How do I remove the Unity launcher?


In the file /usr/share/unity-2d/shell/Shell.qml, and can be edited with the command

gksudo gedit /usr/share/unity-2d/shell/Shell.qml

The way to remove the remnant bar that was floating there was to set:

LauncherLoader { id: launcherLoader anchors.bottom: parent.bottom width: 0

^Change the width to either 0 or 1, 1 will show 1 pixel, but will not produce graphic artifacts.

Is there a less hack-y way to do this?

The other file can be edited using

gksudo gedit /usr/share/unity-2d/shell/launcher/Launcher.qml

I am aware of the autohide feature in CCSM, however that is not what I am looking for. I wanted to place a separate launcher OVER unity, and the sensitivity of autohide would make it difficult to use...

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How can I remove the Workspace Switcher launcher from the Unity dock?

To disable workspaces completely See @fossfreedom answer

To just remove the icon but still preserve workspaces

the output will be something like,

['application://nautilus.desktop', 'application://chromium-browser.desktop', 'application://ubuntu-software-center.desktop', 'application://ubuntuone-installer.desktop', 'application://ubuntu-amazon-default.desktop', 'application://UbuntuOneMusiconeubuntucom.desktop', 'application://gnome-control-center.desktop', 'unity://running-apps', 'unity://expo-icon', 'unity://devices']

To remove the workspaces icon from the dock you should just take out 'unity://expo-icon' from that list. Taking it out, for this case the command should be:

gsettings set com.canonical.Unity.Launcher favorites "['application://nautilus.desktop', 'application://chromium-browser.desktop',...

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Last Updated February 05, 2018 19:02 PM

How can I remove the Workspace Switcher launcher from the Unity dock?

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For Ubuntu 11.04/11.10/12.04 (does not work in Unity 2D):

Install Compiz Config Settings Manager from the Ubuntu Software Center

Open Compiz Config Settings Manager from Dash

Goto General Options and Desktop Size tab

Change Horizontal Virtual Size to '1', the Vertical Virtual Size can be any number.

Restart Unity by opening Run Command (Alt-F2) and typing unity


May 10, 2011 11:42 AM

Currently there's a handy little bug in unity that allows you to do this. Open a up a terminal and run 'gnome-panel'. Once gnome panel is running, add the 'workspace switcher' applet to the panel. Open up the workspace switcher preferences and select 1 column and 4 rows. Log out and back...

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Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal replaces the familiar Windows-like Gnome desktop environment with the Unity desktop environment. Personally, I found the switch rather jarring at first. I think I may have even been angry. But after spending some time with Unity, I think I’m starting to get it–especially since I run Ubuntu on a netbook, which is Unity’s forte.

Anyway, I was most devastated when I lost my precious panel launchers. Similar to the Windows Quick Launch Bar, Gnome let you launch frequently used applications and documents from convenient icons along the top panel.With Unity, there is no such thing. Rather, all graphical shortcuts are confined to the vertical launcher bar, which runs the height of the left-hand side of the screen and auto-hides.

While the Gnome panel was comparable to the Windows taskbar, the Unity launcher is more like the OS X dock. Application icons pop up here when they are running, and you can choose to keep your favorites there permanently...

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Can I change the typical Unity layout in Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS (64-bit) so that I can launch folders just by clicking on their icons, instead of having to click on the icons, and then click “launch”? Because having to click the launch button every time is extremely unintuitive.

Also, what’s the point of the back and forward buttons on the launcher? The only thing they accomplish for me is to cycle through the same folder endlessly. See this .webm:

I use the Unity Launcher a lot, so I need it to immediately launch folders, especially the Downloads folders. I don’t know why folder behaviour is different from program behaviour in Unity Launcher. The programs don’t have a “launch” button, so why do the folders have them?

Any help at all is greatly appreciated. Thank...

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Good luck with that, OP! I started a thread about work last week and even though a friend messaged me in real life and said I’d been outed and it could’ve negatively affected my work situation, MNHQ refused to delete it for me. My thread was getting a lot of hits at the time (which stressed me out even more!). and I know that’s why they wouldn’t. Unfortunately MNHQ are only in it for themselves. (Oh and even though they said they would delete it once the thread had “quietened down” , as I type this it’s still there)

So my advice to anyone posting on here is, be very careful about what you write here because MNHQ won’t delete it unless you’re a troll or PBP.

