Posts Tagged ‘unity’

Remove global menu bar from Firefox (22.0+)

January 17, 2014 Leave a comment

You managed to disable the stupid global menu in your Ubuntu but Firefox still has this shit. How to get rid of it?

Type in about:config and change the value of the line ui.use_unity_menubar to false.

Tip from here.

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Ubuntu: disable Alt to launch HUD

September 26, 2013 Leave a comment

In Ubuntu (with Unity), Alt launches the HUD. Fine. However, if you have a Windows in VirtualBox and you want to switch windows in the guest VM with Alt+TAB, that damn HUD always appears in the host. How to disable it?

I found the solution here.

In short: top right corner, System settings… -> Keyboard -> Shortcuts tab -> Launchers. Assign a new key to “Key to show the HUD“, or disable it completely by pressing the Backspace.

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Disable Unity’s F9

I use Midnight Commander a lot and F9 in MC means: “go to the top menu bar“. However, Unity steals F9 and activates a widget layer. By default this layer is empty, so you only see that the screen greys out.

How to disable this shit?

Start “ccsm“, find the Desktop section and untick “Widget Layer“. Done.

How to disable the HUD’s use of the Alt key?

January 30, 2013 Leave a comment

Pressing the Alt key brings up the HUD. How to get rid of it?


Launch System Settings, then Keyboard -> Shortcuts -> Launchers. On Key to show the HUD, press Backspace to disable it.

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Make room! Make room!

January 29, 2013 Leave a comment

Under Gnome/Unity, you want to increase the number of virtual workspaces.

Start CompizConfig Settings Manager (ccsm), then General -> General Options -> Desktop Size tab. Here adjust the horizontal and vertical virtual size.

The title of this post is a reference to a novel of Harry Harrison.

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Tweak your Ubuntu

January 3, 2012 Leave a comment

Ubuntu Tweak is an application to config Ubuntu easier for everyone. It provides many useful desktop and system options that the default desktop environment doesn’t provide.

UT is provided in .deb format, so its installation is trivial. You can start it with “ubuntu-tweak“.

I find the following options particularly useful:

  • Under Tweaks -> Miscellaneous, you can put back the icons to menus and buttons.
  • Under Tweaks -> Compiz Settings, you can assign window operations to workspace edges.
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What to do if the sidebar of Unity is stuck

September 5, 2011 Leave a comment

Sometimes my Unity sidebar is stuck. Fortunately I found a solution here:

The way I figured how to get it to hide again is go to somewhere like an internet page and click and drag across some text to high light, then click in the highlighted text and drag away like you’re going to place it somewhere else where you’ll see the hand in a fist, the transparent text, and a plus sign, and the side bar will hide again once you release the button.” (source)

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