Unity's launcher is one of the main access points for applications in Ubuntu. It provides quick access for launching applications and managing running applications.

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Unity doesn't load after fresh installation

I'm trying to get Ubuntu to work on my laptop the second time and I'm getting very frustrated. The Ubuntu desktop loads for me but I can't really do anything. Before I started following the ...
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How to restore Firefox download progress bar in Unity launcher?

Firefox used to be better integrated with Unity: when downloading it would show the number of files and a progress bar. This was achieved through the Unityfox add-on, but it no longer works and the ...
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Wine 1.7, ubuntu 14.04, world of warcraft

I have installed wine 1.7. When I launch battle.net launcher, wow launcher or wow.exe, it always says "Data//wow-update-base-17325.MPQ: World of Warcraft can’t make a required change to an archive ...
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Why are my launcher and panel all glitchy when I open dash since updating my nVidia drivers?

As you can see in the image, launcher and my panel look a bit glitchy when I open dash. I have used unity-tweak-tool to set the transparency to static blur on dash, and this always worked in the ...
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Minecraft Frozen

I am having a problem with Minecraft on Xubuntu 14.04. I downloaded Minecraft 1.7.10, and it closes the launcher and enters the game. There it gets stuck at the Mojang loading screen. I have tried ...
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No actual desktop in Ubuntu (but I do have unity launcher displaying)

I installed Ubuntu GNOME because that's what I'm used to using with Fedora but I thought I'd give a shot to Ubuntu's default desktop, so I installed ubuntu-desktop via apt but now I have the unity ...
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Inconsistent icons in Ubuntu Unity

   I've downloaded IntelliJ Idea, then just unziped it and run it by execute idea.sh in terminal and made a new project. I wanted to see what would happen if I simply right click on ...
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How to refresh launcher icon application menu in ubuntu 12.04?

After modifying a desktop file in /usr/share/applications, I need to refresh the launcher icon application menu so that my modification shows up. For the sake of clarity, the menu that should get ...
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How to hide unity launcher border line

I'm on 14.04. I have my launcher on full transparency and I've hidden the containing boxes, and to complete the picture and have the icons completely hovering, it'd be nice to hide the border line or ...
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Launcher combines Eclipse icons

I'm working simultaneously with Java Eclipse IDE and the Android ADT (Also with eclipse IDE). Even though I create two different .desktop files with different icons, after launching Ubuntu still ...
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'save link as' / 'open with' / 'launch application' window

When I want to open any file or even when I want to do "save link as" in mozilla there is a pop up window with the title launch application which I should choose an application to open that file. What ...
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xampp control panel launcher doesnot show up

I have just performed all the instructions below, however still xampp control panel launcher doesn't show: gedit ~/.local/share/applications/xampp-control-panel.desktop File content: [Desktop ...
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How to reenable unity - tried the standard stuff

While going through my compiz settings, I noticed, that windows decarator is off, and I clicked to turn it on - then clicked yes, before I've read that this will turn off unity. I tried reenabling ...
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acer aspire E-510 [duplicate]

My acer aspire E-510 laptop is only a couple of weeks old, has been going well today but now when i try to start it up it the lights all come on, the mouse pointer is on the screen and moves but the ...
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Application icon disappears from Ubuntu launcher

I checked the forum topics and tried various suggested solutions but none worked to resolve this issue. OS: Ubuntu 12.04: Accounts: Administrator (Administrator), Resource (Standard) Wine: 1.4 ...
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Kubuntu launcher menu without categories

I dont know if its right to ask about Kubuntu, but I hope not :) I'm trying Kubuntu 14.04 and I just found one disadvantage for me that's the way how the launcher looks. It contains categories, in ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 displays only background with no Launcher and menu top after log in i can't even open terminal, but on guest it's all here [duplicate]

After logging in all I get is my background screen and the folder i created on destop.I did like i use to do go to menu top them switch it off, i can however hold ctrl/alt F1 and access terminal that ...
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Create a working link on desktop

I am totally new to Ubuntu/Linux and I want to create a link on a desktop (is this called an application launcher?). I created a .desktop file placed on the Desktop with this content but it doesn't ...
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Custom launcher arguments?

I know I can add custom shortcuts or even url links to the launcher. Can I create custom launcher shortcuts that accept or process arguments? For example, can I set a launcher link to open ...
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Ubuntu 13.10 x64 one account launcher not showing

On my account on my computer (and my only one) doesn't want to show the launcher. I know this was asked before but none of their answers worked, like ccms. The top bar doesn't show up either. All that ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 No Launcher or Dash On Login

I have a HP pavilion p7-1010 desktop computer that is dual-booted with Windows 7 Home Premium and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. On Ubuntu 14.04, the main account will not show the launcher or the dash upon ...
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Reducing colour depth to 16 bit without losing panels and launcher

Earlier today, I had help solving a problem in this thread where creating an xorg.conf file, with colour depth reduced to 16 bit in my 32 bit Ubuntu 14.04 had caused my panels and launcher to go MIA, ...
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Can I stop NFS shares appearing in the launcher?

