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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Difference between desktop-install and copying desktop file to applications directory

When we want to add a shortcut to menu. We can do that by creating filename.desktop and copy that file to /usr/share/applications. And there is another way to, that is doing desktop-file-install ...
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Ubunut 14.10 desktop issue launcher and theme issue

I have typed startx command as a root after that I was unable to log on to my user account and for fixing this I have used command sudo chown user:user $HOME in terminal using ctrl+Alt+F1. ...
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Minecraft Exit Code 143?

Whenever I open minecraft from the launcher, minecraft opens for a brief second before closing and being replaced by the launcher. I read the launcher logs, and it says "Game ended in bad state (exit ...
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How to change unity side laucher position from left to right ubuntu 14.04 [duplicate]

Is there any method available using which we can change the position of side bar laucher from left to right. I have installed the unity tweak tool but it only allows to auto hide the launcher. There ...
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Google chrome opens specific website when ran from launcher

I'm having a problem with my Google Chrome. When I open it from launcher (I mean bar on the left side) it starts with youtube website, and it starts to play some video. (This happens since my friend ...
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Adding Gnome Commander to Launcher

I've installed GNOME Commander to Ubuntu 14.04.01 However, it's not showing up when I search for it in the Launcher. I'd like to know how to: Add Gnome Commander to the Launcher How to launch ...
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panel applet launches xterm in mate

I have ubuntu with mate, and an ssh panel applet set to launch application in terminal. My default terminal application is mate-terminal. when I click the panel applet, an xterm opens! I would like ...
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No Unity Interface after logon

I logged onto my computer this morning after having left it off over the weekend and the Unity interface didn't load. I get my desktop and the files I have on it, but no launcher, no menu bar. I tried ...
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How do you “get rid” of a SIGTERM killall command targeted on an application?

I have minecraft on my Ubuntu 14.04 computer. I personally don't know much about Ubuntu and all, so I'm just going to explain it this way: Someone set a SIGTERM killall minecraft command, so whenever ...
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Launcher hard to access with auto hide?

I just installed Ubuntu 14.04 32 bit on my Acer netbook. When I use AutoHide it is hard to get the Launcher to pop up, even with the sensitivity turned all the way up! It seems the "sensitivity" ...
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Activities tab while starting Ubuntu

Sorry, I am newbie in ubuntu, But a lover of linux systems. I don't know what has happened with my ubuntu, it was working very much fine a week before. Problem is when I open my ubuntu, activities ...
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Unable to launch Ubuntu sotware center

I also tried using terminal but geting the error mentioned bellow root@piyush1992-Vostro-2520:/home/piyush-1992# software-center Traceback (most recent call last): File "/usr/bin/software-center", ...
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How can I remove third Unity Launcher on a 3+ Screen setup?

In this question, we learn how to select ONE display to show the Unity launcher on in a 2-screen setup. My question is: How can we use the Unity launcher in MULTIPLE displays, but not all of them? ...
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Hide one of two terminals in launcher?

I am using Ubuntu 14.04 and I am trying to remove a running program from the launcher. Specifically I want to launch two terminals. One is for my normal work with several tabs, the other one is ...
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Unity application running but not responding

I'm quite confused and not sure how to exactly describe the issue, but I'll start with the statement that everything was fine for over a week (since I actually started using Ubuntu) until 30 minutes ...
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eclipse launcher icon in kde

I installed 14.04 with Unity on my new box. Works pretty good. I installed Eclipse under Unity, but still haven't been able to create a launcher that displays the Eclipse icon. For other reasons I ...
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Low disk space, launcher won't show

Something filled my hard drive & now I can't get Ubuntu 14.04 to complete the start up. Everything goes normal but the app icons don't appear. If I log in as guest I get them but can't access my ...
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How can I add Krita to Launcher? [duplicate]

I recently installed Krita 2.9 Desktop on my laptop running (Ubuntu 12.04) following the instructions given on Krita Desktop website. The problem is that there is no icon in my launcher and when I ...
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Getting the launcher to display on the console

I've been battling with this for a while now, re-installing gnome, lightdm, unity defaults and so on. The symptoms are: Reboot Log in to console Blank screen - no menu items on side-bar Right-click ...
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Always minimize to the dock (Plank)

Edit: after a bit more testing, it seems that it's mostly random, but dependent on where it was started. When I click on application shortcuts on a dock to open them, and then click again after ...
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Run Matlab with a desktop launcher

I'm trying to make a desktop launcher for Matlab in order to run it from the desktop. This is how my desktop entry looks like: #!/usr/bin/env xdg-open [Desktop Entry] Version=1.0 Type=Application ...
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unity --replace Async Shell - Update Icon of Running Application

So I figured out how to update the icon of a running application. After doing the change the icon doesn't apply right away. I then launch terminal and then run unity --replace, running this flashes ...
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Auto Make launchers of apps on desktop [duplicate]

Hello Dear ubuntu utilizers. I frequently install apps because I am fan of using different apps. I install so much apps that I even forget their names and then when I need them, I have to search all ...
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Upgrade to 14.10 and video drivers… no menus or dash

Finally managed to get a 14.10 install to stick, but there's no side menu and no top-right power button or menu there. If I launch a program (like use a folder to navigate to and launch a media file), ...
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Ubuntu 14.10 update = ugggg, no unity

I bought all new hardware after a processor fail. Got more than what was needed for typical life sciences stuff. Intel i7 quad 4GHz, Nvidia 970, 16GB RAM, SSD (because the Google Android dev takes so ...
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How do change the path of an application that launches from the launcher?

