Ubuntu :: Unity - Mythtv Or How To Hide Unity Launcher

May 8, 2011

Just moved to Ubuntu 11.04 with unity and only have one problem...For most of my desktop needs I prefer to have the Unity Launcher up all the time (fullscreen apps don't cover it), and have set this option with ccsm.

However, when I watch mythtv, it is also under the launcher (and the top panel as well). How can I force mythtv to cover the launcher?
What I really need is a keyboard shortcut to hide the launcher, but the only shortcut is for "show launcher". (I guess the devs assumed everyone would want it hidden by default).

This, by the way is not my usual way for viewing mythtv. I have a projector attached to the desktop PC and it doesn't get a Unity Launcher by default (in Twinview), so no probs. However, occasionally I want to watch something on my computer screen, and that is when this issue arises.

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Ubuntu :: Unity Launcher Won't Hide

May 9, 2011

I've just installed Ubuntu 11.04 and have come across a strange bug, where after using Ubuntu for a while, the launcher suddenly appears and will not hide. This occurs when my mouse is no where near the launcher. I have a duel screen display.

This is very annoying as the launcher appears above the windows I am working on as shown in the screenshot:

I have tried changing the launcher hide options in ccsm but it doesn't seem to make any difference. At the moment it is set to autohide.

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Ubuntu :: 11.04 - How To Always Hide Unity Launcher

Jun 23, 2011

I love this unity launcher panel on the left. but i think it's taking too much valuable space on my small screen so i set up a super small app dock with everything i use but i can't seem to completely hide this unity launcher the only options i find in CCSM are "always show" "autohide" and two other things i can't seem to understand; anw i haven't found a "Always hide". is there a way to do that ?

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Ubuntu Installation :: 11.04 Change Unity Launcher Hide/appear Speed?

May 1, 2011

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.

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Ubuntu :: Unity Launcher Doesn't Hide And Icons Will Not Re-size

May 8, 2011

The Compiz Setting page for Unity will not let me set the launcher to autohide or other hiding option, and the Experimental page will not let me reduce the icon size. The lack of hiding is another as the left edge of windows can disappear under the the Launcher.

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Ubuntu :: Can't Hide The Launcher In Unity 3D - Stays On Top Of Running Program

May 23, 2011

I can't hide the launcher in unity 3D. In 2D, it works fine, hides when i open a program, looks normal, everything. In 3D, it stays on top of whatever program I'm running. What I've tried Reinstalled unity 2D. (apt-get remove, apt-get install) For whatever reason, when I log into 3D without 2D installed, it looks like gnome, but the screen is garbled, the images disappear, menus come up as plain black squares, i literally can't even open a program. Once I install unity 2D, 3D works fine, but I can't hide the launcher. Messed around with CCSM. I tried each option under hide launcher in unity plugin (never, autohide, dodge windows, dodge active windows). None of them change anything. Updated everything through update manager (last night actually). Both 2D & 3D look and work fine, no lag or sluggish behavior. All of the effects look normal. I just can't get rid of the big launcher covering up everything I do! I've just been using 2D, although I would like to use 3D.

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Ubuntu :: Unity - Unable To Resize Launcher Icons Or Set To Auto-hide

May 2, 2011

I recently upgraded to 11.04 and I've been tweaking Unity to get the desktop just the way I like it. I've come across two minor problems though:

1. When I tweak the icon size settings in the Unity tab of CCSM, the icons do not change size; they remain at the default "48" setting regardless of what I type in.

2. When I set the Unity launcher to auto-hide (also in the Unity tab of CCSM), it stays at the default "dodge windows" setting.

Are there any workarounds to change these settings when tweaking them in CCSM's interface does not work? (Or is there some trick I don't know to get CCSM to work properly?)

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Ubuntu Installation :: Unity Launcher Doesn't Hide Itself Anymore / X After Package Upgrades

May 31, 2011

I've upgraded to Ubuntu 11.04 some weeks ago and after some minor tweaking everything has been working fine. But all of a sudden, it seems after some package upgrades, I'm experiencing strange behavior: The first thing I noticed is that after reboot the default application that should be kept in the Unity Launcher have all disappeared. The unity launcher doesn't hide itself anymore. The unity launcher does not react to changes I make via the 'System Settings'->'compizConfig settings manager'->'Ubuntu unity plugin' menu (icon sizes in launcher, hiding method, etc.). Even after logout/login or reboot the changes aren't applied, although the corresponding settings in the configuration menus remain changed.

