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The applications menu in the top left corner of the screen will not open: if clicked nothing happens, the hotkey also does not work.

I am on elementary OS 0.3.1 Freya (64-bit) Quad-Core Intel® Core™ i7-4500U.

marked as duplicate by Ravan, Daniel Foré, bigbang, Lewis Goddard Dec 31 '15 at 14:06

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  • Are there any messages? Do the indicators work? The dock at the bottom of the screen? – bigbang Oct 4 '15 at 5:34
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I've encountered this problem before: it's caused by slingshot crashing while backgrounded. There is a very easy way to fix it.

Open a terminal, either from plank or by using the shortcut [super] + [T] and enter:

pkill slingshot

The next time you click the applications indicator slingshot will restart and work as normal.

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    Your answer worked perfectly. However this is a recurring problem for me... Any idea why this keeps happening? A recent update perhaps? – johnp Mar 10 '16 at 22:06

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