Questions tagged [launcher]

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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Placing pointer over 'Show Applications' icon and scrolling down with mouse wheel shuts all windows

I have Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. My dock is on the LHS. If I place the pointer over the 'Show Applications' icon at the bottom of the dock/favourites bar and scroll down using the mouse wheel, a brief screen ...
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Active Application not shown in Chrome only

I'm using 20.04.2 LTS ubuntu dektop. When I use a program, say, Firefox, there is a dot by the launcher icon showing there is an active application for that program. I can click on the active icon ...
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How to add an application/script to ubuntu 21.04 launch bar?

Let's add some fresh knowledge to the forum now Ubuntu 21.04 is out =). My question today is simple; what is the most elegant way to create launch bar shortcuts (e.g. to folders, applications or ...
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How to make a starter “launchable” via a command line on Ubuntu 20.04.x and Gnome?

I'll try to describe below exactly what I'm looking to do below: On Ubuntu 20.04.x with the new version of Gnome, when you create a launcher on the desktop (via a script for example), you have to make ...
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Problem when running program from app launcher

I'm having an issue with Thunderbird. I created a shortcut in the app launcher but when I start Thunderbird from there it doesn't download any email and the folders are empty. It works fine when ...
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Matlab with 2 icons on the dock in linux Ubuntu 20.04

I installed matlab R2021A and I found that when creating the matlab.desktop it generated problems, and it was that two icons appeared in the dock, I put matlab in favorites but when I opened it it did ...
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Dock icon differs from desktop file icon

I created a .desktop file per coding environment I have set in VSCode (PHP, Node, C, ...) and I changed the icon in order to have a visual clue of with windows are opened in the dock, but if the icon ...
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Adding an app launcher to tint2?

Im trying to add an app launcher to tint2. I'm using this tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgXgrZzIJK4&t=2s The launcher works when signed in as root but not as a user. How do I fix? My ....
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Duplicate Application Item in “show applications” ubuntu 20.04

I have a duplicate Item for Android Studio in the "show applications" menu, with only one of them actually working. Why did that happen, and how can I remove the icon that is not working?
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Facing some visual erros?

I suddenly saw some unexpected changes in my ubuntu 20.04.2. i have not made any changes like this. screen shot attached. all the icon of app drawer became small and the calendar visual have changed ...
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What exactly makes a .desktop file launchable?

I'm on Ubuntu 20.10, and I like desktop launcers. Yes, they are a pain to make now that gnome-desktop-item-edit is a thing of the past, but I manage. Most often I copy a .desktop file from another ...
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How to group different apps in one launcher in gnome?

Is there a way to work witch different aplication windows like Libreofice & VS Code as if windows of one application. My idea is that some application windows should be divided into logical groups ...
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How to remove firefox-dev (developer edition) icon from ubuntu launcher?

I installed the firefox developer edition from the .tar.bz2 file by following instructions of the given link - https://medium.com/@js_debugger/how-to-install-firefox-developer-edition-on-ubuntu-...
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Invisible and not working icons on launcher bar / applications menu until I go look for them

I just installed Ubuntu. As I did have not enough space on the disk where I installed Ubuntu, I had downloaded and installed Eclipse (for Java and C++) in another disk, and everything seemed to work ...
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How does ubuntu find the app name on desktop search?

I have installed an open-source software let's say with the name of foo. It is installed and I can press the Windows Key and search for the foo and its icon will appear and I can see it on the search. ...
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Is it possible to hide the taskbar program icons on secondary monitors for Gnome 3 (Dash to Panel)?

Desired result: On my main monitor I want the program icons (launchers) as well as a tab for each open window. On secondary monitors I only want a tab for each open window and no launchers. ...
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Need help getting my 8yr old kid to use the Terminal [closed]

To get my 8 yr old to start using the Terminal to open & view images/videos, I saved her favourite Star Wars & Lord of the Rings videos on the Ubuntu 20.04 machine we've given her to access ...
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how to disable .desktop entry file from showing up in Unity launcher?

