I've installed Ubuntu 11.10 with the new Unity Desktop. I understand that I can access the classic "Applications" menu by switching to Gnome. However, I was wondering if it's possible to access the menu thru the Unity Desktop. If not, then what is the best way to access the installed programs?

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    If @Tachyons's answer has solved your problem, then you might want to accept it. – fouric Feb 23 '13 at 18:00
  • thanks this helped me! used to old debian interface. You should accept answer OP and wish people would up vote question too and not only answer! – tgkprog Apr 24 '14 at 18:10

Yes, if you need a classic menu in Unity you can use "classic menu indicator applet", press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open Terminal.

When it opens run the commands below:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:diesch/testing
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install classicmenu-indicator

To run the classicmenu immediately hit the super key, type classic then click the classicmenu icon. A new icon will appear in the top right hand corner near the clock.

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Else you can open application via the Unity dash

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  1. https://askubuntu.com/a/46811/39372
  2. What are PPAs and how do I use them?
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    You can right click on the ubuntu button on 12.04 to go right to "applications", not sure if this was in 11.10 though. – Jorge Castro Apr 16 '12 at 0:53
  • The “application menu” in the Unity dash does not show exactly the same applications. Actually, look at the screenshots above and count the entries in the Grapics category. – MPi Dec 3 '12 at 7:20
  • No, above screenshots are taken from diffrent computers – Tachyons Dec 3 '12 at 8:07
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    @Tachyons : Can I move this indicator from right to left side on top bar? – Pandya May 5 '14 at 9:46
  • @Pandya No ,indicators can not be moved , left part is reserved for global menu – Tachyons May 5 '14 at 10:48

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