I find programs like Kupfer, Synapse, Gnome-do, and Alfred much quicker, more task-oriented, and generally more useful than the unity dash. I use the shortcut keys: ctrl+space to launch Kupfer, but I would also like to use the big friendly button:

Ubuntu Dash Icon: Big Friendly Button (bfb)

Is there any way to edit a .desktop file or something? Or is it hard-coded? At the very least, can I remove it completely?


No, I'm pretty sure neither of those things are possible, sorry.

  • Thank you, I figured as much. I have set the launcher to auto-hide with compizconfig-settings-manager, and activate with the top corner. Essentially, I never have to see it. I have also installed Plank Dock, which allows the functionality I described in the question. As a bonus, Plank auto-hides and reveals much easier than the unity launcher. – Gruzzles Jan 28 '15 at 20:33
  • You might want to turn the sensitivity of the autohide all the way down so you can't accidentally activate it. – jkd Jan 29 '15 at 0:50

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It tells you how to replace dash with synapse using compiz

  • Thanks for the answer, but it's not what I'm looking for. – Gruzzles Jan 28 '15 at 20:27

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