I removed all the icons in the sidebar because I'd like it to act more like a taskbar than a program dock. However, I now find it annoying that I must type "Software Center" into the Dash search bar whenever I wish to open it.

I thought it would be a good idea to put it right in the Dash home somewhere. Since I don't use Thunderbird, I thought to replace that icon with the Software Center. But as an Ubuntu Novice, I've got no idea on how to go about doing this.

Additional info:

My Dash home currently reads:

Media Apps-Internet Apps-More Apps-Find Files

Browse the Web-View Photos-Check Email-Listen to Music

I'd like it to say:

Media Apps-Internet Apps-More Apps-Find Files

Browse the Web-View Photos-*Software Center*-Listen to Music

Any way to accomplish this? Thanks.

Ubuntu 11.10

  • There does not seem to be a way to do this in 11.04 according to this answer on a related question. Whether this is now possible in 11.10, I'm not sure. Which Ubuntu version are you using? Oct 31, 2011 at 8:24
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    Sorry, I'm using 11.10. I'll edit it into the question.
    – Alexand3rS
    Oct 31, 2011 at 8:39

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Note - I don't particularly recommend this -

The "Check Email" is coded in, can only be changed in source.

If you did wish software-center to be used instead then you'd need to change the default handler for mail to software-center (mailto) which extends to more than just what happens when clicking on an icon.

If inclined to check out then open ~/local/share/applications/mimeapps.list & add this line in the [Default Applications] section (or edit to if already there


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Can be reset to default in System Settings > System info > Default...

  • Creative. I like it. Oct 31, 2011 at 15:12
  • Haha, nice! So this makes the system think that Software Center is an email program, correct? I'll give this one a try, thanks!
    – Alexand3rS
    Nov 13, 2011 at 8:13

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