Is there an easy way to rearrange or move the icons in the Unity launcher?


Answer #: 1

Click and hold the application’s launcher icon, and then drag it up or down.

Answer #: 2

How to rearrange icons in Unity Launcher?

Just drag the icon out of the Launcher.

And then just drop it back in the Launcher anywhere you want.

Answer #: 3

In Ubuntu 11.10, dragging to the right didn’t work for me. When I click an icon and hold the mouse button down for one second without moving the mouse, the icon drops down a few pixels. After that, I can drag it up or down the list to change its position.

Answer #: 4

You will need to drag the icons out of the launcher (right direction) and then place them wherever you want them to be positioned.

Answer #: 5

You do not need to ctrl-click in Unity 2D; just click the item and hold it for a second without moving the mouse, and then the icon will detach and now it can be dragged to a new position and left there by...

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I am using Ubuntu 12.04 x64 bit as default DE.

I was guessing it is possible to Auto Arrange the Current-Active applications in Unity Launcher panel to align in Lastly-Opened or Firstly-Opened in ascending or descending order, irrespective of their locked positions in the Unity Launcher panel.

Just to get rid of Scrolling down the launcher panel every time to search active application thereby depriving the need of Alt-Tab shortcut.

I mean Alt-Tab alternative in more smarter way, though I also use Alt-Tab for the task Management purpose.

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[13.04] Move Unity Launcher to bottom screen

location: - date: May 22, 2013
My two older post (see it here & here) as been closed ... so i make a new one just for those who want to know more about it. I was previously saying : If you have an answer for moving the launcher bar on unity, please post it (if you don't have that answer please don't). As this time, we know several things ; - Mark did not plane to do it so 'Official Ubuntu' will not do it (unless he change his mind) - No one have done yet a script for doing it (or a program so stop using tweaking tool for that) - Unity impact on linux user's (and yes i'm not talking of my mother who did'nt know that she have unity) is to moving to another distribution ... If you wanna discuss about the three point above, please DO NOT DO IT HERE. Make you own subject instead. For know (and after trying to configure gnome 3), i just decided that i was liking unity exept for that, so i decided to use...

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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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I had a different experience than you did. I came here looking for help but your suggestion to drag to the right did not work for me. However it did give me incentive to experiment until I discovered the true behaviour.

If I just click on an icon in the launcher and immediately tug on it up and down with the mouse pointer, I drag the whole rack of icons in the launcher up and down, auto-scroll fashion (I have more icons than will show on one screen height and need to move them up and down to access all of them). It responds the same way as if I move the mouse wheel up and down with the pointer over the launcher.

If I try do drag the icon 'out' of the launcher (to the right), then as soon as the mouse pointer crosses the boundary and leaves the launcher bar it lets go entirely and drops the icon back into place.

However, if I click on an icon in the launcher and keep the mouse pointer steady, holding the left button down on the mouse, and wait half a second (if the...

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Ubuntu 16.04 has been officially released by Canonical, and among several other features it also brings a couple of improvements that will definitely make users happy. Firstly, Unity Dash no longer shows online results by default, so there is no need to explicitly turn the feature off to make the search experience faster. And secondly, now you can actually move the Unity launcher from its default “left” position.

While that’s certainly good news, it’s worth pointing out that the ability to move the launcher is restricted – aside from the default “left” position, you can only move the launcher to the bottom. You still can’t put it on the right or at the top. But then again, it’s better than having no option at all. In this article we will discuss how you can access this new feature.

You can customize the position of your launcher in three different ways. Let’s discuss them one by one.

1. Using Unity Tweak Tool

If you’ve freshly downloaded Ubuntu 16.04,...

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Ubuntu 16.04 LTS includes a long-awaited feature: You can now move the Unity desktop’s launcher to the bottom of your screen. It isn’t locked to the left side of your screen anymore. However, this option requires a terminal command or tweaking tool, as it isn’t offered in Ubuntu’s normal System Settings window.

Despite this new option, the Unity 7 desktop environment is still a bit restrictive. You can only have your launcher bar on the left side of the screen or on the bottom–not at the right side or top of your screen. But at least it’s a step in the right direction.

Option One: Run a Terminal Command

This just takes a single terminal command. Don’t worry–even if you’re never used the terminal before, you can do this in a few seconds with a quick copy and paste.

First, open a terminal window. To do this, click the Ubuntu icon at the top-left corner of your screen to open the Dash, search for “Terminal”, and press Enter.


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Feb 20, 2011

I'm using the latest daily build of unity and the alpha of narty and the 3d version of Unity is dog slow on this computer. I installed the 2d version and it's much much better. The only problem is, I need to be able to see the battery manager applet, the clock, and the logout button, but none of them are visible. The only icon I have in the top right corner is the wifi manager.

I know everything is in alpha and unfinished, but is there a config file I need to modify or might I have done something wrong when adding and installing the 2d interface from the daily repo?

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Third-party app Unity Tweak Tool is a must-have app for Unity desktop users.

The utility makes it to adjust almost every part of the Unity experience easy, from switching GTK theme to enabling “hidden” features like ‘Minimise on Click’ on the Unity Launcher.

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, due April, comes with a few new hidden settings and the latest Unity Tweak Tool update surfaces these features through its easy-to-use GUI.

