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Since I have not been able to open Dash Home in 12.04.4 see Dash Home will not open, I am hoping for a work-around. Is there another convenient way to open apps/programs without having to search through folders? Is this question clear enough? For example, I just installed Kile (publishing program) from the Software Center, but I can't find a link/tile/icon/shortcut to open it. Thanks, to whomever can help.

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How did you install kile? Typing Alt+F2 and then typing the name of the application will usually open the application for you. –  i08in Apr 17 at 3:17
    
Thanks, Jobin. I installed Kile from Software Center. Alt+F2 appears to try to open Dash, anyway the result is the same -- grey Unity tiles and no Dash. –  AyTee Apr 17 at 3:31

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  1. Typing the name of the application in the terminal will usually open the application for you.

  2. If that doesn't work you can find the package name of an application, if you have it installed, from the terminal using dpkg -l | grep <substitute-search-term-here> and then open it by typing its package name. For example, to find the package name of Chromium if you have it installed type:

    dpkg -l | grep chromium  
    

    ...which will return results including:

    ii  chromium-browser  
    Chromium browser  
    

    The package name of Chromium browser is chromium-browser, so to open Chromium from the terminal you would type: chromium-browser

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Thanks, Karel. Typing Kile in Terminal works! –  AyTee Apr 17 at 3:33
    
@AyTee If this answered your question, you may mark this answer as accepted by clicking the gray check mark to the left of it. –  karel Apr 17 at 3:35

Press Alt+F2, and just type the name of the program.

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Thanks, Mayukh Nair. Alt+F2 appears to try to open Dash, anyway the result is the same -- grey Unity tiles and no Dash. –  AyTee Apr 17 at 3:32

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