I want to resize the Unity launcher. Is that possible?


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12.04 and later - Unity (3D)

The launcher icon size can be changed from a new option in System Settings - Appearance

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You'll see a slide bar which allows you to change the launcher size.

Drag left to shrink

Minimum size 32 pixels

Drag right to expand

Maximum size 64 pixels

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    I don't have the line that reads "Launcher icon size" although I just upgraded to 12.04 - How come I missed this one?
    – itsols
    Commented Jun 11, 2012 at 6:26
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    if you don't have that line - you are most probably running unity-2d not unity-3d - have a look at this Q&A to confirm: askubuntu.com/questions/62001/am-i-using-unity-or-unity-2d
    – fossfreedom
    Commented Jun 11, 2012 at 6:29
  • I had the exact same problem. I had to switch to Unity 3D.
    – horIzoN
    Commented Jan 14, 2013 at 17:22
  • On 16.04 this can be changed by going to "System Settings->Displays->Scale for menu and title bars". Commented Jul 8, 2018 at 7:03

Install ccsm from the software center . Now Press Alt + F2 and enter about:config

Then go to the Experimental tab. In the middle of the page is a slider that allows you to adjust the Launcher icon size from 32 to 64 pixels. You can also control backlighting and attention animations.

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    Presumably correct at the time it was written, it is not currently the way to do this. See kelvinafox's answer. Commented Dec 23, 2012 at 7:22

You should install MyUnity. You can see icon size option.

My Unity

Just set "Size".

  • Is there a way to get the buttons back instead? Plus, I don't really want to install something. Thanks for your help though.
    – horIzoN
    Commented Jan 2, 2013 at 14:02
  • Sorry, that's only way than I know. :(
    – user45853
    Commented Jan 2, 2013 at 14:06

Using Ubuntu tweak under tweaks -> unity:

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It is possible as of the latest Unity update.

Checkout my answer on How can I configure Unity? for details.

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