I want to use the classical GNOME categories (Accessories, Education, Games, Office, Sound and Video) in the Dash menu instead of the current Media Apps | Internet Apps | More Apps

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You could try taking a look at the Unity Bliss Lens, which puts applications into category folders in the dash.

Screenshot of Unity Bliss Lens

Instructions for installation:

  1. Download the package from https://launchpad.net/unity-lens-bliss by clicking the green button on the right side of the page.
  2. Extract the package into your home folder.
  3. Run the following in a terminal:

    cd unity-lens-bliss-0.1.3
    ./configure –prefix=/usr –sysconfdir=/etc
    sudo make install

Log out and back in to see it in the Dash.


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  • This is identical to this other post from you askubuntu.com/questions/85815/classic-categories-in-unitys-dash/…. Cannot you link to that post, instead of reproduce the same content here? – enzotib Dec 9 '11 at 11:40
  • @enzotib I moved the answer here after Jorge Castro asked me to. The idea is that the other question is a duplicate of this one, and the answers should go on the master question. I suppose I could delete the other post, but I'll ask about it in chat or on Meta first. – Christopher Kyle Horton Dec 9 '11 at 15:51
  • I've closed the other question and have deleted the answer. This is now the only copy. – Oli Dec 9 '11 at 21:26

Old school dash

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PPA - ppa:shnatsel/unity (How to use PPAs)

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    Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference. – RolandiXor Dec 9 '11 at 14:28

This doesn't change the dash itself, but it does present you with a categorized view of installed applications. You can access it directly by using super+a, or you can just open the dash and tap tab to switch to it -- or click the App lens icon at the bottom of the dash. Anyway, it'll look like this:

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This doesn't go in the dash, but it adds a classic menu application indicator:


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