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For 11.10 and newer First, create a .desktop file to eclipse: gedit ~/.local/share/applications/opt_eclipse.desktop Then, paste this inside (dont forget to edit Exec and Icon values): [Desktop Entry] Type=Application Name=Eclipse Comment=Eclipse Integrated Development Environment Icon=** something like /opt/eclipse/icon.xpm ** Exec= ** something like ...


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Click and hold the application's launcher icon, and then drag it up or down.


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UPDATED: 2014-Nov For Ubuntu 14.10 still to test .. For Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (11.10 or later), with Unity (3D) NOTE: This can replace the function of an existing icon, or (once created) can be searched for (from Dash icon) to add to current button-bar. First make your OWN copy of any of the .desktop files you want to modify. It is MUCH safer, and then ...


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For 11.04 and earlier: Unity does support custom launchers from .desktop files. To create custom launcher from a .desktop file you need to create a *.desktop file for your program. gedit ~/.local/share/applications/name.desktop The .desktop file should look something like this: [Desktop Entry] Name=the name you want shown Comment= Exec=command to run ...


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11.10 There is now an unofficial Compiz Plugin that allows you to move the Unity 3D (not Unity 2D) launcher from the left to the bottom. Credit to WebUpd8. In summary: You can now peruse the source-code. Contact the maintainer with suggested fixes! Remember this is unofficial and can & probably will have many bugs still to be ironed out. Install ...


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12.04 and newer As of 12.04 you can not move the launcher, and there’s no official support for that. This is by design, and so far, there are no Canonical plans to change that. Here’s a quote from Mark on the bug report for Ubuntu 11.04: I think the report actually meant that the launcher should be movable to other edges of the screen. I’m afraid ...


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For 11.04 and earlier: This is a method without editing config files and without root privileges. First create the Launcher on the Desktop (only temporary) right click your desktop select Create Launcher... create the custom Launcher as you want to. Now you got the launcher on the Desktop. If you are satisfied with it, get it in the Launcher Panel: ...


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For 11.10 and newer: You can still create the Launcher on the Desktop by using the old GUI dialog. Using ALT+F2 type: gnome-desktop-item-edit --create-new ~/Desktop (Capital D) This will start the dialog( Create launcher): You can put this .desktop file in any folder, and then drag and drop to the launcher. Note: The package gnome-desktop-item-edit ...


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For Ubuntu 11.10, 12.04, 12.10 If the applications folder does not exist inside ~/.local/share/ create it mkdir ~/.local/share/applications Check if your installation left you with a workable .desktop file for Eclipse and copy it if exists cp /usr/share/applications/eclipse.desktop ~/.local/share/applications/ If the file does not exist create a ...


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The old GUI dialog is still available if you still want to use this: Using ALT+F2 type gnome-desktop-item-edit --create-new ~/Desktop This will launch the old GUI Dialog and create a launcher on your Desktop: Prerequisites gnome-desktop-item-edit is installed automatically if you have installed gnome-shell/gnome-fallback. It is also installed ...


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Home Icon Quicklist Copy 'Home Folder' launcher file to your home directory: mkdir ~/.local/share/applications cp /usr/share/applications/nautilus-home.desktop ~/.local/share/applications Open the file for editing in gedit: gedit ~/.local/share/applications/nautilus-home.desktop Delete the following line from the file: OnlyShowIn=GNOME; Add this ...


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11.04 & 11.10 The Unity launcher has an auto-hide option that is enabled by default. Lee's answer has the details. It has a few options: Never - The launcher will never hide. Autohide - The launcher will hide automatically based on time. Dodge Windows - The launcher will hide when a window would overlay it. Dodge Active Window - The launcher will hide ...


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Ubuntu has this feature built in, see: How do I use Ubuntu's web application integration? You can also use the more traditional webapp integration approach: Since these can be time consuming if you use a bunch of webapps I created a "Web Applications" folder that I keep these in because I need a place to hold the icon as well. I sync this folder ...


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SSH Launcher Access of list of your favorite SSH servers quickly. Create a new file with gedit, in the Terminal type: gedit ~/.local/share/applications/ssh-launcher.desktop Copy & Paste this text into the above file: [Desktop Entry] Version=1.0 Name=Remote Servers Comment=Login to my servers Exec=gnome-terminal --disable-factory ...


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I see many complex answers here. This solution is, I think, simple. (First install the package alacarte, if you don't have it. This is the menu editor that was installed by default before 11.10. Obviously you only have to do this once.) Start "Main Menu" by searching for it in the dash. Add an item for your application and close the editor. Start the ...


