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 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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How to add Android Studio to the launcher?

I'm trying to install the android studio so that I can launch it from a launcher instead of via terminal. Android Studio -> Tools -> Create Desktop Entry doesn't do antything Can someone give ...
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Yousician crashes at launching

I've installed yousician I downloaded the tar.gz package. Installed. everything without problems But anytime I lanuch the program the black window appears for 3 second s and disappears. In folder ...
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Everytime I restart, I lose changes to list of Favorite launchers in Xubuntu whisker's menu?

This started to happen a few weeks ago. I had already added some favorites, which I don't lose. But new favorites that I've added since a couple of weeks, are lost everytime I restart the computer. ...
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How to add a “Show desktop” icon to the launcher?

I recently upgraded from 10.04 to 12.04, and there is no show desktop in the launcher. I know I can use Ctrl+Super+D, but is there a way to get it in the launcher? Edit: I just installed the "show ...
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Desktop file doesn't show icon in Launcher

I have a small script, which uses rsync to do a backup and some associated housekeeping, that I run from a .desktop file which contains the line Terminal=true The desktop file is in ...
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Ubuntu 15.10 messed graphics after latest update

After latest Ubuntu auto-update, my whole system is messed up but most important one for me is strange icons. The icons are pixelated in launcher and System settings. There is some kind of black ...
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Launcher Auto-hide not working in Ubuntu 15.10

It simply is not working. It hides with enabling "atuo-hide" feature in setting>appearance but it doesn't re-appear. What have I done: 1) Keep moving cursor as to escape out left side of display 2) ...
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Problem with Unity after install Chrome Remote Desktop

Recently I have installed Chrome Remote Desktop utility, but I don't know if I have configured well the chrome.desktop file. When ubuntu starts, unity panel and top bar doesn't appears, and I need to ...
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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 do I create an application launcher without coding?

I want to create a launcher for an application that I just installed but whatever I searched was about creating a file with .desktop extension, but I need another way to make this without any coding ...
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How can I create launchers on my desktop?

In older versions it was easy to create a launcher on my desktop all i had to do is right click on my desktop and select the create launcher option. But on 11.10 the option disappeared from the menu.. ...
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How do I uninstall utorrent launcher that I created in Ubuntu 14.04

Hopefully some out there can help me out on how to removed a created launcher (in this case for utorrent), which I had created it using the gnome panel-create launcher manually, I made a mistake by ...
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13.04 launcher and menu bar disappeared

Last night I downloaded python 3.3 and idle. I turned it on today and the launcher and menu bar disappeared. It didn't even ask for my password and all I see is my desktop. I tried finding answers ...
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Unable to launch RStudio from launcher in Kubuntu 15.10

Hi I have a problem with launching RStudio (latest stable release 0.99-xxx) from the Kubuntu launcher, by clicking on the entry. Background: I moved from Kubuntu14.04lts to 15.10 for the plasma5 ...
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Create launcher for Eclipse on ubuntu 14.04

when i create a launcher to my eclipse mars-1 cpp on ubuntu 14.04 LTS , it successfully created in /usr/share/applications but it doesn't appear to me in dash!!? talking about something like this: ...
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Desktop Files don't seem to use $PATH correctly

I am creating .desktop files for use in the Unity Launcher. I have my own location in my home directory where I put my executables (~/usr/bin/) which is correctly added to my PATH environment ...
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Is it possible to have multiple trash cans for seperate partitions in the unity launcher?

I have a seperate drive mounted at /srv. If I create a /srv/.Trash folder files on that drive are successfully moved to a /srv/.Trash/1000 upon move to trash. If I don't have a /srv/.Trash folder I ...
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How is starting Chrome from the launcher different from starting it from the command line?

I installed Chrome via a PPA in order to get the proper codecs/DRM stuff required to watch Netflix on Ubuntu (15.10). Now if I run $ google-chrome-stable from the command line it works great. But ...
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Menu Bar and Launcher Missing in Ubuntu 14.04

After a restart my menu bar and launcher were missing. I have tried every solution for this issue that I can find, from re-installing unity and compiz to resetting Unity and everything. Then I ...
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Resetting Ubuntu dash/launcher keyboard shortcut

Super (aka the Windows-Logo key) doesn't work as my base Unity Dash/Launcher keyboard shortcut. Setting it in ccsm (sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager) by going to ... ...
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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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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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Use desktop icon for running application

I have used the answers given here How to create a desktop shortcut in Unity? to set a custom application shortcut for spacemacs. While the shortcut works for launching the application, on running, ...
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add app icons to Slingscold

I've installed Slingscold, an app launcher built to resemble OS X Launchpad. I'm wondering how to add custom launchers/icons to it, as I've installed a few apps from .deb packages (Filezilla and ...
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How can I dock a specific System Settings as an icon to the Unity launcher?

