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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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 ...
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Dual Monitor Issue

I have connected my laptop to an external display and setup the external display to be on the right of my laptop screen. In the Display Settings, I have selected the option to have the launcher on ...
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Ubuntu launcher space problem

Recently on Ubuntu-14.04 launcher starts consuming space from left hand side even tough auto hide is enabled see below image for details. As we can see from above image launcher took space even ...
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Launcher icon (to start a script) keeps blinking and is unresponsive for seven seconds, how can I solve it?

I have a script, which I start from the Unity Launcher. When I click on the icon, my script starts successfully. While the script only takes a split second to run, the launcher icon blinks for about ...
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.desktop icon sizing

I have a single question, but am trying to accomplish two things. 1.Fix an icon that suddenly went missing. 2.Create my own icons. I know that the icons are usually defined in ...
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Custom right-click action in Unity Launcher keeps cursor busy for 20 seconds

To have a "minimize window" option through right click on an icon in the Unity launcher (Ubuntu 14.04), I followed the detailed instructions here about changing a .desktop file and made a custom ...
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How can I fix a broken launcher text(label) in Ubuntu 14.04(64bit)

I've installed Ubuntu 14.04 (64bit) in my pc successfully. But some launcher's text (label) is broken. How can I fix this problem? I've successfully installed language packs for English (en), ...
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Kubuntu launcher icon replacement: .png interlaced parts are white

so the title is basically the whole issue. I created a .png that has transpared parts in it to use as launcher icon, but when I set it the transparent parts show up as white. Any way to get around ...
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Can't install ubuntu-desktop after removing unity-scope-*

I read that application search in the dash can be sped up by disabling or removing some Unity scopes from it. I was dumb enough to remove all the scopes by running sudo apt-get remove unity-scope* ...
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In Ubuntu 15.10, how can I replace the toolbar on the left side with a normal menu like in Ubuntu 12.04?

In Ubuntu 15.10, how can I replace the toolbar on the left side with a normal menu like in Ubuntu 12.04? I don't know how this became "hip," but I hate it filling my screen with that stuff. It is not ...
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Launcher Problems

I'd like to be able to move the launcher to the bottom instead of the left and also make the launcher background fully transparent. I looked around a bit but couldn't find a clear answer. I would ...
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Unity not working properly after a crash

I had a graphics GUI crash where everything worked (my spotify was still playing, the stuff was moving in the game I was playing at the time and my mouse moved) except clicking and keyboard input (the ...
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Unity launcher reset after each reboot and unable to change wallpaper

I recently installed Ubuntu 12.04.5LTS (32bit), now after each reboot the new icons added/removed to(from) the launcher get reset and it goes to the initial configuration, as you see below. I am ...
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Arc Theme not changing launcher

I have just installed the Arc theme on Ubuntu 15.10. However, I noticed that the launcher did not update - it is still the default launcher, save for the icon pack I downloaded. Taking a look at the ...
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I just upgraded from Ubuntu Trusty from 14.04.3 to 14.04.4 and noticed the launcher lost its transparency. How do I get it back?

If you lost launcher transparency in Unity (as in becoming opaque) after an upgrade from 14.04.3 to 14.04.4, you can do the following to get transparency back. Following is what worked for me after ...
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Moved my /home folder to new partition, now unity launcher doesn't show any applications

I followed this tutorial: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Partitioning/Home/Moving and moved my /home folder to a different hard drive (I have an ssd split into two partitions for windows ...
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Launcher and menu bar has dissapeared on ubuntu 14.04.2

Suddenly one day after booting i found both Launcher and Window Menu bar not showing up and neither Terminal shows with Cont+Alt+T command. Every thing is fine however when i boot in Guest Mode and ...
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Strange FB Icon App installed automatically via Firefox

I don't know exactly how it happened, but I was browsing Facebook and then I happened to click on a link. It not only opened in a new tab in the browser but a FB icon also appeared on my launcher. ...
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launcher icon problem

I have some application like Arduino, Fritzing and Processing js, each of them needs to go to the download directory and write ./arduino,./processing... in terminal to open them. I found a way to make ...
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Why do I have a new Files symbol after opening it?

How my sidebar normally looks and How it looks after opening a folder Why? Normally it was all stacked as one single symbol.
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Installing a java application on Ubuntu/Linux

I find "a lot of" howto install Java on Ubuntu/Linux but little on the "recommended way" to install a java application for an end-user. I understand how to run a Java application from the command ...
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How to launch eclipse jee mars on ubuntu 14.04

I installed eclipse using the eclipse installer in my home directory and now i am not able to launch it , there are two hidden folders in my home .eclipse and .p2 , so how to launch eclipse ? i am new ...
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Everytime I restart, I lose changes to list of Favorite launchers in Xubuntu whisker's menu?