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Ubuntu Software Center Quicklist Quickly add PPAs through the software-properties UI and update sources as well. Copy the original .desktop file to your home folder using Terminal: cp /usr/share/applications/ubuntu-software-center.desktop ~/.local/share/applications/ Open the file for editing with gedit: gedit ...


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12.04 and later - Unity (3D) The launcher icon size can be changed from a new option in System Settings - Appearance You'll see a slide bar which allows you to change the launcher size. Drag left to shrink Drag right to expand


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1.create *.desktop file in /usr/local/share/applications/ (or /usr/share/applications/ depending upon your system) if you want the launcher shortcut to be available to all users. gksudo gedit </insert/path/to/new/file.desktop> 2.Paste below text [Desktop Entry] Type=Application Terminal=true Name=unmount-mount Icon=/path/to/icon/icon.svg ...


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To create Desktop shortcuts in Ubuntu,gnome-panel package is required first. Open Terminal. To open terminal click the Dash home from Unity launcher. And type terminal in the search field. And click Terminal. Type the below code in terminal and hit enter. sudo apt-get install --no-install-recommends gnome-panel Then type below code in terminal and hit ...


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Home Icon Quicklist (auto-update from bookmarks) Here is a small shell script that updates your Home-Quicklist with all your bookmarks. No manual manipulation. It reads your bookmark file and creates the menu items from it. It also adds the "Root Filemanager" menu entry. Copy the script listed below into an empty file and put it in your scripts-folder ...


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LibreOffice Quicklist This creates a quicklist for the LibreOffice Start Center launcher. Copy your original .desktop file into your home directory for editing: cp /usr/share/applications/libreoffice-startcenter.desktop ~/.local/share/applications Open in gedit: gedit ~/.local/share/applications/libreoffice-startcenter.desktop Edit the MimeType ...


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Hold down the left Alt key and right-click on the launcher then select 'Remove from Panel'.


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Globally in /usr/share/applications, locally in ~/.local/share/applications. If you want to add a custom launcher, create it in ~/.local/share/applications, make it executable, drag and drop it on the launcher*, and finally pin it (right-click on the launcher item → Keep In Launcher). *) Opening it using Nautilus doesn't seem to do the trick.


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11.04 & 11.10 You can disable the autohide feature of the Unity launcher by following these simple steps: WARNING: CCSM is an advanced tool and using it may break your Unity. To avoid this, follow the steps exactly as mentioned here Install the CompizConfig Settings Manager package via the Ubuntu Software Centre Once installed, open the ...


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The other portion if I understand you correctly should be pretty simple. Just launch the application you want to attach to the "start menu" or rather dock panel, side bar, but officially it is called the "Launcher" and right click the icon and lock to launcher. You can also drag applications directly from the Dash into the launcher.


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Here is my AndroidStudio .desktop file which works from the launcher. [Desktop Entry] Version=1.0 Type=Application Name=Android Studio Exec="/home/username/Programs/AndroidStudio/bin/studio.sh" %f Icon=/home/username/Programs/AndroidStudio/bin/idea.png Categories=Development;IDE; Terminal=false StartupNotify=true StartupWMClass=jetbrains-android-studio ...


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12.04 and later - Unity The Unity Launcher auto-hide option is now a System Setting - Appearance option: By default, auto-hide is switched off - in previous versions of Ubuntu these behaviour was reverse. From the Behaviour tab you have the option to switch-on autohiding of the Launcher and using the slide-bar to control the responsiveness to the reveal ...


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Add a StartupWMClass string into your .desktop file. Use xprop command to get this class. For example : $ xprop|grep WM_CLASS WM_CLASS(STRING) = "sun-awt-X11-XFramePeer", "java-lang-Thread" $ cat /usr/share/applications/PHPStorm.desktop | grep StartupWM StartupWMClass=sun-awt-X11-XFramePeer More deatils in this thread (this about AWN, but works for ...


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Terminal Quicklist Copy original Terminal launcher into your home directory using Terminal: cp /usr/share/applications/gnome-terminal.desktop ~/.local/share/applications Open the file with gedit still using Terminal: gedit ~/.local/share/applications/gnome-terminal.desktop Find the following line from the file: OnlyShowIn=GNOME; Replace the above ...


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To add applications to the Dash (then you press the windows key), Go to ~/.local/share/applications and create your .desktop files there. For example: Open Nautilus Browse to ~/.local/share/applications (ctrl + h to show hidden folders/files) Right click and choose create empty document Name the file testing.desktop Enter in a valid desktop contents ...



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