Yes, you can easily hide the unity launcher from your desktop. As you know in Windows, there is “auto-hide taskbar” option to hide the taskbar, in the same way Ubuntu gives you the facility to hide your taskbar too.
By using this feature, you can have enough space on your desktop. Just have a glance at this article to find out how to hide the Unity launcher in Ubuntu 14.04.
Steps to hide the Unity launcher:
Step 1: First, go to Unity launcher and open “System Settings”.
Step 2: Under ‘System Settings’, go to “Appearance” tab.
Step 3: Under ‘Appearance’, click “Behavior” tab
Step 4: Under ‘Behavior’ option, you’ll find “Auto – hide the Launcher”. By default, it is switched off.
Step 5: Now, switch on the Auto-hide Launcher, as shown in the image below.
Step 6: When you switch on the ‘auto- hide the launcher’ then you may see “Reveal location” option, just select “Top left corner” radio button.
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