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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software center is missing from launcher

When I first installed Ubuntu, Software Center is missing from launcher and it also disappears from searching. Because, I'm usually a Windows user, I found it on the Internet but then I couldn't ...
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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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How can I remove the shadow at the top of the unity launcher?

I'm using a theme (based on Ambiance Grey) where the slight shadowing that is present at the very top of the Unity launcher is visually disturbing (see image below), and would like to remove it. I ...
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How to get the command for existing launcher entries? [duplicate]

How do I get the start command from an existing launcher entry on 16.04?
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Opening Chrome with Launcher in 14.04 doesn't take focus

Using the Launcher to open Chrome (Super, chrome, enter) does not take focus from what ever application was running previously. Kinda defeating the purpose of the Launcher. At the same time, the ...
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The new “Ubuntu Software” doesn't launch on 16.04

The new "Ubuntu Software" app doesn't launch on 16.04 I've had to revert to the old "software centre" instead, but the UI is a bit tacky, now that I've seen the new one. But id like to use the new ...
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Unlocking applications from launcher from the command line

In order to automatically configure fresh installations, I need a way to unlock the default applications from the launcher bar. Don't know where this information is stored, may be editing/substituting ...
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How do I remove icons from the Unity launcher using a script? [duplicate]

After a fresh install of 11.04 I have a script that does a few useful things. Is there a way to remove the LibreOffice, Ubuntu One etc icons from the Unity launcher using command line so I can put it ...
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16.04 IntelliJ IDEA Desktop Entry not working

I tried running "Create Desktop Entry" both from "Tools" in main menu and "Configure" from the splash screen. It shows Desktop Entry Created You may now exit IDEA and start it from the system menu (...
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Change Unity Dash to list view

Can I somehow change the Unity Dash so that the search results appear in a list? I don't like that i have to use more than ↑ and ↓ in order to select an item and I find it hard to overview ...
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How to add Tor Browser to my menu/launcher for regular use?

I have installed Tor Browser following these instructions here. The "Tor Browser" thingy is not in Application > Internet category. I must run the shell script every time. I'd like to use it ...
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How to Configure Launcher Placement in Multi-monitor Setup

I use a large monitor as primary and laptop screen as secondary. Is it possible to move the launcher to my big monitor or do I have to turn off my laptop monitor? "Monitor Preferences" (Launcher ...
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No Dash search, choppy video playback on 16.04?

This is SOLVED. I have an old XP. I had no Dash search, it simply would not unfurl. Sound was choppy making videos useless unless I opened new tabs to mask them. Months of scouring Ubuntu for the ...
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How to **really** empty dconf com.canonical.Unity.Launcher favorites?

I want to completely, unconditionally remove all icons from Unity Launcher, so that no icons are ever displayed there. For that, I found out that dconf setting with the key of com.canonical.Unity....
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How can I create launchers on my desktop?

In older versions it was easy to create a launcher on my desktop all i had to do is right click on my desktop and select the create launcher option. But on 11.10 the option disappeared from the menu.. ...
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Run Android Studio after installation (and other programs)

I'm a brand new Linux Ubuntu user and I'm already struggling installing a program, lol :( So, I downloaded Android Studio from the official website, started the installer with the terminal (studio.sh)...
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What happens internally when I click “Lock to launcher” in Unity?

In the Unity desktop, when I start a GUI application, its icon appears in the launcher (if it isn't already there). Now when I right-click this icon, I either get the option Lock to Launcher or ...
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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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Can I configure the Unity launcher to appear on both of my monitors? [duplicate]

I would like to have the Unity launcher appear on both of my monitors. If the launchers could be configured to show only the windows active on their respective monitors, that would be even better. ...
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Open application window on the same screen as where It was launched

I am using a dual screen setup. Ubuntu 14.10/Unity. Each screen has its own launcher/Dash. Default applictions like Firefox, nautilus, terminal & thunderbird appears on the screen where I have ...
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At the start of Amarok are appearing 2 question marks at the unity launcher after 16.04 upgrade

The problem appears since I upgraded from 15.10 to 16.04. This happens everytime when I start Amarok for the first time after system startup. (The picture only shows 1 question mark, because the ...
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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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how to integrate wine with unity icons automatically? [16.04]

In my previous ubuntu, using ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa, apps run with wine would automagically be shown with nice icons in unity launcher. In 16.04, using ppa:wine/wine-builds, I installed wine-devel but ...
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Newly installed application is not found until log-out

I'm running a Ubuntu 16.04 machine and I noticed that whenever I install a new package (from command-line, I didn't try the Software center) I cannot find it, if I look for it by hitting Super. The ...
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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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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 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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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 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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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 ~/.local/share/...
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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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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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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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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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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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Compile Unity without launcher

I would like to modify unity to not show the launcher (left side bar) at all. I'm not looking for any solution that would let the launcher be in some cases visible. I really want it to completly ...
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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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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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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 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 UTF-...
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How to execute a script just by double clicking like .EXE files in Windows?

How can I make a bash script executable by double clicking just like .exe files in Windows? I tried creating a launcher and assigning the script to it, but there are two consequences: the terminal ...
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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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Launcher application missing white triangle arrow which indicates it is running

This has happened since 11.10 if my memory is correct. If I minimize this application there seem to be no way that I know to get it back. Is this a unity bug or compiz bug? There is no triangle on ...
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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/ ...