I find that the Unity launcher in the Auto-hide option hides itself too fast. Just as I click something, the launcher is gone.

I don't want to set it to "never hide", I just want it to wait, say, 3-4 seconds after I click on an icon before disappearing.

I have seen related questions, but they all talk about making it disappear faster.

  • I don't know of any options for that, but I haven't used any of the unofficial tools like Ubuntu Tweak et al. I don't even use auto-hide these days. But I'm curious, is it that: you are ready to make another click, but the Launcher is already gone? Or is it visually disruptive to disappear that soon? Thanks. Sep 21, 2012 at 1:08
  • The hiding animation is too fast, so I get lost.. I always feel like: What in the nine gods did I just click? It also hides fast if I place the mouse above it, so I also have no way of telling which windows are actually open.
    – gustavokrm
    Sep 21, 2012 at 1:21
  • Yeah, that sounds like an unpleasant feeling. For when the mouse is right over it, there's been a recent change, in the current development release. I don't know if it will count as an answer, but the info doesn't format well in a comment, so I'll put it in an answer. Sep 21, 2012 at 18:09

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For the times when the pointer is over the Launcher, that's been changed in the latest versions of Unity, available only in the development release, until 12.10 comes out.

unity (6.4.0-0ubuntu1) quantal-proposed

- Launcher - Launcher should never autohide when the cursor is positioned 
  over the Launcher (e.g. When a spread ends) (LP: #745707)

Thu, 30 Aug 2012

That was this bug report.

There's an ongoing bug to keep it from disappearing when you're dragging icons to it.

Maybe these will be interesting, or helpful when the upgrades arrive for you.

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