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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How can I remove the Trash icon from the Unity launcher?

I would like to not show the trash icon at the bottom of the Unity launcher. Is this possible without having to recompile anything? :P
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menu bar and launcher missing in ubuntu 13.04 [duplicate]

i have upgraded ubuntu desktop from 12.10 to 13.04 since then i cant see the menu bar or launcher , but i am able to open the terminal using keyboard shortcut when i use the guest log in there is no ...
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How do I set the launcher to always show in Unity 2d?

I have install ubuntu 11.10 and use unity-2d. The Unity-2d auto hide. I want it to be always show
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How can I remove the Unity Launcher?

Unfortunately, the Unity Launcher on the left hand side of the screen takes more valuable space away than the new menu bar gives. Is there any way to get rid of the Launcher? Alternatives I would be ...
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Launcher and panel missing [ubuntu 13.04] [duplicate]

When I booted my laptop to ubuntu 13.04 today the panel and launcher were both missing from the screen and I had no idea how to get them back. Using a ubuntu 13.04 install medium I formatted / and ...
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Launcher duplicate iconless icon

As from the screenshot below, there is a duplicate icon of the xfig program. Sometimes with different programs same thing happens. Any ideas how to solve this?
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How to add Android Studio to the launcher?

I'm trying to install the android studio so that I can launch it from a launcher instead of via terminal. Android Studio -> Tools -> Create Desktop Entry doesn't do antything Can someone give ...
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How do I add a launcher for .sh applications?

I have installed ubuntu (11.04). I installed phpstorm which is simply an archive for you to extract and shove in your /opt directory. To run it you would use /opt/PhpStorm-103.243/bin/PhpStorm.sh ...
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How to disable all scopes, filters and dash plugins?

The Dash is overloading me with stuff I don't need, down to the weather and food recipes (?!) when I'm just looking for a file or app. Also I can't figure out how to set it to include music files ...
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Is it possible to add custom items to System Settings window?

For example, how to add a "Startup Applications Preferences" launcher to this Window?
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How to disable the grouping of windows on the launcher?

For example, I ran Firefox and opened Askubuntu. Then opened some link in a new window. As a result, I have two windows of Firefox and one icon of Firefox on the launcher. I want to have an icon for ...
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How do I start a second instance of a program from Unity's launcher?

It's all in the title. Eg. if I have a gnome-terminal opened and I click on the gnome-terminal launcher icon, the running terminal will focus and no new instance will pop-up. Also, there is no item ...
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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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How do I always show the launcher (i.e. disable the auto-hide functionality)? [closed]

When I upgraded from 11.04 to 11.10, the setting remained. Now that I have done a clean install of 11.10, the CCSM option does NOT work anymore and I can't seem to find a solution. Also note that I am ...
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How can you access a folder you want quickly?

You can't put folders in launcher in easy way, so how you access folders or files in fast and easy way?
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How can I add folder shortcuts to the Unity Launcher?

I want to add some folder to the launcher so that I can access them at ease. How do I add shortcut to launcher?
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How to make unity launcher apps not bundle together when you have lots of them or to speed up the bar when scrolling down to apps?

I notice that the applications don't stay straight when you add more on. Is there a way to fix this? Can you also speed up the scrolling speed when on the unity launcher?
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How to add drive/partition-icon to the launcher?

My dualboot-system (win7 / ubuntu 12.04) has a ntfs-formatted partition called "/share" for files I use both in win7 and ubuntu (e.g. pictures, music etc.). I'd like to have a symbol of this drive in ...
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How do you add/remove applications to/from the Unity Launcher from command line?

I am customizing an Ubuntu 14.04 Live CD with UCK (Ubuntu Customization Kit). The program gives you a chroot environment in a terminal to make changes. I want to add and remove what programs appear ...
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What are the different colors on the unity launcher icons?

Example: My question is simple. What are the different colors representing in the unity launcher background for each icon. I mean, it seems consistent (firefox is always orange), but it's not ...
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How to restore Nautilus Launcher icon quicklist to default

After an update I ended up with this: How can I add the default Files quicklist options which are not bookmarks (Documents, Downloads, Music...) The same happened to Nautilus when I opened it, but ...
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What represent the StartupWMClass field of a .desktop file?

I am working on this pre-existent .desktop file and I have a doubt: The file content is: [Desktop Entry] #Icon=connect-data-space Icon=XCloud Categories=Utility; Type=Application #Exec=/usr/share/...
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Can I make the launcher Icons smaller than 32 pixels? [duplicate]

Why can't the "Launcher" Icons be made smaller? At the smallest setting, they are still 4 times bigger than they need to be on a 10" Netbook. The Icons in the "Top Panel" are much smaller and we users ...
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Is there a way to hide applications from other desktops/workspaces in the Unity launcher?

I don't want to see applications that are opened on my other desktops (workspaces) in my Unity launcher (or sidebar, whatever it is called). I find it annoying and would prefer if Unity just dealt ...
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How to change launcher icon

Is there a way to customize a Lucid Lynx Launcher icon for various programs? There does not seem to be a way to do this using Create Launcher or Launcher properties. The application is not actually "...
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What is the shutdown command?

