problem with “unity tweak tool” icons


hello ubutuwers … i need your help in this matter :
i recently installed ubuntu 16.10 , as i am not a fan of the default theme , i installed “unity tweak tool” the same way i used to in 16.04
but unfortunately, my costume icons refuse to show up when i try to use them , most of them , as you can see the battery and wireless icons change but not the folders and applications …… what should i do ?

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Try logging out and back in. I thought Adwaita icons were installed by default for Gnome , but I could be mistaken .


Try logging out and back in. I thought Adwaita icons were installed by default for Gnome , but I could be mistaken .

they used to work fine with ubuntu 16.04 by default, not with the 16.10 … i guess unity is not ready yet for new ubuntu version , unfortunately

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There are some nice icons sets at the link.

No internet connections while Gnome on surface pro first gen


Hey Guys,

So, I’m running Gnome on a surface pro first gen and I have a couple problems.

1. No internet connections. It won’t even show me the ability to search for internet connections without going into network settings and even then it shows no connections. When I iwconfig it says “lo no wireless extensions” and it also does not see any proprietary drivers while when I was running Mate, it would.

2. I also cannot get the auto rotate to work.

Any advice?


Launcher and Panel transparency..



I’m trying to get my launcher to have a transparent background.
The panel is ok but I can’t get the launcher background transparent.

Unity/Ubuntu Tweak nor CCSM seem to have any effect..

What am I missing?


Try setting the Launcher Opacity to 0.0000 & the Background Color > Opacity to 3, leave the Background color at #000000



In CCSM I was able to make the Panel transparent but the launcher background is solid black…



In CCSM I was able to make the Panel transparent but the launcher background is solid black…
While I don’t do as in screens this is as transparent as I can get both. There is a flaw in that the Background Color opacity affects the panel opacity so to keep a transparent panel the BC opacity has to be very low.
(- If the BC opacity is set to 0, (default), then the launcher gets colored even when set to transparent based on average of your Background image. A low BC also creates a transparent Dash which can be undesirable…

The launcher opacity is set in screen to 0.0000 & is pretty much transparent though another flaw is the dark shadow at the top.



For some reason that does not work here.




For some reason that does not work here.

I guess that begs the question – What release of Ubuntu are you using?





Log into a guest session, open ccsm & see if it works there


No change. Can make panel background transparent but not the launcher….


So I’ve set the launcher to auto-hide so I don’t notice it so much….




I’m trying to get my launcher to have a transparent background.
The panel is ok but I can’t get the launcher background transparent.

Hi, I just fixed this, maybe you have the same situation:

saiboo@home:~$ gsettings get org.compiz.unityshell:/org/compiz/profiles/unity/plugins/unityshell/ low-graphics-mode

leads to true.

In that case, you need to change such param:

saiboo@home:~$ gsettings set org.compiz.unityshell:/org/compiz/profiles/unity/plugins/unityshell/ low-graphics-mode false

ubuntu 16.04 LTS, YMMV


gsettings get org.compiz.unityshell:/org/compiz/profiles/unity/plugins/unityshell/ low-graphics-mode

Response is “false”

How to avoid windows to unmazimize when clicking title bar in ubuntu gnome


I’m not sure what changed in my environment, but today I started noticing some behavior I don’t like:

If I have a window maximized and I click the title of the window, the window unmaximize. I know this behavior wasn’t there before because that is normally how I change from one window to another using my mouse and I just starting to notice this.

The question is: How can I prevent GNOME from unmaximizing my window when I single click the title bar on a maximized window?

After a couple of hours of waiting (I’m very impatient), I decided to do a research myself and I remembered that there was couple of extensions I upgraded in the past couple of days so went ahead and disabled one by one my extensions until I found the offender. Apparently the ShellTile extension recently upgraded and they introduced this very annoying feature, disabling the extension gets everything back to normal.

cycling through windows without changing windows’ order each time!



My global purpose: to have all my programs in full screen, no visible panels of any kind. then when i wanna switch from one window to another, some keyboard-driven thing that allows me to walk through my windows, without changing the order each time (coz come on, whose is that idea? can you imagine if it were the same thing on visible panels?? no way to know where the windows are gonna be next time?).
The visual when cycling must also be right: I wish to have all the time the titles of said windows, and their icons.
Also, if you know of a way to make all windows in maximized mode from the moment they’re created, that’d be great 🙂

I’m currently on Xubuntu 14.04.4, but I don’t have trouble over changing my DE/version/distribution if needed.

So, does anyone know of any software/desktop environment that would fit the bill? Thanks in advance! 😃

I really do not know what you are talking about.

without changing the order each time (coz come on, whose is that idea?

That I just do not understand.

I am on Ubuntu + Unity. And right now I have 2 Libreoffice Writer documents & 1 Calc document open in one workspace. And Firefox open in another workspace. If I am using Firefox, as I am doing right now, I can press Alt + Tab and I get a spread that shows me Show Desktop, Firefox & Libreoffice and I can move the focus between the three. If I let the focus rest on Libreoffice the spread will show the open Libreoffice documents and I can select one and the desktop will switch workplaces and give me access to the Libreoffice document that I have chosen.


