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 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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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 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 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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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 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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Can 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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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 to add programs to the launcher?

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

I want to resize the Unity launcher. Is that possible?
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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 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 to add a shell script to launcher as shortcut [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I edit/create new launcher items in Unity by hand? How can I create launchers on my desktop? I want to add some shell scripts in my launcher as shortcuts.. ...
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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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Adding custom applications to Gnome launcher

Looking for a utility that allows me insert an item into the list of applications that GNOME knows about. For example: I have downloaded Eclipse EE (I have some very special plugins that I need to ...
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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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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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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 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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Desktop shortcut to create a new desktop shortcut doesn't do anything [duplicate]

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 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 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 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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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 the ...
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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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How do I add a launcher for .sh applications?

I have installed ubuntu (11.04). I installed phpstorm which is simply an archive for you to extract and shove in your /opt directory. To run it you would use /opt/PhpStorm-103.243/bin/PhpStorm.sh ...
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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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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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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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How to add Minecraft to the Unity launcher?

I'm having trouble getting Minecraft to launch when I add it to the launcher. If the game is running, I can right click on the icon in the launcher and select "keep in launcher" and the icon stays, ...
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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 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 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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How can I find *.desktop files?

To the best of my knowledge, all shortcuts in the Unity Launcher have a corresponding *.desktop file. I have one shortcut (for skrooge) that doesn't have an icon. How can I find the *.desktop file ...
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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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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 create a application launcher for a .sh file?

I have this run.sh file, and I've create a symbolic link into my desktop. When I double-click on it the file the following dialog appearsr And I have to click on "run" each time. How can I create ...
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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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Move unity launcher to bottom of the screen [duplicate]

I have Ubuntu 13.04 DESKTOP version and for some odd reason I'm told that the Unity launcher cannot be moved to the bottom of the screen because of several reasons: 1. Canonical wants it there so it ...
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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 make a Matlab launcher for Unity?

I'm trying to install a Matlab R2011a launcher for Unity in Ubuntu 12.04. I've tried this guide (although I know it's for 11.10 and mentions that even 11.10 is an unsupported OS for Matlab R2011a) but ...
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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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Can I put more applications in a Unity icon?

Is it possible to 'enclose' more than one application in a single Unity icon/button? In order to keep under control the number of buttons on launcher, it will be very useful to me to store some ...
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Set variable in .desktop file

Is there a way to set the enviroment variable in .desktop file? I'm trying to run application (eclipse) with custom gtk style, so basically I want to get the following result by runing a .desktop ...
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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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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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Creating a .desktop file for a new application

I just installed the lastest version of UGENE. I works fine but in order to use it, I have to enter the following in the terminal: cd ugene-1.11.5/ then execute ./ugene -ui to launch UGENE GUI. This ...
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How does one recreate a custom application launcher that takes command line syntax and even perhaps parameters?

I had some custom scripts that I had custom launchers for on my desktop on 10.04. I would like to recreate that again after migration to 12.04, but unity seems quite foreign to me.
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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 ...