I have downloaded 12.04 and installed it under VirtualBox. The launcher in its default format is unsuitable for my needs.

The two main factors that I need to edit are (1) the size of the panel; and (2) the order in which the launch items are listed.

From the settings I have reviewed, it is not clear how to do this. How do I achieve this?

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Its now very simple to change the launcher size in 12.04:

There is a similar excellent answer for moving icons in the launcher:

  • Part 2 does not solve the issue for me. I am aware of how to reorder the icons but within a virtualbox VM it doesn't work
    – Doug Amos
    Nov 18, 2013 at 15:03
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    To move icons in 12.04, long click on the icon then move directly up or down.
    – Doug Amos
    Nov 18, 2013 at 15:36

I use myUnity to do such changes

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  • I don't have that icon on my launcher. Can you explain how you got it?
    – ændrük
    May 4, 2012 at 14:11

This worked for me in 12.04 and Unity-2D.



To resize the panel you can use Unsettings.

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

About the order, well, you can just drag and drop the items in what order you please.


This is actually pretty simple. To resize the Unity Launcher you have to go to the desktop Background options where you will find the slider which you can use to adapt the size.

Cheers Jeroen Dronkers

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