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How to access “Applications” menu in Ubuntu Unity Desktop (Ubuntu 11.10)

How can I have menus as it was before unity?

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Probably not on the desktop as was before but can I have those menus under dash? a lense maybe?

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It's available and can be installed with the command

sudo apt-get install gnome-panel

remember to choose your desktop environment at the login prompt.

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which desktop environment? –  Web-E Jul 15 '12 at 10:24
It's named "Gnome classic" –  user827992 Jul 15 '12 at 10:24
Then unity launcher would be gone. isn't it? –  Web-E Jul 15 '12 at 10:27
nope, you can choose, it's still there, you just have 1 more desktop to choose from. –  user827992 Jul 15 '12 at 10:28
what I meant you can use unity launcher and panel at the same time –  Web-E Jul 15 '12 at 10:29

The feature not available with unity launcher.

Update: You can have this feature almost same with unity desktop but not exact. It will look like below


To do so: run following commands,

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:diesch/testing
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install classicmenu-indicator


  1. Install cairo-dock Install cairo-dock and use it. Optionally hide the unity launcher.


  2. Install gnome-shell Install gnome-shell and choose gnome classic at login screen. But you will loose unity

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gnome-shell is the most popular interface for Gnome 3, cairo-dock is just a dock, this has nothing to do with this topic. –  user827992 Jul 15 '12 at 10:30
is it so? you should look once more in the screen shot. using cairo-dock you got the grouping and the unity too.(The most relevant solution as per topic ) gnome-shell also include gnome2 classic. –  Web-E Jul 15 '12 at 10:35
yes, but not "as it was pre-11.04" –  user827992 Jul 15 '12 at 10:36
I said alternative/ most relevant not exact :) –  Web-E Jul 15 '12 at 10:38

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