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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Ubuntu 16.04: Turn off new feature that external storage/trash now display number of windows open

One of the new features of 16.04 is that if one opens the trash or an external hard drive, then it has a separate icon in the launcher instead of the usual Nautilus icon. I personally find this very ...
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Jetbrains Datagrip icon cannot lock to the launcher

I downloaded Jetbrains' Datagrip application on Ubuntu 16.04 and started it by running it's datagrip.sh file on the terminal. When I try to select Lock to launcher by right clicking it's icon on the ...
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How to remove a launcher from a Gnome Panel?

My kids put some bogus launcher on top bar (I have no idea how) : How can I remove it? I get only next options : properties and launch.
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Adding launcher item per documentation does not work

I have followed here for adding an item to the launcher. Here is the contents of my new .desktop file: [Desktop Entry] Version=1.0 Name=OpenRefine Comment=OpenRefine Exec=home/foo/openrefine-2.6-rc.2 ...
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How can I give a script its own icon in the Unity launcher?

With Ubuntu 16.04, if you create a launcher (desktop file in ~/.local/share/applications) with a custom icon for a terminal application (so with Terminal=true) then when you start it, it will spawn a ...
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Change Image For Launcher Shortcut

I created a desktop shortcut that opens Firefox to a particular URL following these instructions. In the instructions they show you how to customize it with a particular image. I was able to do this, ...
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Newly installed program does not launch from dash

I'm on Ubuntu 14.04, and installed a .deb file I downloaded (so install happens through Software Center). (Almost) All went well, and the program icon appeared in the Dash. When clicking it, nothing ...
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Jar files in the Ubuntu Hud

So I have a few jar files that I frequently use (Minecraft and other launchers, to name a few) and they show up under the "File and Folders" section. If I open other files that have a similar file ...
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Why does launching my own script from a launcher only work once?

I created a shell script, let's say it's echo hi sleep 5 echo bye exit Then I created a .desktop -file to launch the shell script. Double-clicking it works perfectly fine: [Desktop Entry] Version=...
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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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Why this behavior with Nautilus Launcher in 14.04?

Silly and inconsequential, but ... I'm using Ubuntu 14.04 with Unity. When I right click on the file drawer icon for Nautilus on the launcher, I don't get a consistent response. Sometimes, I'll see ...
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nautilus windows don't show up in Launcher

For some time now when I open a Nautilus window, no icon appears in the Launcher, and when Alt-Tabing, the Nautilus windows are ignored too. I'm using Ubuntu 16.04 with unity. EDIT: I'm no longer ...
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How to put unity launcher on in different positions on different monitors

I have two monitors: One is a large 2560x1600 monitor, which I use as my main monitor and do most work on, and the other is a 1360x768 monitor set up vertically for use as an 'off' monitor - for ...
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Black Window Borders and Black terminal in ubuntu 16.04

help me, I have installed Kali Linux tools and classic menu indicator in Ubuntu 16.04 and after restart all of my menus are lost, terminal is completely black and windows borders are also black, How ...
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How to add Chrome Apps to the Ubuntu Launcher with icons

In previous versions of Ubuntu / Chromium, I was able to use the 'create shortcuts' feature for Chrome Apps. It would create an icon in the Ubuntu launcher, giving a native experience. Currently ...
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is there a way to move launcher to the right side of screen in 14.04? [duplicate]

Is there a way to move the launcher to the right side of the screen in 14.04? everything that pops up in searches is only for moving to the bottom.
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lost the left side launcher and the clock in the upper right corner when I turned on the machine

I am using version 16.04. I have had no problems until this morning when I turned on the computer. The left hand launcher and the clock/menu in the upper right corner are missing. I have my splash ...
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New apps not showing in file manager when adding to application launch bar

This is about Lubuntu 15.04 vivid which is a system upgrade from 14.10 I have a problem adding news apps to the application launch bar because the new apps don't show. I installed apps like VLC ...
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Launcher opens NTFS locations under devices instead of Nautilus

On Ubuntu 16.04, is there a way for Launcher to open folders from NTFS partitions (which are auto-mounted) under the icon/instance of Nautilus instead of what it started doing in 16.04, i.e. instead ...
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16.04 Unity Launcher on top of Fullscreen windows when workspaces enabled

I've noticed a problem: When I enable workspaces in Ubuntu, the auto-hide mechanism seems to bug when I open a fullscreen window. For example, when I watch a youtube video, the launcher blinks out an ...
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Chrome launcher icon right click menu doesn't show option for opening new window

I installed google-chrome-stable by following instructions from here. When I right click on the Chrome launcher icon, It doesn't show options like 'Open a new window' or 'Open icognito window. It just ...
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How to remove Eclipse 3.8 from Ubuntu 14.04?

I have installed Eclipse Mars 1 which I would like to use, it could be run and located in /home/user/Application/eclipse When I lock it to the launcher, close eclipse and launch it again, it runs a ...
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Launcher missing when switched to Desktop from a full screen video [closed]

When I switch to Desktop using Alt + tab while watching a full-screen video (Any player / Youtube) My Launcher and the top panel vanishes. Even Right-click won't work. Example : My Desktop Before : ...
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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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Thunderbird indicator in 16.04 LTS Unity?

I recently started using Thunderbird again, but I cannot seem to get that indicator icon, i.e. minimize it to tray so that I could receive new message updates. d.conf editor shows it should be OK: ...
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How can i create eclipse launcher icon with specified gtk?

