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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Is it possible to force the Unity launcher to hide? Or to toggle hide/unhide with a keyboard shortcut? [closed]

I would like to manually control when the launcher is shown or hidden. Is it possible? There is no option to "never show launcher", nor have I found a way to force the launcher to hide.
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LibreOffice shows many icons on the Launcher, what can I do about this?

When I run LibreOffice it shows another icon at the launcher. If I open new files it will keep showing new icons for each file. When I run it from the terminal it does not return any error messages. ...
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How to make the Unity launcher always visible? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I configure Unity's launcher auto-hide behavior? Is there a possibility to make Unity dock always visible on the left? Its current behaviour - hiding and ...
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Why doesn't the Libreoffice icon appear on my launcher when running?

When we run an application, its icon would appear on the launcher and so we can call it back after minimize it. Specially, a little triangle would keep appearing near the icon, meaning this ...
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How can I find the location of an icon of a launcher in use?

I have a launcher on my desktop and want to add another one manually with the same icon. When I go to the preferences of the existing launcher and click the icon, it doesn't take me to the folder ...
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How to autohide the Launcher in Unity 2D?

In the regular Unity 3D, I used Compiz Config Manager where I could configure the Unity Plug-in to autohide the Launcher and not to show it when moving mouse to the left side of the screen. So it was ...
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How do I remove the launcher? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I remove the Unity launcher? What I want, is the top bar from Unity and nothing else. Everything I've tried so far has failed. I've installed compiz, but there ...
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Stacks for Unity Launcher

I'm looking forward to emulate the behavior of OS X Dock Stacks so that I can have, for instance, one stack for browsers and another one for IDES. People at ask ubuntu are doing a lot of cleaver stuff ...
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Can I get rid of the launcher in Unity? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I remove the Unity launcher? Just wondering if I can get rid of the launcher in the Unity desktop and replace it by something else?
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How do I shrink the Unity launcher icons to make them smaller? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I resize the Unity launcher? I would like to make the icons in the launcher smaller, so that more of them can be displayed in that precious vertical space. How ...
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how to change default launcher icons in unity for a new user?

I have customised my Unity launcher's icon list with custom launchers . Now I want the same customised launcher to appear when i create a new user. Currently the default ubuntu launcher appears when I ...
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Irrelevant tool tip text displayed in launcher for chrome

When i open any page on chrome and wrong tool tip text is displayed for it (tool tip text of a page i opened some time before) in the launcher. How do i get rid of this. I use ubuntu 14.04 32bit.
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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 do I make a Matlab launcher for Unity?

I'm trying to install a Matlab R2011a launcher for Unity in Ubuntu 12.04. I've tried this guide (although I know it's for 11.10 and mentions that even 11.10 is an unsupported OS for Matlab R2011a) but ...
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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 ...
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How to add Minecraft to the Unity launcher?

I'm having trouble getting Minecraft to launch when I add it to the launcher. If the game is running, I can right click on the icon in the launcher and select "keep in launcher" and the icon stays, ...
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How do I add Netbeans to the Unity launcher?

I have installed NetBeans 7.0 manually, because only 6.9 is available in Ubuntu Software Center. I tried to keep it in launcher, but after system restart it's gone. How can I permanently add it?
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How to create & pin Unity shortcut to a specific command / shellscript

This is not a duplicate as I've spent a good while trying to find a solution from Ask Ubuntu and Googling, to no avail. It is a specific problem after successfully pinning the shortcut to Unity. The ...
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How can I change the background color of the unity launcher?

I really dislike the slight dark-purple tint to the side-launcher bar and shell surrounding the menu after pressing the meta key. How can I set this to another color? There are configure options ...
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How to add a program that is not installed via APT/dpkg to launcher? [duplicate]

I installed Android Development Tools (you just download it and run the executable file inside a folder). I want to pin the ADT to the launcher, but I don't know how to do that. I tried to drag the ...
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How to move Unity Launcher to a different monitor?

I have two monitors. The left monitor is set as primary, but the Unity Launcher appears on the right monitor. How can I move it to the other monitor?
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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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How do I run Angry Birds?

I see that there is an HTML version of Angry Birds. How do I use it? I'd also like to have the icon on my launcher so I can run it as it's own application.
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How can I make running emacsclient from the unity launcher reuse an existing emacs window

(I'm actually asking this even though I intend to supply the answer, so this is more by way of providing a tip.) If you create an emacsclient launcher by copying a .desktop file (e.g. the Emacs one), ...
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How to change device icons in launcher?

I'm running Ubuntu 13.04 and I have several hard drives in my computer and all appear with the same icon in the launcher. Is it possible to modify their icons one by one or at least change their color ...
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How to minimise Steam to the Unity panel (system tray)?

When I run Steam there are two icons, one in the Launcher and one in the Unity panel. How do I remove the icon on the Launcher? I just want an icon of Steam on Unity Panel. Clicking the close button ...
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how to get the update manager window visible?