One application that used to work as a charm started giving the following error on startup: The program 'VESTA' received an X Window System error. This probably reflects a bug in the program. The error was 'BadWindow (invalid Window parameter)'. (Details: serial 489 error_code 3 request_code 138 minor_code 4) Since yesterday everything was still working properly and today I get this strange behavior, it seems that something must have changed in between. The only changes on the system in the last 24 hours are the upgrades of the following packages:


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Ubuntu :: How To Restore The General App Launcher Button On The Unity Launcher

Apr 29, 2011

For some reason the general launcher button (+ in circle) in the unity menu has disappeared. I do not know how to restore it. Which means I have great problems to start al apps that are not standard in the menu.

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Ubuntu :: Hide The Unity And Top Panel From 11.04?

May 13, 2011

After I delete those screen-short software, my unity bar goes hide and never come, please help here is the picture which i delete. Now using classic desktop but i want to use unity but it comes only the full wallpaper and no bar comes. If i right click the mouse it works but where i can show the bar?

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Ubuntu :: Add .sh To Unity Launcher?

Sep 1, 2011

I made a shell script to launch dr. java that works fine, but when I try to make it a launcher, it does nothing. This is the script:

java -jar drjava-stable-20100913-r5287.jar;

Why is the launcher being difficult?

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Ubuntu :: Unity Launcher Configuration - Changing Size Of The Launcher Bar Or Icon Size

Apr 28, 2011

How do you access preferences for changing size of the launcher bar or icon size, etc? I looked through system settings and could not find it.

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Ubuntu :: Unity Can't Keep Netbean In Launcher

Nov 8, 2010

I've just installed netbeans but unlike very other applications, I don't have the option to "Keep in Launcher".Is there a fix or work around for that?

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Ubuntu :: Move Unity Launcher Down?

May 1, 2011

When Ubuntu 11.04 beta appeared I've read an article describing the way to move Unity Launcher to the bottom of the screen by editing some config files. Now I've upgraded to 11.04 and can't find the article anywhere.

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Ubuntu :: Unity Launcher Does Not Autohide

May 3, 2011

Recently upgraded to 11.04, and I am happy with the intent but unhappy with the bugs.

I have a specific problem at the moment, the unity launcher will not auto-hide, which means I cannot access the left side of any application (such as the back button for instance). Does anyone know of a fix?

A restart fixes the problem, but If I don't want to do that then I have to set the auto-hide option in Compiz to never, so that application windows stop at the launcher, and don't dissapear underneath. (setting back to other auto-hide options doesn't work)

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Ubuntu :: No Progress Bar In Unity Launcher

May 22, 2011

When Ubuntu one is syncing there is no progress bar in the Unity launcher as there is supposed to be. What could be wrong?

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Ubuntu :: How To Edit Launcher In Unity

May 28, 2011

I upgraded to 11.04. A launcher I had created before the upgrade shows up in the dock and works nicely... but I want to change what it does.


says to edit the .desktop file. Fine, but there ought to be a way to do it with the gui, shouldn't there?


suggests, after reading between the lines, that you can only edit launchers in the gui when they're not in the dock; the dock is only for pinning launchers that exist elsewhere.

But I don't know where my launcher file is, it's certainly not on the desktop, since I removed it from there before upgrading.

I see that in the new world, deleting a launcher from the desktop removes it from the dock, too.

I am very sad that I can't have launchers on the dock without having them on the desktop, and that there's no way to edit launchers from the dock.

I am aware of the "switch back to classic and stop using unity" workaround.

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Ubuntu :: Unity Launcher Does Not Retain Changes ?

Jul 14, 2011

I installed Natty Narwhal on a brand new Ideapad Z570 and everything worked out of the box except wifi for which I had to blacklist acer_wmi.

I installed Google Chrome and replaced firefox with chrome in the launcher. So everything works fine until I reboot. Firefox is back. I saw this a couple of times so I though why not just get rid of firefox. Unfortunately now there's nothing in place of firefox.

I tried unity --reset but that just shows a bunch of errors. I have dconf-tools and libdconf0 installed.

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Ubuntu :: Unity 2d 10.10 - How Does One Move The Launcher Icons

Mar 17, 2011

I was just wondering how I could reorder/drag n drop/move the unity-2d (qt version) icons in ubuntu 10.10, like you would in the mutter version unity. I can move the launcher up and down, I just can't pull them off the launcher and drag them around. Is this a bug or has it just not been implemented yet? Other than this, I love unity 2d and can't wait for the compiz-based unity 3D to use in 11.04

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Ubuntu :: Icons Are Missing From Unity Launcher ?

Apr 29, 2011

I've just installed the new Ubuntu 11.04 and encountered a strange problem. The Launcher bar appears, everything is ok, but i can see no icon on the Unity Launcher. When i move the mouse over the launcher, it tells me where the icons should be. The apps also open when I click in those places. But NO icon? Can anybody tell me why is this happening? It is very annoying. I would accept it easier if it didn't work at all.. but not this way.

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Ubuntu :: Unity 2D Launcher Resize Options?

