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I have installed Ubuntu 12.04. How do I run programs which are not shown in the Desktop even though they are installed? This was not the case with older version of Ubuntu 10.04. The programs would show under applications.

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You searched them from dash and click on it to run. – Peachy Aug 3 '12 at 16:29

You should find desktop files of these programs. Example:

dpkg -L <program> | grep desktop

then copy the files to Your desktop (which is typically ~/Desktop).

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You can do this by just dragging icons from Dash to your desktop. To get started, open Dash and begin dragging your favorite apps to your desktop.1

Then just press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open Terminal. When it opens, run the command below.

sudo chmod +x ~/Desktop/*.desktop


sudo chown <username> ~/Desktop/*.desktop 

1Source:Add Application Shortcuts to your Desktop in Ubuntu 12.04

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Just press the Super+A Or through Dash on Desktop . Then browse through bottom menu Under three Horizontal Menus as Recently used , Installed and Apps available for download . you can Expand the Installed to view all applications.

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Then in Right Corner select Filter as

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You can Refer this Ubuntu Online OS Tour to get the Best out of this New release.

And also What's New page.

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