Monday, 20 February 2012

How-to: Stop Default Pinning of Newly Installed Apps to Unity Launcher

As of Ubuntu 12.04, Precise Pangolin, the Ubuntu Software automatically adds newly install applications directly to the Unity launcher when they are installed. Very convenient. Not actually useful to anyone but the novice who doesn't yet know how to pin items to the launcher themselves.

The rest of us will get a Unity launcher bar cluttered with every application we install from Day One, and there's not enough space on that thing as it is.

So the first thing you may want to do in Ubuntu Software Center is turn off that action.

Of course, this only applies if you are running Unity. If you are, you can disable automatic pinning. Run Ubuntu Software Center and go up to the Global Menu. At the bottom of the "View" menu is a checkmark option, New Applications in Launcher, which is checked by default. Click it to uncheck it and stop that behaviour.

There are plenty of ways to search for and run applicaitons in Unity and, after all, pinning to the launcher just needs a right-click of any program's running launcher icon to bring up the 'keep in launcher' option. RC