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I would like to manually control when the launcher is shown or hidden. Is it possible? There is no option to "never show launcher", nor have I found a way to force the launcher to hide.

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So it seems this is not possible. I opened a bug, let's see what the Unity team will make out of it. Thanks everybody for your answers. – sup Nov 24 '11 at 13:41
The above question is quite an old question from 2011 but a similar question and answer here:… will probably be useful to anyone looking at this. There's a good answer starting with: "One way to do it simply is to create a custom shortcut." – pHeLiOn May 30 at 19:05

If the launcher is set to auto-hide, with Super + e (mostly Windows + e) you can make the launcher show again. Havent found a way to hide the launcher through a shortcut though.

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I use unity2d and i made this script to toogle the launcher :

var=$(gsettings get com.canonical.Unity2d.Launcher hide-mode)
if [ "$var" = 0 ]
    exec gsettings set com.canonical.Unity2d.Launcher hide-mode 2
    exec gsettings set com.canonical.Unity2d.Launcher hide-mode 0

after you can set a shortcut who launch this script

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Any idea if it works with Unity 3D? – sup May 3 '12 at 12:25
@sup Have a look at this for the equivalent for unity 3D – user138784 May 8 '13 at 13:46
Thanks! That looks nice. – sup May 15 '13 at 12:55

You can configure it to hide automatically when not used. Launch the CompizConfig Settings Manager (package compizconfig-settings-manager), find the Ubuntu Unity Plugin there, and change the Hide Launcher setting to "Autohide".

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Yeah, I know, the trouble is in "automatically". I would like to be able to trigger hide/unhide manually (via a shortcut, preferably) – sup May 29 '11 at 8:53

I use Cairo-Dock (not without its own set of problems) as it is far superior to the Unity launcher. What I have done for the moment is use compizconfig settings manager to enable auto-hide, in combination with the reveal mode set to 'None'. Now instead of popping up when I navigate to the edge of the screen it only pops up (annoyingly) when using 'find'.

Of course, I really would really rather just disable the launcher altogether. And compiz too, but gnome unfortunately does not support transparencies without compiz. And Unity apparently just doesn't work without the horrible launcher.

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The person isn't asking for an alternative to Unity. – nickguletskii May 31 '11 at 16:35
Neither am I. Read the post. – Ryan May 31 '11 at 17:54
@Ryan, no you are suggesting to switch to cario-dock. – nickguletskii May 31 '11 at 18:26
Perhaps I stated it poorly, but I only described to the parent poster how I hid the Unity launcher and why. Again I say to you, actually read my post, and maybe the parent poster's as well. We may have different end goals but the solution is the same. – Ryan May 31 '11 at 20:23
Ryan: thanks, but that would be too cumbersome for me though. – sup May 31 '11 at 21:09

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