Unity Launcher over desktop icons

Is it possible to modify the default desktop icons position so that icons move a little bit to right. If yes, how? As far as I know, there is no tweak for that in Nautilus. When I click "Organize Desktop by Name", the icons get aligned to the left of Desktop: that's fine, but they're too close to the launcher when it's in AUTO HIDE mode. So when Launcher is revealed, it comes over icons.

Reproduce: Download some files from your browser or copy files/folders from a folder to the desktop, then these latter will be placed just like the screenshot. Their position is fine when the launcher is hidden, but when revealed, it hides a part of the icons.

There is no problem when LAUNCHER AUTO-HIDE MODE is disabled.

Thanks in advance.


You can move the icons with your hands.one left click on the icon and hold the mouse then drag the icon and drop it a little bit to right.then right click on empty space in desktop and mark keep aligned to correct the minimal displacing of the icons due to manual alignment.

  • This is not what I needed. I already operated this way. Anyway, I am editing your answer and approving it.
    – Hanynowsky
    Nov 6 '12 at 23:38
  • @Hanynowsky I saw your edit and have rejected it since an edit should not be used for this. Please use a comment, or explain why the edit should go through.
    – nanofarad
    Nov 7 '12 at 0:20
  • EDIT: Actually, what you described in your question is a feature which the actual design of Unity' launcher vs Nautilus, does not implement yet. I recommend filing a bug against Unity to Launchpad as an enhancement feature. Unfortunately, no workaround is known for now.
    – nanofarad
    Nov 7 '12 at 0:24
  • @ObsessiveSSOℲ No problem. You're welcome. I'd apply this in future questions/answers. Thanks.
    – Hanynowsky
    Nov 8 '12 at 17:03

Perhaps you have the option for "auto aligning" activated (sorry I don't know how it's the name in English). If you turn off this option you can set the icons where you want.

  • Thanks for the answer. It's not a matter of auto aligning (Keep Aligned), but the purpose is that when i Click "Organize by Name" the icons don't get too close to the launcher but a little bit more to right of the launcher. (Ex: When you download a file, it automatically go to the default position).
    – Hanynowsky
    May 3 '12 at 4:56

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