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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Multiple chromium icons in launcher of 14.04 LTS

I installed Ubuntu 14.04 LTS a few weeks before the official release and set up multiple google chromium profiles. Using "StartupWMClass", I managed to get each profile to have a separate version of ...
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I've lost control of all my settings on Ubuntu

I've been using Ubuntu for the last three months. I had installed programs, and kept them on the launcher and used a wallpaper manager - Variety. This morning when I opened my Laptop, I found that all ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 Unity launcher problem after 1st launch

I have freshly installed Ubuntu 14.04 64-bit. After I started an application and stopped it I cannot launch that application again by clicking on the launcher icon. Nothing would happen. I can ...
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Not loading unity launcher in ubuntu

I've recently updated ubuntu to 14.04 and somehow it got messed up in between and i restarted system and from advanced options i fixed packages and installed everything. The issue now is i can't able ...
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Is it possible to show launcher on a non-primary monitor?

I'm using the new Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and have an annoying problem. I have 3 monitors connected to my computer and I would like to have the unity launcher show on my left screen while using my middle ...
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Is there a way so show mounted servers in the Unity launcher

I connect to several servers, which when mounted show up under network in Nautilus, however they don't show up in the Unity launcher. Is there a way to make them show up there just like the normal ...
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Some programs not displaying on desktop

When I click other programs like Wine, Transmission, System Monitor it appears on the Launcher but not on the desktop. I notice that when you click their icon on the Launcher, there is a blurred ...
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Creating a foobar.desktop file and a Wine app icon on the launcher

This a specification of my previous question (What's a .desktop file?) where I wondered how to create a .desktop file in order to create an icon on the launcher for a Wine application. I don't ...
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What's a .desktop file? [duplicate]

I wanted to know what's a .desktop file and how can I generate one in order to have a Wine application displayed on my Launcher bar on the left. Now I have to open the folder where I store the ...
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How to move Unity launcher icons to desktop?

everyone. OK, I have what may be a very simple question--how do I take an icon from the Unity Launcher that I had locked there, and move them onto the desktop? I have tried everything I can think of ...
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Do not open new window when you open the file manager [closed]

Whenever I open the file manager, and then minimize it when I have to open again I click on the launcher shortcut on it, however in doing so the file browser opens a new window, but I just wanted him ...
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How do I launch my script from a launcher?

I have my custom script in Ruby with read permission, which starts with: #!/usr/bin/env ruby I can run that script from the terminal by typing that path. I added a file with .desktop extention to ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 desktop with no launcher and no shortkeys working

I have accidentally uninstalled python 2.7 and python-minimal from my Ubuntu. It gave me an error saying wicd has shut down and there are broken packages. When I restarted the system, only the ...
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Xampp Control Panel Can Not Launch

After searching all over the WWW, I couldn't solve my problem. I want to launch Xampp via desktop control panel and also I made the xampp-control-panel.desktop in desktop and ...
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Is it possible to have a separate unity launcher for each virtual workspace?

I was wondering if there was a relatively straight forward (or not) way to have virtual launchers for each virtual workspace. I dislike the way a virtual workspace, say 3, will jump to workspace 1 ...
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WINE works,but the launcher and the global menu bar are on the screen when running apps,why?

I used WINE to run Counter Strike 1.6 on Ubuntu 12.04 and everything works well,excepting that the launcher and the global menu bar remain on the screen.They just become twice bigger and when I'm ...
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cannot rearrange launcher icons

I am no longer able to rearrange launcher icons. I can drag the icon to a desired new position, but it will not drop. Also, clicking on "unlock from launcher" has no effect. It is not a mouse problem ...
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Minecraft 1.7 Closing on Ubuntu 12.04 64bit

I somehow got a 64bit version of ubuntu somehow and my minecraft won't work anymore. The launcher closes then the game window shows up but it's more a screenshot of my desktop then goes back to ...
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Arrows next to Launcher Icons in Unity 2D

What do the tiny white arrows next to the icons in the Unity 2D launcher mean? Sometimes there is one, often more. Do they indicate the number of windows of that application that are open?
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Launcher and some icons do not appear

This is the first time I use Linux (Ubuntu - 13.10 ) After installation, there is no Launcher bar and some icons, like minimize / maximize and close, are missing in any window. What I've realized is ...
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Google Chrome vanished from applications launcher

I just installed Ubuntu yesterday, after using Windows exclusively since 1995. Today I downloaded Google Chrome because that's my favorite web browser. I followed the directions at How to launch a ...
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Setting LANG for SublimeText from Unity

I am trying to run SublimeText with the package control addon and each time I open it using the Unity launcher I receive this error. So far I have tried following the instructions provided by ...
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Launch app only if not already open

I would like to mimic the use of Alfred on Mac OS X, where if you try to open an app after searching for it, it will only open a new window if the program is not already running, otherwise it will set ...
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Remove webApps launcher iconsAlso

I like how the web apps integrate with Unity, but I would prefer if they didn't show their icon in the launcher. Is their a way to disable the launcher icon but keep their panel indicator? Also I ...
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cannot access launcher or onboard when unetbootin asked for password

when i try to start unetbootin it usually asked for password. But when it asked for password ,i can not access luncher, and the onboard is also not access able during this time. On the other hand, in ...
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Associating a keyword to an application in unity launcher

I have had this issue with a couple of different applications, but I will use GHex as my example. The Problem GHex is a hex editor that I use to investigate files from time to time, I dont use it ...
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Why doesn't Workspace Switcher Icon appear in Launcher? [duplicate]

I am new to Ubuntu, and the Workspace concept intrigues me. Using Help, I find that there is an Icon for the Workspace Switcher, and it is not where the help document says it should be. Why not?
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compiz/unity corrupted 13.10

for some reason when I booted my computer this morning my desktop was all messed up... When I started any program it would be on 4/5 of my screen. My desktop looked horrible with some kind of ...
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Mounting/Unmounting devices

I mount a device with this commands: sudo mkdir /media/(device uuid) sudo mount (device path) /media/(device uuid) Then when it comes to unmount it: sudo umount (device path) sudo rmdir ...
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How do I diagnose “There was an error launching the application”?

