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Questions tagged [launcher]

The Launcher is one of the main access points for applications in Ubuntu. It provides quick access for launching applications and managing running applications.

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“Displays” app crashes even before opening

I am trying to reposition my external monitor in the Displays app. But as soon as I select the app in Search Your Computer, a loading icon shows up for a few seconds and then nothing shows up. I ...
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Software Updater locked to launcher

After updating to Ubuntu 18.10, the Software Updater icon is locked to the launcher menu. I can't remove it. I'm not sure it's related, but moving around icons leaves the placement indicator, and ...
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Open websites in new tab from launcher

I would like to have launcher shortcuts that open websites in the same Google Chrome window that I'm already using. If I create shortcuts by using the More Tools --> Create shortcut function it will ...
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After installing NVIDIA driver, Ubuntu launcher placement is not working properly

I installed NVIDIA driver for Titan XP on Ubuntu 16.04. And I currently use dual monitors. The problem is that there are always launcher on two monitors even though I configured launcher placement ...
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User .desktop file duplicates and hijacks system app icon in GNOME dock

I'm trying to set up a custom "Open in Emacs" .desktop file that uses the emacsclient utility to open a new buffer in an existing Emacs instance, if available, or start a new instance otherwise. In ...
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VLC 3.0.4 fullscreen bug (Ubuntu 18.04)

Ever since the last VLC update, I have this problem. I am using Ubuntu 18.04. In fullscreen, besides the video, VLC also shows Unity launcher (side bar) and the Ubuntu top bar (see the screenshot). ...
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App runs in background in launcher but works fine when in terminal

I've installed several programs in Ubuntu (eg. Matlab) and am trying to add them to the Launcher using Alacarte. "matlab" is in my bin path so I can launch the program with GUI in my terminal. ...
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How to create xampp (aka lampp) launcher (or shortcuts in Windows) in ubuntu 18.04? [duplicate]

Totally new for linux os here, as topic how to create a launcher for xampp?
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ubuntu 18.04 Untrusted application launcher

I have some starters in a folder and When I double click on them, I get the message "Untrusted application launcher". If I click on "Trust and Launch" the program execute but is NEVER TRUSTED !! I ...
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Creating .desktop launcher with QT_SCALE_FACTOR

I'm trying to create a launcher to replace this terminal command: QT_SCALE_FACTOR=2 /home/cozza/V-PlaySDK/Tools/QtCreator/bin/qtcreator I created the a .desktop nano ~/.local/share/applications/...
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ubuntu 14 corrupt desktop

I've done quite a bit of poking around and trying to solve my problem. Usually I can manage but nothing seems to be working. My wife's PC is running Ubuntu 14. Her desktop has become corrupt. The ...
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Sikuli not able to find the icons in the Unity launcher

Sikuli is not finding the icon in the unity launcher . I used the click function and in brackets the screen shot of the icon , but when the sikuli runs it's giving an error like [error] FindFailed ( ...
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Enforce Firefox Developer Edition as my default browser

Disclaimer: I have read the other questions relative to my issue (1, 2, 3, 4, etc.). However, I still have trouble keeping FDE as my default web browser. Background I have successfully installed ...
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Removing quick launch icon from launch pbar at top?

I'm using Ubuntu 18.04 and had a quick launch link in the top bar, using the older flashback style. See attached screanshot. There is a link to an old program I have uninstalled and I can't seem to ...
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Problem with starting Minecraft server as Executable

Hello developers and advanced Ubuntu users. Since a week, Im freshly installed 18.04 on the Chromebook of friend of mine. His daughter, of course, love to play some games, and yes... one of them is ...
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KGpg doesn't launch a second time

I've installed KGpg so that I can easily encrypt and decrypt files. It has an icon on my launch bar -- I've used it once just after install, and now it doesn't launch (clicking makes the icon throb ...
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Super + Space shows numbers on icons on Unity launcher instead of switching between languages

