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I am trying to rearrange the icons on my Unity launcher. Sometimes I can just drag and drop an icon without difficulty. But other times when I attempt to drag an icon all icons on the launcher slide together. Why is that? What can I do to make sure my dragging and dropping performs one of these actions or the other?

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If you click and move quickly you drag all the icons.

If you click, wait and move you move a single icon.

  • Thanks, that works! It's worth adding that @ByteCommander's answer - moving an icon first horizontally and then vertically - also works. – Tom Apr 7 '15 at 17:17
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My observation is that:

  • You slide all icons up and down if you click and hold an icon and then move the mouse vertically.

  • You can move one single icon inside the launcher by clicking and holding it and then first moving a bit horizontally to free it. After that you can drag it wherever you want.

I am currently on XFCE so I can't check, but this is how I remember it from Unity.

  • Thanks, @ByteCommander! I've accepted @mark rigby's answer (to wait before moving) as it was here first and it works, but added a reference to your answer which is good too. – Tom Apr 7 '15 at 17:20
  • @Tom No problem! :-) It's your choice which answer you like best, but I'm happy that mine works too (in this case I wasn't really sure because I used Unity a while ago) and you also like it. – Byte Commander Apr 7 '15 at 17:28

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