I created a my-app.desktop file for a program I wrote. When I double-click it, I get the error message "There was an error launching the application". How can I get more detailed information about ...
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Unity occaissionally doesn't show app icons that I just opened

It's not consistent, but on random apps (and I mean anything from KSP to Ubuntu Software Center) when I open the app it might not appear in the launcher. Example Is this just a bug in Ubuntu 12.04 ...
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how to restore the launcher on left and top edges [duplicate]

I am using Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and am a newbie. I restarted my PC and on restart it has come up but with no launcher on left edge and top of the window. Can you help me with the solution? #
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Chrome is has “Pandora One” description in Launcher and Dash in Ubuntu 13.10

I am running 64-bit 13.10 and google-chrome-stable with Firefox as my default browser. I have installed Pandora One Unity Web App. Whether accessing Chrome from Launcher or Dash, it has a ...
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Unity launcher won't update the shortcuts after update-desktop-database (only after log out)

I have written my first unity launcher shortcuts and places them in ~/.local/share/applications/. The problem is that the shortcuts won't update on any of the commands I trigger in the terminal. $ ...
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Start “chrome” with certain command line parameters?

unfortunately, we have some intranet sites that "insecure" content; thus I really really want to start chrome with "--allow-running-insecure-content". I "locked" chrome to the unity launcher, later ...
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12.04 LTS Launcher Problem

My system has been working fine until yesterday. Suddenly my launcher size reverted to the default size and I was no longer able to change it using Settings->Appearance (the option doesn't show up). ...
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How to give a quicklauncher or shortcut administration privilege?

I have a quicklauncher in a plasma widget (which is the same as a shortcut) which runs a command which needs administration privilege. I use the quicklauncher frequently and do not want to type root ...
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How to use a classic menu with Unity? [duplicate]

Am not talking about drop down menu indicators , I need a classic menu i can place it at the unity launcher so it will be a good navigator with a lot of tools .
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Could I really have LOST the “unity” plugin? [duplicate]

So after some input on a problem I had involving my notification bar & Launcher disappearing, I tried all of the recommendations on what to do. Well, Besides losing all my "custom" desktop ...
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Unity laucher resize bug [duplicate]

Hello i just installed ubuntu 12.04 and installed the updates that was available. I have used ubuntu 12.04 before with no problem but now i want to make the icon size on the Unity launcher smaller. I ...
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When I start Netbeans, Unity sidebar and menu bar disappear

I've just installed Netbeans 7.4 with Java7u51 on Ubuntu 12.04 running in VirtualBox, and every time I started Netbeans the sidebar and the menubar from Ubuntu's desktop disappear. They're still ...
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Lost the notification bar and the launcher 12.10 [duplicate]

So the last thing I cchanged was I type in compiz --replace.... the first wierd thing was the icon for dash on the launcher dissapeared then after coming out of blank screen stanby my bar at the top ...
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Launcher Bugs or possible human error

I have somehow changed the search settings in my launcher that I can not find even simple things like 'calculator, settings' When I change 'sources' in the search menu it will still not search ...
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No size adjustment for launcher bar in 12.0.4.4 LTS [duplicate]

Ever since the upgrade to 12.04.4 LTS, my launcher bar icons are huge. I no longer have the slide bar to adjust them. Is there a place to re-enable that feature?
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Unity launcher won't hide

first question asked on this site. Just did a fresh install of Ubuntu 13.10 from wiping the HDD, had it installed before with the same hardware and didn't have this issue. For some reason I'm unable ...
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Running programs missing in launcher

I'm using 12.04 Desktop. I often find that certain programs just don't show or vanish from the launcher even while running. This is commonly seen with Solitaire and now I see it with Libre Office ...
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League of Legends on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

I'm just new in Ubuntu and my English is so bad, so be patient to me. I was install League of Legends with PlayOnLinux, installation was without errors, but, when i want to run it, a logo is appeard ...
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Picasa won't stick in Unity Launcher [duplicate]

I just installed Picasa 3.9 (in Wine) in Ubuntu 12.04LTS with Unity. It works fine. I can launch it via the Dash OK. I can slide the Picasa Icon from the Dash to the Launcher & it stays there ...
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Unity launcher is missing with cairo duck

I installed Cairo on my Ubuntu 12.4. It works great, but when I change my desktop environment in login screen from unity 3d to Cairo plus unity my desktop has no unity launcher. How can I fix it. Only ...
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Ubuntu 13.10 - Pycharm desktop entry

I installed PyCharm (just run the 'sh' file, configure and create a new project) Everything was fine till I noticed there wasn't any launcher at the Unity Lauch Bar nor the ClassicMenu. So googling ...