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When I want to open an application via Dash, I just hit Super, type the first letters, and hit Enter. For instance: Super, "drop", Enter to start Dropbox. However, if I want to start an application again, Dash remembers it, but I cannot start it by hitting ENTER although "drop" is still in there, and Dropbox is in the first position. Why?

How can I (without using the mouse) start an application again?


better example (hopefully):

  1. Super ... type "ged" ... Enter to start Gedit
  2. close Gedit
  3. Super ... and now? "ged" is remembered, Gedit is still in pole position ready to be started. However, hitting Enter does not work.

How can I start an application again? - Without using the mouse or retyping?

If I have to retype, it makes no sense that Dash remembers the application and my typed letters. I assume there is a way to open the application again by just: Super + Enter (or something similar). Thanks!

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If I already have firefox running and, hit 'super' type firefox and hit 'Enter' it opens a new window... – Seth Nov 28 '12 at 18:09
Dropbox is a strange app to use an example. Can you suggest another one? I have dropbox running all the time and wouldn't expect a second copy. As iSeth says, firefox, nautilus, sudoko all start another window as expected. – GaryBishop Nov 28 '12 at 18:12
I think that that behavior is dropbox specific, because your desired behavior works for me for programs such as the terminal, open office, etc... i can just hit super -> enter and it will open a new windows of the last opened app – Sam Nov 28 '12 at 19:22
question updated – Andre Nov 28 '12 at 20:18
Works for me. Super followed by ged followed by Enter started gedit. Close gedit. now Super followed by Enter starts gedit. – GaryBishop Nov 28 '12 at 21:29
up vote 0 down vote accepted

Removed previous answer as I was on 13.04

As far as 12.10 - As long as the mouse cursor isn't in the Dash when you re-open the Dash then the previous search should still be active, (blinking curosr bar) & enter should again open your 1st listed app

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Thanks! The mouse was the problem. But it shouldn't. This would mean that on a small screen it will never work since the Dash will always overlap with the mouse. – Andre Nov 30 '12 at 22:54
I had started a bug on before noticing it was the mouse cursor posistion. But that actually makes it a 'bug', to track - – doug Dec 2 '12 at 18:50

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