I want to create a shutdown icon for the launcher in 13.04. In former versions of Ubuntu I used this desktop file and put it in the launcher: .local/share/applications/indicator-session-shutdown....
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How to remove the Unity Amazon package in 16.04?

I was able to go to the ubuntu software center before and remove it and now it doesn't show up since the switch to the gnome software store. Trying the terminal method of removing the shopping lens ...
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How to make applications pinned in launcher appear for all users?

I need to pin an application in Unity launcher such that it can be seen for all users. Currently, everything I changed seems to only affect the local user.
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What application launchers are available for Ubuntu?

What are some alternative launchers that can be used to launch programs in Ubuntu's default Unity desktop?
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How to move the Dash launcher home button to the panel?

Is it possible to use the Natty BFB (Ubuntu button that opens the dash) in Precise? I really liked the design of having the button on the menu as opposed to having it on the launcher.
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why does files (nautilus) open a new window although there's one already open?

When I click on "files" in the launcher it opens another window although the normal action is to maximize the window already open. It doesn't always do that. Is it a bug?
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How to make a launcher(.desktop file) for a binary file?

I have sccceded in making launchers with python scripts,php scripts,etc as launchers. Now I want to make a binary file as a launcher. It is not an installable binary file. It is actually the binary ...
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Move unity launcher to bottom of the screen [duplicate]

I have Ubuntu 13.04 DESKTOP version and for some odd reason I'm told that the Unity launcher cannot be moved to the bottom of the screen because of several reasons: 1. Canonical wants it there so it ...
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How does one move the Unity Launcher to the bottom in Ubuntu 16.04 [duplicate]

How do you move the Unity Launcher to the bottom of the screen in Ubuntu 16.04.
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How do I remove mounted drives from the unity launcher? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to remove launcher drive icons? In 11.10 how do I go about removing the mounted drives icons on the Unity Launcher? This article: http://www.webupd8.org/2011/04/how-to-...
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How do I make the Unity Launcher background transparent?

I found a way to make the icon backgrounds transparent for the Unity Launcher by changing the files under /usr/share/unity/4. Does anyone know how to make the background transparent for the launcher ...
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How to disable autohiding for launcher in Unity

The launcher appears to slow and disappears to fast how can I disable autohiding behavior of launcher. I use desktop pc
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How to force active Launcher webpages to be from the Chromium icon? [closed]

So, I'm not quite sure how to word this, but I created some custom launchers for Chromium Browser's application shortcuts: As you can see in the image, the Social website one is active because I ...
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How do I use a shell command as a launcher shortcut? [duplicate]

The following command from terminal works perfectly: sh /home/flux/Downloads/TeamSpeak3-Client-linux_amd64/ts3client_runscript.sh How would I go about adding this as a shortcut, so I can open ...
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How can I create launcher icon for PhpStorm?

I have PhpStorm on my PC, to launch it I have to go to phpstorm/bin/ and launch phpstorm.sh, how can I pin this to launcher so that I dont have to go into folders every time?
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Adding custom applications to Gnome launcher

Looking for a utility that allows me insert an item into the list of applications that GNOME knows about. For example: I have downloaded Eclipse EE (I have some very special plugins that I need to ...
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Possible to have 2 unity launchers?

Is it possible to have 2 unity launchers? One on the Left and one on the Right. In my thoughts, the Left one (The Default) would have the normal stuff that i use everyday. The Right side would have ...
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Set variable in .desktop file

Is there a way to set the enviroment variable in .desktop file? I'm trying to run application (eclipse) with custom gtk style, so basically I want to get the following result by runing a .desktop file:...
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How to set an icon for Eclipse?

I want to set icon for Launcher. it has file named icon.xpm, but its being ignored by the icon set wizard. I tried to change it to .ico file, but it is still getting ignore. any ideas?
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How can I set up PyCharm to launch from the Launcher?

I have installed PyCharm on my brand new Ubuntu 13.10 laptop. To launch PyCharm, I find I must navigate to the directory that pycharm lives in, and execute it from there as such: cd home/matt/...
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How do I add a static quicklist that opens a web page?

I am working on creating Unity Launcher icons for web applications. Evolution comes with quicklists so you can compose, go to calendar, etc.: I want to replicate the same thing but for my gmail ...
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Where is force quit?

i'm trying to make a custom launcher in 11.10 for the special force quit launcher we had in 11.04 (you could add it from the list of apps,but now it is nowhere to be found ,even in alacarte ..) .. so ...
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Setting to only show applications of current workspace in launcher?

Is it possible to have the opened applications of the current workspace in the launcher but not the ones from other workspaces?
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Unable to use autohide launcher in 12.10

I upgraded Ubuntu from 12.04 to 12.10. Everything went well but the launcher does not show when I move the mouse cursor on it. My computer is HP Pavillion p6582l, Core i5, 4GB of RAM, Nvidia GeForce ...
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Untrusted application launcher?

Some time ago, Ubuntu introduced a Security "feature", that would only allow trusted .desktop apps to be run, on other apps it would pop up a message. Nothing new so far, However, said Message used ...