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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Java application launcher not staying in Unity launcher

I'm using IntelliJ IDEA, which is a Java application. When it runs (invoked through Dash) it shows a launcher icon with no name. I've tried several times to right-click and select "keep in ...
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Google chrome not working in ubuntu server (Karma)

I am using Ubuntu 14.04 I trying to run the TEST $ ./scripts/test.sh but I am getting Starting Karma Server (http://karma-runner.github.io) ...
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Ubuntu doesn't load, can't even open a terminal to type commands, even after boot repair

When I start Ubuntu I only get my desktop picture and am unable to open a terminal to type any commands. When I try a Guest session all I get is a red Ubuntu backdrop, nothing else. I tried boot ...
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Missing icons in the launcher after upgrade to Ubuntu 14.04

After upgrading a particular system from 13.10 to 14.04 there are a few items in the launcher portrayed with a question mark: This is not the old problem of windows mismatching applications. The ...
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eclipse.desktop launcher in /usr/share/applications locked in dash just launches eclipse, but the window is opened in another icon

Ubuntu unity opens a new icon in dash every time i open eclipse, don't mind if i just execute it from the binary or if i created a desktop file. I also reset unity without exit.
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Where do I put a .desktop file so the launcher can always show it?

I recently installed e-Sword on my 12.04 Unity laptop. The installation creates a desktop icon of the application. I dragged the icon to the launcher and the icon was created in the launcher. But, ...
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How can I remove a Unity window entry?

I installed Eclipse long time ago from the Software Center, but recently I needed a newer version than the repo one. Then I removed it via Software Center and installed Eclipse Kepler in /opt. ...
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How can I change the Unity launcher delay?

I find the sidebar to appear and disappear terribly slow. How can I change the delay?
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Why doesn't my launcher-locked device (hard disk partition) has a shortcut?

Why doesn't my launcher-locked device (hard disk partition) has a shortcut? It's on the very top, but I cannot open it with shortcuts, like Super Key+1. If I could, it'll ease things for me, for I ...
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How to change the Dash icon in the Unity Launcher?

I don't like the Dash icon in the Unity Launcher, it's pretty inconsistent with the Faenza icon theme and I would like to change it. How can I do that?
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Is it possible to execute a .desktop file from a quicklist?

I have this launcher I created with a quicklist full of options to execute different applications. One of the options is TeamViewer and this is the quicklist code for it: [Desktop Action ...
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Problem with Unity Launcher in ubuntu 14.04 LTS

I"ve been using ubuntu for the last 3 months. I've used various versions of Windows, Mac OS and Linux over the years. I know enough to be dangerous in Linux but I'm by no means an expert. My ...
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Can anyone give me the ubuntu 12.04 unity launcher icon png?

I know this is a very odd question but I did something stupid. I changed the unity launcher icon to the apple icon and when i wanted to get back the default unity launcher icon i got this image: ...
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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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create a custom launcher for Eclipse

Can't make my custom Eclipse launcher work on 13.10 (fresh install). See screenshot below: The custom eclipse launcher on panel doesn't work. Double click on Eclipse.desktop from file manager ...
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“Safely remove” doesn't seem to spin down the external hard drive

I have a USB HDD attached to the computer, and I've noticed that, when using "Safely remove" from the launcher, the drive continues producing noise and its LED is on continually. However, if I first ...
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How do I change the unity launcher dash home icon in ubuntu 12.04?

Okey, Before anyone rates this as duplicate of anything! I have researched. And I am sorry if my response for my previous questions was bad, I did not mean to do so, some personal things happened, I'm ...
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Desktop shortcut to create a new desktop shortcut doesn't do anything

It's weird that creating desktop shortcuts is currently so primitive. I found the following: Create Shortcut / launcher on Desktop in Ubuntu 12.04 That helps. However, if there's something wrong ...
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Duplicate (Spotify) Icon in launcher

I have installed spotify on Ubuntu 13.04 and have locked the icon on the launcher. But when I exit the program fully or even restart and use that icon to open spotify, a new icon is created or a ...
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Only a few programs will launch without rebooting first

I'm running 14.04 Trusty Tahr, and after a recent update my system has an issue (I want to be clear that I mess with settings a lot, so this may not be directly the fault of the update, but the ...
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Opening Chrome with Launcher in 14.04 doesn't take focus

Using the Launcher to open Chrome (Super, chrome, enter) does not take focus from what ever application was running previously. Kinda defeating the purpose of the Launcher. At the same time, the ...
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How to customize/label the hard drive icons in the launcher

Is there any way to change the hard drive icons in the launcher since I have 4 total hard drives and they all look the same. I was wondering maybe to add the LABEL of the hard drive (If exists) to the ...
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14.04 to 14.10, cannot find term, or other applications

Updated from 14.04 to 14.10 last night in an attempt to get Netflix to run in Chrome -- That was successful. However any applications that I did not already pin to the launcher or have short cut for ...
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How can I add Processing to the Unity launcher?

