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If I click Dash and then the second tab (Search Applications), one of the items available is "Installed Applications".

Is there anyway to put a quick link to this in the launcher? Basically a icon like home that will instead open a list of all installed applications?

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Is it possible to have the main menu back while still using unity? –  James Jan 31 '12 at 0:26
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I used Cardapio and applied a launcher for it. Works good and solved my problem.

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From the Cardapio Launchpad page:

Installation in Ubuntu

Cardapio can easily be installed in Ubuntu versions 10.04 (Lucid Lynx) and up. Simply follow the steps below:

1) Run these commands in a terminal:

  • sudo add-apt-repository ppa:cardapio-team/cardapio-ppa && sudo apt-get update

2) Now pick one or more of these, depending on how you want to use Cardapio:

  • sudo apt-get install cardapio-gnomepanel (to install the Gnome-Panel applet)
  • sudo apt-get install cardapio-docky (to install the Docky applet)
  • sudo apt-get install cardapio-awn (to install the AWN applet)
  • sudo apt-get install cardapio-gnomeshell (to install the Gnome-Shell applet)
  • sudo apt-get install cardapio (to use it in stand-alone mode only)

3) Done!

If you want to use as a Unity Launcher item as depicted in the screenshot above, then

  • install the stand-alone version as instructed above
  • run this command in a terminal: cardapio hidden
  • then use the following instructions from this Webupd8 article:

So download the Cardapio launcher from HERE, extract it and place the file under ~/.local/share/applications/ (important: if you don't place it here, it will disappear once you restart your computer). ".local" is a hidden folder in your home directory so press CTRL + H to see it. Then drag the file to the Unity Launcher.

Frequently Asked questions can be found at Cardapio FAQs page.

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Development of Cardapio has halted and Ubuntu 12.10 is the last version to have a PPA for it. –  James Aug 19 '13 at 22:55
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