Apr 30, 2011

I recently installed 11.04 and Unity 2D (because my old laptop can't run the full 3D version). So far I'm pretty impressed and its growing on me, despite the negative press I'd heard and my own skepticism of change going into the new UI.

One thing that I haven't been able find out is if there is an option to vertically resize the launcher based on the number of active icons. I only have about half a dozen icons pinned to the launcher permanently, so there's a lot of blank "dead space" on the bottom half of the launcher unless I have a zillion other things open simultaneously.

Is there a way to make the Unity 2D launcher automatically shrink upwards to fit the number of pinned icons + active applications? (I've attached a mock up of the sort of feature I'm talking about.) It would be fantastic if there was a way to do this because it would be a much cleaner and more efficient use of my screen space. I've already downloaded the Unity 2D Settings application, but there are only 5 or so things you can edit with that little app. I was hoping for a method with a bit more flexibility.

I've heard that Unity 2D is specifically designed NOT to use Compiz, so things like cube desktop and wobbly windows will never be available in this 2D desktop environment. (Sadface for losing out on the eye candy I used to have in 10.10 )

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Ubuntu :: Unity Panal / Launcher Is Not Displayed

May 1, 2011

I've just upgraded to ubuntu 11.04. After I login with unity, I can only see my background and desktop items. There is some space on the left side and on the top on my desktop. I clicked on those space and I found that there is some button on it. It means that the panel and launcher are completely transparent. I entered "/usr/lib/nux/unity_support_test -p" in terminal. It told me that my computer meet the requirement to run unity. Also, my computer work fine without unity(classic ubuntu session). I really don't know what's wrong.

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Ubuntu :: Rectangles Under App Icons On Launcher In Unity?

May 20, 2011

Now is hard to understand which app is running and which's not, even I make it "backlight toggles" in CCSM, I have to looking at it for several seconds or find small triangles.

Can I make it just like windows7, let it only appears when app is running?

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Ubuntu :: Unity Launcher Doesn't Launch / What To Do?

Jun 19, 2011

I just upgraded to Natty this weekend, so don't have much experience with Unity yet. I tried to create a launcher, which starts an application on a VMware virtual machine using vmware-unity-helper (lot's of unity here .

Anyway, so I created the launcher, e.g. MS Project code...

The Exec command is just a little python script, which checks whether the VM is running and then executes the vmware-unity-helper command with the correct path and all.

The launcher works, when I double-click in in nautilus. But when I drag'n'drop to the unity bar and click it nothing happens. I pulses some (as if the application would start) but nothing happens.

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: Amarok Jams Unity Side Bar - Force Bar To Hide?

Jul 12, 2011

I find that when I use Amarok my Unity side bar gets jammed in position, and won't hide away. This is really irritating as the play button is under the bar so I can't click it! The side bar is stuck in position whether Amarok is maximised, in a window or minimised, or even if I close Amarok and just leave it playing (Amarok isn't even listed on the Unity bar in this case). The only way to make the side bar vanish is to completely quit Amarok. Is there anything I can do to force the bar to hide?

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Ubuntu :: Change Keyboard Shortcut For Launcher In Unity?

Apr 28, 2011

Do not know yet if unity is something for me, but I will find out .I tried to change the keyboard shortcut for the launcher (default Alt-F2).I did this by changing it in ccsm, under "unity plugin"-"Key to execute a command".

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Ubuntu :: Unity Launcher Gets Stuck In An Open Position

May 12, 2011

I'm running ubuntu 11.04. from time to time, the unity launcher gets stuck in an open position, preventing me from clicking anything on the left side of the screen. this is terribly annoying. is there a *simple* way to change the properties of the icons in the launcher? I have there some custom application launchers that were automatically imported to the launcher during upgrade (they were in the top menu).

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Ubuntu :: Custom Launcher In Natty Unity Desktop?

May 19, 2011

I'm trying to put in an extra command on my skype.desktop launcher to make my webcam work properly, however whenever I add the ff. to the Exec line:

Quote: Exec=export LIBV4LCONTROL_FLAGS=3 && LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib32/libv4l/v4l1compat.so skype the skype launcher doesnt work. However, it works fine when I try to run the same command on the terminal.

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Ubuntu :: No Running Htop Entry In Unity's Launcher?

May 28, 2011

htop is my preferred system monitor, but I have a problem with it in Unity: When I open htop from the Applications lens there's no entry in the launcher added for it. This means I can't add it permanently to the launcher. It may have to do with it being a terminal based program, but I was wondering if there is a way to get it permanently added to the launcher?

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Ubuntu :: Way To Make Unity Launcher Smaller Than 32 Pixels ?

May 30, 2011

I think 32 pixels is still very big for a launcher, can I shrink them more somehow in Unity? I'm talking about Ubuntu 11.04, of course.

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