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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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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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How do modify launchers? I want to execute bash shell scripts and perhaps blender and mugen fullscreen [on hold]

Trying to run blender w/o graphics card other than mobo. I wanted to edit the launcher so that I can see debug messages but the terminal screen closes and this question doesnt really help me. Also I ...
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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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Ubuntu launcher `source` script before executing command

For a specific program I need to source a script file with a bunch of environment variables before launching it. I'd like to include that script file in the launcher icon of Ubuntu. Like, if I click ...
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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'...
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Changing mouse behaviour on desktop from single to doubleclick on launcher (favorites)

I've been wanting to change the behavior of the mouse click on the favorites menu (launcher) from single click to double. . . I spend a fair amount of time in Windows and the difference in mouse ...
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Icon image is not getting displayed in Ubuntu 17 and 18

I am trying to install a software using a download manager in Ubuntu. When I do it on Ubuntu 14 and 16 the download manager icon appears in the launcher bar. But when I do the same in Ubuntu 17 and 18 ...
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Touches on the sidebar not registering properly

When I touch the icons on the sidebar, using a touchscreen (shown with big arrows in the picture below) they do not open, and add the app to 'my favourites' on the sidebar. After searching for a ...
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Krita and Kdenlive double icon problem

I have Ubuntu 18.04 Gnome. So, I install Krita (from repo or appimage). Now I open Krita and I see the icon in the "favorites" bar (Dash). I right click it to add to favorites but I have no such ...
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Executing echo Command Using Launcher Icon [duplicate]

I am controlling the fan speed on my notebook using acpi and the command: echo level n > /proc/acpi/ibm/fan where level n is a number between 1 and 7. It works, and after I changed the ...
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Ubuntu 18.04 Google-earth launch problem

Having just installed 18.04 (upgraded from new 16.04 install) and google-earth. I can only launch Google-earth from, and runs in, the terminal, there is just a blank icon on the launchpad which can be ...
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Lost Unity launcher and Could not find dbus session ID in user Environment

I have lost my unity launcher and top panel while installing something. While recovering this issue I came across Unity Launcher and Top Panel disappeared in 14.04 and How to change Gsettings via ...
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Untitled Unity Launcher icon

The unity launcher icon for a software I am using displays the word untitled. I am unsure of the origin of this problem and the way to fix it. It may be relevant to state here that the software was ...
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How to automatically start tmux when opening gnome-terminal

I want the terminal to always start tmux (a "terminal multiplexer") automatically in every new terminal I open. I tried modifying org.gnome.Terminal.desktop and gnome-terminal.desktop in ~/.local/...
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Bring all windows of the same application to front on focus in Unity [duplicate]

I am essentially trying to replicate the default window management behavior of macOS in Ubuntu since I've gotten so used to it over the years. When a window of an application in macOS gets focus (...
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desktop launcher for sudo apt-get update && apt-get upgrade

I have Kubuntu 18.04. How can I create a desktop launcher for the code: sudo apt-get update && apt-get upgrade
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How to change Ubuntu Budgie's Plank launcher command line parameters?

I would like to run Tilix with param --session=~/my-tilix-config.json with mouse clicking Plank's launcher. I found that references to launchers visible in Plank are kept in ~/.config/plank/dock1/...
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How can I get access to the hue which unity uses to theme UI based on the current desktop background?

As my desktop background changes, I've seen the Unity Launcher's hue automatically updates to adapt with the background color. # This is used in other UI elements as well, for instance - the ...
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show desktop icon to the launcher 18 [duplicate]

I want to enable "show desktop icon to the launcher" as in ubuntu 16.04. I cannot find the why. Is this option somewere in ubuntu 18?
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Python script cannot run from .desktop launcher

I have a python script that works perfectly if I just run: python3 script.py If I make a .desktop shortcut, with the above command, the sidebar script is opened (the py file is a GUI) but then it ...
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Error in launching Minecraft on ubuntu 17.10

I downloaded Minecraft from its site, but always when I'm launching it, I get error below. I followed instructions from "Minecraft with OpenJDK 7, I get “the trustAnchors parameter must be non-empty”",...
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I cannot open the terminal (from launcher, dashboard or other terminals)

When I try to open the Terminal from Gauke Terminal or from XTerm by using gnome-terminal it shows this error: Traceback (most recent call last): File "/usr/bin/gnome-terminal", line 9, in <...
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cubic: add custom favourites to gnome3 left panel; .desktop launchers untrusted on ~/Desktop

When creating a custom 18.04 iso with cubic, is there a way to add custom favourite application launchers in the left side gnome3 bar? I found that by adding a known launcher there while having booted ...
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After pressing Alt + Tab New Window appear but New Window dosen't get focus

After pressing Alt + Tab, to change focus, the new window appears but the new window doesn't get the focus. No arrow on the right of the icon in the launcher, no name of the app in the top-left corner,...
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.desktop file does not show the icon in applications

I have created a .desktop file for Eclipse and put it in .local/share/applications in applications launcher the icon of app is not showing up. [Desktop Entry] Type=Application Name=Oxygen_Eclipse ...