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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Can I move the Unity launcher?

I can’t get used to the new Unity system. I’d like to move the left Unity panel to the bottom of screen (like Windows 7 – more similar is better). But I can't find a way. Is it possible?
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How can I edit/create new launcher items in Unity by hand?

Will Unity allow making custom launcher icons from .desktop files or via menu editing system? (Right now the launcher doesn't give the option to "keep in launcher" on all programs. For some programs ...
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How can I configure Unity's launcher auto-hide behavior?

This has been an issue for me with Unity since its release. I'd like to make the the launcher auto-hide. Especially on Netbooks, where screens are small, the launcher is quite wide, making it ...
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How do I configure the launcher to “dodge windows”?

I don't like the auto hide launcher for it is too annoying for me. The launcher stays hidden and to reveal it, the mouse pointer has to be moved to the default hot spot. I'd instead like to have ...
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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 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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How can I change the size of Unity 2D launcher icons?

Is it possible to make Unity 2D launcher icons smaller or larger than the default size?
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How do I disable the chameleon effect in notifications and the Unity launcher?

Is there a way to stop the new unity feature that changes the colour of the launcher and notifications that matches them to the wallpaper? Its an interesting feature, but I would rather not have a ...
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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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How do I put a web application on the Launcher?

Sometimes I see pictures of screenshots with people with web applications and nice icons on their launcher, how can I set this up?
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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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How can I remove launcher drive icons?

I can't disable showing drive's icons in Launcher bar. I have looked for that option both in CCSM (it used to be in Experimental tab) and in dconf-editor (desktop->unity) and it is missing. How can ...
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How do I add applications to the Unity launcher?

How do I add apps to the Launcher?
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Why can't I use the Unity launcher icon to minimize applications/windows?

I don't know if this is a feature or a bug, but clicking on an active application's launcher icon doesn't minimize it. It is terribly inconvenient for folks using a persistent Unity bar to click ...
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Missing launcher after 12.04 upgrade [duplicate]

I recently upgraded to Ubuntu 12.04 and after doing some updates and such my application launcher and title bars (for window dialogues) are missing. Basically the entire Unity GUI is missing! Not ...
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How to resize the Unity launcher?

I want to resize the Unity launcher. Is that possible?
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How to add my favorite places as a quicklist in my home's icon in Unity?

So I saw all that fancy quicklists in dash, and I'm wondering if I can do it with nautilus to add places as a quicklist, like Videos, Pictures, Downloads.. etc, So as a start, I tried to modify ...
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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 do I hide Thunderbird from the launcher while running?

I have a question for you all. It's possible to "hide" thunderbird from the unity application bar when thunderbird is running? For my is unhelpfull see thunderbird on the "mail" tray ( near shutdown ...
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How to drag a folder to the launcher from Nautilus

How can I add a folder to the launcher for quick access to it. In this particular case I wish to drag it to the launcher.
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How can I remove duplicate icons for “launched” java programs in the launcher?

When launching java programs (like IntelliJ IDEA and Crashplan) in Natty's Unity launcher, duplicate icons are shown (see image). For IntelliJ I created the .desktop file, for Crashplan the .desktop ...
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How do I add a custom launcher?

I started by searching guides. I found this guide but neither of the main methods works anymore in 11.10. The first solution, I have created the desktop file, however the file location given as ...
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Is there a Unity equivalent of the GNOME panel 'show desktop' applet? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to add a “Show desktop” icon to the launcher? I miss the symbol to show the desktop with just one click when using Unity instead of the classic desktop. Is there a ...
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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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How can I change the auto-hide function of Launcher to work better? [closed]

I'm new to Ubuntu, 11.10 was the first version of Ubuntu I used, it was very good. I've just made a new install of 12.04 (clean install, not upgrade), it's also very good too but the auto-hide ...
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Launcher and window menu bar missing after 12.04 upgrade [duplicate]

I upgraded from 11.10 to 12.04 and now my launcher menu is missing. I opened terminal using CTRL+ALT+T and the menu shows but the GUI (bar) above that is missing. Things like CTRL+TAB and image ...
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Can I change the Unity Launcher transparency?

