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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How to assign an icon to (3rd party) apps without .desktop

Whenever I want to change an app's icon I open its .desktop file and change the icon= parameter. But there are apps (mostly solutions not apps!) like Google Keep, etc. which have no .desktop files in /...
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Gnome custom hotkey in specific group problem

I am a beginner for Ubuntu. For shortcut/hotkey setting, Ubuntu provide the feature in setting GUI. And I also can add custom hotkey in there. My question describe blow. Is it possible add custom ...
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How to remove custom icons from launcher

I was trying to add a custom desktop icon for evince (installed using flatpak) in my launcher. First I experimented with nautilus; I created this test.desktop [Desktop Entry] Name=My script Exec=...
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Option to add application launcher to panel "as widget" (not pin) is absent in Kubuntu 22.04

There is a difference between pinning an application launcher (to the taskbar) and adding as a widget (to panel): the pinned icon goes away when you open the application, the widget icon stays there ...
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Is there a way to change a Dock launcher config?

I run VS-code and did "Add to favorites" to start it easily. However, I also need to have the -disable-gpuoption, otherwise VS-code hangs forever. But doing "Add to favorites" ...
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21.10 unable to see "instances" of nautilus in launcher/dock

I have a link on my launcher/dock for nautiles/"files". When I click on it, an instance of nautilus opens. When I then hover over the button in launcher/dock, I can click on it to show that ...
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How to make icon show in xfce panel for python script?

This appears to be the same question as How to add launcher icon for python script? but the solution given there doesn't seem to work for me. I have an executable tkinter script for which I have made ...
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Only wallpaper/background loading. Launcher not starting properly Ubuntu 20.04

Ubuntu 20.04. is not loading properly. In detail I only see the desktop background wallpaper, also can use the mouse and keyboard with no effect. No windows can be opened, means also no Terminal. Only ...
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What is the modern replacement for right-click "lock to launcher"

What is the most modern and convenient solution to the absence of the right-click "Lock to Launcher" feature. I'm on 20.04 and the feature is not available on my machine.
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Can run app from terminal but not from menu in XFCE

I have an app which I can run from the terminal in this way python3 /home/me/path/to/my_app.py It works fine. To make it easier for other people I want to use the Menu Editor to create a launcher for ...
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Application Launcher for snap applications not working from Dash

I used FastX to connect to my work-computer running Ubuntu 20.04.4 LTS and am trying to install multiple apps, e.g. Skype. I don't have sudo permissions, however I was able to install it through snap ...
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Move application launchers off desktop?

I have several application launchers for Steam games on my Ubuntu 20.04 desktop. It's starting to look cluttered when I do screenshares in meetings. I'd prefer to create a sub directory of the desktop ...
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Create Desktop Shortcut in Kubuntu 21.10

I need guidance putting this together. I am trying to create two Desktop Shortcuts. These are the Desktop Shortcut names: Coffee Shop WiFi Home WiFi The purpose of creating two Desktop shortcuts is ...
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How to make gnome launcher all apps menu icons smaller. more rows, more columns

Dear Community How do i make all the apps fit on one screen in the all apps menu without scrolling down. I would like to add rows and columns to make all the apps fit the screen without scrolling down....
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Launcher blank after unlocking screen

Since upgrading to 21.10, I've had the following issue. When the screen locks due to being idle, when I unlock I get a black launcher (See screenshot). Furthermore, opening Activities gives me a black ...
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Change the startup menu icon (I've tried multiple ways in Ubuntu 20.04.3 LTS) and have not been successful

Recently, I wanted to change the Ubuntu startup menu (Applications menu see below for the 9 dot square icon) to a different icon. See where the mouse is hovering in this picture for the specific icon ...
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GTAV launcher error

Whenever I try to launch GTA V, it open the rockstar launcher however it says I have some running already, i wiped the computer and tried again and it gave me the same error. I have tried, ...
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"Could not find the program" message after editing application path in .desktop file

Kubuntu 20.04.3 LTS Plasma Version: 5.18.5 Every time I edit the Exec path in a .desktop file, the program won't start from shortcut in launcher "Favorites" even though Right click->Edit ...
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Gedit problems while launching in Ubuntu 18.04

I have been using Gedit since the 14 years without any problem. But recently, it does not launch and when I ran it from the terminal I got this error message- gedit (gedit:2381): GLib-GIO-ERROR **: ...
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How can I change the launcher (from favourites) in ubuntu to include manual shell configuration?

