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 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. Can someone give specific instructions please? I think this is something to do with the ...
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New behaviour of Files launcher

Before 15.04 clicking on the Files icon in the Launcher opened a Nautilus window and a small white indicator on the icon. Additional instances of Nautilus just meant addition indicators. After ...
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how to get openJDK7 and Technic launcher to work on Ubuntu 15.04

I just installed Ubuntu 15.04 on my daughters computer. Now we cant get Technic launcher to work for her. Then she wants to play minecraft modes. I download the Tech jar file and marked it as open as ...
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OpenJDK Java 7 missing from “Open With” under file Properties

Ok. I have read through probably two-dozen posts and articles, and still can't seem to find an answer. I have installed OpenJDK-7 and am trying to set it as the default to open .jar files ...
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Locking Wine applications in the launcher is not permanent

I happily run Word 2007 via Wine on my Ubuntu 12.04 desktop. I prefer having it sit in the launcher for easy access, however, every time I start a new session (that is, logging in or booting up), the ...
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How to get a different Unity Launcher with different icons on each workspace?

I read through the various answers to having separate desktop folders in each Workspace using Screenlets, devilspie, or CCSM ... but that's not the answer to my question. I installed 14.04 LTS a few ...
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How to get rid of disk icons in Unity launcher? [duplicate]

I have got here an installation of Unity and I am annoyed with the 3 disk icons in the Launcher right below the workspace switcher. Is there a way to prevent these icons from showing? Those 3 icons ...
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Ubuntu Trusty not displaying launcher properly

After a recent software update (possible to kernel 3.13.0-49), Ubuntu Trusty no longer displaying Launcher & top status bar properly on a very old Dell using 32 bit Ubuntu Trusty. I used to use ...
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How can I get chrome to stop opening up in incognito? even after purging and reinstalling fresh

I tried opening new tab(non-incognito) and then locking that to the lancher. Then unlocking the first icon, But then the second icon just opens incognito tab by default. Even though I have not made ...
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Ubuntu 14.04.2 Menu bar and Launcher Missing [duplicate]

As you may have gathered from the title of this question, my menu bar and launcher are missing from my account. It started when I tried to download unity (the mobile platform development tool) ...
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Screen freezes when I wipe the screen with the back of my hand after upgrading to 14.04. How can I disable this?

I need to know how to manage the multi-touch gestures to prevent this action from interfering with my software on the user end. I am running a custom session so it just freezes, and on the desktop ...
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Weird launcher bar/chrome bug, hard to describe

I have Chrome locked to the launcher, but when I click it, it opens another icon on the launcher. When I hover over it, it says the name of one of my bookmarks. I've unlocked and locked to no avail. ...
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Google Chrome opens in a new window in a new launcher icon

When I open Google Chrome on Ubuntu 14.04, it opens a new window on a different launcher icon (I have Chrome in my Launcher pinned) and the title of the window is a tab that I don't have open any ...
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Adding my launcher to the Unity Launcher automatically. How?

Based on official documentation: In order to add your launcher to the Unity Launcher on the left, you select and drag it onto the Launcher panel. Alternatively, you can place your .desktop ...
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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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Creating a Unity Launcher icon for PyCharm

I can start, PyCharm from a shell script in a subdirectory of /opt. I get a gray question-mark icon (see attachment) rather than the orange/green PyCharm icon (see attachment). Note that the correct ...
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How do you remove the transparent bar next to Unity Launcher?

I'd like to remove it, my background is very colorful, so it is a minor distraction. How do you guys think I could remove this tiny line?
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Unity launcher bar stuck and won't hide

When using drag and drop the launcher bar reveals and will not hide unless I close the program. Is their a fix?
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How to execute a script just by double clicking like .EXE files in Windows?

How can I make a bash script executable by double clicking just like .exe files in Windows? I tried creating a launcher and assigning the script to it, but there are two consequences: the terminal ...
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Show launcher via edge binding

I use 2 monitors (the right one of which is smaller than the left one in pixels and physical metrics) and often want to open something on the right monitor on the launcher which is on autohide. ...
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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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Ubuntu 12.04-Wine-Hearthstone/battle.net installing CRASH/FREEZING?

OK guys so I'm new to Ubuntu I couldn't run 14.04 but i finally got 12.04 up and running 100% so I was learning how to install hearthstone on Ubuntu and everything was going perfect from the guide I ...
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How to change launcher icons according to Numix theme?

I recently installed Numix theme for my ubuntu 14.04. After installing and upgrading I rebooted my system and the theme worked fine but after some time whenever I start my Ubuntu machinet the colors ...
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Use the same icon when starting from commandline vs starting from terminal

I have an eclipse installation that was not installed through the repositories. To be able to launch it conveniently, I symlinked the path to eclipse to /usr/bin, (so that it can be started by ...
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Problem with google chrome icon in launcher (left bar)

I am using ubuntu 14.04 and have a problem with launcher (the left bar with bunch of icons). There is a Google Chrome icon on the launcher. However, when I click it, other google-chrome icon ...
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How can I resize everything in xubuntu?

Now I've installed xubuntu-desktop on ubuntu, I can't find a way to resize the top bar. What should I do to resize every single icon and the text in the bar on the top?
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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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Mounted devices not showing up on launcher in ubuntu 14.04. How to enable it?