I can see from the launcher that the Update Manager is running - it has the little triangle by it. However, I am having trouble seeing the window. If I click on it from one desktop, it switches to ...
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How do I add a name to a launcher?

I added application to launcher like this. I run it from command line, then when icon appeared in launcher, I right clicked it and checked "Keep In Launcher". It works fine, but I'd like to add name ...
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How to “ungroup” windows from an icon on the launcher?

When I have more than one instance of a program running and I minimize all of them, they are grouped in a single icon on the launcher. For example, I'm chatting with three people on Emesene: Joe, Mary ...
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Different Launchers for Different Workspaces?

I want to have Different Sidebar Launchers for Different Workspaces, eg Internet Apps in first, Entertainment apps launchers in Second, Games apps launchers in third etc How can i do it?
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Creating Ubuntu Live CD with customized Unity launcher

I would like to create a custom Ubuntu image based on Natty using Ubuntu Customization Kit. I also want to customize the icons appearing on the Unity Launcher. I can change the icons on my desktop ...
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Adding Folder shortcut to Launcher Ubuntu 14.04

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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Unity search, how to get rid of certain results?

When i want to run the calculator, i click on unity first icon (dashboard?), and then i start to type : ca : is showing the calculator as first result (probably because zeitgeist recorded that its ...
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How do I see which apps are running?

How do I see which apps are running? I'd like to see what's running in the panel and not let go of the mouse to use a keyboard shortcut. Can Unity be configured?
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Unity launcher bar stuck and won't hide

When using drag and drop the launcher bar reveals and will not hide unless I close the program. Is their a fix?
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Unity Launcher has disappeared!

Yesterday, I freshly installed Ubuntu 12.04 and it worked fine, but today when I booted the computer something strange happened. The Unity Launcher disappeared! Any help would be appreciated.
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How to have launcher on non-primary screen?

I'm running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS on one computer with two monitors. I've found the place in settings where I can set the "launcher placement" and the "primary" monitor (using the black bar); however, I ...
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How to make Nautilus launcher _with_ quicklists behave like normal nautilus launcher in Unity

I followed this question: How to add my favorite places as a quicklist in my home's icon in Unity? And created the launcher. It's pretty good, as you can see here: But when I click it (be ...
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How can I auto-hide the launcher via a script, when I maximize the browser?

I was trying to control Ubuntu 14.4.1 Launcher's behavior. I want it to auto-hide every time I have browser window like firefox maxmaized. I found this solution: #!/bin/bash ## Change value of ...
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How to change the size and order of the launcher panel?

I have downloaded 12.04 and installed it under VirtualBox. The launcher in its default format is unsuitable for my needs. The two main factors that I need to edit are (1) the size of the panel; and ...
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user config to limit application access

I want to Ubuntu 12.04 LTS in a work/office environment. The requirements are: As a Desktop/workstation. I need 1 admin user of type Administrator, with accessed to all apps, and the normal ability ...
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How do I customize the launcher animations?

When I get Skype messages I tend not to notice the launcher animation. The highlighted icon is then not enough to catch my attention once the animation is done. Although I agree with the default ...
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How do I get DVD to play in VLC from unity dash launcher?

Once I put the DVD into DVD drive, it appears in the Unity dash/place. Clicking the icon opens nautilus. How do I make clicking the icon to open VLC player and start playing it ?.
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Is there a way to launch Unity Dash outside of Unity?

I've installed Unity 2d, and therefore I'm able to use the Launcher and Panel in standard Gnome Panel desktop. I would like to know whether there is a way to launch the Dash only, and if so, if it is ...
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How to refresh launcher icon application menu in ubuntu 12.04?

After modifying a desktop file in /usr/share/applications, I need to refresh the launcher icon application menu so that my modification shows up. For the sake of clarity, the menu that should get ...
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How to preview windows of a specific application in Unity?

I would like in Unity, to see a preview of the open windows of a specific application. Just like Linux DockbarX (or windows 7). Motivation example: When I have several windows open of the same ...
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Can I set the scrolling speed when I mouse over the launcher?

Is there a setting to increase the scroll speed of the Unity Panel when using the Mouse. When in keyboard mode the launcher will scroll quickly, however with the mouse over event action scrolling ...
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How to index System Setting in Kupfer?

I am running Ubuntu 14.04. and installed Kupfer 208. For some reason I cannot search and launch the applications from System Settings such as Display or Appearance. The Unity launcher finds all of ...
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How to add entries in quicklists

The Quicklists is an amazing feature of unity. But sometimes some options which I might want are not available in the quicklist. For the simplest example: In the Nautilus quicklist,suppose I need a ...
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Can you change the orientation of the Unity launcher?

I was looking at 11.04 pre-Alpha and wondering if I can change the dock orientation. Does the pre-Alpha have this function? Is the idea being implemented as we speak? If not where can I propose this ...