To solve this bug on the new release of Eclipse, most people use this solution. It works fine when I run Eclipse using terminal or from the default folder (/opt/eclipse/), but when I lock Eclipse to ...
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xfce4-notes not showing in Unity menu

I use xfce4-notes and I liked it a lot. My issue, it is not showing in Unity application menu, is there any solution?
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Is there an easy way to rearrange or move the icons in the Unity launcher?

It looks like the only time that you can choose where an icon goes on the unity launcher, is when you add it. Is there a way to rearrange the order of an icon after it has been added?
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How to restore Firefox download progress bar in Unity launcher?

Firefox used to be better integrated with Unity: when downloading it would show the number of files and a progress bar. This was achieved through the Unityfox add-on, but it no longer works and the ...
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install google-chrome isnt working, why? [duplicate]

I am currently using ubuntu 16.04 The weird thing is, I have installed google chrome in my laptop using ubuntu 14.04 and worked perfectly. Somehow I just installed ubuntu 16.04 into my desktop and ...
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Cairo-deck isn't starting up automatically why?

This might seem to be a stupid question but I have rebooted my computer a mount of times and still cairo-deck just wouldn't start up itself! Is anyone able to give me a hand? I have tried right ...
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Where are the Unity Launcher .desktop files?

I'd like to know which folder the Unity Launcher .desktop files are stored in, as they're not anymore in /.gconf/desktop and I need to add a custom application to the launcher bar (adding it in /usr/...
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Role of .desktop extension

I've done a lot of trial and error and reading and can now create .desktop files (i.e., launchers, shortcuts, etc.) most of the time using Lubuntu. But I'm unclear whether or not the ".desktop" ...
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Centering the application launchers on the panel in 16.04

I am using Ubuntu 16.04 with the default Unity desktop environment on a Lenovo Yoga 3 pro. I have moved my launcher panel to the bottom of my screen, from the left, and have it so that it auto hides. ...
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Unity Run Dialog

Is it possible to change the Unity run dialog to that which cinnamon and gnome-shell use? The current one has a few slight annoyances: Lack of autocomplete Inability to open directories without ...
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Layer and toolbox window doesn't appear when I reopen GIMP after closing it using the launcher

If I close GIMP with the x on its window, everything works fine. But most of the time I have so many images open that I do not want to close each individually. In this case, I go to the Ubuntu ...
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How to trigger a script on entering/exiting a workspace?

This is regarding ubuntu 15.10. I have enabled workspaces, and would like unity launcher sidebar to show open application icon only if it was opened in the current workspace. To do so, I have already ...
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Cannot Add Menu Launcher With Menulibre

I'm admittedly new to the Ubuntu Dash, but I for the life of me can not seem to add an application to it. I can create the launcher and save it (apparently) in Menulibre, where I simply added it to ...
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Cannot login with ubuntu desktop for some accounts

I tried other desktop environments (as per Switching window manager/desktop environments?) and now I stuck in a weird state: Some accounts on the laptop (that have never tried anything other than the ...
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Just Installed Ubuntu 16.04, Showing Flashing Background and Cursor Only (No Launcher or Menubar)

I just downloaded Ubuntu 16.04, and all I am seeing is a background and a cursor (see video below). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68N7ro254lc I've followed all instructions at the following answer ...
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How do I reset my unity configuration on 15.04?

I've been googling many answers to this question, such as the various suggestions up and down http://askubuntu.com/a/202020/99436, and none of them are working for me. They might work for you. They ...
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Can't modify settings, can't change the background, all the icons docked on the launchpad disappear

I am suffering from a weird problem. I can't change my background or power settings, and every icon I dock onto the Launcher disappears after reboot. The launcher resets to the original after every ...
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I can only launch gvim from the terminal and not from the Unity launcher

I installed vim-gnome and it works great when I launch from the terminal with gvim command. However, whenever I type vim or gvim in the launcher it finds nothing. When I launch from terminal it has "[...
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Disable file search in KDE Kickoff Launcher

When I open Kickoff, there is the option to type-to-search for programs. However, the search results also list any files on the computer and also Firefox bookmarks. I already succeeded to turn off ...
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Problems on adding Actions in .desktop file

I am working on Blender recently, but the problem turns up when I set up the desktop icon file. Sometimes I need Blender to open with a terminal, but most time is "no it is not useful". Although I can ...
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What application launchers are available for Ubuntu?

What are some alternative launchers that can be used to launch programs in Ubuntu's default Unity desktop?
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Removing the border around dash

I'd like to remove the huge dotted border around the dash in ubuntu 16.04. Google isn't my friend lately and I just can't find any result... Compizconfig doesn't contain any option for this. Can ...
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.desktop launcher no icon

Custom app.desktop launcher has a .png icon visible in thumbnail and search menu but no icon on the launched app in taskbar. What might be the reason? Any solutions? Appreciate your kind help.
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Problem with Google Chrome dock icon on 16.04

My problem is that when I minimize a chrome window and I want to maximize it again by clicking the chrome icon in the dock for about a second everything looks like it's crashing (system interface ...
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Ubuntu Tweak tool does not change the icons theme

Ubuntu 16.04: Ubuntu Tweak Tool is not changing the launcher icon theme. The icons that he change are just the notification area, but the icons in the launcher and especially the system does not ...