I suggest that you try running some live sessions of the Ubuntu flavours and test them out to you find one that suits your preferences.



Thanks, tested all of them except Lubuntu,sorry none of them do what I want.
It’s pretty simple, I’m not sure how clearer I can be as regards “order of windows in the list”. I’ll give an example then: Say I have three windows open: firefox, terminal and gvim. Say I’m on Firefox. I press alt-tab, and i get a list showing in that order [firefox, terminal, gvim], with default focus on terminal. I accept and release the keys, and the terminal takes up the screen. then I wanna change again, return on firefox. sure, if I press alt-tab, firefox will be on focus, but the order will have changed entirely: [terminal, firefox, gvim]. I want the order to be as fixed as on any window bar (for example that (stupid) icon-only vertical bar on unity, (no offense to those who like it); could you use this vertical bar if each time you click on an icon, that icon decides to move up till it becomes the first icon, changing the order (of icons) entirely?), not an order based on where I went previously that entails I can’t have any possible bearings when going through my windows for the nth time. I want the order to remain for example [firefox, terminal, gvim], or whatever is the actual order of creation of windows. with this current stupid adaptative system, it’s impossible to try and remember where is any program in the window list, precisely because that order is gonna change as soon as you visit any window. I hate that, it’s stupid (sorry to repeat myself ^^), it forces one to walk through the list of windows each very time without possibly knowing the order. (of course, you can deduce the order from one use to the other, but I don’t wanna have to update the memory of where are my windows on the list just because my computer has the habit of shifting my windows in the list continually for no reason I can possibly see. and don’t tell me it’s so the previously visited window be automatically on focus: you don’t need to move it around to do that.)

I hope this time it’s clearer…


Try Alt+tab


.., (no offense to those who like it); … I hate that, it’s stupid …
Some people may be motivated to help; others may be demotivated.

I prefer not slanging anything when asking for help.

Configure Cinnamon lock screen login box


The login box to unlock the locked screen is horrible. So flat and completely different to the style of the default lock screen and the default login screen. Plus it sometimes comes up twice, with one the wrong size, for some reason. I haven’t found a way to customise this part. I’m running Cinnamon on Ubuntu 16.04.

Please note, I don’t want to change the login screen, or the lock screen. Those are both fine. I just want to change the actual box that comes up when you want to unlock the screen.

Thanks for any pointers.

I suspect that the appearance of that login box may be affected by the GTK theme that’s selected. I’ll investigate on that front when I get an opportunity.

If someone could confirm that that’s the case, and indicate how that portion is configured, that would be really helpful.


OK, it seems like that unlock window is controlled by the GTK theme, and the reason it looks so bad is because it get counted as a dialogue box and has no border for some reason. I’ve tried looking round for a better GTK theme, but it seems like everyone has become obsessed with making everything look flat and ugly.

ibus panel menu problem


I just installed ubuntu 15.10 (AMD64, with standard unity desktop) from the previous version. First I tried an online update, but couldn’t reboot after installation. So I downloaded the dvd and reinstalled from that, without reformatting my /home directory (all else reformatted).

Now I have trouble with the ibus menu on the unity panel. I have the following language layouts that I use and that I have in the panel menu: english (us) as default, sanskrit transliteration, hindi, sanskrit, bengali, spanish, french, swedish, pinyin Chinese. But on the menu that opens from the panel icon, there is an old entry for “m17n:t:sa-translit” which is no longer present, nor needed (it’s an old Sanskrit transliteration method). And that seems to be messing up my ability to switch between layouts.

I have tried to correct it through dconf-editor, gconf-editor, and ibus-setup, and none of those shows this entry for the old transliteration method which no longer exists, and so there is nowhere I can find that allows me to delete it. If I open the ibus menu on the panel, and then select “Text Entry Settings”, that also doesn’t have that obsolete method listed. And yet there it is, still in the menu, and it seems to be what is defeating my ability to switch keyboards easily by a key combination: I have to go to the menu with the mouse to select.

One last thing I tried: I’ve tried to uninstall everything connected with ibus that doesn’t require uninstalling the desktop itself, and I did the purge, so that config files were also deleted, but that didn’t help when I reinstalled. And I tried a forced reinstall of everything including the parts of the ibus system that the desktop depends on. Nothing helps. The entry is still there.

Anyone know how to find where the panel menu stores the selections, so that I can delete the entry? Thx.

no arrows or controls for scrolling on 16.04 LTS


installed 16.04 LTS

I just get a scroll bar on the windows, no arrows, no unity widget

installed unity-tweak-tool, looked in system -> scrolling, hacked at a couple things, didn’t work

tried dconf-editor, com -> canonical -> system -> interface (memory?) only the one option was there

any ideas? prefer arrows over the unity widget

I can navigate in a web browser using the keyboard, but still not ideal

Use MultiGPU(Onboard Intel, Nvidia) with Ubuntu 15.10


Hi there,

I’m new in Ubuntu and a can’t fix a problem with my PC.

