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This has been apparent since my upgrade to 12.04. Just wondering if theres a way to manually open the software center or locate it?

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Is it not on the launcher? – Mitch Jun 10 '12 at 5:57
Please remember to accept/upvote the best answer to your question (tick/check mark on the left). This way, the question is marked as "answered" and future readers can refer to it knowing the solution works. Thank you...:) – izx Jul 4 '12 at 17:24

Some ways to start the Software Center from the desktop

1. From the Launcher

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2. From the Dash

  • Click the Ubuntu icon on the top left or press the Windows/Super key and type: software:

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3. How to bring it back to the launcher

If Software Center is not on your launcher as shown in section 1 above, just start it, and then right-click on its icon in the launcher and click on "Lock to Launcher":

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Issue this from commandline and software center should show up (or throw an error)


After it opens pin it to the launcher for easy access.

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