Problem with Character Palette and the Panel

Asked by dustbindiva on 2016-05-19

I added Character Palette in 14.04 from Firefox. It appeared where the Navigation toolbar was, and those have appeared in the Panel. How do I switch their location?

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If you press CTRL + F2 and run:

compiz --replace

Does it work OK?

What is the output of:

sudo lshw -C display


You have tried to retype the command rather than copy and paste it, and botched it. This is why I give the exact command to run. You can copy and paste easily to and from the terminal.

Manfred Hampl (m-hampl) said : #8

You botched up also the other command given by actionparsnip, try again with

compiz --replace

(two dash characters!)

There is a resize plugin in ccsm

Manfred Hampl (m-hampl) said : #12

There is a know problem, that is some cases the menu bar and some features are broken during the first login after starting the computer.
If you log off and log on again (without restarting the computer!), does it work then?

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) said : #16

This question was expired because it remained in the 'Open' state without activity for the last 15 days.

Manfred Hampl (m-hampl) said : #19

You have two questions open about the inability to enable wobbly windows open. This makes it harder for the supporters because they have to look in both documents to have a complete picture. Please stick to one question document per topic.

In we have already written that apparently the compiz process (responsible for window decoration, and among others also for the wobbly windows effect) is not running on your system.

If you open a terminal window and issue the command

compiz --replace &

does this enable wobbly windows?

dustbindiva (dustbindiva) said : #20

NO, compiz -- replace

That command changed my desktop appearance with a launcher at the left.

dustbindiva (dustbindiva) said : #21

I cannot find Compiz Config settings after that command. What happened?

Manfred Hampl (m-hampl) said : #22

Did you type the command as provided by me,

compiz --replace &

or did you mistype the command as written in your comment

compiz -- replace


Manfred Hampl (m-hampl) said : #25

Apparently you have now compiz running (which is a prerequisite for wobbly windows).
If you want to revert to the windows decorator that you had before, you will lose wobbly windows again.

What did your previous desktop look like? IF the Launcher on the left side is something new for you, where was the launcher, or menu bar etc. located previously?
Maybe you had xfce?

Best Manfred Hampl (m-hampl) said : #27

You have the choice between xfce with the pull-down menus for applications, but without wobbly windows
compiz with wobbly windows, but the launch bar on the left side.

You might get used to the launch bar:
If you click on the topmost icon (with the Ubuntu logo), you will get a text box where you can enter (parts of) the name of an application, and it will be listed below the text box.
It is personal choice whether you prefer using this "search" mode, or if you prefer a menu tree where you have to know in which branch a certain application is located that you can find it.

dustbindiva (dustbindiva) said : #29

Thanks Manfred Hampl, that solved my question.