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The problem is that you cannot "run" a .desktop file from Dash with arguments, so the setup exactly like you have in mind is impossible I am afraid. However, assuming your script does take arguments, there are a few elegant alternative options, maybe even better: Save your script in ~/bin remove the extension make it executable run it by pressing ...


Simply create a .desktop file and save it in ~/.local/share/applications. In its most basic form: [Desktop Entry] Name=name_of_your_script_like_you_see_it_in_Dash Exec=sh /path/to/script.sh Icon=/path/to/some/icon Type=Application Copy it into an empty file, save it as script.desktop in ~/.local/share/applications. After log out /in, it will appear in ...


Yes, there is: Open System Settings > "Security & Privacy" > "Files & Applications" (tab). Add the directory (or the complete drive) to the list to exclude from search. In most cases, you will need to clear the history (completely) and possibly log out / in to take effect. From then on the files will not appear in search, nor in recently used ...


You need to change the permissions of the new icon. Run below command in Terminal sudo chmod 644 /usr/share/unity/icons/launcer_bfb.png Or copy again your icon via this sudo cp /path/to/newIcon.png /usr/share/unity/icons/launcer_bfb.png This command also sets parent directory permission to new copied file.


You can disable Internet searches in the dash by clicking "Filter results" in the top-right corner of the dash and deselecting all the sources you don't want.


Couple of points: The "Start Menu" is only called that when it is windows. On ubuntu, we call it the "Dash". By Word I guess you mean Libre Office writer. Very different things - although they do do the same thing. To know if you accidentally changed something, I would need to know what you did. Was there something you did / installed before it changed? ...


See my filed bug and fix here: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/compiz/+bug/1385143/comments/2

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