Ubuntu – ny simple way to access installed programs


Just installed Ubuntu for the first time… Is there any simple way to browse installed programs?

On Mac there is the Applications top-level folder… here I see Desktop, Documents, Downloads etc but no Apps? That'd be a good idea, no? (is there some way to create this myself?)

On Windows there is the Start menu…

Here it seems like I have to click the 'Dash Home' and then I can see 'Recent Apps' … I can search for them (I'd rather not)

…or I can click the ruler/pencil icon at the bottom and see 'Recent Apps' and click to expand 'Installed Apps' …ok that's all of them – is it possible to get a straight list view instead of the hard-to-scan wrapped rows?

Also, is there any way to get rid of the pointless random selection of 'Apps available for download' at the bottom?

Best Answer

Just like "Applications" on the Mac, you could browse "/usr/share/applications"

The best way to get there is open "Home Folder" or "Files" from the dash, press '/' and type '/usr/share/applications'. I guess you could make a bookmark there by pressing ctrl-D.

Content of /usr/share/applications