Hi strawberry,

We're really sorry that you feel this way. To be fair, we did reply to your reports (several times!) offering other solutions - as we always try to do when we're asked to delete a thread - but it seems our mails ended up in your junk folder. We did also delete...

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Unfortunately, the Unity Launcher on the left hand side of the screen takes more valuable space away than the new menu bar gives.

Is there any way to get rid of the Launcher?

Alternatives I would be satisfied with include:

Not having the Launcher at all Having the Launcher hide automatically Having applications open on top of the Launcher (not next to it)

(edit:) Note that I am specifically looking for a way to keep the global menubar, while getting rid of the Launcher.

12.04 and later

From the Gear, choose System Settings

Double click the Appearance icon

Click the behaviour tab and then toggle the autohide option...

You can re-reveal the menu by pushing onto the left-hand side of the window or the top corner depending upon which option is shown as per the picture.

It should be possible to remove unity and use netbook-launcher-efl & ubuntu-netbook-efl-default-settings instead. This is...

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How can we remove the launcher that come with Unity on this new Ubuntu version ?

In simple words: you can't. By design, the launcher is intended to stay there always. If you want to give it up, the only way to do so is to give up the entire unity interface by switching to some other DE or by switching to the classic GNOME session.

Moving the launcher to some other edge of the screen is also not implemented and wouldn't be, as per Mark's comment on a bug.

In 12.04, you can go to System Settings > Appearance > Behavior and turn on autohide, then turn the sensitivity all the way down. Now the launcher will only show when you press Super.

Install ccsm (Compiz Config Settings Manager)

Launch ccsm and click on the "Unity Plugin"

Under "Behavior", change "Hide Launcher" to "autohide"

Change "Reveal Mode" to None.

Disable "Key to show launcher" and "Key to put focus on launcher"

*Disabling "Key to show launcher" may...

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A question sent by a reader: How can I remove those drive icons from Unity Launcher in Ubuntu 14.04? I never use it and it eats up space in the launcher.

By default all the partition on your system is visible in Unity launcher, no matter if it is mounted or not. And in fact it might be crowding up the Unity Launcher space. Absolute beginners to Ubuntu may have to struggle a bit pondering over how to remove the drive icons from launcher but the solution to this problem is very easy.

To remove the drive icons permanently from Unity Launcher in Ubuntu 14.04, right click on the drive and select Unlock from Launcher.

That’s it. You don’t need to anything else. You won’t see the drive icons again in Unity Launcher, even if it is mounted. I hope it helps you. Feel free to ask if you have...

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In my opinion, the Ubuntu 12.04 LTS unity is much better than ever. It's fast, stable, and easy-to-use. But I still don't like the Unity launcher which waste my screen space. How do I remove it? Actually, we can remove Unity launcher without removing the whole Unity desktop, but we still can hide it and remains hidden even we put mouse pointer on the left side of screen.

How to:

Simply open "System Settings" and choose "Appearance".

Open "Behavior" tab, under "Auto-hide the Launcher" set to "ON" and give the minimal value to "Reveal sensitivity".

That's all, the Unity Launcher will remain hidden even you put the mouse pointer on left side of the screen.

Enjoy :)

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Ubuntu's Unity desktop environment has divided the opinion of many Linux users over the past few years but it has matured very well and once you get used to it you will see that actually it is very easy to use and highly intuitive.

In this article, I will show you how to use the launcher icons within Unity.

The launcher sits on the left-hand side of the screen and cannot be moved. There are however certain tweaks that you can make to resize the icons and to hide the launcher when it isn't in use and I will show you how to do this later on in the article.

The Icons

Ubuntu comes with a standard set of icons attached to the launcher. From top to bottom the functions of these icons are as follows:

Open the dashFilesFirefoxLibreOffice WriterLibreOffice CalcLibreOffice ImpressUbuntu Software ToolAmazonSystem SettingsTrash

Left clicking opens the individual function for the icons.

The top option opens the Unity Dash which provides a...

