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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Launcher switcher and windows controls broken after update

I already had a 15.10 system and installed 16.04 on top of it by formatting the root partition but leaving home as it were. After the upgrade unity window switcher only shows the desktop place holder ...
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How do I get the “right” LibreOffice Calc icon into the launcher?

I just uninstalled the pre-installed LibreOffice from Ubuntu 16.04 and installed the 5.0.5-version. Now there occured a problem with the launcher icon that (I think) wasn't there before: The icon ...
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Kubuntu: Firefox and Thunderbird display generic icon for launcher

My system was installed with a Kubuntu 14.10, upgraded to 15.04 and now it's a 15.10. Both firefox and thunderbird have launchers in my 'task manager'. For both applications, I get the same generic ...
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How to get back Launcher icon for emacs in 16.04?

After installing 16.04 the Emacs icon in the Launcher turned into a question mark: In 15.10, the icon looked more like this: I guess the problem might be that I installed Emacs from source ( and ...
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Ubuntu 16.04 Eclipse launcher icon problems

I am running Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, with the latest version of Eclipse installed from their website. In the Unity Launcher bar to the left, I can't get the icon for Eclipse to be anything except a question ...
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How to decrease unity launcher bottom top border?

this space is annoing. It would be so a very nice desktop , but there is that damn space that is partially transparent. I would like it either full transparent or not transparent at all. regards
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Ubuntu 16.04: Turn off new feature that external storage/trash now display number of windows open

One of the new features of 16.04 is that if one opens the trash or an external hard drive, then it has a separate icon in the launcher instead of the usual Nautilus icon. I personally find this very ...
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Way to prevent USB icon from showing in launcher — I'll use Nautilus icon

When I attach a USB drive (or any external drive) an icon appears in the Launcher. If I then click that USB icon, Nautilus opens. This is dumb. If all it does is open Nautilus, why do I have to have ...
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How to permanentaly unlock partitions from launcher in 16.04

I tried to unlock partitions from launcher, but it keeps appearing after every reboot. Is there any good way to permanently remove partitions from launcher? This is happening only on Ubuntu 16.04
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Nautilus (Files) show drives in launcher

How to handle different HD (mounted in folders from the FSTAB) in the same Nautilus? for example, I have mounted my music hd in Music folder, when I click in Music folder another instance of Nautilus ...
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16.04 Software Centre not opening

I can open it from the terminal by typing software-center but the icon in the launcher does not do anything. I was wondering if someone knows how to fix it? It is a minor irritation however as I've ...
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Ubuntu 16.04 no menu bar or launcher - help!

Just upgraded to 16.04. Due the screen flicker I followed the guide posted by Zacharee 1 (it worked)! The screen doesn't flicker anymore. However although I can login there is no menu bar of launcher. ...
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Automate unity launcher icon ordering

I have written an install script which automates my install process. Afterwards I would like it to rearrange/add/remove the icons to the unity launcher. Using dconf watch / I can see output as I ...
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Why is there a spacing between launcher and the window?

Can someone explain why there's a 1px spacing between the launcher menu and the window?? This is an issue I've noticed when I install the Ubuntu desktop environment on a Xubuntu installation. I've ...
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Launcher bar expanded controls (Spotify or VLC play pause etc on hover/right click) akin to Windows/OSX?

I am a recent and happy convert to Ubuntu (running the latest 16.04), but I find I am really missing hovering over a running app in the launcher (or right clicking on said application for that matter) ...
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I unlocked the 'Files' button/icon from my unity launcher and now it disappearead and I cannot restore it or get it back

I unlocked the 'Files' button for the Ubuntu file manager from the unity launcher and I cannot get it back. When I run the file manager from the dash, the icon does not appear on the launcher like ...
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How to speed up the auto-hide animation for the launcher?

I have just installed Ubuntu 16.04 and moved the launcher to the bottom, with the auto-hide option ON. It's very annoying that the reveal animation is too slow,is there any way to speed it up or ...
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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 to remove this steam-launcher

it's useless to see that steam-launcher icon in unity dashboard ubuntu can't be clicked. i already see in /usr/share/applications and .local/share/applications there is no such steam-launcher that ...
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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 can I update the path to Android Studio?

I was using Android studio 1.5. I fired up the studio and then locked it to the launcher. That made it very easy to fire up from there on. Now I just updated to 2.0. I unlocked the first icon from ...
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Where are localized interface names of launcher items defined if they are not in the .desktop file?

Naming of a launcher - In most cases... The interface -name of a launcher, in most cases, is defined in the (first) line, starting with: Name= of its corresponding .desktop file: - Localized ...
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I installed unity tweak tool but cant find it in dash

I installed unity tweak tool in the terminal but i cant find it to run in my dash. does anyone know how to run it
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How do I get a Mac like Dock

I want to get rid of the normal Ubuntu task bar and have a dock displayed at the bottom of my screen. I tried using Cairio Dock but I dont really like it and still could not get rid of the default ...
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Why doesn't synapse work at first time?

