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 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. Can someone give specific instructions please? I think this is something to do with the ...
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How can I either lock items in the launcher OR restore a set of items in the launcher?

I admin a batch of Ubuntu 14.04 desktop machines in a public library (they are diskless and boot via DRBL). Sometime users (I'm guessing kids) remove icons from the launcher. I want to either prevent ...
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Unity doesn't load after installing Nvidia Cuda

Current situation: After login, no Launcher, no Dash, no Icons appear, just the wallpaper (Desktop PC, Nvidia GTX 560 Ti, Ubuntu 14.04). How did I get into this bad spot? I installed CUDA (and some ...
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Starting eclipse from unity launcher

I downloaded the eclipse from its site. And extracted in home folder. For the first time when I opened it, it worked fine. Then I locked it to launcher. Now it's not starting when I click on launcher ...
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Unity left panel application shortcut problem

I'm having some problems with the Google Chrome shortcut in the Unity left panel. I don't know how exactly I should address this issue. Here's a screenshot. Currently I'm launching Chrome from Unity ...
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Panel apps try to launch in xterm, even though it isn't installed

I have some panel applications that launch terminals, but when I click on them, they say xterm failed. Well yeah, xterm isn't installed, nor do I want it. I want mate-terminal to come up instead. How ...
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How can I prevent people to see what application(s) I have opened?

I don't want people to see what applications I have opened. I would like to be able to instantly hide the windows with a shortcut key combination, so I can save my work afterwards. I also want to hide ...
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How to move Unity launcher icons to desktop?

everyone. OK, I have what may be a very simple question--how do I take an icon from the Unity Launcher that I had locked there, and move them onto the desktop? I have tried everything I can think of ...
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Doesn't open software updater on ubuntu 14.10

It's showing in the launcher the software updater. That means it has new updates. But i press it and can't open it! The only thing i can do is right click and install updates, or close it and go ...
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Running Sublime 2 from the launcher opens Sublime 1 version

I previously had Sublime 1 installed on my system. I subsequently installed Sublime 2. I unpinned Sublime 1 from the launcher, opened Sublime 2, and pinned it to the launcher. However, when I run ...
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Unity and launcher not loading, but short cuts dont work to

I know there is a lot of questions about that issue, but none of the solutions worked for me, because I can't even open a terminal. I can loggin in either my account or the guest account, but both of ...
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Can I create a launcher for keyboard shortcuts?

Just to clarify, I do not want to create keyboard shortcuts that run desktop icons. Is there any way to create a desktop shortcut that, when clicked, runs a keyboard shortcut combination? I find the ...
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Problem with Icons on Dash and Launcher

I'm not really into GNOME. Unity works all right. The Problems are with the Dash Icons being irregular and with File manager. Many other icons have a similar problem. but the Openshot Icon is ...
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How does one create a custom application launcher for Wine installed apps?

I'm able to locate stuff with the dash home then drag it down to the launcher bar on the left of the desktop, but what if the application installed via Wine isn't found via the dash search? I've right ...
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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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How to add Google Calendar as a Unity launcher?

Despite that I am able to create Unity launchers for Google Keep, Play Music, Inbox & Drawing; the same does not work for Google Calendar. I added Google Calendar to my Chrome as an application ...
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Problems launching LightTable with gksudo in Unity Launcher

Following the instructions found in this question: How to launch application as root from Unity Launcher? I was able to launch LightTable from the Unity Launcher. Problems: 1) Once the program is ...
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How do I fix my minecraft? It says its not executable [duplicate]

The file /home/sean/.minecraft/launcher.jar is not marked as executable. I get this error whenever I try to load the launcher.jar in my .minecraft folder but then when I right-click, properties, ...
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Change Icon of Wine Application in Unity Launcher

I frequently run a windows program with wine. When I open this program it shows up in the unity launcher as wine instead of the actual opened program. I have made a desktop launcher with the right ...
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Custom launcher not showing up in 'applications'

I created a desktop launcher, to open Nautilus as root. It does not show up in the activities search or in All applications. How can I fix this? [Desktop Entry] Name=Files (Admin) Comment=Access ...
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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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With a launcher for a terminal application, how can I keep the terminal open after the program is complete?

I have a terminal command I run from an application launcher. This works great, however sometimes the command fails, so I'd like for the terminal to stay open so I can see the results. How can I do ...
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Ubuntu unity launcher numbers to be always shown

When I hold the 'super' key on my keyboard, it shows me numbers over the launcher icons so the super+number combination would jump to the application. I tend to forget numbers, and holding the 'super' ...
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Ubuntu 14 dual monitor, dual launchers - weird launching behavior

I have Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS on my computer (Pentium G3258 with integrated Intel HD Graphics only) and I have connedted two displays: 22 inches monitor(DVI) plus projector(HDMI) (I run it for movies ...
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Unity launcher stays behind windows

I have been having a problem with Unity launcher recently. Launcher stay behind my windows and I can't bring it to the front of my windows! As you can see, the Nautilus window is in front of the ...
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Unity settings cannot be changed. What happened and How to fix?