I need to access my sound settings frequently and thus would like to add a direct shortcut icon to the sound settings to the Unity launcher. Is there any way to achieve this? Unity launcher: ...
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System settings suddenly locked to defaults

I accidentally pulled the power cable from my laptop, which is without its battery, during a session of Ubuntu 14.04, causing a hard shutdown. I then plugged the cable back, turned the laptop back on, ...
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Remove Cinnamon Home Folder Launcher Key Binding

Cinnamon 2.8 Ubuntu 15.04 I have a key right above my backspace key that launches a home folder and changes my background. I would like to get rid of this keybinding. Preferences > Keyboard > ...
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Lock programs in menu bar

I'm currently running Ubuntu v. 14.04 and I was wondering if it is possible to lock programs to the menu bar like you can to the launcher. Ultimately I would like to have launcher icons in the upper ...
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Compile Unity without launcher

I would like to modify unity to not show the launcher (left side bar) at all. I'm not looking for any solution that would let the launcher be in some cases visible. I really want it to completly ...
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Launcher and menu bar has dissapeared on ubuntu 15.10

After login this appears Yesterday, I have uninstalled several application software. After rebooting the computer launcher and menu bar dissapeared and every functionality related to that has gone. ...
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Put icon on desktop

How do you add a program icon to the desktop in version 14.04? I thought you could search for the program in the Dash, then drag the icon to the desktop, but I can't get it to work. I can add it to ...
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Cannot install Ubuntu 15.10 permanently from desktop - install icon unresponsive

I'm running Win7 on a Lenovo laptop and "trying out" Ubuntu. I freed up 60gig of drive space and the functions look good on the desktop, but nothing happens when I click the "Install Ubuntu ...
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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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python 2.x beside 3.4

From noob to all... Is it possible to have py2.x beside 3.4, preferably with launcher icons for both? If not, how can I start py2 IDE from command line? I prefer py3, but need py2 and it's modules ...
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How to pin Eclipse to the Unity launcher?

How can I pin eclipse indigo 3.7 I have 'installed' at /opt/ to the taskbar? I have tried launching eclipse and right-clicking to choose the 'keep in launcher' option. But when I click that icon, ...
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How do I remove the Unity launcher?

How can we remove the launcher that come with Unity on this new Ubuntu version ?
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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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Launcher - website

Can I put a website into the launcher? There are some web pages that I use usually (daily) and I would like it to be more convenient to open them.
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How to prevent launcher flashing after clicking it and before a window opens or timeout?

When I click a Unity launcher icon, it will flash until a window opens or until a timeout is reached. Also the mouse cursor changes to the spinning circle. While it is flashing, further clicks on the ...
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How to change the Dash Button in Unity Launcher?

I don't like the default Dash Button (also known as BFB in short of "Big Freakin Button") in Unity Launcher. It's pretty inconsistent with Faenza icon theme and I would like to change it. How can I do ...
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How to revoke this hideous theme & get old launcher back?

I turned on my computer expecting it to appear and function as it normally does, seeing as I did NOT approve any kind of updates, changes or revisions to any software installed on it since it's last ...
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Software Application are not launching after change compizconfig settings manager

I unintentionally change some setting on compizconfig settings manager. Then I could not see the maximize, minimize and close buttons. After this i roll back my settings from this Unity doesn't ...
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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 properly install latest Jabref?

I downloaded JabRef-3.2.jar. I can execute it from the command line: java -jar JabRef-3.2.jar which works fine. But I would like to have a Launcher in my start menu, if possible with an appropriate ...
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different launchers for Firefox versions

I'm trying to run a legacy copy of Firefox alongside the latest greatest Firefox. This works fine, I have two launchers like so in my .local/share/applications folder: [Desktop Entry] Encoding=UTF-8 ...
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Minecraft launcher won't open

I have a problem with my minecraft launcher. I go and start up the launcher, then everything seems to be working right, but stays on the loading screen. This is what is says: enter image description ...
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How to make KeePass2 work correctly in the Unity launcher?

KeePass2 is a Mono app. In the launcher it appears as "Untitled window" and has a grey icon with a question mark. When I "Keep in Launcher" the icon doesn't launch the application How to fix that?
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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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Ubuntu sometimes freezes when switching instances via Unity’s Launcher

I installed Ubuntu 12.04 for a friend of mine and she often complains about freezes. I never saw these freezes myself, so I can only give the description she gave me: it happens when switching ...