Hello readers! I have written two articles about XFCE on how to configure dual monitor and enable Dropbox "Copy Public Link" on Thunar File Manager. Today I'd like to show you how to install and configure Slingshot Launcher on Xubuntu (XFCE). For your information, Slingshot Launcher is an application launcher created by Elementary OS team that provides full screen and eye catching launcher. Please take a closer look at the below picture.

As an application developed by Elementary OS team, Slingshot Launcher is definitely fast and lightweight. I have tried to install it on my Xubuntu and bingo! Everything goes well.

Install Slingshot Launcher on Xubuntu (XFCE)
Please download the *.deb file of Slingshot Launcher here. Once downloaded, type the following command:
  • sudo dpkg -i slingshot-launcher_0.0.1~pre-0~48~natty1_i386.deb
  • sudo apt-get -f install
OK! Please try your newly installed Slingshot Launcher by running command "slingshot" on the Terminal.

Configuring Slingshot Launcher
The purpose of this section is to create a shortcut for Slingshot Launcher on XFCE panel. Now, right click on the panel and select "Panel > Add new items ...". On the "Add New Items" windows, add "Launcher" to the panel.

New icon has been added to the panel, now right click on the icon, select "Properties". On "Launcher" properties window click on icon indicates "Add a new empty item" and fill in the from so it looks like the below picture.

Of course, you can choose a custom icon for the launcher. Now when you click on the custom launcher, it should execute Slingshot Launcher and display full screen menu on the screen.