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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I can't open the trash from the Launcher's Trash Icon

I am an upgraded user from Ubuntu 11.04 to Ubuntu 11.10 On Ubuntu 11.10 when I click on the Trash icon in the Unity launcher, it does not open the Trash can. Why?
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How to make aplications installed in /opt appear in Unity?

Libreoffice 3.4 was installed in /opt and a link to the executable was put in /usr/bin, but Unity search can't find it. Also, if I open Libreoffice Writer, for instance, and ask to keep its icon 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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Ubuntu 14.04 displays only background with no Launcher after log in

Upgraded to Ubuntu 14.04 64bit and now after logging in all I get is my background screen. Almost seems like a driver issue with my graphics card. I can't even launch a terminal. I can however hold ...
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Is there a way to define a hotkey to solely unhide the Launcher?

I'm running Ubuntu on Parallels Desktop for Mac, where I have some limitations regarding usage of the Super key (and also problems with mouse edge detection), for example, I've read on the web that ...
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How to prevent nautilus from opening new instances when it opens a mounted partition [closed]

In Ubuntu whenever I open a mounted partition in nautilus and switch to other applications, clicking the icon of nautilus on the launcher bar will open a new instance of nautilus, instead of switching ...
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close window in window overview

I have several terminal windows open. When I click on the terminal icon in the launcher, all terminal windows are shown in an overview. Is it possible to close a windows from the overview without ...
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Can I put the Ubuntu button on the top panel instead of the launcher?

I'm a long *nix user, anda just upgraded to oneiric and found this HUGE button in the dash. I use a netbook and I don't have much vertical space, for me the other position was way better. So, I was ...
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Left edge mouse hoover doesn't bring up Unity menu when fullscreened

When I have an app full-screened in 11.10, hoovering my mouse on the left edge doesn't bring up Unity menu. I have three 11.10 computers and this is only happening on the dual-screen twin-viewed ...
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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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Add two Eclipse icons in launcher

I have 2 versions of Eclipse downloaded on my 64 bit Ubuntu 14.04. I use both for different purposes, so they have different plugins etc. How do i lock both to the launcher(the vertical bar on the ...
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Launcher transparency

After messing around with CompizConfig I got to a state where I had to re-install lightdm, ubuntu-desktop and then re-enable all the compiz plugins. Everything works great, but the launcher ...
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Different icons for multiple profiles in Chrome apps

TL;DR having Chrome apps icons for multiple Chrome profiles in the Unity Launcher isn't possible due to a Chrome bug. Is there a dock/launcher/whatever that doesn't suffer from that bug? Using ...
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Unity launcher icon boxes missing 14.04LTS 64bit

I just ran across an issue which I have never seen before and I was unable to google anything useful regarding this as well. Basically, after I set my Unity launcher icon size to 32, the icons lost ...
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Lubuntu - Start program without using terminal

I just installed Lubuntu 12.04 on a Laptop. It is for my father and has to be user friendly. So I need a way to start programs graphically like by the "start button" equivalent to windows. The default ...
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Custom launchers don't work like normal launchers, and allow application switching?

Using gnome-desktop-item-edit, I created a custom launcher for Chrome. When I use the launcher, it doesn't show the arrow next to the icon in the Unity launcher, so any windows I open are ...
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How To Create Launcher For Application? [duplicate]

I am using Ubuntu 13.04, I recently downloaded Fritzing .tar.bz2 , which I extracted it & there is one .sh file, which I have to execute everytime from terminal to run the application. My ...
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How do I determine an application's process name?

This is the situation: Working on (the next version of) a Unity Quick List editor, I would like to add a reliable way of "restarting" launcher icons. To do so, I need to remove the icon (editing ...
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Add Vim to Unity launcher?

Please can someone explain how to add a launcher icon in Unity (along the left side) for Vim - or any other terminal-based application? I press alt+f2, type vim, and drag the icon to the left ... but ...
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Ubuntu 13.04 under Parallels Desktop - Black Desktop after X Windows Update [duplicate]

I have been running Ubuntu 13.04 successfully on a MacBook Pro in a virtual machine in Parallels Desktop 9. Today (2013-10-17) after applying today's Ubuntu update, which included updates to X ...
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Unity has disappeared

I realise that this question has been asked before, the best example being here (Unity doesn't load, no Launcher, no Dash appears). I should mention I have never used Ubuntu before today, and it ...
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How to set the launcher hide delay time?

The question is, how can I set the launcher auto-hide delay time to 0 ? What I want is for the launcher to instantly disappear when I move the mouse away from it. Please note this is nothing to do ...
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How do I make the Unity launcher completely transparent?

Before anyone jumps the gun and votes to close this, I am not asking how to make it "see-through", which you can adjust in CCSM by setting the Opacity to 0%. I'm asking the following: How can you ...
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How to get a list of currently open files / application instances in unity launcher quicklist?