In the Unity launcher, when I type "emacs" I get both "Emacs (GUI)" and "Emacs (Terminal)". I just want the GUI version. I see /usr/share/applications/emacs.desktop and /...
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Remove a single file preview in the Unity desktop launcher menu

On Ubuntu 18.04, using the Unity desktop, when you hit the Super key it displays the Unity launcher menu from the top left of the screen, allowing you to browse your recently used files to quickly ...
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looking for an application launcher that doesn't launch the same app twice?

i recently switched from windows to linux and installed an application launcher called Albert, if i have an app running (ex:chrome or vscode) if i type the same app name in alfred it will open a new ...
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Add a Logout Launcher Ubuntu 20.04

When I search for "logout" in Ubuntu 20.04 Desktop, I get this icon: I'd like to add it to the launcher for all users. I can't figure out where this icon comes from, it isn't a .desktop ...
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Changing Launcher Size on Cinnamon on Ubuntu 20.4

I'm new to Ubuntu and Cinnamon. I created a series of Launchers to launch chromium with links to my various streaming services. It all works fine but the Launcher is small on high resolution. The only ...
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Starting a .desktop web app from gnome dock launches normal browser instance instead of launching its own

In order to have a launchable application for WhatsApp on my Ubuntu 20.10 with Gnome Shell, I've done the following: Create a new Firefox browser profile called "whatsapp" In that profile, ...
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scrcpy shortcut

I installed scrcpy and created a shortcut, but the program only runs from the store, how do I create a shortcut with a working startup code ? The code from here doesn't work... No application ...
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Ubuntu 18 - launcher to only show applications in current workspace

I'm trying to seperate workspaces so that the dock/launcher will only show applications in its current workspace/virtual desktop. I tried several suggestions online but they didn't work. When I did: ...
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Custom desktop launcher no control or link from taskbar icon

I use several self made scripts in my ubuntu 20.04 to make my life easier. I put some of them into desktop launchers. But the vanilla-launchers (*.desktop files) have no control from the taskbar icon: ...
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Add an appimage application to the top menu bar

I was reading this post after installing and running a Appimage application. When I run the application by double clicking the appimage, the app opens and an icon appears in both the side dock and the ...
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Why is my search results layout skewed in Launcher?

I use Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, with GNOME desktop and Papirus icons pack. When I click on the Show Applications launcher, everything is in order. But when I enter some text in the search box, the search ...
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I want to create a launcher for a python app (fern-wifi-cracker). How can I do it? and my icon and files are in home directory not root

HOME DIRECTORY /bin/fern-wifi-cracker/Fern-Wifi-Cracker (FERN FILE LOCATION) in the README says; To launch the program use the icon at "/usr/share/applications", Or from Terminal: $ python ...
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Shortcuts for WebStorm and IntelliJ not showing

I have tried to install .desktop files. I'm absolutely baffled that I still cannot simply right-click an open application and say "Add Shortcut". This is simply not working for everything. ...
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Ubuntu DDE performance glitches

I have installed the DE on top of Ubuntu Budgie 20.10 today following the instructions here. After rebooting and updating/ upgrading I still get some erroneous behaviour: the icons in the launcher are ...
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Desktop Action in .desktop file for Gnome not appearing

I am trying to set up some custom actions for a new .desktop file that I've created. Essentially I'm trying to create a "jump menu" of applications. Here is some of the code I have: [Desktop ...
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How to find app properies in 20:04 [duplicate]

For exemple,in Ubuntu 14:04 you can add a link from the launcher to the desktop and then right-click and open properties an add "google-chrome --password-store=basic" in Command: But this ...
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Unable to install TLauncher

I have tried starting and installing tlauncher from the terminal and by left clicking and then clicking start with Java 8 runtime, after it runs I have logged into an account and click in the bottom ...
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How can I do command substitution in a .desktop file?

