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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Untrusted application launcher?

Some time ago, Ubuntu introduced a Security "feature", that would only allow trusted .desktop apps to be run, on other apps it would pop up a message. Nothing new so far, However, said Message used ...
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Any search tool for LXDE menu?

I just installed lxde to boot into when laptop is using battery, but I really miss at least a simple search feature, I am used to Unity so I find myself losing too much time navigating on the menus, ...
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How to delete Apps and Files & Folder (lenses) icons from Launcher?

Hi there, I've been looking for some information about how to delete those Icons (Applications and Files & Folders). Why? Simple, because I understand that Ubuntu's button (BFB) it's a better ...
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How do I change the command that a launcher item launches? [duplicate]

I'm not sure what commands are issued when trying to launch a program from the dash. How can I determine this and modify the commands of these short cuts? For example, I would like to change the ...
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How to customize/label the hard drive icons in the launcher

Is there any way to change the hard drive icons in the launcher since I have 4 total hard drives and they all look the same. I was wondering maybe to add the LABEL of the hard drive (If exists) to the ...
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Chrome won't start from the launcher

I have Ubuntu 13.10 64-bit and chrome 64-bit. I can start chrome from the command line with google-chrome-stable and lock it to the launcher, but when I try to launch chrome from the launcher nothing ...
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How can I create a quick launcher in Lubuntu?

How can I set up quick launchers in Lubuntu? I've installed Lubuntu 14.04. Now I see no way to set quick launchers, especially for programs not listed in the menu (which must be started from a ...
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Locking Wine applications in the launcher is not permanent

I happily run Word 2007 via Wine on my Ubuntu 12.04 desktop. I prefer having it sit in the launcher for easy access, however, every time I start a new session (that is, logging in or booting up), the ...
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Launcher auto-hides but does not come back [closed]

I'm using Ubuntu 12.04. If I switch on "Auto-hide launcher", it hides but does not reveal with the pointer, and only comes back on switching off auto-hide.
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How can I change the wiggle time of 'urgent animation' in Unity Launcher?

I really like wiggle animation for application notification, but I find it disappear too quickly and I wish I could change this delay. I looked through all the ccsm, appearance, and myUnity settings ...
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Duplicate (Spotify) Icon in launcher

I have installed spotify on Ubuntu 13.04 and have locked the icon on the launcher. But when I exit the program fully or even restart and use that icon to open spotify, a new icon is created or a ...
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How can I move the Dash button from the Unity launcher to the top panel?

In Ubuntu 11.10 the Unity Dash button moved from top-left corner to the launcher. How can I restore the Dash button to the top-corner, as pictured below
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How to easily open the Launcher with a secondary monitor to the left

I have two monitors (24" as main and a 19" to the left). Each time I want to swap to a different application or launch a new one, the launcher seems a little problematic to come up. Even though ...
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No launcher or menu [duplicate]

I've upgraded from 12.10 to 13.04 and now I'm missing my launcher and menu bars. I can open terminal through keyboard shortcut. Can anyone help
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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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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 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 "hide"...
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How to open applications?

How to open apps in Ubuntu 12.04 to read documents, play music and video, surf the net and reading emails?
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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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Ubuntu 12.10 shows no launcher or menu

I have 'upgraded' to Ubuntu 12.10 from a previous nice version that always worked. I have installed from a CD downloaded from this site. I start the PC (HP Pavillion zv5200) and arrive at a signon ...
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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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Firefox doesn't launch in Ubuntu 13.04

Firefox starts when I use sudo in the terminal, but not from the launcher. All the other apps work like a charm, just not Firefox. How can I fix this?
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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 is ...
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How to use a hotkey shortcut to run a launcher?

I have a launcher on my desktop. I would like to run it via a keyboard shortcut. Is it possible ?
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how to include an environment variable in the launcher?

I was trying to make some scripts dynamic by including the environment variable $LOGNAME and even $HOME. but it don't seem to work when placed in a launcher. I am trying to make code a bit more ...
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Copy the Unity launcher from one user to all users

I would like to add state of art of Unity launcher as template for creating minimal state of art of other users. I was found method how to add apps into template, but not method, how to extract ...
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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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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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15.10 Chrome: external links are opened as blank tabs in new browser window

Since I installed 15.10 (fresh install on a new machine), and set Google Chrome as default browser, whenever I open links from external apps these are open as blank tabs in new browser window (no ...
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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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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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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 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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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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Apply changes or restart Unity dash/launcher/… without reboot or logout

I was in the situation that an application I had was not available in the Unity applications lens after I removed a custom .desktop launcher file in my home directory that had overridden the system-...
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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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Launcher icons invisible, still work in 12.04

Rebooted my PC today to find that my launcher icons are not showing on the launcher bar, even though they are still there. I can hover over the launcher bar and see (via the mouse tool-tip) that they ...
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Icon assigned in .desktop file is not used when application is loaded and launcher icon appears

I am installing the newer application eclipse Juno on ubuntu 12.04 64bit, following this tutorial: http://www.blogs.digitalworlds.net/softwarenotes/?p=54. I have already installed Eclipse Indigo in ...
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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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Add and remove launcher icons from command line

I am building an Ubuntu 12.10 VM using Vagrant and Chef, and I want to control which icons initially appear in the launcher. Specifically I want to clear out all of the initial launcher icons, just ...
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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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Showing all installed programs in Ubuntu

In Ubuntu, where to see all programs just like the "program files" in windows, from which I can launch a program from a list of all program installed?
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How to show Unity launcher in only one workspace?

I want to keep launcher active only in main workspace. E.g. I like to keep Citrix window in full display mode without launcher (in workspace II).
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How to make unity hide applications from the launcher if they're running on other desktops/workspaces?

I would like to be able to hide applications running in other workspaces, under Unity. For example, chrome is open in workspace 1, and when I go to another workspace, it should be hidden from the ...