When I started using my computer after it went to sleep, all the icons on the Unity launcher were reset: now, I can't even lock or unlock them from my launcher, they just re-appear. I can't make the ...
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Inactive dash button

If I click on the Dash button nothing happens. Actually the minimize, maximize and close button seems to be inactive, grayed. I have Utopic Unicorn.
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How to Move Bottom Unity Launcher in Ubuntu 14.04.01 LTS [duplicate]

I want move unity launcher to bottom. I tried sudo add-apt-repository ppa:paullo612/unityshell-rotated sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install unityshell-rotated libnux-1.0-0 ...
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Crashing when switching between aplication

When I have multiple instances of any application like file manager and I want to switch between them by clicking on the application the system crashes. The first time the system is stopping and ...
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changing unity dash icon

I tried to change the unity dash icon in /usr/share/unity/icons. I downloaded a .png with the same size and renamed it and copy-pasted to the folder, so I replaced the launcher_bfb.png with the new ...
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How to add shortcut to unity launcher programmatically?

I'm developing a program in Qt that will help users to manage (create, edit and delete) their quicklists in Unity launcher. I got to a point where I created .desktop file and I don't know how to ...
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How to hide unity launcher border line

I'm on 14.04. I have my launcher on full transparency and I've hidden the containing boxes, and to complete the picture and have the icons completely hovering, it'd be nice to hide the border line or ...
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Ubuntu 14.10 no desktop after kernel update to 3.18.1

Using 14.10 with an ATI Radeon 5450 graphic card. Everything was working fine after installing ubuntu 14.10. Then 1 or 2 weeks ago after a normal update, some applications started crashing ...
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So many user apps, but only a few on launcher, why not a launcher page or a command to install on launcher? [duplicate]

I am new to Ubuntu, have v. 14.04. I look on installed apps page and see user apps installed but find no way to access them, and no way to place an app link in the launcher, why is this? People would ...
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Desktop entry does not appear in Unity launcher

I created a .desktop entry for a custom QGIS installation in ~/.local/share/applications. For some reason the Unity launcher and Kupfer refuse to index the entry - it does not show up. Here is the ...
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Using Super+key that are already setup by unity

I want to use my Superkey for custom shortcuts. Sometimes it does not seem possible, if the key combination is already used by Unity. For example, I want to set Super+a to switch to the window ...
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How can I get a program I run in Wine to lock to my launcher?

I installed Evernote with Wine on Ubuntu 14.04, and it works great. I'd love to have the icon stay on the Launcher for speedy access, but when I right-click and select that option, all I get is the ...
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Getting rid of Unity Boxes around items, is it possible?

I had two Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS 64-bit installations on two separate computers, namely Dell XPS L502X and Dell Latitude E5440. I installed similar GTK and icon themes on both of them, as a result on XPS ...
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Two Matlab icons in Dash [duplicate]

I installed Matlab R2014a on Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS 64-bit without any problems; however the default entry in the dash could not be pinned to the launcher, so I sought an alternative solution and wrote my ...
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Closing minimized window

How can you close a minimized window directly from the launcher if you have more windows opened on that application without maximize it on Ubuntu 12.04?
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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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Set Multiple values for StartupWMClass (to group under same launcher in Unity)

This a specific example of a generic problem I haven't been able to find a solution for yet. I have a program (Android Virtual Device Manager) that launches 'sub-programs' (namely emulators or ...
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How can I remove google chrome from launcher?

When I first installed Ubuntu, I installed google chrome directly by a terminal by running some commands that I found in another thread, I don't remember which ones, something like apt-get I think. I ...
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No dash, no launcher in Ubuntu 14.10

I am presented with the same issue that the one described here: no dash and no launcher upon login. I am creating a new question though because the solution doesn't resolve the problem. Note that I ...
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Where to create Desktop entry for Eclipse?

I recently installed eclipse and also created desktop entry file in /usr/share/applications location as shown in this video Install Eclipse Luna for Java EE in Ubuntu 14.04 but it didn't work. ...
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How to change the Dash icon in the Unity Launcher?

I don't like the Dash icon in the Unity Launcher, it's pretty inconsistent with the Faenza icon theme and I would like to change it. How can I do that?
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association window <-> .desktop file <-> launcher entry

I'm trying to integrate my JS code with unity using low level dbus messaging. I'm able to set launcher icon properties (progress, count, menu etc) for known .desktop files ( for example, ...
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Installing Armory on Ubuntu after installing Bitcoin

I installed Bitcoin-qt with Ubuntu 14.04. I then installed Armory using a method I found on the internet. However, I could not find the application. I downloaded it again using another method, and now ...
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How to close one of two minimised ovelapping laucher icons?

I'm running Ubuntu 12.04 and I have a problem I have to close a window that is minimized without maximize it and it's icon is overlapping with another one on the launcher so I can't close one without ...
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How to install Teamspeak 3 on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

I was follwing this video but at some point the guy just right-clicked his desktop and had a "Create a starter" option, I don't have that option so I thought about making a launcher using: sudo nano ...