How can I get a vertical list of currently open files in the unity launcher as a quicklist (see mockup below)? This could be a list of files each application instance is editing, or in the case of ...
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How to create launchers that open applications in a terminal?

I would like to make a launcher that directs an application to be opened in a terminal. I had it on Maverick and it worked. And also, it added the application to the 'Installed applications'. At ...
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Is it possible to replace the Unity launcher?

Is it possible to replace the Unity launcher (dock) in Ubuntu 11.04 with another dock (for example Docky)?
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Chrome or Chromium icon doesn't show in the launcher

I have got Google Chrome Browser on Ubuntu 11.10, and when I open it, it won't appear on/in the sidebar. I then download Chromium, but the same thing happens. I try dragging it to the sidebar, but ...
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How to kill unity panel & unity launcher? [duplicate]

I'd like to find out which process is responsible for Unity panel and launcher.. In case I'd like to close one of them, which process to I have to kill? Thanks!
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Dual monitor Unity launcher opening on wrong monitor

Is this a specific unity configuration or a dual monitor configuration problems ? In NVIDIA X Server Settings. Make this the primary display for the X screen, is my choice the middle display. But the ...
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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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Quicklists for Unity Launcher's Home Folder icon not working when Nautilus is closed

If Nautilus File Manager is closed and I right-click on its Home Folder icon on Unity Launcher, only the tab "Open in a new window" appears. Quicklists(with all my Bookmarks) of the Home Folder icon ...
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How to launch different firefox profiles via the keyboard using Unity

I'm a heavy user of firefox profiles - a general one, work and one just for facebook so facebook doesn't know where I'm browsing. I have customised my firefox launcher icon to give me access to ...
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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 ...
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How do I remove icons from the Unity launcher using a script?

After a fresh install of 11.04 I have a script that does a few useful things. Is there a way to remove the LibreOffice, Ubuntu One etc icons from the Unity launcher using command line so I can put it ...
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How to get back unity and compiz after uninstalling, no launcher or dash on startup

I've gone through a ton of threads regarding this issue with nothing working for me. I removed compiz to reinstall it (foolishly) and I just can't seem to get unity back. I'm on 14.04. The Unity ...
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Application should skip the unity launcher [duplicate]

How can I skip the unity launcher for a (Py)Qt-app? As you see when running the code below, there is an icon in the launcher. I don't need that icon because I manage the windows of that application ...
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How to make programs minimize when you click on them on the launcher [duplicate]

I am running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. I just want the programs to minimize like they do on the Windows 7 taskbar, if that gives you a idea of what I am talking about.
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Can i make a launcher shortcut perform different actions based on a condition

What i want to do is pretty simple to understand. I want the same launcher shortcut to act like a ON/OFF swith for eg. Like suppose i have made a launcher to start LAMPP with the command gksudo ...
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How to make Unity Launcher menu be almost always hidden and not influence window placement

I'm using Unity on 11.04. I've had a look at the compiz-config settings but could not find any answers. I would like to change a few default settings in Unity Launcher. I would like to apply ...
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How to make the Unity Launcher to be transparent?

How to make the Unity Launcher to be transparent ?
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How do I add a static quicklist for Opera to open new tabs and windows?

How can I add more options to Opera's quicklist such as: new tab, new private tab, new window, mail, etc?
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Why don't 8.04 panel launchers work on 10.04

I copied my panel launchers verbatim from 8.04 to 10.04, residing in both systems in the same path: $HOME/.gnome2/panel2.d/default/launchers However, for some reason, they are not visible on ...
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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 launcher icon edges disappeared in 14.04

For a couple of days my Unity in Ubuntu 14.04 has been acting weird. The icon borders in the launcher have disappeared and the indicators are acting strange as well (blocks instead of arrows). All of ...
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Untrusted Application Launcher

So I'm trying to create a desktop icon for an application, and I dragged it from the top-left menu (I think it's called Dash or something). I clicked on it and it says it is untrusted and refuse to ...
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Can I remove 'dash home' from the Unity launcher?

How can I (if it's possible), remove the dash home icon on the unity launcher. My reasoning is that it is slow (taking a few seconds to open) and I much prefer Synapse for launching applications and ...
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Aptana Studio 3 doesn't have a launcher icon

When running Aptana Studio 3, the icon in the Unity launcher is a grey square with a question mark. The icon is present in the Dash. AptanaStudio3.desktop: [Desktop Entry] Version=1.0 ...
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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 can I create a launcher and also have it in the apps toolbar

I want an app icon for smart git. I can create one on my desktop with $ gnome-desktop-item-edit ~/ --create-new and selecting the smartgit.sh app. That works for an icon on the desktop. How ...
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application locked to launcher without icon [closed]

I tried to drag and drop transmission to my launcher in Ubuntu 12.04, and this is what I got: As you can see - there is an icon shaped space where an icon ought to be. Transmission is locked to ...