Well I run into a weird bug with webstorm. And after some debugging inside stackoverflow I notice the problem is due to the way webstorm is run. The underlying problem can be found here: https://...
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Launcher for Firefox starts default profile instead of the specified profile

I have created a new profile for Firefox and created the .desktop launcher for this new profile as per this article: How can I use two Firefox profiles? The launcher works as intended when I left ...
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How to add a script to launch bar?

From multiple topics on this forum I distilled the following approach: copy an existing .desktop file from /usr/share/applications to ~/.local/share/applications manipulate the file to your needs ...
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Why is my launcher not working for this script? ubuntu 20.04

I have a spript "poweriso.sh" that works fine double clicking in the directory. export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=. export QT_QPA_PLATFORM_PLUGIN_PATH=. ./poweriso unset LD_LIBRARY_PATH That is ...
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How can I set a custom icon for firefox running through firejail? (not only for the launcher but also for the running app itself)

My specs: Ubuntu 20.04.3 with Gnome Shell on Wayland. Notebook Acer Aspire 5 with AMD Ryzen 7 5700U. For my work, I want to run Firefox through the sandboxing utility firejail. I created a custom *....
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app won't load, says another copy already running

When I try to open Audacity, I get the message that "The system has detected that another copy of Audacity is running. Running two copies of Audacity simultaneously may cause data loss or cause ...
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Desktop Won't Refresh, Files on The Desktop Don't Open Correctly

I've had the following issues since installing 20.04. If I download (via browser) files to the desktop or any folder on the desktop, about half of the time they never appear. Either on the desktop or ...
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Where can I find installed sonido (sound )app not appearing in activities or launcher?

I recently upgraded to 20.04 LTS and installed sonido app from Ubuntu Software, that shows it as installed, though it can't be launched from there. It does not appear under Activities menu (upper left)...
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Can't find sound app after installation (20.04)

I made a clean upgrade from 18.04 to 20.04, then installed sound app (sonido really, spanish version). Everything works fine except that the sound app is not in the available apps (launcher?) you get ...
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Adding libraries to a new Linux computer for any application written in Qt 5.15

Screenshot of my application I wrote an application (launcher creator like Linux Mint's) in Qt 5.15.2 version. I completed developing and everything was ok. Then, I wanted to check it if working at ...
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How to create a "shutdown" unity launcher in Ubuntu 20.04

How can I shutdown my laptop in one mouse click (or maybe two mouse clicks) from the unity launcher? I've found a number of posts which describe how to create a unity launcher so you can shutdown your ...
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I am on Kubuntu 20.04, so is there anything similar to fly-pie (available on gnome) like application launcher for kde plasma?

fly-pie is very much handy for launching software quickly, but on kde I got nothing similar to that till now, if anybody knows about similar launcher for kde please let me know.🙏
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How do I get my icon for grub customizer back?

