Start applications

If you are not on the desktop, select the Applications button on the left side of the top bar to return to the desktop. This is where you can find all of your applications. You can also open the desktop by pressing the Super + A keys. To open the activities overview press the Super key.

There are several ways of opening an application once you’re on the Desktop

  • Start typing the name of an application — searching begins instantly. (If this doesn’t happen, click the search bar at the top of the screen and start typing.) If you don’t know the exact name of an application, try to type an related term. Click the application’s icon to start it.

  • Some applications have icons in the dash, the horizontal strip of icons at the bottom of the Activities overview. Click one of these to start the corresponding application.

    If you have applications that you use very frequently, you can add them to the dash yourself.

  • Click the grid button (which has nine dots) in the dash. You will see the first page of the desktop. To see more applications, press the dots at the bottom, above the dash, to view other applications or move your mouse cursor to the right-most side of the screen and select the arrow button that appears. Press on the application to start it.

  • You can launch an application in a separate workspace by dragging its icon from the dash, and dropping it onto one of the workspaces. The application will open in the chosen workspace.

    You can launch an application in a new workspace by dragging its icon to an empty workspace, or to the small gap between two workspaces.

Quickly running a command

Another way of launching an application is to press Alt+F2, enter its command name, and then press the Enter key.

For example, to launch Rhythmbox, press Alt+F2 and type ‘rhythmbox’ (without the single-quotes). The name of the app is the command to launch the program.

Use the arrow keys to quickly access previously run commands.