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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Ubuntu snappy core launcher failed: error loading shared libraries librt.so.1 file: no such file or directory

I'm running Ubuntu Snappy Core on a Dell IoT Edge gateway. I have installed the following Debian packages: libnm-glib pptp-linux pppor usb-modeswitc libcurl3 I restarted the system. Now the ...
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Icon in Unity launcher (14.04)

Problem: Icon for Visual Studio Code is wrong. It uses the icon from the text editor Things I have tried so far: I tried setting the Icon with alacarte to /usr/share/code/resources/app/resources/...
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Jetbrains Datagrip icon cannot lock to the launcher

I downloaded Jetbrains' Datagrip application on Ubuntu 16.04 and started it by running it's datagrip.sh file on the terminal. When I try to select Lock to launcher by right clicking it's icon on the ...
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Adding launcher item per documentation does not work

I have followed here for adding an item to the launcher. Here is the contents of my new .desktop file: [Desktop Entry] Version=1.0 Name=OpenRefine Comment=OpenRefine Exec=/home/foo/openrefine-2.6-rc....
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Change Image For Launcher Shortcut

I created a desktop shortcut that opens Firefox to a particular URL following these instructions. In the instructions they show you how to customize it with a particular image. I was able to do this, ...
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Newly installed program does not launch from dash

I'm on Ubuntu 14.04, and installed a .deb file I downloaded (so install happens through Software Center). (Almost) All went well, and the program icon appeared in the Dash. When clicking it, nothing ...
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Jar files in the Ubuntu Hud

So I have a few jar files that I frequently use (Minecraft and other launchers, to name a few) and they show up under the "File and Folders" section. If I open other files that have a similar file ...
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Why this behavior with Nautilus Launcher in 14.04?

Silly and inconsequential, but ... I'm using Ubuntu 14.04 with Unity. When I right click on the file drawer icon for Nautilus on the launcher, I don't get a consistent response. Sometimes, I'll see ...
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Black Window Borders and Black terminal in ubuntu 16.04

help me, I have installed Kali Linux tools and classic menu indicator in Ubuntu 16.04 and after restart all of my menus are lost, terminal is completely black and windows borders are also black, How ...
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How can I give a script its own icon in the Unity launcher?

With Ubuntu 16.04, if you create a launcher (desktop file in ~/.local/share/applications) with a custom icon for a terminal application (so with Terminal=true) then when you start it, it will spawn a ...
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is there a way to move launcher to the right side of screen in 14.04? [duplicate]

Is there a way to move the launcher to the right side of the screen in 14.04? everything that pops up in searches is only for moving to the bottom.
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lost the left side launcher and the clock in the upper right corner when I turned on the machine

I am using version 16.04. I have had no problems until this morning when I turned on the computer. The left hand launcher and the clock/menu in the upper right corner are missing. I have my splash ...
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Launcher opens NTFS locations under devices instead of Nautilus

On Ubuntu 16.04, is there a way for Launcher to open folders from NTFS partitions (which are auto-mounted) under the icon/instance of Nautilus instead of what it started doing in 16.04, i.e. instead ...
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16.04 Unity Launcher on top of Fullscreen windows when workspaces enabled

I've noticed a problem: When I enable workspaces in Ubuntu, the auto-hide mechanism seems to bug when I open a fullscreen window. For example, when I watch a youtube video, the launcher blinks out an ...
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Chrome launcher icon right click menu doesn't show option for opening new window

I installed google-chrome-stable by following instructions from here. When I right click on the Chrome launcher icon, It doesn't show options like 'Open a new window' or 'Open icognito window. It just ...
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How to remove Eclipse 3.8 from Ubuntu 14.04?

I have installed Eclipse Mars 1 which I would like to use, it could be run and located in /home/user/Application/eclipse When I lock it to the launcher, close eclipse and launch it again, it runs a ...
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Launcher missing when switched to Desktop from a full screen video [closed]

When I switch to Desktop using Alt + tab while watching a full-screen video (Any player / Youtube) My Launcher and the top panel vanishes. Even Right-click won't work. Example : My Desktop Before : ...
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Why does launching my own script from a launcher only work once?

I created a shell script, let's say it's echo hi sleep 5 echo bye exit Then I created a .desktop -file to launch the shell script. Double-clicking it works perfectly fine: [Desktop Entry] Version=...
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Thunderbird indicator in 16.04 LTS Unity?

I recently started using Thunderbird again, but I cannot seem to get that indicator icon, i.e. minimize it to tray so that I could receive new message updates. d.conf editor shows it should be OK: ...
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xfce4-notes not showing in Unity menu

I use xfce4-notes and I liked it a lot. My issue, it is not showing in Unity application menu, is there any solution?
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install google-chrome isnt working, why? [duplicate]

I am currently using ubuntu 16.04 The weird thing is, I have installed google chrome in my laptop using ubuntu 14.04 and worked perfectly. Somehow I just installed ubuntu 16.04 into my desktop and ...
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Cairo-deck isn't starting up automatically why?

This might seem to be a stupid question but I have rebooted my computer a mount of times and still cairo-deck just wouldn't start up itself! Is anyone able to give me a hand? I have tried right ...
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Role of .desktop extension

I've done a lot of trial and error and reading and can now create .desktop files (i.e., launchers, shortcuts, etc.) most of the time using Lubuntu. But I'm unclear whether or not the ".desktop" ...
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Centering the application launchers on the panel in 16.04

I am using Ubuntu 16.04 with the default Unity desktop environment on a Lenovo Yoga 3 pro. I have moved my launcher panel to the bottom of my screen, from the left, and have it so that it auto hides. ...
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Unity Run Dialog

Is it possible to change the Unity run dialog to that which cinnamon and gnome-shell use? The current one has a few slight annoyances: Lack of autocomplete Inability to open directories without ...
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Layer and toolbox window doesn't appear when I reopen GIMP after closing it using the launcher

If I close GIMP with the x on its window, everything works fine. But most of the time I have so many images open that I do not want to close each individually. In this case, I go to the Ubuntu ...
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How to trigger a script on entering/exiting a workspace?