After I upgraded to 18.04 from 16.04, Super+Space started showing numbers on icons on unity launcher instead of switching between languages. How can I fix that? Keyboard -> Shortcuts -> Typing -> ...
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Add Tor to Ubuntu launcher [duplicate]

I installed tor from here I want to launch it from all apps.
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How Do I Manually Remove an Icon From the App Launcher - 18.04 [duplicate]

I am new to Ubuntu, so I am not sure where to do this. I have app shortcuts from WINE Apps that I uninstalled. The app shortcuts are in my Application Launcher. Is there a folder I can go to to remove ...
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Lost launcher on main user sign-in on two machines/versions on consecutive days

Please excuse lack of tech info but behaviour was identical on 14.10 one day and 16.04 the next. Could sign in as guest and launcher appeared, but as user/admin the screen saver page would not give me ...
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Minecraft doesn't work on Ubuntu 18.04

I recently updated to Ubuntu 18.04 and can't get Minecraft to work. The launcher works fine using both Java 8 and Java 11 runtime, but when I click Play, one of two things happens: either the ...
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Launcher looks weird, some of the icons not visible on Ubuntu 18.04 with Unity

I have Ubuntu 18.04 and I have installed Unity. But after I finished, all the icons in the launcher started looking weird which was not normal before: Can someone tell me another way or tool to ...
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How to turn off Icon animation in Unity launcher?

I run Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and use Unity. However the launcher annoys me so I replaced it with a dock (Plank). In order to get that working I put the launcher into hide mode and shrinked the icons as well ...
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How can I send a gnome desktop notification from a .desktop app launcher?

I'm running a shell script inside a gnome .desktop file to backup my disk to an external disk, running as root: Exec:gksu /home/nhiton/bin/sync_home_to_alpha.bash However, I can't seem to do ...
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Difficulties to maintain and to move the Eclipse launcher icon in the desktop toolbar

I have installed in the Eclipse IDE version 4.9.0 through the installer provided on the "Eclipse" home site and everything has worked well. After that, I have launched this application with the ...
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How can I modify pinned launcher entries in Gnome Shell? (Example: touchscreen scrolling for Firefox)

To have working touchscreen scroll functionality in Firefox I made a copy of firefox.desktop and put it in ~/.local/share/applications/firefox.desktop. I modified the Exec command(s) as suggested: ...
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How to turn off Alt+f1 shortcut [duplicate]

I am using Intellij and used to use Alt+F1 to navigate between different views. I have begun to use Intelij in Ubuntu but when I press Alt+F1 the first icon on the launcher will be activated. I could ...
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Tor's .desktop entry does not work: “Exec” key with reserved characters

When installing the Tor-Browser, one can create a .desktop entry in ~/.local/share/applications/ in order to be able to open tor using an application's launcher. This is proving problematic on my end. ...
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Launcher position fixed to left

Whenever I try to set the launcher position to bottom, nothing happens. In both dconf editor and the terminal I have set the launcher-position as "Bottom" with no results. In terminal this is the ...
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Launcher changes the order of windows of the same application randomly in preview mode

When I open several instances of the same application (eg I'm viewing multiple PDF files, or MATLAB) it merges buttons for the same program in the Unity Launcher into a single one. When I click on the ...
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Bypass Gui password for desktop launcher

I'm a new here, but a long term viewer. I have created a desktop shortcut (pic#1), that shortcut will start a script #! /bin/sh remmina -c /home/info/.remmina/1454065572442.remmina But when I ...
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Ubuntu 16.04, pinned application to launch bar disappears

I am running Ubuntu 16.04 in a VM (VMware). I recently ran out of disk space. So I created another virtual disk in the VM (extending the disk space of the VM). I moved few applications from /opt/ to ...
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How do I add new locations to “Files” launcher in Ubuntu dock? [duplicate]

