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 start two Ubuntu applications in one go?

Lets suppose that there are two binary files, e.g. XXX and YYY, at destination /usr/bin/. I want to start them at once, always! In other words, when I type the name of either of those in unity, I want ...
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Unity Launcher Does Not Remember Favorites

I have already looked at the similar questions, but none of the solutions there worked for me. Basically, I can edit and remove icons just fine when I am in a session, but the next time I am logged ...
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How to change the new workspace icon to the older icon?

The new "Workspace" icon is very similar the "Terminal" icon and I prefer the older icon. How can I change it? P.S.: Sorry for my English ;-)
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Unity launcher right click focus

When right clicking an icon in the Unity launcher, the menu comes up but i cant select anything. Its like Unity does not have focus at all. I have to click somewhere on the desktop and then the right ...
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How do I get custom icon for apps in Unity dash

How do I assign an icon for programs which doesn't have any specific icons ? (ie. vncviewer, rdesktop, etc). Today it appears as a gray icon with question mark on the middle as a default icon in unity ...
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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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How to remove all device icons from Unity launcher in 13.10?

How to remove all drives icons from Unity launcher in 13.10? Old trick with dconf-editor does not work anymore. I can remove any entry from com.canonical.Unity.Launcher.favorites, but not ...
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Sometimes applications stay in the background and have an empty white arrow in the launcher. How do I fix this?

Sometimes an application gets in trouble with unity and then it won't be shown in the foreground anymore. To get to the application I have to minimize all other windows. Alt-tab doesn't bring the app ...
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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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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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association window <-> .desktop file <-> launcher entry

I'm trying to integrate my JS code with unity using low level dbus messaging. I'm able to set launcher icon properties (progress, count, menu etc) for known .desktop files ( for example, ...
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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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Gnome 'Super-#' hotkey like in Unity

I've been using unity for a while, and just switched to gnome. (Gnome 3.2 on Ubuntu 11.10) I've liked it a lot, but it's missing one key feature (in my mind). In Unity you can use the super button ...
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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 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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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 ...