Can I do bash-like command substitution in a .desktop launcher? For example, something analogous to this: Exec=/some/prog --arg "$(zenity --entry)" By that I mean "run this command and ...
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Adding application launcher to Application Launcher not working

I just came from reading the accepted answer to this question -- and I've done all that; it worked for one application but not for another. Background: I used Kubuntu 14.04 until early 2017, switched ...
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Rofi does not launch certain programs in Ubuntu 20.04

I use Rofi as my application launcher. However, when I try to launch certain applications like anaconda-navigator, spyder I get the following error message: Failed to execute: 'spyder' Error: 'Failed ...
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Unity7 Launcher (dock) is white with black icons

I changed the Launcher color in unity-tweak-tool, just to try it out, and changed it back to based on wallpaper and this happened. Don't know why or how it happened and now I need to fix it. My first ...
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How to click and launch an application in “background”?

I'm not sure I'm using the good words : I'd like my applications (Firefox, LibreOffice for instance) not to go foreground and capture the focus when I'm launching them (typically with a click on the ...
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Ubuntu 20.04 launcher icons not changing with icon themes

I have the icon theme from https://www.gnome-look.org/s/Gnome/p/1457366 and it changes the icons in Nautilus and various places, but not on the launcher. How do I change the launcher icons to match a ...
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All files open in browser

Description All files, no matter their type, and no matter what application I associate with the type, open with my default browser (Firefox), which then asks me to choose an application. This is very ...
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No Window war or launcher on Crouton(xeinel)

I am aware that this has been asked multiple times but it won’t show I’ve tried: Sudo apt-get update Sudo apt-get upgrade Sudo apt-get dist-upgrade Sudo apt-get install Ubuntu-desktop Sudo apt-get ...
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How To APT Install Newer Thunderbird Version & Have Launch Button For All Users

I need to install a newer version of Thunderbird due to data compatibility issues. The current version (68.10) installed via apt is less recent than that I need to install - and the snap versions ...
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Creating desktop icons in LUBUNTU 20.04 LTS , using LXQT -problems making launchable

I recently upgraded my LUBUNTU 18.04 to 20.04LTS that uses LXQT for its desktop. All my desktop shortcuts (*.desktop files) are unlaunchable. Previous people have posted similar questions for UBUNTU ...
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Problems with the Minecraft Launcher

Each time I am trying to run a version of Minecraft below 1.13, the game crashes, and it says that they are sorry for inconvinience and if you would like to report the problem. I tried restarting my ...
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How do I mod the latest version of Minecraft on UBUNTU? I am new to LINUX

I have Minecraft installed and it runs. But I can only get vanilla 16.4. I tried following some other websites and their directions... but all I have managed to do is change the permission for the ...
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Why aren't active application's icon and name shown in launchbar Ubuntu 20.04.1?

Recently I upgraded to Ubuntu 20.04.1. Up to now the specific icon of my running application was shown in the launchbar. But now I see only the black placeholder. While hovering over the placeholder, ...
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wandora ubuntu 20.04.1 LTS

Wandora http://www.wandora.org/wiki/Download ,followed by an appropriate tar unpacking of the file from the Download URL, has a .sh file for execution under Linux. Within MATE, from a MATE terminal, ...
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Ubuntu 20.04 Unity No applications in “start” menu after upgrading from 18.04

So yesterday I've upgraded to Ubuntu 20.04 from 18.04, firstly I had to finish up with a partial upgrade that the software updater suggested, then it asked me to remove all the unused packages so I ...
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Wine 5.0.2 desktop launcher for programs

I installed wine ver 5.0.2 on Ubuntu 20.04. In addition to that I installed Notepad++. The command: wine /home/user/.wine/drive_c/'Program Files (x86)'/Notepad++/notepad++.exe starts Notepad++ ...

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