If you have installed Ubuntu Natty Narwhal Alpha 1, you will notice the new Unity interface and hence no Gnome Panel(s) anymore. Since “Run Application” dialog is a part of gnome-panel, it is not possible to enable the same “Run Application” dialog. If you wish, you can achieve that by running the gnome-panel, but this is not the recommended course of action if you wish to keep running unity. So, the other way to make it work is to use third party run dialogs from repositories. One of the best run dialog is gmrun. It is available in Ubuntu universe repositories. Open up the terminal (by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T) and type in the following to launch Synaptic Package Manager:
Then, go to Settings>Repositories and Enable the Universe repository.
After having done that, close the repository window and synaptic. In the terminal, type in the following:
Now, lets launch compizconfig-settings-manager. Just type in the following in the terminal:
Search for commands and enable it. Click on Commands to set commands and Key Bindings. In Command line 0, type in gmrun and in Key Bindings tab, click on the Disabled button and check Enable to Enable it. Press the Grab key combination button and press Alt+F2. In the dialog that pops up, click “Disable Run Applications”.
If all goes well, you can now press Alt+F2 and a “Run Program” dialog will pop up. You can use tab to complete fields and press Ctrl+R to search older run entries.
UPDATE: I figured the problem was due to messed up compiz settings. Disabling and enabling compiz (Right Click on Desktop>Change Desktop Background>Visual Effects None and then again to Normal or Extra) fixed it. The older post follows.
I am using Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat 32bit. After a few updates and package changes, the run application dialog mysteriously stopped working. I had to do a little compiz workaround to make it work. To start, install Openbox for the tool “gnome-panel-control “. Use Software Center or Synaptic Package Manager or just the command line:
sudo apt-get install openbox
Once it is installed, run dialog can be brought up by running:
Now, lets associate this with Alt+F2 with the help of Compiz Config Settings Manager(CCSM). To do so, CCSM must be installed:
Then, just open it: System>Preferences>CompizConfig Settings Manager. Then enable “Commands” plugin and in the plugin prefernces, under “Command” tab, enter the following in any Command Line X (where X =0, 1, 2 …) as shown below:
Now, goto the “Keybindings” tab and then in the respective “Run Command X”, click the “Disabled” button and “Enable” it. Then, click “Grab Key Combination” button and press Alt+F2. Close it and now Alt+F2 should work normally.
If you have conky installed, then by default when you click on Show Desktop icon on your panel, conky also gets minimized. You can bring it back by clicking it again, but that does not work if you open another window or selectively maximize/restore a window(s). Also, when you click on the Desktop after activating scale, then conky is lost. In both of these cases, the conky process keeps running, however it cannot be brought back. You must terminate it and run conky again.
However, if you just disable “Hide Skip Taskbar Windows” under General Settings in Compiz-config-settings-manager (ccsm), then conky will not be minimized if you press Show Desktop icon and it will not get lost if you click the Desktop after scale plugin is activated.