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 disable all scopes, filters and dash plugins?

The Dash is overloading me with stuff I don't need, down to the weather and food recipes (?!) when I'm just looking for a file or app. Also I can't figure out how to set it to include music files ...
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Desktop shortcut and lock to launcher for phpstorm failed to launch program

I have just installed phpstorm, phpstorm can be opened via command line but I can't open the program via launcher or desktop shortcut and nothing error shown. - My phpstorm.desktop code : [Desktop ...
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How can I remove the shadow at the top of the unity launcher?

I'm using a theme (based on Ambiance Grey) where the slight shadowing that is present at the very top of the Unity launcher is visually disturbing (see image below), and would like to remove it. ...
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When creating a launcher item in 15.04, what is the significance of quotes in the file path?

I'm trying to make an icon for Sublime Text 2. When I use the settings below I get "There was an error launching the application" [Desktop Entry] Name=Sublime Text Type=Application ...
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How to remove unity launcher border color? [on hold]

Does anyone know how to remove the cyan border? It's a part of my wallpaper, but I don't want to change it.
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How to hide unity launcher border line

I'm on 14.04. I have my launcher on full transparency and I've hidden the containing boxes, and to complete the picture and have the icons completely hovering, it'd be nice to hide the border line or ...
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How to Get Rid of the Shadow Above the Launcher Icon

I'm wanting to know how to get rid of the black/gray shadow above the launcher icon and below the panel that stretches across the top of the screen. It's on the the top 6-7 pixels (vertically across ...
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No Launcher at all, just blank desktop (with bg image) [duplicate]

So, okay, I've been using Ubuntu 12.04 and this just came out yesterday when the launcher disappeared. I cant right click on screen 'cause nothing happens, I can open TTY with ctrl+alt F1, F2 and so ...
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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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Unity hangs at login after upgrade to 15.04

This appears to be an issue for many. None of the suggested soloutions have worked for me: cant-login-to-ubuntu-14-04-after-upgrade The permissions and state of .Xauthority & .ICEauthority are ...
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Starting eclipse from unity launcher

I downloaded the eclipse from its site. And extracted in home folder. For the first time when I opened it, it worked fine. Then I locked it to launcher. Now it's not starting when I click on launcher ...
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XFCE / Xubuntu: Centering the name of the launchers on the Desktop?

How does one center the names of launchers on the desktop on Xubuntu, if the name has multiple lines? This is how it is: This is what i want it to be:
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How to set an icon for Eclipse?

I want to set icon for Launcher. it has file named icon.xpm, but its being ignored by the icon set wizard. I tried to change it to .ico file, but it is still getting ignore. any ideas?
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How do I use a shell command as a launcher shortcut? [duplicate]

The following command from terminal works perfectly: sh /home/flux/Downloads/TeamSpeak3-Client-linux_amd64/ts3client_runscript.sh How would I go about adding this as a shortcut, so I can open ...
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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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The flickering in unity launcher search box

Whenever I try to write something in the search box on the Unity launcher, the screen flickers and the search process slows down a bit. Do I need to install additional softwares for my old graphics ...
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Help with “Exec=…” line for .desktop launcher - command works only in terminal [closed]

I want to add another context menu option to my Thunderbird launcher in Unity. However, it does not work. The additional action appears in the launcher's context menu, and when I click it the cursor ...
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How to add right click format option to a disk icon in the launcher?

How can I add the format option when right clicking in the icon of a disk in the Launcher? Ubuntu 12.04 has this option. How can I make this in Ubuntu 12.10?
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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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Ubuntu 15.04 unity launcher: devices reappear after every unmount

I use Ubuntu 15.04 with Unity and dual-boot with Windows, so I have several partitions that are usually not mounted in Ubuntu. In my launcher, I don't want any built-in devices and drives (other ...
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Difference between desktop-install and copying desktop file to applications directory

When we want to add a shortcut to menu. We can do that by creating filename.desktop and copy that file to /usr/share/applications. And there is another way to, that is doing desktop-file-install ...
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Launcher creation errors

I had created a launcher for my application an the launcher file is :- #!/usr/bin/env xdg-open [Desktop Entry] Version=1.0 Type=Application Terminal=false Name[en_IN]=stt ...
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Sweet Home 3D 4.6, unable to make a launcher

First and for most Thank you KasiyA. Sweet Home 3D 4.6 Ubuntu 15. I have done everthing that KasiyA said to do in this post, but I changed it to 4.6 instead of 4.4, and it lunches in the Terminal, ...
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Adding multiple launch options for a desktop shortcut

How can I add more than one launch options for a desktop shortcut item? The following just is an example: [Desktop Entry] Encoding=UTF-8 Version=1.0 Type=Application Name=New Tab - Google Chrome ...
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How to stop “Floppy Disk” icon from appearing in 13.04 launcher?

