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The Launcher is one of the main access points for applications in Unity interface. It provides quick access for launching applications and managing running applications. If your question is about creating or managing application launchers in Ubuntu, use the [.desktop] tag instead. For the Dock in Ubuntu 17.10 and later releases with GNOME 3, use [ubuntu-dock] tag.

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Not working characters in Exec command of .desktop file

I just updated from ubuntu 22.04 to 24.04 and have an issue with one of my existing *.desktop files. Inside the file I use a command which includes a '' character in the Exec declaration. A minimum ...
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Virtual Machines for VirtualBox are missing their icons on Launcher

Lately, I upgraded to Ubuntu 24.04 from 23.10 and I noticed that virtual machines launched from Oracle VM VirtualBox Manager (Version 7.0.16_Ubuntu r162802) have a generic application icon on the &...
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Application launcher does not collapse automatically

I am using kubuntu 22.04 with KDE plasma 5.24.7 and I have a problem with the application launcher in the taskbar. When I click on the App Launcher and I choose an application to launch, the app ...
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My super key no longer open the launcher, how do I reenable this?

I'm running 23.10; yesterday I suffered hypoglycaemia and, apparently, hit a lot of keys on the keyboard. Unfortunately I can't say which keys, or even guess at the order in which I hit them. After I ...
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Opening Browser keeps adding more tabs

I'm using Kubuntu (Ubuntu using KDE), and have run into an odd issue. For work I have to use Microsoft OneNote. As there is no native Linux app, I run it in the browser. I'm one of those people ...
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KDE Plasma 5.27.8, Win/Meta button doesn't open the app launcher (Kubuntu 23.10)

Since yesterday (29 february 2024), I've started facing an issue where the Win/Meta button doesn't open the app launcher (or Andromeda Launcher) I've read that it's supported by Default for KDE Plasma ...
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Keyboard shortcut to resize window to full-screen (but not over unity dock)

Is there a keyboard shortcut, or a way of defining a keyboard shortcut, that'll resize current window to take up whole screen except the unity dock? (yes, I know I can make the unity dock stay always-...
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Separate launcher icon for teams webapp (using chromium)

I created a launcher with the filename Teams.desktop. and put it in the folder ~/Desktop/ and created a symlink for applications sudo ln -s ~/Desktop/Teams.desktop /usr/share/applications/Teams....
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How can I edit/create new launcher items in Unity by hand in 22.04?

Yes, I know there's this question already. But it's 10 years old and the proposed solution doesn't work for 22.04. And without this stupid "karma" I can't even add a comment in there. So my ...
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ProtonVPN no longer showing up on applications menu

I've used Proton VPN in the past, but now it's suddenly not listed under my programs menu / application launcher. I'm pretty sure it's still installed because I see it updating when I'm doing updates. ...
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Problem in visualizing folders in launcher

I have a problem with the display of folders within the launcher as they show up small as in this image. I use Ubuntu 22.04 LTS and I use large fonts as an accessibility setting in order to display ...
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What is pci=nobar in Ubuntu launch

I bought a new laptop, a HP Omen 16 Transcend. I set up Ubuntu on dual boot but the only way I could get past the launcher loading screen (when you see a spinner and the Ubuntu logo) was to hit e when ...
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Different behaviour of launchers; Intel vs Raspberry Pi

I have an identical script and an identical .desktop file pinned to the Dash on a Raspberry Pi 4B and an Intel NUC. They behave differently. On the NUC clicking on the launcher runs the script in a ...
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Not able to login for Epic game Launcher through Google account

I have Ubuntu LTS 22.04.3 version. I am trying to login for Epic game launcher application, but the default browser is not getting launched when i select any login option like Google, Facebook or any ...
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Firefox having multiple identities / sessions mixed up in Kubuntu

From what I can tell Firefox in Kubuntu installed via Snap has multiple different sessions depending on how and when it's opened. This means I can login to my Firefox account and still have an app ...
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Rofi not working on Ubuntu 23.10

As the title says, rofi is not working for me. I did a clean install of ubuntu 23.10 since I got a new M.2. I just installed rofi with apt and I have the 1.7.3 version. The issue is when I trigger ...
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Forbid specific application from minimizing to org.freedesktop.ibus.panel

