How do I switch from Unity 3D to Unity 2D in Oneiric Ocelot?

Christopher Chaltain chaltain at
Thu Nov 3 15:15:15 UTC 2011

I think you can switch to Unity 2D by updating the .dmrc file in your
home directory and changing it to say:


If you're currently running Unity 3D, it should say something like:


Note that you have to be logged off on the desktop and do this from the
console, since logging off the desktop will rewrite this file.

This is the information I've gotten, but I haven't done it myself. If
anyone gets a chance to play with it, please post your results.

On 03/11/11 09:25, James Buchanan wrote:
> This's a bit of a kludge, but you can activate Unity 2d with
> key-commands, which shouldn't require sighted help. When the password
> comes up, press tab to go over to the session button, spacebar to open
> the menu, down button twice and press enter to select Ubuntu 2d, and
> then press tab to get back to the password field. Fortunately, you
> should only have to do that once...Ubuntu should remember your session
> and log you into Unity 2d every time thereafter.
> James
> On Thu, Nov 3, 2011 at 9:45 AM, Tom Masterson <kd7cyu at
> <mailto:kd7cyu at>> wrote:
>     Several of us have asked this question on this list and still have
>     no answer that does not require sighted help.  If you have someone
>     who can help there is a icon (I believe it was described to me as a
>     gear) down by the password on the login screen that will allow it to
>     be changed.  So far no one has come up with a way to do it if you
>     can't see that I am aware of.
>     Tom
>     On Wed, 2 Nov 2011, Greg Lopez wrote:
>         Greetings,
>         I’ve recently installed Ubuntu 11.10 on my desktop computer,
>         activated Orca and have it starting by default when I log in,
>         but I’m stuck with the Unity 3D desktop. I understand that Unity
>         2D is more accessible, but I don’t know how to switch to
>         it. I’m wondering if someone can explain how to switch the
>         desktop, and how to make it accessible as possible, as I use the
>         system as a home server.
>         Thanks in advance,
>         Greg L
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