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How can I put quick launchers in the top-panel. There is space for many many useful launchers.

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You can't put launchers on the top-panel; the top-panel is a part of the Unity Design .

and it it is not gnome-panel anymore, see this answer.

You can only install application indicators:

see What Application Indicators are available?

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Thank you, that sounds interesting. The problem is that there is no category or systematic way to find them and they don't seem to be supported by ubuntu. So, I understand there is always a risk of breaking when you upgrade the software. What do you think? – Robert May 3 '12 at 23:00
"and it it is not gnome-panel anymore, see this answer." ?? That link is wrong. – Robert May 4 '12 at 1:04
How do you do that, Mathew? – Robert May 4 '12 at 4:44
@Robert the link is fixed, and it is the terminology of Unity. And if you want the classic gnome with the old applets, see : – Binarylife May 4 '12 at 6:07

Just drag and drop any desired application on the panel. And for removing/moving launcher just hold Super(Windows Logo)+Alt and right click on desired laucher to remove or move on the panel.

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this does not work in unity since the panel isn't gnome panel anymore – Daniel Dec 4 '12 at 8:41

Simply Drag the application and Place on the panel ....That's it

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No you can't, at least not in 11.04 and newer release. – Peachy Nov 7 '12 at 11:04

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