I've installed Unity 2d, and therefore I'm able to use the Launcher and Panel in standard Gnome Panel desktop. I would like to know whether there is a way to launch the Dash only, and if so, if it is possible to assign a shortcut to it. What I'm thinking of is a Wingpanel + Slingshot combo on Elementary or Gnome-Shell style 'Activities' button. Thanks for your help.


Unity 2D's dash can be used independently but there is a little trick: it starts invisible.

To launch it type:


To make it visible, there is a D-Bus API:

bool com.canonical.Unity2d.Dash.active

From the command line:

qdbus com.canonical.Unity2d.Dash /Dash active true
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  • Thanks a lot guys, I was convinced my question would go unanswered! – Tigull Mar 14 '11 at 16:17

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