The general case: I want to be able to forbid specific applications from minimizing to the system tray (ibus.panel, upper-right hand of the screen by default) when I attempt to close them - I want ...
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Ubuntu 20.04: Desktop folders/files only become visible whenever a new one is created (after reboot)

I had my Ubuntu 20.04 Desktop all cluttered with folders and files (yes, afterwards I've read that Linux does not like that), and suddenly the launchers were invisible. Edit: I'm talking about all ...
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How to view terminal output from script initiated from .desktop custom application launcher

I created a basic ls.sh script with the following body: #!/bin/bash -x ls and I was sure to allow execute permissions chmod +x ls.sh. I tested ls.sh in my terminal and it works fine. I went ahead and ...
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VirtualBox icon not showing on launcher. Ubuntu 20.04.6 LTS

I googled it and asked ChatGPT but can't solve this. The issue that I'm trying to fix is that I can't see the virtual machine icon when a VM is running. The VirtualBox icon is working, but the ...
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How to gett the Outlook PWA launchers back on Plasma

On my Ubuntu 22 system I use the KDE/Plasma desktop. I had launchers for the Outlook and Teams progressive web apps (PWA) in my menu, until I used the rm -rf command a bit too enthusiastically on my ....
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Website launcher in Nautilus, Ubuntu 22.04

I would like to create a file that when double clicked launches a website in the default web browser. I have found that .desktop files can do this, but apparently they no longer work in Ubuntu 22.04. ...
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Desktop Launcher File Not Working as Intended

I have installed 'Peek' Gif Recorder on Ubuntu 22.04. The application launches and will start recording, but once I stop the recording it crashes. I have found that running peek -b ffmpeg in the ...
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Passing %f conditionally to apps in Exec command of custom desktop launchers

I am trying to customize some desktop launchers for a couple of Wine apps. Namely foobar2000 and Winamp. What I would like to do is to drag-and-drop files/folders onto the launchers on my desktop and ...
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How to add a Jupyter Notebook icon to my app menu?

I am working on Jupyter Notebook and I want to see its icon in the Applications menu, but it is not there. I should also mention that I do not have Anaconda, and I installed Jupyter separately. Also ...
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Chrome launcher display open tabs

Currently running Ubuntu 22.04. I got my Chrome Launcher on panel to open new tab on left click, but I was wondering if there is a way to have the below functionality. When left clicking launcher, if ...
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Show desktop with Meta key in Kubuntu

Simply typing in desktop view in Plasma brings forth Krunner ­with the already typed search. This (not very popular) feature is excellent in my opinion and makes the desktop act like an application ...
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Edit GVim's Desktop File to Launch with Custom Config

I've created a config file for GVim, which located at $HOME/.config/vim/gvimrc. And in my .zshenv I have export VIMINIT='let $MYVIMRC="$XDG_CONFIG_HOME/vim/gvimrc" | source $MYVIMRC' On ...
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VLC hiding Ubuntu left panel (Unity Launcher)

Recenty, when I played a video in VLC media player 3.0.9.2, I is hiding the Ubuntu left panel (Unity Launcher). This issue was not there initially (Ubuntu 20.04 LTS). But When I enable Always on Top, ...
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how to add program to menu that is not in usr/share

Using Ubuntu 20.04 - I 'installed' a program (for Ubuntu) by extracting from a tar file (apparently the only way to 'install' it) to its own folder on the desktop, and it has a launcher shortcut ...
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KDE Menu Editor: why inverted commas that are absent in the launcher file?

I have created the file ~/.local/share/applications/software-properties-qt.desktop with the line Exec=pkexec env DISPLAY=$DISPLAY XAUTHORITY=$XAUTHORITY KDE_SESSION_VERSION=5 KDE_FULL_SESSION=true ...
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22.04 put a desktop launcher in the favorites launcher bar?