I have about half a dozen NFS shares mapped to my Ubuntu 14.04 box. Each one of them shows up as an icon in the Unity Launcher. This is unnecessary and annoying - they take up a fair bit of space, and ...
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SOLVED: Menu bars and launcher missing (after tampering with xorg.conf)

I'm completely new to Ubuntu, and I'm trying to get to know the various stuff in here. One of these things was to set my screen resolution to 16 bit, in order to play an old game. After browsing ...
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Hide gnome launch bar following a launcher click

I looked on the site, but found no match. I looked through compiz Settings Manager but didn't see anything that would help me. Using 14.04 LTS with gnome installed. I can't remember where of if ...
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“unlock from launcher” option not working

On 14.04 "Unlock from launcher" option is not working. I have removed zeitgeist and I do not have any folder in .local/share/zeitgeist. [EDIT] It seems removing zeitgeist is the cause of the ...
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No unity launcher and top status bar showing in Ubuntu after re-installing

I removed everything of Unity and Ubuntu desktop and Installed Lubuntu. But Now I want to go back to Ubuntu (Unity) and I re-installed Unity but when I login into then it doesn't show Unity launcher ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 Unity - Applications missing from dash

When starting the dash (e.g. by hitting the Windows key) quite often (most of the time) there are no applications listed. Recent files and downloads show fine, but in order to have applications listed ...
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Launcher and dash not appearing [duplicate]

When logging to my account (I am administrator) launcher and dash do not appear, only blank background picture and I cant access my files. Terminal is not responding I can't run it. I have installed ...
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Launcher, top bar missing & cannot close, maximize, or move windows

I opened my laptop after a month of inactivity (Dell, running 14.04). It was in the suspended state during this time, and upon reopening it, the laptop functioned perfectly. After this initial use, I ...
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Add two Eclipse icons in launcher

I have 2 versions of Eclipse downloaded on my 64 bit Ubuntu 14.04. I use both for different purposes, so they have different plugins etc. How do i lock both to the launcher(the vertical bar on the ...
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Can't launch unity bar with wacom tablet

I have a Wacom Intuos CTH680 & I can't seem to be able to launch the unity bar with the pen. When I move the pen to the edge of the detection area, the unity bar doesn't reveal itself. The only ...
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how do I toggle the default hardware keyboard input off, and only use a usb keyboard for input most of the time?

My laptop keyboard died and I installed a wireless usb keyboard which I like just fine. I installed the replacement for the laptop (hardware) keyboard, and it's working too. I would like to be able ...
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Nautilus-actions not working

I've created a nautilus action that will allow me to easily create desktop launchers. Well, that's the idea. It isn't working. The command is: Path: gnome-desktop-item-edit Parameters: ...
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Battery icon missing in gnome-shell panel

I have lost the battery icon on panel when I rotated the screen using ccw (/etc/X11/xorg.conf) and can't get it back. dconf editor → com → canonical → indicator → appmenu → power shows icon policy ...
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The trash launcher opens an Internet browser

I just realized my Trash icon is launching Chrome instead of the trash. What can I do to fix it? I already tried creating a trash.desktop file in ~/.local/share/applications but Unity seems to ignore ...
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How can I either lock items in the launcher OR restore a set of items in the launcher?

I admin a batch of Ubuntu 14.04 desktop machines in a public library (they are diskless and boot via DRBL). Sometime users (I'm guessing kids) remove icons from the launcher. I want to either prevent ...
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ubuntu 13.10 purple bar

I just got the update, and now there is a purple bar on the left side of my screen. by my hot bar. I cant find any fixes. the laptop has been restarted twice. no other operating systems. i did try ...
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Ubuntu launcher NOT on top of other windows

The problem: If a window is placed under the ubuntu launcher or the HUD, any clicks will be registered to the window and not the launcher. Example: 1) Launcher is set to "always show" 2) Nautilus ...
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My Faenza icon theme contains an icon for spotify, but I can't seem to change the icon

So, I installed spotify (on 14.04) using this method. It created a spotify folder in /opt/. My faenza icon theme seems to work for almost all supported apps except for spotify. I tried changing the ...
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how to change specific icons in the unity launcher (ubuntu 14.04) [duplicate]

I would like to change some specific icons in the launcher but no matter what I try I cannot solve this issue if someone could possibly supply step by step I would be grateful.
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After the launcher autohides, windows do not resize top full screen in ubuntu 14.04

After the launcher auto hides the windows do not resize itself to full screen .Instead a rectangular space is left on left side of Ubuntu 14.04. Like this How can I fix it so the window resizes to ...
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Change the Unity launcher search provider

If I enter a term that gives no hits in Applications etc. I will automatically redirected to the Yahoo search page. How can I change the search provider there? I found out, that the content-search ...
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How to re-enable Kubuntu Application Launcher Menu shortcuts after accidentally disabling

I just installed Kubuntu 14.04 and I'm in the process of customizing it. I replaced the default Application Launcher with the traditional-style Application Launcher Menu. With this application ...
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Can't start gvim from the launcher

I don't know why I've been having so many problems with gvim lately, but now I can't start it from the launcher. I click on it, and it glows and pulsates for awhile, but after a few seconds it stops ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 Google Chrome Broken

I'm running Ubuntu 14.04 and Chrome seems to have broken with no way out. I was fiddling with the command line flags, and I activated something that I did not want. I disabled it and restarted the ...
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How can I start a script in a minimised Gnome Terminal?

I can start a command in a new Gnome Terminal as follows: nohup gnome-terminal --window-with-profile=Background --command ls >/dev/null 2>&1& (Based on ...
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XFCE-like menu in Unity?

I am a new Ubuntu 14.04 user (having moved from Windows XP at the advice of a friend), and I'm loving it! I like Unity a lot, but one thing that I dearly miss is the Windows Start Menu's folder-like ...
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How to set a launcher icon from .exe files?

Can I set an icon for a .desktop file to be an .exe file, and if so - how? I have tried to point the icon entry in the file to a path of an .exe file, to no avail - the launcher shows no icon ...
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How do I start a program later if I unlock it from the Launcher on the left?

I'm a newbie from Windows XP. In WinXP if I deleted a program's icon from the desktop I could always find and start the program later from the Start>Programs menu. Is there an equivalent in Ubuntu? ...