Processing is an open-source language and environment for learning the fundamentals of electronic art and computer programming. Its Linux download package includes a file called processing that, ...
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Access Freemind 1.0 from the laucher [duplicate]

There is a problem with Freemind 0.9, which is the version I get if I use sudo apt-get install freemind. When trying to share a .mm file between Windows Freemind and Ubuntu Freemind, I get the error ...
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Touch pad or mouse not working on launcher and top panel

I am using ubuntu 12.04 and everything was working fine but suddenly the top panel and side bar (launcher) has stop responding to mouse or my touch pad. I can bring the dashboard using keyboard ...
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How to launch windows on default and Linux by choice?

I'm using Windows for everything, but I want to check and learn Linux also. My computer is also used by my family. Is there any possibility to run Windows by default (without any choosing) and Ubuntu ...
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How to create a desktop entry for an application located in the user space?

I compiled the latest QGIS sources into user space ~/bin/qgis. I can start the application from the command line running ~/bin/qgis/bin/qgis. Now I want to have application launcher entry. So I copied ...
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I can't see applications under file [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to get back Applications menu? In top left in file menu there suppose to be application but it's not there,everytime i have use dash to use my installed programs.
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Ubuntu 12.04 Launcher icons corrupted

I have my launcher icons corrupted. Some of them are shown as 'invisible' or dark. I have already tried unity --reset-icons unity --reset but both commands end up with some kind of no such file or ...
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How do I diagnose “There was an error launching the application”?

I created a my-app.desktop file for a program I wrote. When I double-click it, I get the error message "There was an error launching the application". How can I get more detailed information about ...
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Change Icon of Wine Application in Unity Launcher

I frequently run a windows program with wine. When I open this program it shows up in the unity launcher as wine instead of the actual opened program. I have made a desktop launcher with the right ...
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attached to launch centre

I unattached Eclipse from the Launch Centre and installed Lazarus, which does not attach to the launch centre. I would like to learn if there any commands to attach my application to the launch ...
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How to launch Lazarus IDE after install?

I used the following code to install Lazarus IDE: sudo apt-get install lazarus-ide However, the system can't seem to find a way to launch it from the dash. How I can run the Lazarus IDE after ...
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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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An application launched from script has no icon

I use an application (Simplify3D for example) which is a binary launched by bash script. The GUI is created by the binary, while the .desktop file points to the script. For this reason I do have an ...
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Unity sidebar and window frames disappear when I click on an icon with 2 or more dots (multiple windows)

How can I restore Unity to it's original installation settings? Background In normal operation, Unity shows up to three dots next to an icon on the left sidebar when the application has 2 more more ...
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How to open the terminal with specific command already run? Best at Unity Launcher! [duplicate]

I know how to add a command to the Unity Launcher, but don't know how to have automatically opened terminal for the command. Especially needed when sudo command needs password or command result ...
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Moving icon to the bottom of the launcher

How can I move the "Show Desktop" icon to the bottom of the launcher, right above/under the Trash icon? If that is not possible, then can I just replace "Trash" with "Show Desktop"? Like changing the ...
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Unity doesn't load after fresh installation

I'm trying to get Ubuntu to work on my laptop the second time and I'm getting very frustrated. The Ubuntu desktop loads for me but I can't really do anything. Before I started following the ...
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How do I create a launcher for the Xampp control panel?

I've just installed ubuntu 12.04 on my DEll v1450 laptop. I downloaded and installed XAMPP 1.7.7 After that I created xampp control panel by using this command: gedit ...
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Unity 2D dash and launcher unable to install!

Ok. I tried installing ubuntu TV from This page. It said that my ubuntu 2D environment will be altered. Now when I choose Ubuntu 2D,I dont have a launcher. Everything is working except there is no ...
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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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Sublime text 2 unity launcher opens sublime.desktop

I have looked on various places but cannot find any answer to my problem. Here it is : I installed Sublime text 2 following this tutorial : ...
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Dead link in the Ubuntu's launcher

I'm trying to lock Eclipse's icon to the launcher for a fast and easy access to it, using the simplest way of launching Eclipse, and then right clicking the Eclipse icon at the launcher and choosing ...
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Removing an application created by dragging a URL onto the unity bar?

I accidentally dropped a YouTube url onto the Unity sidebar instead of dropping it into my text editor and it created a launch icon on the bar. I deleted this icon from the bar but now when I right ...
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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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Chromium does not start (launch seems to start but not opening the application)

Ubuntu 14.04 fully updated every day Chromium does not start since some more days. No idea why. I uninstalled and made new installation from Synaptic just now. No error message at installation. ...
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No more icons on my desktop [duplicate]

Ubuntu 14.04. I have 2 user accounts. This problems appears only for one of it. I have no more icons on my desktop, neither the launcher, just the desktop picture. Right click still works, so I can ...
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How does one create a custom application launcher for Wine installed apps?

I'm able to locate stuff with the dash home then drag it down to the launcher bar on the left of the desktop, but what if the application installed via Wine isn't found via the dash search? I've right ...