Group similar launchers under one launcher item

Bug #794251 reported by Ioannis on 2011-06-07
This bug affects 2 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Ayatana Design
unity (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

This is a feature request

Example: The default install of Ubuntu 11.04 has the LibreOffice launchers all stacked together, taking up all the space of the Launcher in a small screen. Instead, there should have been a LibreOffice 'group' launcher item that houses the individual launchers. To access the members of the group I have the following suggestions (i.e. how to enter a group):

1. Pressing the group icon reveals a side panel with the individual launchers inside
2. Pressing the group icon the Launcher 'enters'/slides into the group's view (now the Launcher is populated only by the group members for instance)
3. Hover over the group icon (delay triggered action) unfolds it in-place

we remain in a group until a member is selected or we loose focus or click/tap somewhere else etc.

Such groupings are now done with Lenses, but I think there is room for some faster, smaller, more direct access UI elements for groups of launchers. I do realise that such an idea can lead to multiple levels of hierarchy and the resulting havoc, but if done and used sensibly it need not to be.

NOTE: There is a similar report in, but as far as I understand it mainly talks about Lenses.

Ioannis (ioannisnousias) on 2011-06-07
description: updated
Ioannis (ioannisnousias) on 2011-06-07
description: updated
tags: added: feature launcher request
tags: added: needs-design
Changed in unity:
status: New → Incomplete
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
Andrea Azzarone (azzar1) on 2016-08-12
Changed in ayatana-design:
status: New → Invalid
no longer affects: unity
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Opinion
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