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Flexible Taskbar

Installing Docky [5] gives Ubuntu another quick launch area for programs (Figure 4). The tool docks by default at the bottom of the screen and provides links for various applications much like the Dock in Mac OS X. You can use the Docky icon's context menu in the toolbar to access the settings for the helper. This is where you adapt it to suit your needs.

Figure 4: Docky gives you quick access to frequently used programs.

To integrate other programs go to the Settings menu, Docklets tab. Select one of the programs and click on the button with the plus sign to tell Docky to add the new program to its bar. You can also remove previously integrated programs at this point.

Classical Start Menu

Most desktops offer a traditional menu for launching programs. In Unity, you have the bar on the left and searches in the Dash but no classical Start menu. However, you can integrate this easily using the ClassicMenu Indicator (Figure 5). The menu lists all the installed programs.

Figure 5: ClassicMenu Indicator lists all the installed programs.

To install, again pop up a terminal. In the first step, you need to install the PPA for the ClassicMenu Indicator (Listing 2). Once the source is known, you can update the information for the available packages and install the software with the two other commands.

Listing 2

Installing ClassicMenu Indicator

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:diesch/testing
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install classicmenu-indicator

After installing ClassicMenu Indicator , a new icon for the Start menu is available in the toolbar at the top right. You can use it to launch the programs installed on the computer. The tool does not replace the Starter or Docky, but it provides another option.

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