I have a PC with a Nvidia GeForce GTX 670 and an Intel I7-3770k CPU. My Graphiccard has only two Ports. One is a HDMI on which I connected my Samsung Monitor and the second is a DVI-I with my EIZO screen. The last screen is also a Samsung and is connected to the VGA Port on the mainboard.

I tried different things but nothing worked:
–The Bios has no setting that deaktivates the CPU GPU and it worked under Windows.
–The Installation of the NVIDIA 352.63 driver didn’t help. It locates only the 2 Nvidia connected Screens.
–The X.Org Driver found the third screen but marks it as “Unknown Display” and the it’s still black.
–I tried the command nvidia-xconfig –multigpu=on but nothing happened.

Output from my xorg.conf

# nvidia-xconfig: X configuration file generated by nvidia-xconfig
# nvidia-xconfig: version 352.63 (buildmeister@swio-display-x64-rhel04-11) Sat Nov 7 22:00:19 PST 2015

# nvidia-settings: X configuration file generated by nvidia-settings
# nvidia-settings: version 352.21 (buildd@lgw01-37) Thu Jul 23 11:50:49 UTC 2015

Section “ServerLayout”
Identifier “Layout0”
Screen 0 “Screen0” 0 0
InputDevice “Keyboard0” “CoreKeyboard”
InputDevice “Mouse0” “CorePointer”
Option “Xinerama” “0”

Section “Files”

Section “InputDevice”

# generated from default
Identifier “Mouse0”
Driver “mouse”
Option “Protocol” “auto”
Option “Device” “/dev/psaux”
Option “Emulate3Buttons” “no”
Option “ZAxisMapping” “4 5”

Section “InputDevice”

# generated from default
Identifier “Keyboard0”
Driver “kbd”

Section “Monitor”
Identifier “Monitor0”
VendorName “Unknown”
ModelName “Eizo CG21”
HorizSync 31.0 – 76.0
VertRefresh 59.0 – 61.0
Option “DPMS”

Section “Device”
Identifier “Device0”
Driver “nvidia”
VendorName “NVIDIA Corporation”
BoardName “GeForce GTX 670”

Section “Screen”

# Removed Option “MultiGPU” “on”
Identifier “Screen0”
Device “Device0”
Monitor “Monitor0”
DefaultDepth 24
Option “Stereo” “0”
Option “nvidiaXineramaInfoOrder” “DFP-0”
Option “metamodes” “GPU-77d22017-02bf-9d25-3574-889912a5ea32.DVI-I-1: nvidia-auto-select +0+0, GPU-77d22017-02bf-9d25-3574-889912a5ea32.HDMI-0: nvidia-auto-select +1600+0”
Option “BaseMosaic” “on”
Option “MultiGPU” “on”
Option “SLI” “on”
SubSection “Display”
Depth 24

Output from lspci

00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Xeon E3-1200 v2/3rd Gen Core processor DRAM Controller (rev 09)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Xeon E3-1200 v2/3rd Gen Core processor PCI Express Root Port (rev 09)
00:02.0 Display controller: Intel Corporation Xeon E3-1200 v2/3rd Gen Core processor Graphics Controller (rev 09)
00:14.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family USB xHCI Host Controller (rev 04)
00:16.0 Communication controller: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family MEI Controller #1 (rev 04)
00:1a.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family USB Enhanced Host Controller #2 (rev 04)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family High Definition Audio Controller (rev 04)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 1 (rev c4)
00:1c.2 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 3 (rev c4)
00:1c.4 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 5 (rev c4)
00:1d.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family USB Enhanced Host Controller #1 (rev 04)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation Z77 Express Chipset LPC Controller (rev 04)
00:1f.2 RAID bus controller: Intel Corporation SATA Controller [RAID mode] (rev 04)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family SMBus Controller (rev 04)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: NVIDIA Corporation GK104 [GeForce GTX 670] (rev a1)
01:00.1 Audio device: NVIDIA Corporation GK104 HDMI Audio Controller (rev a1)
03:00.0 SATA controller: ASMedia Technology Inc. ASM1062 Serial ATA Controller (rev 01)
04:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller (rev 06)

I hope someone can help me. Thanks

PCManFM Directory Tree


PCManFM became my choice as a fm because I prefer a directory tree view in the left window pane. However, I do not like how there are 2 expandable trees, one being at the top and is my home directory and the second being the / root file system. I consider my home directory NOT to be its own tree, but in its correct place under /home/myfolder as it should be represented. In other words, I dont want to see a dedicated tree at the top for my home folder, I only want to see the / root at the top as it should be. Is there a way to get rid of the nefarious virtual “home directory” tree at the top and display only the expandable / root tree as it rightfully should be – as in the true representation of my file system?