Whenever I remove external hard drive or USB flash drive, a Floppy Disk icon appears in launcher. If I unlock it, it goes away but only until I use a USB device again. How to stop this? BTW I don't ...
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Fix needed - Firefox nolonger starts from launcher icon. Does start from terminal

I've rebooted. I've updated all software. I've uninstalled and reinstalled firefox. The only weird things I've done have been to attempt to perform backups (which failed a couple of times before I ...
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Adapt the look of Untiy launcher/dash to theme

When I open the launcher, the theme changes. Everyone must have noticed this, but I can't find anyone pointing it out - and it really bothers me. Here's a a cropped screenshot of my desktop: ...
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Minecraft launcher keeps crashing on Ubuntu 15.04

I am new to Ubuntu. I heard about how powerful and great it is and decided to dual boot it with windows. I play Minecraft, so I got java and updated it from the terminal because Java is required for ...
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Why does my custom launcher open under a separate icon?

I've created a custom launcher file: [Desktop Entry] Type=Application Name=P4V Comment=Perforce Visual Client Icon=/usr/lib/p4v/P4VResources/icons/P4-V_128x128.png Exec=/usr/bin/p4v Terminal=false ...
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Cannot launch eclipse from Unity Launcher [duplicate]

I recently downloaded the Eclipse package and placed it in a folder in my Home directory, without blending the installation with anything else in the system. Eclipse opens normally, if I use the ...
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The Unity launcher panel disappears after a second

Today I gave up on starting Firefox using the launcher because every time I moved the mouse pointer to the left edge of the screen, the launcher panel appeared, and immediately disappeared again (with ...
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Is it possible to add custom items to System Settings window?

For example, how to add a "Startup Applications Preferences" launcher to this Window?
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Where are panel launchers stored in Ubuntu 14.04?

In earlier versions of Ubuntu, user-created launchers for the top panel were stored in the directory ~/.gnome2/panel2.d/default/launchers. This is no longer the case in the current versions. The ...
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Why doesn't the Libreoffice icon appear on my launcher when running?

When we run an application, its icon would appear on the launcher and so we can call it back after minimize it. Specially, a little triangle would keep appearing near the icon, meaning this ...
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How do I set custom application icons in KDE?

I have several Virtual machines (VMs) that run through VirtualBox that I have created desktop configuration files for and set custom icons (usually in .svg format, although to see whether this issue ...
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How to create a custom application launcher that copies a text to my clipboard?

I want to make a Custom Application Launcher and then add it to my Panel so that every time I click on it, it copy's a pre-loaded line of text, but I don't know how to write the commands for it. For ...
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How can I create launcher icon for PhpStorm?

I have PhpStorm on my PC, to launch it I have to go to phpstorm/bin/ and launch phpstorm.sh, how can I pin this to launcher so that I dont have to go into folders every time?
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Inconsistent icons in Ubuntu Unity

   I've downloaded IntelliJ Idea, then just unziped it and run it by execute idea.sh in terminal and made a new project. I wanted to see what would happen if I simply right click on ...
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Unity launcher made with Alacarte iconless

trying to create a launcher with a .png image file and main menu keeps on removing it. is .png not supported or do I need to edit the image first?
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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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Launcher Icons Collapse

My launcher's icons collapse when I run out of space. How do I turn this off?
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after updating to ubuntu 15.04, the mouse pointer disappears over the gnome sidebar and top menus

After i made this update, the mouse cursor disappears when its over the launcher menu and the top right menu in gnome. I already tried several things given in other questions/answers but nothing seems ...
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Why is System Monitor not starting?

I have Ubuntu 13.10 Live disc system and for some reason I can't start the System Monitor at the moment. I know it worked before, some five days ago, and since this is a Live disc system there's no ...
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Docky keeps getting disabled and unity sidebar launcher doesn't hide ,Ubuntu 14.04

I've installed Docky and updated unity and done all the settings to autohide and reduce the sensitivity of the sidebar launcher to low and yet after being idle for sometime , I have to logout and ...
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Adding TeamSpeak3 to Unity launcher

I've extracted TS3 in to /opt Folder, marked the ts3client_runscript.sh as executable, added a file named teamspeak3-client.desktop to /usr/share/applications with the content: [Desktop Entry] ...
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Cannot login to my ubuntu after some unity hacking

I installed unity 7 using bzr lp:unity trunk and I wanted to try a small hack to get started what I did is that I just modified the sentence that appears in the search box when you open the ...
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Starter is not very sensitive

Unfortunately the starter used in unity, when hidden, is not sensitive enough. Even if I use the highest sensitivity setting it won't show up unless I hit the border of the screen really hard with my ...
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Unity dock: Tor Browser opens as Firefox icon

I have installed TorBrowser and pinned it to my Unity launcher. Now whenever I start it, it show up in the launcher as Firefox. I know that TorBrowser is a modified Firefox version, but I would ...
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Can't remove steam

I'm running Ubuntu 14.04. I tried to install steam from the .deb from the steam website (steam_latest.deb) and this didn't work; I installed later with apt-get install steam (along with the 32 ...
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Application launches, but doesn't appear in the dock

Title might give a little bit wrong impression of a problem, but I couldn't formulate it any better. I have installed Matlab R2015a software and matlab-support package which created symbolic link and ...