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I like GNOME Classic more then GNOME Shell or Unity because it has a taskbar and Applications and Places menus on top. But the one thing i am really really missing is the dash from GNOME 3 and Unity, that comes up when I press the "Super" key.

How can I use GNOME Shell with the task bar and the Applications and Places on top, or use GNOME Classic with the Unity dash, or use GNOME Classic with an alternative launcher?

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I use gnome-session-fallback for the desktop and gnome-do to search for apps, it's just like launchy for windows. – Evandro Silva Nov 4 '12 at 17:48

Another alternative is to use unity or gnome and get the functionality you like about Gnome Classic. There is a Classic Menu Indicator, for instance.

Here is a quote from

ClassicMenu Indicator:

Aw! You miss the good old classic Gnome2 menu which stayed with Ubuntu till version 10.10 but bid farewell since Ubuntu switched to Unity/Gnome 3. Here is a good news fellas! We have this tiny little applet that gives you (to an extent) same classic menu feel.

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The .deb file is available to be downloaded from here. - See more at:

That indicator is written by Florian Diesch (also a Ask Ubuntu user).

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For Ubuntu 12.04, there is a way to get the Dash. However, this includes also enabling launcher.

Start unity-2d-shell as described here: Ubuntu 12.04 Gnome Classic and Unity Launcher

You will get the unity launcher, from which you can open the dash. Or use the super/windows key.

For autohiding the launcher in 12.04 see this question: Autohide Unity Launcher in Gnome Classic.

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