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 in the launcher icon's quicklist that would allow me to start a second instance of the program.

  • It would be simpler and more usable to keep the gnome bottom panel for opened program and the launcher just to run programs.
    – deonis
    Feb 25, 2012 at 17:31
  • Terminal was just an example. What we need is a way to config to start another instance of any app from Unity Launcher.
    – user270333
    Apr 18, 2014 at 12:01

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You now can start a new instance via a middle clicking on the launcher icon.

  • 2
    I was hoping that there would be an alternative for those who don't have a middle mouse button (such as on my laptop's trackpad), such as by holding some combination of ctrl, alt or shift while clicking. It is a convention in web browsers to use CTRL+click to mean the same as a middle-click. I wish Unity did the same. For now I have to right-click then select "New ______" from the context menu which is annoying. Jun 14, 2012 at 13:57
  • If you have a trackpad is likely that you can obtain a middle-click by pressing the two mouse buttons at the same time.
    – Michele
    Sep 23, 2012 at 14:52

Click the launcher with the middle mousebutton.

  • If the program in question is gedit, then additionally you must right-click on the tab in gedit and "move to new window"
    – OJW
    Oct 27, 2012 at 14:28

At the moment, the only possibility to start a second instance, is using the Applications view, in the sidebar or the Ubuntulogo at the top.


If you want a second Instance of the terminal you must select "New Terminal" in the File Menu from gnome-terminal. It's similar with Nautilus. But (currently) it's not possible to start more than one instance from the Launcher


cntrl shift N opens a 2nd terminal where I have a terminal focused and cntrl D closes a termimal


Right-click on it's running launcher icon and choose New Window.

  • Not all applications offer a possibility to launch a second instance via their quicklists.
    – htorque
    Mar 4, 2012 at 8:33

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