How to resize the Unity launcher?

Just as a follow up to this thread for the benefit of anyone else who might come across it in the future:

1. Creating the launcher for "compiz --replace" DOES re-enable Compiz within Unity 2D, but it does not activate the 3D version. So while I'm stuck with Unity 2D, I AM able to use Compiz to restore a lot of the eye candy functionality like wobbly windows, cube desktop, and window animations, so thanks for the tip Krytarik

2. Like I said, I am in fact running Unity 2D, so the Unity Plugin menu for Unity 3D in CompizConfig Settings Manager will NOT work. However, after running the launcher above, I CAN use CCSM to modify non-unity Compiz settings to restore most of the eye candy I wanted... Unity 2D is NOT incompatible with Compiz.

3. While I was not able to specifically change the launcher settings to create the effect I originally mentioned in this post, I WAS able to modify a surprising amount of Unity 2D effects that I had otherwise been led to believe were...

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This brief guide will show you how to quickly resize Unity 2D Launcher in Ubuntu 12.04. In Ubuntu 12.04 with Unity 2D as its default desktop session, it is difficult to almost impossible to resize the launcher.

With Unity 3D, it can be done easily from the control panel by dragging the slider. This method isn’t available in Unity 2D. So, this short tutorial, even though it’s not the easiest thing to do, will let you resize the launcher in Ubuntu with Unity 2D.

Without wasting anymore of your time, let’s get going.


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Resize Unity 2D Launcher in Ubuntu 12.04 Enjoy!

To get started, press Ctrl – Alt – T on your keyboard to open Terminal. When it opens, run the commands below to edit Shell.qml file.

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

Then look for the section shown below and change the value for LauncherLoader with to...

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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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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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This tutorial will explain How to change unity launcher bar size on ubuntu 11.04.Default unity launcher size is bit large if you want to change this use the following procedure.

First you need to install compizconfig-settings-manager using the following command

sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager

Default unity launch bar size as follows

You need to open compizconfig-settings-manager by clicking on the Apps Place enter compiz in search box

Once it opens you should see similar to the following screen here click on "ubuntu Unity Plugin"

Once it opens click on "Experimental" tab here you need to change the launcher icon size

After changing the size you should see similar to the following screen

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Ubuntu 12.04 with Unity 2D, for a general user it appears very difficult and for some users even impossible to resize the Ubuntu launcher. On other hand with Unity 3D, this can be done very easily from appearance settings simply by dragging the slider but this method is only available for Unity 3D not 2D. This tutorial explains you how you can easily reduce (or change) the launcher size in Ubuntu 2D.

For reducing launcher size you will have to edit three code files in sequence, you can very easily do that, it is not that difficult as it looks like. Follow the given steps:

Step-1 Open terminal and run the following command:

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

This will open Shell.qml file for editing

Lookup for LauncherLoader section and change its width to 50, as shown below:

Step-2 Open the IconTile.qml file by running the following command:

sudo gedit /usr/share/unity-2d/shell/common/IconTile.qml

Look up Image...

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In this guide, we will see how to change the size of icons located in the Unity Launcher of Ubuntu 11.04.

Get Started

Let's first install CompizConfig Settings Manager. So, open the Terminal and run this command:

sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager

Search now the dash for "compizconfig", then open CompizConfig Settings Manager:

On the right side of the window, click on Ubuntu Unity Plugin:

Select the Experimental tab, then use the horizontal slider button (for Launcher icon size) to change the size of Unity launcher icons.

When done, close the window.

Default Unity Launcher Modified Unity Launcher


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When I open the Unity Dash from the launcher, the Dash takes up the whole screen and doesn't give me the ability to resize it. This makes it impossible to see my desktop and drag and drop icons to it in order to create shortcuts. I've seen some screen where the dash has maximize and minimize buttons, but I do not have anything like that on my 11.10 install.

You can install dconf-editor from Software Center start it, and go to

desktop -> unity

and change the form-factor from Netbook to Desktop.

October 18, 2011 16:46 PM

For Ubuntu 11.10

The solution depends on whether you are using the standard or 2D version of Ubuntu, which depends on your graphics card. (See: Am I using Unity or Unity 2D? )

Resizing the Dash in the standard Ubuntu

When opening the Ubuntu Dash, you should see three "window buttons" in the upper-left. Click the maximize button (the square) to switch between fullscreen and windowed mode.

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The Unity Launcher is a vertical bar which contains all the icons on Ubuntu desktop, and it is located at the top left corner of your Ubuntu screen. It allows you to easily launch Ubuntu’s program in just a single click.

Sometimes, we prefer working on desktops as well as laptops, but the screen sizes of both may vary according to their size. So, In this situation, you need to adjust the size of the Unity Launcher according to the screen size of your system. Just have a glance at this article to know about how to resize the Unity launcher in Ubuntu 14.04.

Steps to resize the Unity launcher:

Step 1: First go to ‘Unity launcher’ and click on the “System Settings”.

Step 2: Under ‘System Settings’, click the “Appearance” tab.

Step 3: Under ‘Appearance’, You’ll see “Launcher icon size” at the bottom. (Note: By default the icon size is set at 48).

Step 4: Here, under “Launcher icon size” you can change your icon...

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