After a recent firefox upgrade, the integration with the unity launcher went pear-shaped. Clicking on the Firefox icon does not move focus to the running firefox, but starts another firefox instance / window. I tried removing it from the launcher and re-adding it but I couldn't re-add it in any way except adding a Firefox shortcut launcher to the desktop and adding that to the launcher, but the same problem persists where clicking on the icon just opens new Firefox windows instead of bringing up the existing window.

I'm running Ubuntu 11.04 64 bit with normal Unity desktop.

Is there a way to reset the configuration of the launcher to work normally with Firefox again?


3 Answers 3


This works for me:

  1. Completely quit Firefox (File | Quit)
  2. Remove your existing Firefox launcher from Unity
  3. Hit Alt+F2, type 'firefox' to filter results, and drag the result into the Unity bar

[edited to replace earlier not-working solution]

  • Running Firefox like that (or any other way) does not cause the Firefox icon to appear in the bar. Thanks for the suggestion, though :). Jul 8, 2011 at 0:31
  • It makes it appear for me (though it's best if you quit Firefox before adding its icon to the bar, btw). However, the icon that shows up doesn't work for me. darn. :) I just tweaked the solution to something that does work for me -- give that a shot?
    – dholbert
    Jul 8, 2011 at 17:01
  • When I drag the firefox icon to the menu nothing happens, it just disappears when I drop it. Jul 8, 2011 at 20:30
  • RE "it just disappears when I drop it." -- That only happens for me if it's already there in the Unity dock. Are you sure you've got all Firefox-ish icons removed from the dock? If so, I don't know what's going on -- sorry :-/
    – dholbert
    Jul 8, 2011 at 20:44
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    solved by a reboot :| Jul 11, 2011 at 20:45

I rebooted my computer and the problem got resolved on its own.

  • classic windows problem ! :P
    – kumarharsh
    Jul 12, 2014 at 11:47

Dragging it onto the launcher didn't work for me. I still had the same issue. I ended up dragging the firefox shortcut to the desktop and then to the Launcher. If the shortcut is deleted from the desktop it is also removed from the launcher.

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