How To: Access all installed programs in Ubuntu 12.04


I’m publishing this article as a follow up to the recent Ubuntu 12.04 article HERE. Reason being; I hunted around the Ubuntu interface for ages trying to locate a list of all installed programs without any success. I finally resorted to the old fall back… Google search. Unfortunately, there is very little useful information available via that normally reliable source. I finally tripped over a helpful reference buried deep in a forum topic which led me to the right location.

So, for those who may strike the same problem, and seeing how this information has not previously been made readily available via a Google search – here is how:

Click on the “Dash Home” icon located at the top of the Launcher Bar:

Now, click on the second icon from left across the bottom of the window:

In the ‘Search Applications’ window you will now see a section labeled ‘Installed’ – click on See 84 more results (the actual number may vary) to view a full list of installed apps in alphabetical order:

  Simply locate the desired application in the list and click on it to launch. It’s quite simple really but, as with most things, only when you know how.


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Jim Hillier

Jim is the resident freeware aficionado at DCT. A computer veteran with 30+ years experience who first started writing about computers and tech back in the days when freeware was actually free. His first computer was a TRS-80 in the 1980s, he progressed through the Commodore series of computers before moving to PCs in the 1990s. Now retired (aka an old geezer), Jim retains his passion for all things tech and still enjoys building and repairing computers for a select clientele... as well as writing for DCT, of course.

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