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I am a new Ubuntu 14.04 user (having moved from Windows XP at the advice of a friend), and I'm loving it! I like Unity a lot, but one thing that I dearly miss is the Windows Start Menu's folder-like structure to categorize applications in folders (e.g. Games, Internet, Graphics, etc.). I found and installed XFCE, and I installed the Whisker launcher, and I really like that a lot because they had a similar folder/menu structure of the Windows Start Menu, but Unity works very well on my machine and has obvious advantages over XFCE / Whisker. I'm wondering, is there some kind of application that I can use in Unity to simulate the Start Menu like functionality of XFCE/Whisker? For example, is there an application which I can dock in Launcher that LOOKS like the XFCE/Whisher launcher? The closest thing I could find in Unity was opening Ubuntu Software Center > Installed, and I see them all categorized exactly how I want them, but I can't launch the apps from there.

Here's a mock up of what I'd like to do in Unity:

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  • I'm not sure about this, as I haven't been using unity for a while now but, if I remember correctly, when you open dash you can see the installed applications and you can also filter them by category (similar to XFCE). – Emil Jun 26 '14 at 5:36
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I think you mean something like this: (Sorry I'm on 12.04 but the idea remains)

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  • Click on the Applications lens - the second from left at the bottom of the dash.
  • Click on Filter results on the top right - highlighted in the screenshot.
  • Select the category/categories you want to view apps from.
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  • Thank you for the reply, @Parto. That's not quite what I'm looking for, though. I've updated my post with a mock up image of the functionality I seek. Thanks again! – skijumpz Jun 29 '14 at 14:31
  • What about something like this? It's called the classic menu indicator. askubuntu.com/a/46811/163331 – Parto Jun 29 '14 at 19:20
  • What about something like this? omgubuntu.co.uk/2010/11/… – kenn Jun 29 '14 at 19:49
  • @Parto, ClassicMenu Indicator is exactly what I wanted! kenn, 7like GNoMenu theme is pretty cool, too. Thank you both! – skijumpz Jun 30 '14 at 21:50

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