Quite a basic question: I've noticed that to show the launcher when it's hidden that I have to move the mouse to the top left of the screen, rather than simply move the mouse to the left edge of the screen. Is this a bug or is it like this by design? If so, is there a way to make it show when the mouse is at the edge?

Secondly, is it possible to prevent the launcher from only coming half into view if the mouse is moved slowly over the menu button? Sometimes I want to show the launcher but I've moved the mouse too slowly (usually because the pointer was already in the vicinity).

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Recently the behavior has been changed so that pushing your mouse towards the left edge of the screen reveals the launcher.

Pressing and holding the Super key (Windows logo) will also reveal the launcher. Also (while you're at it) you can press Super plus any number to activate the corresponding launcher (i.e. launch the application)

  • Thanks for confirming this. It's really annoying that the launcher doesn't show - my instincts are to move the cursor to the left, instead, I have to hit a tiny target at the right pace to make the launcher show.
    – blackn1ght
    Apr 6, 2011 at 20:00
  • @blacknight I see what you mean, but I've gotten used to it and I find it quite cool. My major gripe with auto-hiding docks was that they showed up every time I wanted to do something at the side of the screen. I guess it's a matter of taste anyway. I hope you get used to it :-)
    – Calixte
    Apr 7, 2011 at 8:23
  • I'm warming to Unity a lot now, I've decided to stick with it and even day after day, it's becoming more stable and useful. However, I still haven't been able to get used to the issue of the launcher only showing with the mouse over the ubuntu menu, so I've turned auto-hiding off altogether until the feature makes it's way in :)
    – blackn1ght
    Apr 10, 2011 at 20:51

Yes it's by design that you move to the top corner rather than just the side.

As for your second question, I find that very frustrating. It's not just about the speed, what you need to do is to push the mouse into the very corner of the screen. As far as it can go, not just over the button. I reported a bug about this, though it won't be fixed before 11.04's release.

As an alternative, to avoid both your problems, if you have a largish screen, you could set the launcher to never hide.


The trick is to make a semi-loop around the logo - move it into the corner and then move it down. Then the launcher comes up okay.

I personally found this behavior very easy to work with once I got it, and the launcher doens't open when I don't want it to either.

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