Replacing Ubuntu Unity's Dash with Synapse

I may be one of the few who like Unity (even if it seems things are changing). However, I never liked the Dash. I find it slow and poorly designed with a lot of unneeded information. I don’t see the point in lenses either, who’s going to search for news or videos on youtube from there?

One of the first thing I do when I install a fresh Ubuntu is disable the Super key which activates the Dash, install Synapse and bind it to Super+Space. I find the experience much better.


Synapse is a great app launcher, lightweight and really fast. It is the successor of Gnome Do.

To disable the Super key, you’ll need to install Compiz Settings Manager.

sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager

In the Ubuntu Unity Plugin panel, disable the “Key to show the launcher”.

Install Synapase from their PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:synapse-core/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install synapse

Launch Synapse and from the Preferences dialog, check the “Startup on Login” box. Edit the “Activate” shortcut to bind it to Super+Space.

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