I'm using Ubuntu 12.04 and I'm in Unity. I recently installed package control for sublime text and this annoying error message about the LANG variable not being set keeps popping up. This is not true ...
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Ubuntu launcher bar resets automatically everytime I restart computer

Hi I tried to delete/remove gstreamer from my Ubuntu. In process I think I deleted some gnome plugin or some other important plugin. Now everytime I restart my computer, the icon bar resets. (The ...
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Creating an application launcher icon for Android Studio

I currently launch android studio by going to /path-to-android-studio/bin and running ./studio.sh and it works fine. However, I want to create a launcher on the Dash and side menu for launching it ...
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My Unity Launcher has changed, has yours?

In the last week or two application icons in the Unity Launcher which have a 'badge' Thunderbird for unread mail, Chromium for downloads etc. have changed. Previously the number would be in a lozenge ...
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No menu bar, no launcher, no default apps in desktop folder

I have tried: sudo service lightdm restart and sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop and finally sudo apt-get install unity But nothing happened except writing a bunch of ...
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How to add launchers near username in whisker menu (upper right corner)?

Subj. Currently, there are two items: "all settings", "lock" and "log out". I want to add another one, power off. I created a new item through "edit applications", copied everything from logout ...
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How to prevent file owned by root when using `sudo gedit`

When using gedit , i always need to edit file in /etc/ or /usr/ which need to be root. So i created a Launcher shortcut on the left with command sudo gedit. So every time i click the icon on the left ...
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Trigger jiggle animation on icon in Unity launcher

The synopsis of my project is to schedule a notification and force the icon that appears in the Unity launcher to keep jiggling perpetually (until I become aware of it and deactivate it). Running ...
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My install of 14.04 on Dell xps L501x in VMare not working correctly

I installed 14.04 on Dell xps L501x in VMware. The launch bar is not visible, icons sometimes appear but are garbled, links work. How do I get launcher to appear? Also when I use VMware full screen ...
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How can I disable these advertisements in the launcher in 14.10? [duplicate]

This looks like a great launcher (although I can't tell what the name of it is. Please edit this question and title to reflect its real name if you like). I wanted to run Sublime Text. How can I ...
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Missing launcher

I am running Ubuntu 14.10. Suddenly, my launcher and top menu bar went missing. I have rebooted but no success. I have done a unity --reset without resolving anything. The interesting thing is ...
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Can not unlock from and lock to Launcher

I just use dd -ip /dev/sda -op /dev/sdb to clone my old disk to new disk, and boot from my new disk. All the things remain the same except that applications in Launcher changed back to default. Why? ...
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Icons On Launcher and Taskbar Different

A few days ago, this issue started popping up: Whenever I log in to Ubuntu, the icons in the Launcher bar and the Taskbar look kind of strange. Unlike the neat icons Ubuntu came with, these icons are ...
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.desktop launcher doesn't have the same environment variables

I have a shell script, for which I want to have a Unity launcher. The shell script uses gradle to build a project and deploy it on a server. I had it working fine, because I managed my gradle ...
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Why do portable app icons disappear from Unity launcher after restart?

I downloaded SublimeText and placed it in my home folder. I locked sublimetext to the Unity launcher, but when I restart my PC the icon disappears from the launcher. Why is this happening? Can I ...
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Unable to change any config in Ubuntu 14.10

I'm running Ubuntu 14.10 on a custom PC and something around 1 hour ago my PC just froze. The mouse and keyboard were unresponsive and I was unable to change to another tty, so I pressed the reset ...
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How to restore accidentally removed Launcher icon for external drive in Unity?

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS 64-bit: I used to get an icon for my portable drive on insertion. I have accidentally lost this by clicking on 'Unlock from Launcher' instead of 'Eject'. Now this icon does not appear ...
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I want to print a user specified number of labels without opening Libreoffice

I'm using Ubuntu in a restaurant. In this case I'm using a Brother label printer to print "Use By" date labels. To print one I can use the command libreoffice -p ~/Desktop/TestLabel.odt I have this ...
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.sh command not working in a desktop launcher

I'm using a desktop launcher to run a.sh script. In a.sh I'm calling another script b.sh using another user using this command sudo -u userB /home/userA/Documents/b.sh. But for some reason it's ...
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App is accessible through Unity Launcher but can't access through terminal

I had installed Sublime Text 3 a few months back, and using some online resource I had made it accessible through Unity Launcher(unfortunately, I don't remember which resource, or how I did it). So, ...
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How to change icon for mounted devices in Unity/Nautilus?

When I mount a my phone, Unity set this icon (or one like it) in its Launcher: /usr/share/icons/Humanity/devices/48/multimedia-player.svg Nautilus show this icon (or one like it): ...
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How can I get the fast desktop back? [duplicate]

I had Ubuntu 10.10 running on my PC for a long time, and I was quite happy with the desktop performance (i.e. almost no lag while moving windows or shortcuts like alt+tab andctrl+alt+t all was so fast ...
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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 ...