Launcher - no discoverable way to open multipule instances of an app from only the launcher

Reported by Hans Heintze on 2012-01-12
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This bug affects 5 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Ayatana Design
Undecided
Unassigned
Unity
Low
Unassigned
unity (Ubuntu)
Low
Unassigned

Bug Description

Currently there is no way to open multipule intances of an app except for middle clicking the launcher icon. this is entireley undiscoverable.

Andrew Hayzen (andrew-hayzen) wrote :

Hi

Description: Ubuntu 11.10
Release: 11.10
unity:
  Installed: 4.24.0-0ubuntu2.1
  Candidate: 4.24.0-0ubuntu2.1
  Version table:
 *** 4.24.0-0ubuntu2.1 0
        500 http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ oneiric-updates/main amd64 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
     4.22.0-0ubuntu3 0
        500 http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ oneiric/main amd64 Packages

Thank you for taking the time to report this bug and helping to make Ubuntu better.
I can confirm that when using the package unity on Ubuntu 11.10 using the steps provided by Hans that I can reproduce the bug. Therefore I have set this bug to confirmed.

I use this feature everyday and feel that it is a very important feature of unity. However I only found it out by accident, therefore I guess that many other people don't know about it as there is no discoverable way to find the feature.

I feel that this bug needs discussing with the design team, so I have added them to this bug.

Andy

Changed in unity:
status: New → Confirmed
Hans Heintze (hansheintze1) wrote :

I forgot to mention that the middle click functionality is not mentioned in the ubuntu desktop guide. I'm not sure if this belongs in a seperate bug or not.

Didier Roche (didrocks) on 2012-02-01
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
John Lea (johnlea) wrote :

Leaving status as new because we have a solution to the problem but it won't land until at least P + 1

Changed in unity:
status: Confirmed → New
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → New
Omer Akram (om26er) on 2012-03-28
Changed in unity:
status: New → Confirmed
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
John Lea (johnlea) wrote :

The recently announced "Spread" feature will provide a discoverable way to open new instances of an application window, see http://design.canonical.com/2012/03/task-switching-in-ubuntu-and-a-introduction-to-the-spread/ and http://design.canonical.com/the-toolkit/unity-task-switching/ for full details.

As this is a whole project that requires implementation (and which will be tracked separately), I am marking this bug 'confirmed' but no action should be taken to resolve this bug outside of "The Spread" project.

Changed in ayatana-design:
status: New → Confirmed
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Triaged
importance: Undecided → Low
Changed in unity:
status: Confirmed → Triaged
importance: Undecided → Low
summary: - no discoverable way to open multipule instances of an app from only the
- launcher
+ Launcher - no discoverable way to open multipule instances of an app
+ from only the launcher
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