is outdated and cannot be updated. Be careful, most of this won't work on Ubuntu 12.04 and newer. Creating a custom launcher for ...
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How can I set default terminal used in Unity?

How can I set the default terminal used in Unity? I would like to use the Ctrl+Alt+T hotkey to start a non-default terminal. The default terminal is gnome-terminal. Where can I change the default ...
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External links are opened as blank tabs in new browser window in Chrome

Since I installed Ubuntu (fresh install on a new machine), and set Google Chrome as default browser, whenever I open links from external apps these are open as blank tabs in new browser window (no ...
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How do I enable or disable the global application menu?

I'm fairly excited for Unity, as it looks like a promising new direction for Ubuntu. However, I do have a concern - will it be possible to use Unity without the global menu? I have my window manager ...
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Keyboard shortcut to move windows between monitors?

I remember there used to be a setting under Compiz that set a keyboard shortcut for moving applications between physical (but combined as a single xscreen) screens, similar to moving between logical ...
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Unity: How do I revert Alt-tab behavior to switch between windows on the current workspace?

Enabling Bias alt-tab sorting to prefer windows on the current viewport as described here made no difference. How can I get back the exact same behavior as 11.04, so that alt-tab only switches between ...
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On Unity: What can replace Gnome 2 system monitoring in the top Panel?

I'm used to having System monitoring in the top Gnome Panel: CPU, Temperature, Net, Fan-Speed. (see screenshot below) In Unity, the Top Panel is locked for window name and global menu, so I can't add ...
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How to separate opened windows in alt+tab switcher in Ubuntu 18.04?

When I have multiple windows of an application opened e.g. Chrome main window and Incognito window, and I press Alt+Tab to switch between them, I see only one Chrome icon. I have to then press down ...
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How can I configure Unity's launcher auto-hide behavior?

This has been an issue for me with Unity since its release. I'd like to make the the launcher auto-hide. Especially on Netbooks, where screens are small, the launcher is quite wide, making it ...
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How to efficiently switch between several terminal windows using the keyboard?

Alt+Tab lets me only switch between windows belonging to different applications. I often use about four terminal bound applications at the same time (e.g. IPython, VIM, fish for system and fish for ...
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Set variable in .desktop file

Is there a way to set the enviroment variable in .desktop file? I'm trying to run application (eclipse) with custom gtk style, so basically I want to get the following result by runing a .desktop file:...
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How can I create launcher icon for PhpStorm?

I have PhpStorm on my PC, to launch it I have to go to phpstorm/bin/ and launch phpstorm.sh, how can I pin this to launcher so that I dont have to go into folders every time?
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How can I remove "Show Desktop" from the Alt-Tab (application) switcher?

Is it possible to remove "Show Desktop" from the Alt+Tab application switcher?
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Where are the Unity desktop wallpapers located?

Please see the picture below. Where are the Unity desktop wallpapers located?
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What are some of the issues with CCSM and why would I want to avoid it?

I've seen some people complaining about how unstable CompizConfig Settings Manager ("CCSM") is and how it can break people's desktops if they're not careful. What are some of the known problems with ...
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Can I use the Unity launcher icon to minimize applications/windows?

I don't know if this is a feature or a bug, but clicking on an active application's launcher icon doesn't minimize it. It is terribly inconvenient for folks using a persistent Unity bar to click ...
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How do I add an application to the dash?

I just installed Oneiric Ocelot, and I can't figure out how to add an application, which is stored in my home directory, to the dash. I can create a launcher, but I want it in the dash also.
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Creating a .desktop file for a new application

I just installed the lastest version of UGENE. I works fine but in order to use it, I have to enter the following in the terminal: cd ugene-1.11.5/ then execute ./ugene -ui to launch UGENE GUI. This ...
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How to launch application as root from Unity Launcher?

Mainly I am looking for a way to pin an application to the Unity launch bar, and run it as root. Currently, even if I start the application with sudo, and pin it after it starts, it will start as ...
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Am I using Unity or Unity 2D?

Unity and Unity 2D look very much alike, so how can new users easily find out whether they are running Unity or Unity 2D?
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Why is Ubuntu switching to Unity?

I understand from Jono Bacon's blog that Ubuntu will be switching to Unity as the default desktop in the upcoming 11.04. What's not clear is "Why?". Could someone explain the benefits of Unity over ...
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How can I move all the window controls to the right (or left)?

Downloaded Ubuntu tweak and set window controls to the right side. Only some programs follow the rule. Pidgin as an example has window controls on the right. But Chrome, Thunderbird, Geany, still have ...
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