I have installed synapse on my Ubuntu 15.10. Now, the weird thing is that the keyboard shortcut doesn't work at the first time - but, after launching synapse "manually" (let's say from the launcher/ ...
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How can I exclude an application from Dash search? [duplicate]

I have an application that I'd like not to show up when I search for it is Dash. How can I keep the application, but prevent it from being found when I search for it?
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Why do some Chrome Apps don't display a Unity launcher icon?

Some Chrome(ium) Apps don't properly display an icon in the Unity launcher. Example: Signal Messenger Screenshot of the Unity icon: Screenshot of chrome:apps: Content of ...
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Unity Search Crashes

I updated yesterday. All seemed well. I started my machine today and noticed a number of strange issues. When ever I open the unity search bar my machine crashes. The mouse will move however all of ...
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How to make Unity launcher change colour periodicaly

How to make Unity launcher change colour over time ?
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How to make active application float to the top of the launcher

How would one make icons on the launcher jump to the top of the launcher when switching to a window using Alt+Tab or by clicking that window's icon on the launcher ?
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Three Screens: Duplicate primary screen and have 3rd secondary screen without launcher

I have two screens, that I use for working and surfing, the primary (with unity launcher) is 16:9 and the secondary (without unity launcher) 5:4. When I have guests or lie in my bed I would like to ...
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“Application squirrel” at my local, why can not be a on desktop launcher?

I've installed "application squirrel" on my laptop. I followed the tutorial on the following link Install SQuirrel SQL Client in Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin) There is no option to tick the ...
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How do I get rid of redundant Wine launchers in Unity?

I want to get rid of redundant Unity launchers of uninstalled software, especially uninstalled windows (wine) software. All answers already given elsewhere are user specific and not universal and ...
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Location of a new icon on the launcher

If I launch a program that has no permanent icon on the launcher, its icon appears there. However, it does not always appear at the bottom, but at a seemingly random location between the permanent ...
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Sublime Text 3 not available from Dash despite posessing a .desktop file

After installing Sublime Text 3 .deb file the package description said something along the lines of "This is to be run on the terminal". So I said to myself, "No problemo Sublime, I will create a ...
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What is the action performed by the “Quit” option in application launcher icon?

TL;DR what command/dbus method /action is being called by the Quit action in each launcher icon ? I've been reading the source for Unity 7 over the last few days and found a few lines of code that ...
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No launcher and dash on ubuntu 14.04

I don't know what happened to my ubuntu, the unity, launcher and dash was juest gone after I logged in. There was also no answer after ctrl + alt + t. However, if logged in as a guest, everything is ...
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Issue with launcher pixels

Is it normal for an application's launcher icon to change to a grey question mark when maximized?
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Remove app shortcut from HUD

I installed sublime text manually through .deb files. I then removed the files manually and installed via apt get. However the previous installation left a trash start menu and I don't know how to ...
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How can I make a shortcut to close all the windows of the same application?

When I right click on an application's icon in the Unity launcher, I can press Quit to close all the windows corresponding to that application. Is it possible to do the same with a keyboard shortcut ...
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Minecraft error downloading launcher package

I recently downloaded the launcher for minecraft but I get an error when i try to launch it: Bootstrap (v5) Current time is Mar 29, 2016 5:23:49 PM System.getProperty('os.name') == 'Linux' ...
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Minecraft launcher is odd at 15.10?

When I open Minecraft, the launcher opens and freezes at the "Starting Launcher..." part sometimes. I need to log out and in to resolve the issue. If there's a solution could you please enlighten me? ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 launcher transparency doesn't work, possible driver issue

I've just installed Ubuntu 14.04. I noticed that the launcher had no transparency, so I looked up the problem and found that Unity Tweak Tool could help. However, this was no use at all, no matter ...
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Shrink launcher's icon size [duplicate]

I wanted to shrink my launcher's icon size menu via the terminal. I have CCSM instaled, I found out the way to shrink them using the GUI: But now I want to do it in the terminal. How can I do this? ...
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All panels gone and no terminal

I was booting up my laptop one day and entered my password wrong several times due to forgetting it. After finally getting in, I get to my account and find all the panels gone. I've tried everything ...
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umake - no visual studio code launcher icon

I just installed a fresh version of linux mint and want to get visual studio code working. so I installed umake, and then ran sudo umake web visual-studio-code I accepted the default install ...
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Create launcher icon for Navicat

How can I get the application Navicat into my launcher menu & sidebar 'dock'? It runs in wine and has its own wine directory as part of the download. I've created .desktop files before to create ...
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Xubuntu add Launcher that launches two applications

I am using Xubuntu and trying to customize my Panel with new Launchers. I want to make a launcher that will start two applications. In this case, Chrome and Minecraft (aka lazytime launcher). I've ...
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How can I add a dynamic, application specific quicklist for recently used files to the Unity Launcher?

It would be an awesome feature to access recently used documents from LibreOffice with a dynamic quicklist in the launcher. There is quite some experience on how to create custom static quicklists. ...
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Minecraft confusion?

So I bought mine craft and I looked on you tube found how to do it and did it only there was a problem. I ran the launcher hit play and then it pops up the launcher again and says: something about ...