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Finally the default Unity Desktop’s left launcher panel can be moved to the bottom of screen in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Xenial Xerus.

Ubuntu 16.04 has reached its final beta today. One of the great new features is that the left launcher panel now is movable: to Left or to Bottom.

Unity Launcher in Left

Unity Launcher in Bottom

How to Move Unity Launcher in Ubuntu 16.04:

For those prefer Linux commands, this can be done via a single command in terminal:

gsettings set com.canonical.Unity.Launcher launcher-position Bottom

To revert back, run:

gsettings set com.canonical.Unity.Launcher launcher-position Left

For graphical way, do:

Unity Tweak Tool, a graphical configuration tool for Unity desktop, now has an option to move the Unity Launcher. Install it via Gnome Software, launch the tool and navigate to Unity -> Launcher:

1. Launch Gnome Software from Launcher, search for and install dconf...

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By design Unity launcher is placed at the left side of Ubuntu desktop and has remained immovable ever since it was introduced to the public in 2010. Ubuntu users who wanted to have Mac OS X-style launcher have had to either replace Unity launcher with an alternative dock such as CairoDock or Docky, or even switch to a more customizable desktop environment such GNOME.

Fast forward to Ubuntu 16.04, and the community request for a "movable" launcher is finally answered. Starting from Ubuntu 16.04, you can move the vertical Ubuntu launcher bar to the bottom of the desktop. In this post, let me show how you can change the position of the Unity launcher on Ubuntu 16.04 or later.

Move the Unity Launcher for the Current User

Method One: Command Line Approach

You can change the position of the Unity launcher from the command line using gsettings.

To obtain the current position of the launcher, run the following command:

$ gsettings get...

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11.04 Change Unity launcher hide/appear speed?

location: - date: May 1, 2011
Hi all, Just did a clean install of 11.04. Is it possible to adjust the unity launcher speed? When I take my cursor to the left it takes a while to show up. I'd like it to be immediate. Can this be altered? Tks

LXer: Top 6 Quicklists for Ubuntu 11.04 to Enhance Unity Launcher Functionality

location: - date: May 4, 2011
Published at LXer: Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal has been a revelation of sorts in terms of UI improvements it brought to the table. One of the highlights of the new Unity UI is the launcher that sits on the left side of Ubuntu 11.04 Unity desktop. Now I can access my most favorite apps much more faster and my desktop will remain clean at the same time. But I didn't noticed the limitations of Unity launcher until I implemented the following quicklists which further enhanced the Ubuntu Unity launcher functionality. I am pretty darn...

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Sublime Text is an awesome text editor. If you’ve never heard of it, you should check it out right now.

I’ve made this tutorial because there’s no installer for the Linux versions of Sublime Text. While that’s not a real problem, I feel there is a cleaner way to go around this. Also, this post will show you how to integrate Sublime Text to Unity (which, I’m glad to report, has now matured into a fully functional user interface). So let’s get on with this. Here is my how to install Sublime Text on Ubuntu tutorial.

[This tutorial has been updated following feedback from AskUbuntu. Also, you need to do these steps using your login. Do not start by typing “sudo -s”!]

Step 1

Download the tarfile that suits you best and extract it. Here’s the command to extract tar.bz2 files:

tar xf Sublime\ Text\ 2.0.1\ x64.tar.bz2

You’ll notice that I got the 64-bit version. The reason is that it’s lightning fast. So, go for that if you can!


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Ubuntu 16.04 will be available for download in a few hours and since many of you will be installing it as soon as it's released, here are some useful things you can do right after the installation.

Get some Ubuntu AppIndicators

Every Unity user needs some AppIndicators - the tiny icons that sit on the top panel, next to the clock. Below you'll find 3 such AppIndicators, two which add some missing functionality to the desktop and one for some eyecandy.

1. My Weather Indicator

Probably my favorite indicator, "My Weather Indicator" displays the current weather on the Unity panel. From the Indicator menu, you can see a weather forecast and more. The application even supports adding desktop weather widgets.

To install it in Ubuntu 16.04, you'll need to use a PPA. Add the PPA and install My Weather Indicator using the following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:atareao/atareao sudo apt update sudo apt install...
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