This is regarding ubuntu 15.10. I have enabled workspaces, and would like unity launcher sidebar to show open application icon only if it was opened in the current workspace. To do so, I have already ...
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How can i create eclipse launcher icon with specified gtk?

To solve this bug on the new release of Eclipse, most people use this solution. It works fine when I run Eclipse using terminal or from the default folder (/opt/eclipse/), but when I lock Eclipse to ...
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Cannot login with ubuntu desktop for some accounts

I tried other desktop environments (as per Switching window manager/desktop environments?) and now I stuck in a weird state: Some accounts on the laptop (that have never tried anything other than the ...
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Just Installed Ubuntu 16.04, Showing Flashing Background and Cursor Only (No Launcher or Menubar)

I just downloaded Ubuntu 16.04, and all I am seeing is a background and a cursor (see video below). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68N7ro254lc I've followed all instructions at the following answer ...
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Can't modify settings, can't change the background, all the icons docked on the launchpad disappear

I am suffering from a weird problem. I can't change my background or power settings, and every icon I dock onto the Launcher disappears after reboot. The launcher resets to the original after every ...
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I can only launch gvim from the terminal and not from the Unity launcher

I installed vim-gnome and it works great when I launch from the terminal with gvim command. However, whenever I type vim or gvim in the launcher it finds nothing. When I launch from terminal it has "[...
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How to put unity launcher on in different positions on different monitors

I have two monitors: One is a large 2560x1600 monitor, which I use as my main monitor and do most work on, and the other is a 1360x768 monitor set up vertically for use as an 'off' monitor - for ...
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Problems on adding Actions in .desktop file

I am working on Blender recently, but the problem turns up when I set up the desktop icon file. Sometimes I need Blender to open with a terminal, but most time is "no it is not useful". Although I can ...
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.desktop launcher no icon

Custom app.desktop launcher has a .png icon visible in thumbnail and search menu but no icon on the launched app in taskbar. What might be the reason? Any solutions? Appreciate your kind help.
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Removing the border around dash

I'd like to remove the huge dotted border around the dash in ubuntu 16.04. Google isn't my friend lately and I just can't find any result... Compizconfig doesn't contain any option for this. Can ...
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Problem with Google Chrome dock icon on 16.04

My problem is that when I minimize a chrome window and I want to maximize it again by clicking the chrome icon in the dock for about a second everything looks like it's crashing (system interface ...
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nautilus windows don't show up in Launcher

For some time now when I open a Nautilus window, no icon appears in the Launcher, and when Alt-Tabing, the Nautilus windows are ignored too. I'm using Ubuntu 16.04 with unity. EDIT: I'm no longer ...
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Is there a way to remove the shadow on the bottom launcher?

When I change the launcher position to bottom, I get this ugly shadow: I have tried googling this for ages and I found nothing, I have also tried making several images from /usr/share/unity/icons (....
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Ubuntu Tweak tool does not change the icons theme

Ubuntu 16.04: Ubuntu Tweak Tool is not changing the launcher icon theme. The icons that he change are just the notification area, but the icons in the launcher and especially the system does not ...
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The Eclipse executable launcher was unable to locate its companion shared library

Upgraded from 14.04 LTS to 16.04 LTS but my Eclipse is not getting launched from the launcher on the side vertical bar. Giving me this error: The Eclipse executable launcher was unable to locate its ...
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Touch-screen kiosk-like launcher

Is there any good application launcher optimized for a touchscreen? I'm looking for something that will work on a kind of home-utility machine: an all-in-one desktop with touchscreen, mounted on a ...
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xfce create Launcher for .sh with parameters

Im trying to create a launcher but I never worked with a desktop environment before. The file is placed at /home/Teamspeak3/ts3server_startscript.sh and needs the parameter start to run. I've ...
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Locate executable found with Unity Launcher [duplicate]

How can I find the precise executable that is being run when I click its icon in the Unity Launcher? For example, if I search the Unity Launcher for "gedit", I see an icon named "Text Editor". How ...
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Launcher misssing from Desktop

Installed 16.04 within VirtualBox. I get to a desktop with the 3 basic icons. Isn't there supposed to be, on the left side of the screen, a "launcher"? I have nothing. Where does it come from? How ...
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Minimize using scrolldown

I can scroll up on an open app in the launcher to restore a window. Is there any way to minimize by scrolling down?
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Mix between Gnome 2 menu an Unity possible?

I very much like the old Gnome 2 menu style Ubuntu used to have before switching to Unity. Still, I like many of the new Unity features, too! Meanwhile though I've been using Ubuntu in many different ...
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How do I pin a window that is opened by another command?

I frequently use Tox for communication, in particular the μTox client. I recently switched to Ubuntu from Debian, and am finding it a nice alternative, but I have one constant problem; because I often ...
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I cannot reset unity

I was trying to change my theme by compizconfig-settings-manager so I was going to > preferences > import theme which was in desktop, the launcher and panel disappeared and themes not working ...
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Disable file search in KDE Kickoff Launcher

When I open Kickoff, there is the option to type-to-search for programs. However, the search results also list any files on the computer and also Firefox bookmarks. I already succeeded to turn off ...