I have been having a problem with Unity launcher recently. Launcher stay behind my windows and I can't bring it to the front of my windows! Hud open behind of windows

Nautilus is over and front of menus

As you can see, the Nautilus window is in front of the launcher menu and the menus are totally inaccessible when the window is maximized.

  • The HUD will remain in front of the launcher. This is a feature. Other than that, what window are you talking about?
    – jobin
    May 7, 2014 at 19:52
  • Hud, launcher, menus and everthing that belong to it stay behind of windows.
    – nekofar
    May 7, 2014 at 19:54
  • Can you post a screenshot explaining that, other than one you have posted above?
    – jobin
    May 7, 2014 at 19:59
  • I added another screenshot. As you can see menus are behind windows and when windows are maximized they are totaly inaccessible.
    – nekofar
    May 7, 2014 at 20:02

2 Answers 2


Open your terminal by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T and type this following to solve this problem:


Hit Enter to generating this commands, you'll see screen will flick a few times, just don't panic ! Wait for a few second and everything will back to normal again

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    Thank you. This solved my problem but is there any way to prevent this problem?
    – nekofar
    May 8, 2014 at 16:43
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    I will also be intrested in a permanent solution, as the unity&disown command will mess up all my windows desktop positions
    – Calin
    Dec 9, 2014 at 17:44
  • Thanks for the answer, any idea on what might be causing it to look deeper in to the matter? Dec 11, 2014 at 10:55
  • Just a word of caution: save all your documents before doing so! it fixed the problem, but also killed all my running applications. (UBUNTU 16.04)
    – Amir Uval
    Jan 30, 2017 at 23:24

This was resolved for me after shutting down and restarting. The Unity application launcher now correctly appears in front of any other window.

For me the unity&disown solution didn't work - it actually made the entire unity UI permanently disappear until restarted, including the top part of every window with the close, minimize and maximize buttons. Even after waiting ~20 minutes the UI didn't reappear and I couldn't close any windows to see if there was possibly a dialog box waiting for my response hidden somewhere, so I had to force a shutdown by holding the power button for 4+ seconds.

The issue occurred after suspending and waking up my machine several times, although I'm not positive the two events are correlated.

Hope this helps anyone else having trouble with the unity&disown solution.

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