I am using Ubuntu 14.04 on my HP Pavillion Desktop. Till a few minutes back, the devices, pendrives, external hard disks would show up on mounting them and plugging them in respectively. Suddenly, I ...
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Is there an alternative application launcher for Openbox on Ubuntu 14.04?

For Ubuntu 14.04, I have installed OpenBox. I like it, but want to know if there is an alternative application launcher. I like ADeskBar, but I can't get it to install because of "unmet dependencies" ...
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Why's the Launcher & Panel protrude over Fullscreen Video on Monitor 1 when clicking an application on Monitor 2

In Ubuntu with a 2 monitor setup, when viewing a video in VLC player or the default video player in Full screen on monitor 1, while also, perhaps, browsing the web in Chrome on monitor 2, clicking on ...
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Launch app only if not already open

I would like to mimic the use of Alfred on Mac OS X, where if you try to open an app after searching for it, it will only open a new window if the program is not already running, otherwise it will set ...
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Showing editor when clicking on file

How do I get an editor to show when double clicking on the corresponding file? For example if I click a double click on a javascript file, the atom editor icon slides out slightly in the launcher, ...
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xdg-desktop-menu install not working

I've been struggling to make a launcher and pin it in the desktop menu. The launcher itself works - if I place it in /usr/share/applications or in ~/.local/share/applications, it shows in the dash ...
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Wrong display name and icon in launcher

I am trying to correct the icon and the display name of Arduino IDE in my launcher. I used to lock on the sketch of Arduino IDE 1.6.3 in 7 April into the launcher. It didn't work as I expected so I ...
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Launcher auto-hide not working Ubuntu 14.04

I'm running Ubuntu 14.04. I generally have the unity launcher in auto-hide mode. Problem starts if the desktop has been locked and then unlocked. Then the unity launcher does not disappear again.
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Why does dragging and dropping on the Unity launcher sometimes moves the icon and sometimes slides all icons?

I am trying to rearrange the icons on my Unity launcher. Sometimes I can just drag and drop an icon without difficulty. But other times when I attempt to drag an icon all icons on the launcher slide ...
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Firefox extension compatible with Unity to show download status in launcher

Are there any working Firefox extension compatible with Unity to show download status? Unityfox was the one I have been using for a long time but it is not compatible with latest versions of Firefox. ...
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new chrome shortcut gets created after launching new Incognito Window

When I right click on chrome icon on launcher and open New Incognito Window, new icons gets created (as shown in image). (dont get confuse of icons, I have changed icon theme) Cant lock this icon ...
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Ubuntu 14.10 Launcher won't open

I've read through literally 1-2 hours of similar questions, and this time, no answers have helped :( Everytime I log in, I just get my wallpaper, a cursor, and a right click menu. I've reset compiz ...
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Unity Launcher icon size slider jumps back to default

Until I updated from 14.04 to 14.10 I could set the unity "Launcher icon size" on the Look tab under Appearance under System Settings (red cogwheel/spanner icon on the sidebar by default). I have the ...
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Transparency Failure in Unity (Ubuntu 14.04 LTS)

Am a fairly new ubuntu user so please pardon my lack of knowledge. I recently installed ubuntu 14.04 on my Hp Envy 14 notebook and i have been using it successfully without problems until today. I ...
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How to remove the 'tile' background in the launcher icons?

First let me show my launcher :- I feel my launcher is made to look ugly by the 'square-tile-thing'(for the lack of a better word) thats behind the icon. I want the icons alone to be ...
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Chrome won't start from the launcher

I have Ubuntu 13.10 64-bit and chrome 64-bit. I can start chrome from the command line with google-chrome-stable and lock it to the launcher, but when I try to launch chrome from the launcher nothing ...
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Custom icons not loading in the launcher with icons on Launcher

I have a problem with icons on the Launcher. The problem is strange since I have 2 laptops, both with Ubuntu 14.04.2; one is working without any problem, on the second one (same problem with ...
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Chrome broken unity launcher [duplicate]

I'm having problems with the Chrome launcher icon for Ubuntu 14.04. When I open Chrome for the first time, both via the icon launcher (call it icon1) that through any other way, it creates a new icon ...
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Customize Layout of Panel and Launcher in Unity

Just wondering if there is a way to adjust the launcher to take 100% of the screens height and have the panel (menu-bar) at the top fill the width beside it. Currently it looks like this: But I'd ...
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Need System Settings Icon back on Launcher

So plain and simple. I've never uses Ubuntu in my life. I was playing around with the launcher shortcuts on the left side of my window, and I decided to "unlock system settings" from the launcher. How ...
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Unity launcher question - Ubuntu 14.04 64-bit

I want to make the launcher flat. Does anyone know how to disable the "shadow' at the top? First question I've ever posted on askubunut, sorry if it's inappropriate or if I'm doing this wrong.
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How are panel applets launched?

I have a misbehaving panel applet, which should launch an ssh session. I also have an applet which should launch Chrome. Yet, other panel applets work. the path to the launcher applets is ...
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Unread indicator for Slack Chrome App

I'm using Slack as an application shortcut through Google Chrome. It appears that unity uses the web's favicon for the launcher icon, which is neat. However, it seems to cache the icon for an unknown ...