My desktop is pretty blank and I'd much rather have the useful Dash come up on start-up, is this possible? Surely there is a command that is executed internally when I press the Dash Home button? What is this?


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By script, I think it is able. Using xdotool, you can simulate keypress event. Install it by casting : sudo apt-get install xdotool on terminal.

  1. Open Startup Applications

  2. Click 'New' and add xdotool key Super on Command field

  3. Name the startup item and give comment as necessary

  4. Save and try it (I think by relogin is enough)

Super key is default shortcut key to open dash search. Set it to match your setting.

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    Since it's just one command, adding it to the Startup Applications will be easier.
    – AliN
    Jun 24, 2014 at 12:08
  • Well, I add more complexity to the easy thing. Thanks for pointing.
    – Abdillah
    Jun 24, 2014 at 12:24
  • Genius, I didn't think anyone would be able to answer this tbh. Thanks! :D (I will try it when I can download packages outside of this blasted school proxy...)
    – Ads20000
    Jun 27, 2014 at 7:43
  • Can confirm that it works great.
    – Ads20000
    Jul 3, 2014 at 6:30

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