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I created a desktop shortcut using this command:

 `gnome-desktop-item-edit –create-new ~/Desktop`

Then I thought it would be a great idea to see if I can drag the icon onto the launcher. I tried twice in order to manage. Unfortunately now I have the icon I wanted originally, plus an empty space onto my launcher which, when I rollover, says "Drop to add application". I removed the original icon, but the empty space remains. BTW, nothing happens when I click on the empty space.

Ah, this is the first time I am using Ubuntu, I fell in love with it, but now I have a feeling my new operating system is too fragile to play around with, and even worse, I get a feeling of helplessness :) Complex feelings associated with an OS:)

Please help, I would hate to have to reinstall the whole think again!

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Can you add a screen shot? it may help – Sneetsher Jan 25 '14 at 12:10
Ah, I fixed it! I did this: unity-reset and it, well... reset the launcher (along with other bits I assume, but I am not concerned with those:)) – andgeo Jan 25 '14 at 12:50

Try running

unity --replace

in terminal. If that doesn't work, you can reset it using

unity --reset
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Just an FYI - unity --reset is now deprecated and should not be used. Taken from unity --help: Reset is not supported anymore. Deprecated option. – RPi Awesomeness Dec 26 '14 at 1:35

Look at this question :

"invisible" icons in the launcher bar

Try to find your answer

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Unfortunately my answer was not in other. I had checked that one before posting my question. But I fixed my problem by doing unity-reset in the terminal! – andgeo Jan 25 '14 at 12:51

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