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 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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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 move icons in the Unity Launcher permanently, i.e. it survives a reboot

There are plenty of answered questions regarding this subject but how on earth can icons be moved permanently so that after the next boot they are where they were left? Some icons to programs I use a ...
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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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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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Google Chrome opens wrong [closed]

When I open Google Chrome on Ubuntu 14.04, it opens a new window on a different launcher icon (I have Chrome in my Launcher pinned) and the title of the window is a tab that I don't have open anymore. ...
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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 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 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 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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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 “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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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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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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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 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 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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How to add program that is not installed via software center 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. How to do that? I tried to drag the executable file, but ...
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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 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 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 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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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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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 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 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 ...
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How can I add PlayOnLinux programs in the Unity dash?

I wonder if there is any way to add the programs installed in PlayOnLinux to the Unity dash.
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Holding Super Key doesn't show Unity shortcuts

As the title states, when I hold the Super key Unity shortcuts list doesn't appear. I'm on Ubuntu 12.04 (fresh install). I can see the dock that shows up with numbers on icons to launch ...
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Does anybody know if it's possible to make nested quicklists, or if that feature has been at least considered?

For example, I have a Launcher icon called Google Tools. When I right click it, it gives options to open Google Docs, Gmail, Calendar, etc. However I want to know if there's any way to make the Google ...
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Can I configure the Unity launcher to appear on both of my monitors? [closed]

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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Launcher doesn't remember custom icons [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I make Unity remember which applications are in the launcher? Okay, on a fresh install of 11.04 unity there are default icons; these inclide libreoffice, ubuntu ...
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ubuntu 14.04 unity desktop without panel and launcher [closed]

Now after having succeeded to make running the new Ubuntu 14.04 I see, that Unity seems not to work (the desktop appears without launcher and panel). Gnome is working. CCSM is possible to open under ...
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Why is the tooltip hiding Dash Search on 12.04?

Can I disable the tooltip shown at the side of the Launcher icon when hovered by the mouse. These are nice, but I want to disable them, because when I press "Dash Home" button on the launcher, then ...
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Firefox won't integrate with unity launcher

After a recent firefox upgrade, the integration with the unity launcher went pear-shaped. Clicking on the Firefox icon does not move focus to the running firefox, but starts another firefox instance / ...
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Why multi-monitor support doesn't permit to move Launcher in 12.04? [closed]

Ubuntu 12.04 brings some significant improvements to multi-monitor support, it permits to see Launcher on every monitor. I have two monitor and Launcher compares on the left of both monitors, but ...
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How do I add a document shortcut to the Unity Panel?

In Gnome 2, I used to be able to drag a particular document, for example, my_to_do_list.txt to the panel. It was quick access to my daily to do list, which opened up in Gedit. This is the same case ...
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How do I stop that launcher from popping up when mouse goes to the left edge?

This is what it says on the help.ubuntu.com website, but when i go to system settings, it does not have a Launcher & Menus option. I wish I could revert back to the old Ubuntu, I hate this ...