Is it possible to change the background opacity of the Unity Launcher? I see you can change the panel opacity, but then the launcher clashes with the panel.
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menu bar and launcher missing in ubuntu 13.04 [duplicate]

i have upgraded ubuntu desktop from 12.10 to 13.04 since then i cant see the menu bar or launcher , but i am able to open the terminal using keyboard shortcut when i use the guest log in there is no ...
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Shortcut to change Launcher 'Hide' setting

When I'm working on my laptop I have periods that I am only using a couple of programs, so the default intellihide setting of the Launcher ('Dodge windows') is very handy. But I also have periods that ...
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Launcher icons invisible, still work in 12.04

Rebooted my PC today to find that my launcher icons are not showing on the launcher bar, even though they are still there. I can hover over the launcher bar and see (via the mouse tool-tip) that they ...
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Can Unity display a Launcher icon for Spread Mode?

There is a Launcher icon for Expo Mode (Super-S) located in the Launcher. Is there a way to put a Launcher icon for Spread Mode (Super-W) in the Launcher?
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How do I remove mounted drives from the unity launcher? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to remove launcher drive icons? In 11.10 how do I go about removing the mounted drives icons on the Unity Launcher? This article: ...
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Launcher and panel missing [ubuntu 13.04] [duplicate]

When I booted my laptop to ubuntu 13.04 today the panel and launcher were both missing from the screen and I had no idea how to get them back. Using a ubuntu 13.04 install medium I formatted / and ...
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How do I make a custom launcher for terminal applications?

I have some command line applications (and remote servers) that I want to make individual launchers for on the Unity launcher, how do I do that?
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Why do some open applications appear as “question marks” in the Unity launcher?

I'm having a problem with a couple of programs that have launchers in unity but then create a separate icon after launched. Is is possible for the launcher to track the windows it spawns to organize ...
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How can I add a bash script to the Unity launcher? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I create launchers on my desktop? How to add a shell script to launcher as shortcut I open my favourite IDE (PhpStorm) using a custom bash script. I would like ...
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How to disable the grouping of windows on the launcher?

For example, I ran Firefox and opened Askubuntu. Then opened some link in a new window. As a result, I have two windows of Firefox and one icon of Firefox on the launcher. I want to have an icon for ...
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How do I set the launcher to always show in Unity 2d?

I have install ubuntu 11.10 and use unity-2d. The Unity-2d auto hide. I want it to be always show
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How can I remove the Trash icon from the Unity launcher?

I would like to not show the trash icon at the bottom of the Unity launcher. Is this possible without having to recompile anything? :P
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How can I move the Dash button from the Unity launcher to the top panel?

In Ubuntu 11.10 the Unity Dash button moved from top-left corner to the launcher. How can I restore the Dash button to the top-corner, as pictured below
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How to make unity launcher apps not bundle together when you have lots of them or to speed up the bar when scrolling down to apps?

I notice that the applications don't stay straight when you add more on. Is there a way to fix this? Can you also speed up the scrolling speed when on the unity launcher?
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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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How do I start a second instance of a program from Unity's launcher?

It's all in the title. Eg. if I have a gnome-terminal opened and I click on the gnome-terminal launcher icon, the running terminal will focus and no new instance will pop-up. Also, there is no item ...
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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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How do I always show the launcher (i.e. disable the auto-hide functionality)? [closed]

When I upgraded from 11.04 to 11.10, the setting remained. Now that I have done a clean install of 11.10, the CCSM option does NOT work anymore and I can't seem to find a solution. Also note that I am ...
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How to add programs to the launcher?

How can I add new programs to the launcher in Ubuntu?