My 75 years old mother has big problems in clicking on Unity launcher icons to start applications because she always moves the mouse a bit which prevents the left-click to be accepted. As a work-around I suggested to use Super+Number instead, but I also want her to use her mouse.

Is there a setting to prevent launcher icon rearrangement? This would solve the problem because a left mouse click would start the application even if the mouse would be moved a little bit at the same time when clicking.

  • Hi Ralf, just curious, but did you try? Feb 1, 2017 at 14:27

1 Answer 1


Sounds familiar.

Simulated left-click

An elegant solution would be, I think, to make her use the mouse, but replace the "real" mouse click by the key combination Alt+Z. I would also add a small delay of 1 second, to make the action "relaxed".

How to set up

Setup is simple:

  1. Install xdotool

    sudo apt-get install xdotool
  2. Add the shortut key: Choose: System Settings > "Keyboard" > "Shortcuts" > "Custom Shortcuts". Click the "+" and add the command:

    /bin/bash -c "sleep 1 && xdotool click 1"

    to the key shortcut Alt+Z.

Now she can simply move the mouse to whatever she wants to click, then press Alt+Z to click.

(I posted this answer with the simulated click :) )

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