I've created a .desktop launcher to run a .sh script file that launches a program. The desktop shortcut works, but I don't want to have to go to the desktop every time to run it. I want to put it in ...
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Get the command line in full, of a GUI program

How to know the complete command line used to invoke a GUI program currently running ? tried ps -e, only put its filename
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KDE Menu Editor writes inverted commas that shouldn't be in the command

I have noticed this a few times while trying to add new application launchers/icons to the launcher's menu list in Kubuntu or when editing the existing ones. In some cases the inverted commas appear ...
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Unity Hub stuck in loading screen after installing on Ubunty 22.04

I installed Unity through the official Unity instructions and it didn't work so I tried downloading it through other ways mentioned by other threads (here and here). Right after downloading I am able ...
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why is steam showing me "waiting for network" always?

[i changed my network and tested them and wait about 10h for each of them but it show me this again and again][1] strong text [1]: https://i.sstatic.net/1LXmC.png
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XFCE (Xubuntu) - How to make launcher only launch when not yet started

I have been using Ubuntu for 10 years now, always with Gnome and now I tried XFCE I have to say I think it's better. I learnt how to add launcher in the taskbar to pin my favorite programs, but I find ...
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Update Launcher Icon in the Application List after updating desktop file exec and icon (without restart/relogin)

Let's create the following file: > $ cat ~/.local/share/applications/testing.desktop [Desktop Entry] Name=Test Type=Application Terminal=false Exec=firefox Icon=firefox After that, we will have a ...
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Dual Libreoffice Writer Icons

There are two Libreoffice Writer icons in my system. Only one of them works to launch it. The other causes the mouse cursor to become a spinning wheel for ten seconds, before reverting to the normal ...
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App icon in dock is wrong

When I start some 3rd party apps from search bar they show on the dock but with a substitute icon image "ubuntu settings wheel". I am using Ubuntu 20.04 and Ubuntu 22.10. They both have the ...
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How to find the location of a specific app (or .desktop file) visible in launcher

Sometimes I find an application very easily in the native Launcher, or even a third-party one like Synapse; but locating the corresponding app (or at least its .desktop file, which contains the path ...
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How fix errors repo

How to solve my problem with the repo tool after I wrote a command on the terminal sudo apt install repo And I updated the Ubuntu operating system, and when I ran the repo tool, it did not work ~$ ...
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Snaps don't launch after fixing issue with them not appearing in launcher

I'm having an issue where my Snap apps are not launching whenever I click on them. The first issue was that they weren't showing up in the launcher, but I did some digging and it seems it was related ...
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How to change the shortcut behavior of dock in multiple instances of window?

Here's my setup. I have Firefox (can be any app really) pinned to my dock/launcher in 1st position. And here's my scenario: Open two instances of Firefox (pressing Super + 1 and Super + Shift + 1) ...
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Custom quick launcher issue in lubuntu

I've added a custom launcher to my desktop to run a script, but when I drag it into the lxqt quick launch panel it does nothing (ie I can put debug stmts in the script and they aren't executed). Any ...
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App launchers do not work

I am looking for an app launcher comparable to Quicksilver (which I use on MacOS) for Ubuntu 22.04.2 LTS, but none of the tested work properly. So far I tried Kupfer, Ulauncher, Albert and Synapse, ...
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Ubuntu cannot launch intellij anymore

After using intellij for multiple years on the same pc without any problem, suddenly this happened. When I want to startup my intellij on Ubuntu I get an error: "IDE Already Running", Cannot ...
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Adding an enviromental variable in .desktop icon fails the desktop icon

I am editing the .desktop file for microsoft edge, originally the icon file works: Comment[zh_CN]=访问互联网 Comment[zh_HK]=連線到網際網路 Comment[zh_TW]=連線到網際網路 Exec=/usr/bin/microsoft-edge-stable %U ...
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Increase the size of the icons in ubuntu desktop

I got my Ubuntu 22.04.1 LTS desktop icons are in normal size, Now, It is very small, I dont know how it changes its icon size The Icons in the left panel are very small, But, as you can see, in the ...
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How can I make my user-compiled app show it's logo and name in the Unity Launcher (sidebar)?

I have compiled mupdf from source after following the instructions on their website. This is what it looks like when it's open. The program already shows up in the Unity Dash with logo, due to me ...
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