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I can't arrange icons on 2d unity bar. Whenever I'm trying to drag icons whole bar dragged up and down instead! I can only remove and add app icons to bar, but they always added at end, just before workspaces icon.

Is there any nice way to reorganize icons except wiping all icons from unity bar and re-adding them in desired order?

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up vote 12 down vote accepted

Just to add -

In unity-2d you can move icons up or down directly in the launcher - just on & hold the click for about a sec. The icon will move slightly & then can be re-positioned

In unity-2d you can only move up or down inside the launcher unlike unity-3d where you can pull the icon out of the launcher

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You need to click on the icon and keep the left mouse button down. After a few miliseconds, the two side arrows will disappear, then you can move the icon up/down.

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brilliant! how did you know that? – Thufir Jun 14 '14 at 19:04

If you click the icon, drag it outside the bar (to the right) and then place it where you would like it will work. You just can't click and drag within the bar, otherwise you end up with the results you described where the logos just scroll themselves up and down the bar

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A possible solution would be to use the dconf-editor. First install dconf-tools Install dconf-tools, then navigate to desktop>unity>launcher, and edit the list of favourites so that it is arranged as you like.


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Thanks, it works! :-) – tensai_cirno Nov 4 '11 at 15:52

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