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  • Ubuntu Desktop Guide Welcome to Ubuntu

    Use the Launcher to start applications

    Find apps, files, music, and more with the Dash

    Manage apps & settings with the menu bar

  • Log out, power off, switch users

    Desktop, apps & windows Introduction, keyboard shortcuts, windows…

    Networking, web, email & chat Wireless, wired, connection problems, web browsing, email accounts, instant messaging…

  • Sound, video & pictures Digital cameras, iPods, playing videos…

    Files, folders & search Searching, delete files, backups, removable drives, documents…

    Add & remove software Install, remove, extra repositories…

    User & system settings Keyboard, mouse, display, languages, user accounts…

  • Hardware & drivers Hardware problems, printers, power settings, color management, Bluetooth, disks…

    Universal access Seeing, hearing, mobility, braille…

    Tips & tricks Special characters, middle click shortcuts…

    Get more help Tips on using this guide, help improve this guide…

  • Welcome to Ubuntu

    Ubuntu features Unity, a reimagined

    way to use your computer. Unity is

    designed to minimize distractions,

    give you more room to work, and

    help you get things done.

    This guide is designed to answer

    your questions about using Unity

    and your Ubuntu desktop. First we

  • will take a moment to look at some

    of Unity's key features, and how you

    can use them.

    Getting started with Unity

  • The Launcher

    The Launcher appears

    automatically when you log in to

    your desktop, and

  • gives you quick access

    to the applications you

    use most often.

    Learn more about the

    Launcher.

    The Dash

    The Ubuntu Button sits near the

    top left corner of the screen and

    is always the top item in the

    Launcher. If you click the

  • Ubuntu Button, Unity will

    present you with an additional

    feature of the desktop, the

    Dash.

    The Dash is designed to make it

    easier to find, open, and use

    apps, files, music, and more.

  • For example, if you type the

    word "document" into the

    Search Bar, the Dash will show

    you applications that help you

    write and edit documents. It will

    also show you relevant folders

    and documents that you have

    been working on recently.

    Learn more about the Dash.

    More Information

  • Desktop, apps & windows — Introduction, keyboard shortcuts, windows…

    Ubuntu Desktop Guide

    See Also

    About this guide — A few tips on using the Ubuntu Desktop Guide.

  • Use the Launcher to start applications

    The Launcher is one of

    the key components of

    the Unity desktop. When

    you log in to your

    desktop, it will appear

  • along the left-hand side of the

    screen. The Launcher provides you

    with quick access to applications,

    workspaces, removable devices and

    the trash.

    If an application that you want to

    start using is present in the

    Launcher, you can click on that

    application's icon, and it will start up,

    ready for you to use.

    To learn more about the Launcher,

  • explore any of the Launcher help

    topics below.

    Use the Launcher

    The Launcher Icon Menus Right clicking a Launcher Icon reveals a menu of actions.

    What do the different shapes and colors in Launcher icons mean? The triangles show you your currently running apps.

  • Customize the Launcher

    Change which applications show in the Launcher Add, move, or remove frequently-used program icons on the Launcher.

    Auto-hide the Launcher Show the Launcher only when you need it.

  • Change the size of icons in the Launcher Make the icons in the Launcher larger or smaller.

    More Information

    The Desktop

    Ubuntu Desktop Guide

  • The Launcher Icon Menus

    Right clicking on a Launcher icon

    will reveal a menu of actions. The

    actions available depend on whether

    the icon is locked to the launcher or

    not, if the icon is for an application

    whether it's running or not, and on

    the specific icon itself. Available

    actions can include the following.

  • launching the application or

    opening the document, folder,

    or device

    unlocking the icon from the

    Launcher if it was previously

    locked (see Change which

    applications show in the

    Launcher)

    locking the icon to the

    Launcher if it was previously

    not locked (see Change which

  • applications show in the

    Launcher)

    quitting the application if it's

    running

    switching between application

    instances or windows if there

    is more than one instance or

    window

    application-specific shortcuts

    such as open a new

  • document or window

    More Information

    Use the Launcher

  • What do the different shapes and colors in Launcher icons mean?

    When you start an app, the

    Launcher icon pulses to let you

    know that Ubuntu is starting your

  • app. This is useful because while

    some apps start immediately,

    others may take a minute to load.

    Once the app has finished starting,

    a small white triangle will show to

    the left of the Launcher square. Two

    triangles means that you have two

    windows of the same app open. If

    you have three or more windows of

    the same app open, three triangles

    will show.

  • Apps that aren't currently

    running have translucent

    Launcher icon squares. When

    an app is running, the

    Launcher icon square is full of

    color.

    Notifications

    If an app wants your attention to

    notify you of something (like a

    finished download), the Launcher

  • icon will wiggle and glow and the

    white triangle will become blue. Click

    the Launcher icon to dismiss the

    notification.

    Apps can also show a number on

    their Launcher icon. Messaging

    apps use the number to tell you how

    many unread messages you have.

    Software Updater uses it to tell you

    how many updates are available.

    Finally, apps can use a progress bar

  • to let you know how long a process

    is taking without you needing to

    keep the app window in view.

    More Information

    Use the Launcher

  • Change which applications show in the Launcher

    To add an application to the

    Launcher for quick access:

    Drag the application's icon

    from the Dash onto the

    Launcher.

  • Alternatively, when an

    application is running, right

    click on the application icon

    and select Lock to Launcher.

    The Launcher icon order can be

    changed by dragging an icon off of

    the Launcher, and then back onto it

    in the desired location.

    To remove an application icon from

    the Launcher, right click on the

    application icon and select Unlock

  • from Launcher.

    More Information

    Applications and windows

    Customize the Launcher

    See Also

    Search everything from the Dash home

  • Auto-hide the Launcher

    You can hide the Launcher if you

    only want to see it when you move

    your mouse or touchpad pointer to

    the left side of the screen.

    1. Click the icon at the very

    right of the menu bar and

    select System Settings.

  • 2. In the Personal section,

    click Appearance.

    3. Switch to the Behavior tab.

    4. Switch Auto-hide the

    Launcher on.

    To help prevent you from

    accidentally showing the Launcher,

    Ubuntu requires you to push a little

    bit harder with your mouse or

    touchpad pointer to make the

  • Launcher show. You can adjust the

    force needed by setting the Reveal

    sensitivity lower or higher.

    More Information

    Customize the Launcher

  • Change the size of icons in the Launcher

    You can make the Launcher icons

    smaller to allow more items to fit in

    the Launcher. Or you might want to

    make the Launcher icons larger so

    they are easier to click.

  • 1. Click the icon at the very

    right of the menu bar and

    select System Settings.

    2. Click Appearance.

    3. Move the Launcher icon

    size slider to increase or

    decrease the size of the

    Launcher icons.

    The default Launcher

  • icon size is 48.

    More Information

    Customize the Launcher

  • Find apps, files, music, and more with the Dash

    The

    Dash

    allows

    you to

    search

  • for applications, files, music, and

    videos, and shows you items that

    you h