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It looks like the only time that you can choose where an icon goes on the unity launcher, is when you add it. Is there a way to rearrange the order of an icon after it has been added?

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Possible workaround: I made the icons smaller so they all fitted on my screen. –  Rinzwind May 6 '12 at 9:58

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Click and hold the application's launcher icon, and then drag it up or down.

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@Jorge Castro Works fine but after a reboot it's back as it was..... Everything is shown in the order that they were installed with the most recently installed at the bottom. I can permanently move things to the bottom by uninstalling them and then reinstalling, but this is a pain. Am I missing something? Do I have to do this as root? If so, how? (I'm using 12.04LTS) –  Scooby-2 Jan 11 '13 at 20:10
    
No you don't have to do this as root, there's probably another cause, please ask it as a new question, thanks! –  Jorge Castro Jan 11 '13 at 20:15
    
On 12.10, I had to start the application first to be able to move the icon... –  M.G.Palmer Dec 19 '13 at 8:57

How to rearrange icons in Unity Launcher?

Just drag the icon out of the Launcher.

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And then just drop it back in the Launcher anywhere you want.

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No joy! Cannot drag icons anywhere. –  Susan May 6 '12 at 17:45
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This does not work for me, same as @Susan –  Lubo Antonov Aug 1 '13 at 12:55
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On 12.10, I had to start the application first to be able to move the icon... –  M.G.Palmer Dec 19 '13 at 8:57
    
As said elsewhere, when you click the icon, you first have to hold the mouse button down before you move the icon. After a second you'll be able to move it. –  user371699 May 24 at 0:51

In Ubuntu 11.10, dragging to the right didn't work for me. When I click an icon and hold the mouse button down for one second without moving the mouse, the icon drops down a few pixels. After that, I can drag it up or down the list to change its position.

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You will need to drag the icons out of the launcher (right direction) and then place them wherever you want them to be positioned.

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You do not need to ctrl-click in Unity 2D; just click the item and hold it for a second without moving the mouse, and then the icon will detach and now it can be dragged to a new position and left there by releasing the mouse button. Note that the icon will automatically push down some other icons when detached in the desired position.

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You can also control-drag the icons in the launcher straight up or down instead of dragging out and then back in.

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Maybe it used to work but not for me on 14.04 LTS. –  Olson.dev Jul 14 at 15:19

Yes. Click and hold a launcher. Pull it out to the right so it detaches. Drag it up and down and watch the little marker in between the other launchers. When you let go it will insert where that marker is.

Launchers have to stay within their 'group': the workspaces, files and folders and applications are one group (they have letters when you hold super) and the other icons are also 1 group (those have a digit when you hold super).

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In my setup I have to drag the icon straight up or down. This is a 2d setup due to limitatons of the cedartrail drivers in ubuntu. 12.04.1

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