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Old 11-07-2018, 09:17 PM   #1
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"Show Applications" not showing on Laptop


I've installed Ubuntu 10.04 on five machines. All are fine except one of my laptops is displaying a "launcher" (round with 3 circles) instead of the 9 dot "Show Applications" that appear on all my other installations.

Why? What did I do wrong? How can I change it to the 9 dot "Show Applications"?

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Old 11-07-2018, 10:23 PM   #2
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Blame is not the issue here, Investigate the ones that are working. Then investigate the one that is not working, then compare them, and then make the one that is not working like the ones that are working, so it can be like all of the others.
 
Old 11-08-2018, 09:33 AM   #3
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OK, I accept blame is not the issue but ignorance most definitely is. I have (to my limited abilities) tried to compare but don't see where the difference may be. I'm sure there is a simple resolution (e.g. appearance, screen type, option, etc.) but don't know what it is.
 
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OK, I accept blame is not the issue but ignorance most definitely is. I have (to my limited abilities) tried to compare but don't see where the difference may be. I'm sure there is a simple resolution (e.g. appearance, screen type, option, etc.) but don't know what it is.
if it is a matter of a simple icon. maybe it is the image itself, so I'd find the one you like, find what image it is using, where it is being called from ie /usr/share/icons/... imagename.png , then look at the one that is not working, find that same line then find the image and compare images, copy the one you like over to the offending system and have it use that one instead, if you have to. see if that works for you.

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Old 11-09-2018, 11:02 AM   #5
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OK .. thanks. I'll check and see if I can find it this weekend. How do I find out where an image is called from or what the image name is?

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Just a wee note to point out that if your post is correct and you have indeed installed Ubuntu 10.04 on your machines, this version has not been supported for a number of years and thus I would advise you strongly not to internet face any of these machines.
 
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first I'd like to point out @hydrurga point, as he obliviously keeps up with Ubunutututu, (I don't), though I do like to have the latest and greatest version of whatever disto I am installing for the moment. Nevertheless, it should be all the same on this part. I assume they use a desktop file. therefore, three ways to find them.
Code:
find /usr/share/applications -type f -iname "appName.*"

ls /usr/share/applications "appName*"

// search the entire universe

find / -type f -name "appName*"

//then look for a desktop file or config file of sorts. it might even be in your home dir.
open it look for Icon=iconname
icons are mostly stored in /usr/share/icons/..

it's that simple.

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Old 11-09-2018, 05:01 PM   #8
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Mea culpa .. sorry for the typo. It is Ubuntu 18.10 that is installed in THIS laptop. The "Activity" is also missing from the top left of the screen. Do I have a different theme or desktop selected? If so, how do I change it?

I've attached a screenshot of the icon in question (first one) that should be the nine dot square. I don't know where the nine dot square went.
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Old 11-10-2018, 05:34 PM   #9
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I tried several "fixes" but none worked. So I went ahead and did a clean install of 18.10. All seems to be fine now. Thank you for the help and suggestions.
 
  


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