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I want to add/remove items on the Launcher. I'm using Unity 2D.

Of course I looked it up on Google, and I saw instructions that said when I have an application open, I can right click on it and a menu option will appear to say I can make the icon permanent.

However, when I right click on the icon for an open application, all I see is an option to close the application, nothing else.

Also, right clicking on any of the permanently available default icons does nothing. I want to remove some, for example the software center icon.

How do I customize Launcher in Unity 2D?

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@gd1: I agree entirely. This question was asked during the phase when I was giving it a fair shake, to experiment and see how usable it was. All my experimentation, however, led to the point where I abandonded it and I now use Gnome Classic with Compiz Effects. It's not 100% back to the Gnome 2.2 interface, but it's close enough that I won't abandon Ubuntu yet. – Questioner Oct 22 '11 at 2:55
I am so sorry for this. I'm currently installing Debian from scratch and I think I'll use LXDE. – gd1 Oct 22 '11 at 12:08
@gd1: I tried LXDE, and many others. Gnome Classic, for all its faults is still, IMHO, better than any others. – Questioner Oct 22 '11 at 15:19
I'm fine with LXDE even though I'm not enthusiast. I just can carry on my work, and that's fine enough. With Insanity I become unproductive. – gd1 Oct 22 '11 at 17:24
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  1. To arrange applications on the launcher in Unity 2D, press Alt-F2, then type the command below and select gconf-editor program to open.

  2. Next, scroll down to desktop>unity-2d>launcher then right-click on favorites and select ‘Edit Key’
  3. Now you can re-arrange applications on the launcher as you like by using the Up / Down buttons.

To quickly add your favorite applications the Unity Launcher, open an application, then right-click on the application icon on the launcher and select ‘Keep in Launcher’

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The gconf-editor approach did not do anything for me, but oddly enough, after I went there, then the right-click option became available. It seems the workspace switcher can not be removed though. – Questioner May 9 '11 at 7:33
@Dave M G unfortunately some icons like the workspace switcher are immutable. You might try logging a bug? – djeikyb Aug 8 '11 at 12:28

To re-arrange icons in the launcher, click on an icon and wait for one second before you start dragging.

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With Unity 2D you have to hold down the left mouse button for at least 2 second hover the icon of the program you want to move. After that time you can drag anywhere on the launcher. – neuromancer Oct 22 '11 at 22:32

There is also a really good guide here as to how to edit and rearrange your 2d unity which I found really useful.

It is still working with compiz which does still work but means you can add lots more functionality and like many of us Linux users fiddle* (*=break) about with your system until you are happy with it.

Try this :

Configure Unity 2D to Simulate Unity 3d

All credit to Ubuntu forum user Entyrion for this how to

An alternative which is much smaller and easier but less changable is the great little GUI that Mariano Chavero created which is available on his blog here but it does not let you edit menu entries but lets you mess with other settings (autohide, dash,composting etc)

Mariano Chavero's Unity 2d GUI

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