When I open Google Chrome on Ubuntu 14.04, it opens a new window on a different launcher icon (I have Chrome in my Launcher pinned) and the title of the window is a tab that I don't have open any more. I have uninstalled and reinstalled Google Chrome.
From then on, Unity launcher won't create a second icon when you open Chrome.
I suspect that file is created when Chrome navigates directly to a site upon launch. The google-chrome-*.desktop file gives Unity a different Name value for Google Chrome than that defined when the application was added to the launcher, so Unity launcher doesn't know it's the same application.
This fix helped me out when the problem came back after each update.
There are three entries in this file:
[Desktop Entry], [NewWindow Shortcut Group] and [NewIncognito Shortcut Group]
After each entry add this line:
Found this solution here:
And a bug report about it here:
Here's what I found, Make sure you don't have a second
google-chrome-stable.desktop file in your
~/.local/share/applications folder, for me that fixed the issue by doing:
sudo rm -rf google*.desktop in that folder, the only .desktop files you should have should reside in
/usr/share/applications/. Hope this helps.
To explain things here, I came here because I WANTED my Chrome window to have a new icon.
Groupings of icons on the Launcher are controlled by the
StartupWMClass= entry in the
.desktop file in
/opt/google/chrome/chrome https://jira.solium.com/ --class=boo --app=https://hipchat.solium.com/chat
You can edit the entry in the .desktop file to set the WM_CLASS that the icon will represent. You can edit the entry by adding
--class myclassname to the chrome arguments, after all other arguments. So for me to launch a HipChat Chrome App, I used this:
[Desktop Entry] Name=HipChat App Comment=HipChat in Chrome App Exec=/opt/google/chrome/chrome https://google.com/ --class=hipchat --app=https://hipchat.com/chat Icon=/usr/share/icons/hicolor/1024x1024/apps/hipchat4.png Terminal=false Type=Application Categories=Network,Chat StartupWMClass=hipchat