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I'm looking to understand what are the customisation options available for the unity launcher in 11.10.

Is it possible to modify?:

  • size of launcher, (smaller than 32 px? bigger than 64?)
  • position of the launcher
  • color and opacity
  • item organization, (move items freely anywhere in the launcher, as workspaces for ex.)
  • any kind of other modification available.

What tools do I need to install to perform these changes?

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Is it possible to modify:

  • The size of launcher, (smaller than 32 px? bigger than 64?)?
    • No.
  • The position of the launcher?
    • No.
  • The colour and opacity?
    • Colour: no. Opacity: yes.
  • Item organization, (move items freely anywhere in the launcher, as workspaces for ex.*)?
    • No. This seems to have been postponed or decided against.

Is any kind of other modification available.

  • Yes.
    • It is now possible to enable edge illumination.
    • Dynamic quicklists are supported when using libunity.

What tools do I need to install to perform these changes?

  • As before, you need to install (Compiz Config Settings Manager) ccsm Install ccsm.

Screenshot: example screen shot.

* You can move any icons except the Dash, Workspace switcher, Mounted drives, and Trash.

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thank you for the very clear answer, very useful for me! i'll mark it as solved. if something changes until release date please update us! thx again –  suli8 Sep 16 '11 at 16:38
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You can re-arrange launcher items. You have been able to since 11.04 –  Marco Ceppi Sep 16 '11 at 17:00
    
i didn't mean the regular icons. i did mean the workspaces icon and the trash etc.. i can't get them to the top right? –  suli8 Sep 16 '11 at 17:08
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@MarcoCeppi I've added that to my answer for clarity (since the way he asked, that can be overlooked). –  RolandiXor Sep 16 '11 at 18:18
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@suli8 no, you cannot. –  RolandiXor Sep 16 '11 at 18:19
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You can also change the way the dash shows, a netbook or as a desktop; you just need to type in the terminal:

To Netbook

$ gsettings set com.canonical.Unity form-factor 'Desktop'

DesktopDash

To Desktop

$ gsettings set com.canonical.Unity form-factor 'Netbook'

NetbookDash

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This was available for Natty - this isnt specific to 11.10 as the OPs question requested. –  fossfreedom Sep 16 '11 at 19:19
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@fossfreedom , in 11.10 you can maximize or minimize the dash as this answer suggested by the maximize button above the launcher? just good to know :) –  suli8 Sep 17 '11 at 1:06
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