Moving Unity Launcher

Yup, after six long years of asking Ubuntu 16.04 finally lets you move the Unity Launcher to the bottom of the screen.

But it doesn’t make it easy.

Although supported by Ubuntu developers, the feature us less than accessible, You can’t move the launcher without modifying a hidden system configuration key, either through the dconf-editor utility or by typing an arcane command in the Terminal, the latter of which we demo in the video above.

Thankfully Unity Tweak 0.7 on Ubuntu 16.04 makes it...

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Unity Launchers are actually files stored in your computer, with a '.desktop' extension. In earlier Ubuntu versions, these files were simply used so as to launch a specific application, but in Unity they are also used so as to create right-click menus for each application, which you can access from the Unity Launcher.

This article describes how to create a working .desktop file for general use, but also how to add it to the Unity Launcher and/or how to edit a Unity Launcher itself, by editing its fields or by adding a right-click menu to it.

There are currently 2 ways of creating a desktop file. The 1st one is using a text editor, like Gedit, and the 2nd one is installing a program (gnome-panel) or using 'alacarte' that both do the job for you. The former lets you "control" your launcher more than the latter, but the latter way is easier. Please note that this section will cover only the basics, not how to add shortcuts to your launcher. For this, please head to...

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By Gary Newell

Updated September 22, 2015.

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:

Left clicking opens the individual function for the icons.

Ubuntu Launcher Events

Before you open an application the background to the icons are black.

When you...

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12.04 - 15.10

As of 12.04 you can not move the launcher, and there’s no official support for that.

This is by design, and so far, there are no Canonical plans to change that. Here’s a quote from Mark on the bug report for Ubuntu 11.04:

I think the report actually meant that the launcher should be movable to other edges of the screen. I’m afraid that won’t work with our broader design goals, so we won’t implement that. We want the launcher always close to the Ubuntu button.

I interpret that as a stand that a consistent design must be experienced as a Unity (pun intended), or it won't work at all.

While I personally disagree with Mark’s/Canonical’s decision not to provide a way to move the launcher (please read my final note on this), I do understand the design choice: it truly makes sense for it to be on the side and not at the bottom. Most users today have a widescreen monitor, and virtually all monitors for sale, specially for end-user...

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The above answers all assume that the desktop file is in /usr/share/applications, but sometimes it is not the case. So I posted my answer in case these answers do not work.

Usually when running the application or package you have installed, the icon of the application will appear in the launcher. That is to say, ubuntu has already automatically created a desktop file for the application. All you need to do is to find it and copy it to the desktop. More often than not it is in /usr/share/applications, as assumed by all other answers to this question, but sometimes it is in ~/.local/share/applications, or elsewhere you have no idea about. In the following I will add an icon for Qt Creator which is not in /usr/share/applications by default to the desktop to illustrate this method.

(1) After installation of Qt, run Qt Creator.

(2) Locate the path to the executable. This can be done by search the list of System Monitor in the Processes tab for the particular process...

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Curious about Ubuntu, but not sure where to start? Start here: “Ubuntu: An Absolute Beginner’s Guide” will teach you everything you need to know about Ubuntu in easy-to-understand language.

Ubuntu is a free/libre, open-source computer operating system with 20 million users worldwide. But it’s also so much more than that: it is an ethos, a collaborative project and, first and foremost, Ubuntu is a community of people.

If you’re reading this guide, you’re probably interested in moving away from proprietary operating systems such as Windows and Mac OS X; perhaps you’ve already instlalled and ready to use Ubuntu on your computer but not sure where to start.

Table of Contents


§2–Ubuntu 101

§3–Ubuntu Releases

§4–Installing Ubuntu

§5–Support and Community

§6–Getting Started with Unity

§7–Ubuntu Applications (How Do I…?)


1. Introduction

Migrating to a new operating...

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Android 4.4.3 is mostly a bug fix update, but for some reason, Google also opted to include an updated version of the official Google dialer this time. We saw this leak a few times before, and indeed, it's looking pretty much like we expected it to. Let's take a look at how it differs from the old version. Some functions have moved around and it's a lot more blue.

What’s New

The main screen in the dialer was, and still is, your favorite contacts as well as the most recent call up at the top. From the comparison below you can see the layout of the favorite contacts has been tweaked quite a bit. Each one is a larger card with its own overflow button which triggers the full contact card UI. Additionally, you can long-press on each card and drag it around to rearrange the list. You'll also notice the bottom action bar is blue instead of white.

Left: Old, Right: New

If you smack that dialer button, the UI that pops up seems like a vast improvement....

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If you don't want online shopping results in your dash but there are times when you want to search the Internet from your queries (for example, while using the Askubuntu scope to the help lens), you may not wish to disable the "Include online search results" item. In that case you may wish to remove particular sources.

Home Lens

For the new dash home lens (default) queries that are forwarded through Canonical to Amazon uninstall unity-lens-shopping.

Either click on the bag icons above and click the Remove button on the right in the Software Center window that appears, or use an alternative of the following command line after bringing up a terminal with Alt+Ctrl+T.

sudo apt-get remove unity-lens-shopping

Or, launch Ubuntu Software Center, click Installed, expand Themes & Tweak, and scroll to the its end. You'll see Shopping lens for unity there (along with a lot of complaints).

Video Lens

For the already existing video lens lookup you...

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