In 16.04, a right click on 'Files' (Nautilus) in the Unity launcher brought up a list of common places. In 18.04 there are only 3 options ('New Window', 'Remove from Favourites' and 'Details'), none ...
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Eclipse not running on Xububtu 18.04 after fresh install

I installed eclipse (sudo apt install eclipse-platform). While running it doesn't open. It gives an error. "An error has occurred. See the log file /home/usr/.eclipse/org.eclipse.platform_3....
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Handbrake launcher starting problem

For some unknown reason my version of Handbrake (Snap store version 1.1.1) downloaded from the software center is not running. When I try to launch it from the root folder it got marked as untrusted. ...
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How can I fix a failing launcher icon after I moved my application?

I am using pygame right now to learn about it. When i first executed the program file from terminal ; there was an icon of the program window. I locked it to launcher and it used to run my program; ...
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Gnome desktop entry not working?

when I select two video files and open them through the Files manager, it opens two vlc instances, even though I have /usr/bin/vlc --started-from-file %U in /usr/share/applications/vlc.desktop (see ...
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How do I move the Launcher to the bottom? [duplicate]

I'm using Ubuntu 16.04, it's as new as I can get without the PC running slow (old computer lol) and I like Ubuntu, but the only thing that bugs me is where the launcher is, I'd like to move the ...
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Keep last searched keyword in gnome launcher

I'm searching for a gnome extension that keeps last keyword searched on launcher. So, when I comeback to it again, launcher displays directly the results. I think this feature was available in Unity. ...
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Passing %F to terminal application in .desktop launcher

Some console editors can open multiple files at ones - for example nano file1 file2 will launch nano with two "tabs". But .desktop launcher with Terminal=true Exec=nano %F will open two ...
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Spotify not showing up in applications

So I've installed Spotify using snap but it is not showing up in applications. I already fixed this on my laptop but after 1 hour of web search I just can't find the solution anymore it had ...
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How do I start tor that is resident on a usb?

I downloaded tor and extracted it to my desktop. I can run tor using ./start-tor-browser. I want to run tor from a usb, so I can carry it with me - one of tor's advertised advantages. I moved the ...
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Minecraft crashes on 18.04 & can't connect to servers

Just updated to ubuntu 18.04 LTS, and as usual, checked what is working and what is not. Tried to launch Minecraft with the easy Minecraft.jar - method, but it just didn't open anything. So I decided ...
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super + space does not change language ubuntu 18.04 unity

I've upgraded from 16.04 -18.04, installed unity desktop and uninstalled gnome. But I am not able to change my input language with shortcut key Super+Space. On click of Super+Space it shows the ...
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Ubuntu 16.04: cursor became a black cross, sidebar disappeared, contextual meu disappeared

So here is my issue. Suddenly Ubuntu 16.04 started to get weird after reboot. A lot of thing were missing from the Desktop (black cross instead of the arrow, sidebar missing, and for instance when I ...
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Vim, terminal, or htop won't start

Starting Vim, terminal or Htop from the Ubuntu 16.04 Unity desktop "Search your computer" doesn't work. When I select Vim for example, The Vim icon appears in the launcher and oscillates between ...
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How can I launch portable firefox app as a separate application?

I like to compartmentalize my internet browsing. I use one browser for work related stuff, one browser personal banking and bills, and another browser for general social related stuff like online ...
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How do I completely remove the Postman Chrome app on Ubuntu 18.04?

I backed up my home directory from Ubuntu 14.04, installed Ubuntu 18.04 on a new PC, then restored my home directory. I went ahead and installed the native app following these instructions. Now I'm ...
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multiple launcher icons when starting an app (dbeaver)

Maybe I just don't understand the idea of Ubuntus UX approach, but why does it show me two launcher icons when I start dbeaver? On the left outer side you see the standard dbeaver icon, which is ...
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Cannot start eclipse [duplicate]

Addition, I don't think that my question is a duplication because my log file is different from what is in other question,also in other question it says "I have installed OpenJDK 9 in Ubuntu" - i didn'...