I have the icon for 'grub customizer'. It is a .png and it is located in file:///var/lib/app-info/icons/ubuntu-focal-universe/64x64/grub-customizer_grub-customizer.png. However in my app launcher it ...
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how to place link to URL / Webpage on the launcher? [duplicate]

Has anyone pinned a URL to the Launcher (Ubuntu 20.04)? Nothing I've tried works. Please show how you have done this with a working example. (a link to AskUbuntu.com?) There are a great many posts on ...
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Bring Back Old App Launcher

I have updated from Ubuntu 21.04 to 21.10 and I don't like the new App Launcher. I want to bring back the launcher that darkened my background and put the virtual desktops on the sides instead of on ...
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Steam launches using terminal, but not with launcher icon Ubuntu 21.10 / Nvidia Drivers-495

I've come across something interesting with the Steam Launcher. The sytem: System is a ThinkPad P50 with an Nvidia Quadro M1000M. It's is Ubuntu 21.10 - fresh install. Nvidia Drivers 495. Steam ...
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GNOME GUI: Show Applications Button - Customizable Alternative?

On the dock in Ubuntu, there is a button that says says "show applications" when you hover over it. I noticed that there is a similar version of that on Macos, and it's called "...
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GNOME 3 show path to a desktop file seen in launcher?

I'm using a pretty clean install of Ubuntu 20.04 at the moment, finally though to ask this here since it's been bugging me. Is there a way to find out where a launcher entry's .desktop file is at? In ...
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Add an app to the launcher

I'm using ImageJ, which is distributed as a folder with Java files. I would like to add it to the app launcher. Unfortunately instructions from: https://linuxconfig.org/how-to-create-desktop-shortcut-...
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Shortcuts do not appear in dock on login

When I first login to GNOME there are no shortcuts in the dock. If I click on activities and search for an application at this time I can start it. After about 30 seconds they will appear. Running 21....
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Why is uLauncher's file-search extension so slow?

Since a few years I am a bit annoyed by the fact that ulauncher's extension for file and directory search is so slow. Even when setting home as Base dir and searching for a file just below home it ...
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Open a specific directory using Ulauncher

I use Ulauncher in order to open apps from my keyboard. I have set correctly the Ulauncher for IntelliJ & AndroidStudio as you can see in the picture below. The point is that I would like to add a ...
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Launcher icon not found anymore

The launcher icon for clementine cannot be found anymore. The launcher displays a default cog icon. Clementine has been installed as a snap. I've found the .desktop file is /var/lib/snapd/desktop/...
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How to create desktop-launcher for .exe application which should be launched using wine inside its directory?

I have an MS Windows application which needs new version of Wine. I have installed it locally to home-folder using PlayOnLinux. I'm stuck with creating simple bash/dash/sh script to launch .exe ...
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Application Launcher on Win-Key = Meta-Key 2021

Back in 2013 the answer was ksuperkey for Plasma < 5.8 How do I open the Application Launcher on KDE with just the meta ("Windows") key? In 2018 there was something done to make it work ...
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Run desktop app in the background

I have coded a small desktop utility for Ubuntu and I would like to run it in the "background". For "background" I mean the app icon will appear in the top menu bar only and not ...
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One terminal app; two (Favorites) launch modes

Running Ubuntu 20.04, I wish to have two clickable launch modes for gnome-terminal in the Favorites bar [i.e. in the "Dock"]. For example, I want both the default launch and a bespoke launch....
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Why I can't change position of this application icon in the launcher? I can't move from last icon position

I have installed STS (Spring Tool Suite) IDE on Ubuntu 20.04 and I am finding the following problem with the icon in the launcher. The problem is that executing this application, it correctly start ...
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XAMPP Control Panel runs from terminal, but not from desktop link

Ubuntu 21.04, fresh install of XAMPP. I've been looking at this off and on all day, I've read several posts on S.O. and several blogs, and it seems like the general consensus is that XAMPP Control ...
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How to add a folder with .desktop files?

I know that if you want to add a .desktop entry it must be added in /usr/share/applications, however, what I want is to add an extra folder where it can host .desktop files. If I run update-desktop-...
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How do fix problem when downloading minecraft launcher on a chrome book

The following packages have unmet dependencies: minecraft-launcher: Depends: default-jre but it is not installable Depends: libasound2 (>= 1.0.23) but it is not installable ...
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