This started to happen a few weeks ago. I had already added some favorites, which I don't lose. But new favorites that I've added since a couple of weeks, are lost everytime I restart the computer. ...
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Desktop file doesn't show icon in Launcher

I have a small script, which uses rsync to do a backup and some associated housekeeping, that I run from a .desktop file which contains the line Terminal=true The desktop file is in ...
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Launcher Auto-hide not working in Ubuntu 15.10

It simply is not working. It hides with enabling "atuo-hide" feature in setting>appearance but it doesn't re-appear. What have I done: 1) Keep moving cursor as to escape out left side of display 2) ...
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Ubuntu 15.10 messed graphics after latest update

After latest Ubuntu auto-update, my whole system is messed up but most important one for me is strange icons. The icons are pixelated in launcher and System settings. There is some kind of black ...
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How do I create an application launcher without coding?

I want to create a launcher for an application that I just installed but whatever I searched was about creating a file with .desktop extension, but I need another way to make this without any coding ...
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Problem with Unity after install Chrome Remote Desktop

Recently I have installed Chrome Remote Desktop utility, but I don't know if I have configured well the chrome.desktop file. When ubuntu starts, unity panel and top bar doesn't appears, and I need to ...
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How do I uninstall utorrent launcher that I created in Ubuntu 14.04

Hopefully some out there can help me out on how to removed a created launcher (in this case for utorrent), which I had created it using the gnome panel-create launcher manually, I made a mistake by ...
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Unable to launch RStudio from launcher in Kubuntu 15.10

Hi I have a problem with launching RStudio (latest stable release 0.99-xxx) from the Kubuntu launcher, by clicking on the entry. Background: I moved from Kubuntu14.04lts to 15.10 for the plasma5 ...
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Create launcher for Eclipse on ubuntu 14.04

when i create a launcher to my eclipse mars-1 cpp on ubuntu 14.04 LTS , it successfully created in /usr/share/applications but it doesn't appear to me in dash!!? talking about something like this: ...
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Menu/Application Launchers Missing in 15.10

I've installed Ubuntu 15.10 and added Cinnamon (kranich package), and some of the Applications I've installed, (Steam, Virtualbox etc) are missing their launchers, in both Unity and Cinnamon. Alt-f2 ...
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How to get the list of running GUI applications in the Unity Launcher?

I need a list with only those apps that are currently open/running in Dash, the ones that have that small white arrow(s) on the left side of the icon. Is there any way to get it?
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How is starting Chrome from the launcher different from starting it from the command line?

I installed Chrome via a PPA in order to get the proper codecs/DRM stuff required to watch Netflix on Ubuntu (15.10). Now if I run $ google-chrome-stable from the command line it works great. But ...
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Resetting Ubuntu dash/launcher keyboard shortcut

Super (aka the Windows-Logo key) doesn't work as my base Unity Dash/Launcher keyboard shortcut. Setting it in ccsm (sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager) by going to ... ...
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Use desktop icon for running application

I have used the answers given here How to create a desktop shortcut in Unity? to set a custom application shortcut for spacemacs. While the shortcut works for launching the application, on running, ...
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add app icons to Slingscold

I've installed Slingscold, an app launcher built to resemble OS X Launchpad. I'm wondering how to add custom launchers/icons to it, as I've installed a few apps from .deb packages (Filezilla and ...
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How can I dock a specific System Settings as an icon to the Unity launcher?

I need to access my sound settings frequently and thus would like to add a direct shortcut icon to the sound settings to the Unity launcher. Is there any way to achieve this? Unity launcher: ...
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Lock programs in menu bar

I'm currently running Ubuntu v. 14.04 and I was wondering if it is possible to lock programs to the menu bar like you can to the launcher. Ultimately I would like to have launcher icons in the upper ...
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Launcher and menu bar has dissapeared on ubuntu 15.10

After login this appears Yesterday, I have uninstalled several application software. After rebooting the computer launcher and menu bar dissapeared and every functionality related to that has gone. ...
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Put icon on desktop

How do you add a program icon to the desktop in version 14.04? I thought you could search for the program in the Dash, then drag the icon to the desktop, but I can't get it to work. I can add it to ...