I was testing my application and suddenly I have launcher of this application in my dash. I'm trying delete it but there is no .desktop file in /usr/share/applications and .local/share/applications.

  • How can I delete this launcher?
  • Is there some register of dash launchers?

I'm using Ubuntu 16.04.

Thank's for help!


Maybe I accidently click to Add to Dash option.

Edit 2


  • When you say Dash, are you referring to the list of applications that comes up when you Click the Ubuntu Button, or are you speaking of the Strip on the left side which is called the Launcher? Also, what type of application was it that you were testing? What language was it, bash or some other? Sep 16, 2016 at 20:45
  • @L.D.James I mean list of applications.
    – J. Doe
    Sep 16, 2016 at 20:48
  • @L.D.James It's Java application.
    – J. Doe
    Sep 16, 2016 at 20:50
  • I believe you are saying what you see when you click on the button on the top left hand corner. There's also a list of applications that are on the launcher. That is the strip that is on the left side of the screen. I can't tell by your message which one you are referring to. Do you have to click a button before you see the list or is this list always displayed? Sep 16, 2016 at 20:51
  • @L.D.James I added a screenshot.
    – J. Doe
    Sep 16, 2016 at 20:57

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There is a button on the top of the Launcher. When you hover the mouse over it, it'll say Search your computer. That search area will remember the things that you run and documents that you work with. Those items will eventually scroll off and be replaced by your more recent activity.

You can remove items from your history by clicking on the Unity Button and typing: security & privacy to bring up the tool.

It'll search as you type a key. You should see it by the second or third key.

If you click the button Clear Usage Data, you'll get another menu giving you an option of how much you want to remove. The menu is:

  • In the past hour
  • In the past day
  • In the past week
  • From - To (you specify an interval of time)
  • From all time

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