Apparently it seems that the designers of Unity operates under the current logic:

If a user types 'gimp' into the launcher this means

A: If Gimp is not running:

The user wants to start gimp.


B: If Gimp is already running:

the user wants to see the gimp-icon in the launcher wiggle for a couple of seconds. The user is not at all interested in switching to the Gimp - nope - that's not why the user typed Gimp. Typing Gimp means: Let me see a wiggling Gimp-icon!

However - I'm an old-fashioned kinda' guy. When I type 'Gimp' into a launcher it means that I would like to actually USE Gimp!

Is there a way to tell unity to bring Gimp (or any other application) to the front with focus as a response to me typing 'Gimp' (or any other application name) in the launcher?

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    Did you try alt+tab? – user25656 Oct 4 '13 at 12:36
  • yep - but that's another topic. I have loads of memory and often have +10 apps open. Alt-tabbing is doable, but it's much quicker to just type SUPER + application name. The current behaviour makes no sense at all. – Acebone Oct 4 '13 at 12:39
  • What version of Ubuntu are you using? – Seth Oct 5 '13 at 20:03

If you're more comfortable using a search based graphical launcher but you feel unity is a little slow, I recommend you take a look at synapse.

It provides pretty much the same functionality as dash, but I find it to be a lot faster. It also provides the functionality you ask for.

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