Can I move the Unity launcher?


There is now an unofficial Compiz Plugin that allows you to move the Unity 3D (not Unity 2D) launcher from the left to the bottom.

Credit to WebUpd8.

In summary:

You can now peruse the source-code. Contact the maintainer with suggested fixes! Remember this is unofficial and can & probably will have many bugs still to be ironed out. Install the PPA – ppa:paullo612/unityshell-rotated The packages to install are unityshell-rotated libnux-1.0-0 A new plugin Ubuntu Unity Plugin Rotated will be made available in CCSM There is a likelihood of freezes on installation. If this occurs use CTRL+ALT+F1 to start a TTY, login and restart lightdm with sudo service lightdm restart. Rerun ccsm to enable the new plugin This plugin replaces the official Unity Plugin. You will obviously not receive further bugfixes from the Ubuntu development team – you will be reliant on the PPA maintainer to supply bug-fixes

warning please see this Q&A as to potential stability...

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Until Ubuntu 15.10, it was impossible to change the position of Unity Launcher. Not anymore.

This is a feature that has been long requested by Ubuntu users who preferred to use Unity, including me. Ever since Unity was first introduced in Ubuntu 11.04, the launcher position was fixed to the left side of the screen.

No matter if the vertical left Unity launcher did not fit in your desktop customization plan, the best you could do was to auto-hide it.

Well, things have changed slightly in the upcoming version of Ubuntu. For the first time in five years, you could actually change the position of Unity Launcher. Moving Unity Launcher to bottom is indeed one of the most talked about Ubuntu 16.04 features.

Don’t get too excited. You are not free to do a full customization, at least, not yet. For now, you can move the Unity launcher from the left to the bottom. You can still not move it to the right or to the top.

It’s a welcome change...

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I know, this has been asked so much times but I can not believe/accept that there is still no way to move the darn launcher to the bottom of the screen, on the left it looks unnatural, confusing and all in all a mess. So here it goes for the millionth time:

How can I move the unity launcher to the bottom of the screen?

Few notes:
1. I don't want to use docky, cairo or whatever third party addon.
2. I don't want to use cinnamon, mate or whatever other DE that looks like Windows in the mid 90" (yeah I said it)
3. I don't care about the overall design goals

So please tell me with all the fuzz about how customizable ubuntu is as oposed to Windows, why I can't do a fairly simple task like this, I installed Ubuntu, I liked it, after you turn off all the tracking things unity dash is fairly fast, I can lookover the lack of quality software (yeah I said it), the weird drivers, having to "oh its easy just alt+ctrl+t and sudo apt-get bla bla bla" for...

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Finally the default Unity Desktop’s left launcher panel can be moved to the bottom of screen in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Xenial Xerus.

Ubuntu 16.04 has reached its final beta today. One of the great new features is that the left launcher panel now is movable: to Left or to Bottom.

Unity Launcher in Left

Unity Launcher in Bottom

How to Move Unity Launcher in Ubuntu 16.04:

For those prefer Linux commands, this can be done via a single command in terminal:

gsettings set com.canonical.Unity.Launcher launcher-position Bottom

To revert back, run:

gsettings set com.canonical.Unity.Launcher launcher-position Left

For graphical way, do:

Unity Tweak Tool, a graphical configuration tool for Unity desktop, now has an option to move the Unity Launcher. Install it via Gnome Software, launch the tool and navigate to Unity -> Launcher:

1. Launch Gnome Software from Launcher, search for and install dconf...

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Ubuntu 16.04 has been officially released by Canonical, and among several other features it also brings a couple of improvements that will definitely make users happy. Firstly, Unity Dash no longer shows online results by default, so there is no need to explicitly turn the feature off to make the search experience faster. And secondly, now you can actually move the Unity launcher from its default “left” position.

While that’s certainly good news, it’s worth pointing out that the ability to move the launcher is restricted – aside from the default “left” position, you can only move the launcher to the bottom. You still can’t put it on the right or at the top. But then again, it’s better than having no option at all. In this article we will discuss how you can access this new feature.

You can customize the position of your launcher in three different ways. Let’s discuss them one by one.

1. Using Unity Tweak Tool

If you’ve freshly downloaded Ubuntu 16.04,...

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If you've always dreamed of moving the Unity Launcher of your lovely Ubuntu OS to the bottom of the screen, we inform you now that it's possible, but you'll need to use the latest build of the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system.

In the following tutorial, we will teach you, guys, how to do just that, but before getting started, you'll have to either upgrade your current, stable Ubuntu Linux operating system to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) using the "update-manager -d" command in the Terminal app, or make a fresh install on a separate partition.

We've been using Ubuntu 16.04 LTS for about approximately two months now, and while at first there were a few glitches here and there, after the Alpha 2 build, we didn't encounter any problems. However, this does not mean you should jump ship to a development release because it's not recommended.

We discussed the possibility of Canonical implementing the option to move the Unity Launcher to the bottom of...

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How to move Unity launcher from left to bottom - This post will tell you one of new things in latest Ubuntu desktop version, 16.04 LTS Xenial Xerus. As many of you know, the default of Ubuntu Unity launcher is placed at the left of Ubuntu desktop.

And finally, starting from Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, the lancher panel is movable. Now you can easily change positition the vertical Ubuntu launcher bar from left to the bottom of desktop.

How it will looks like? See the following screenshot :

Change, Move Ubuntu Unity Launcher

Basicly, we have 3 choices to do this. It's based GUI and CLI ( Command Line Interface ) by using terminal window. I'll tell all of them. Let me show how to change.

1. Command Line

Long time Linux user may will choose this one. We can easily move the Unity launcher from the command line using gsettings. First, open your terminal window from Unity dashboard or press Ctrl+Alt+T.

Also on linuxslaves :...

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One long awaited feature that was recently released as part of Ubuntu 16.04 is the ability to dock ot move the Unity Launcher to the bottom of your screen.

In previous version of Ubuntu, the launcher was installed at the left side of your screen with no easy way to move it around.. now with the released of Ubuntu 16.04 “Xenial Xerus” , one can change its location easily..

This brief tutorial is going to show you to do that with few commands.

Before we continue, lets make one this clear… with the new Unity 7, the launcher can only be moved to the left or the bottom of your screen..

At the time of writing this post, the launcher could not be docked at the top or the right side of your screen.

Now that we’ve made one thing clear… let’s go and dock our Unity launcher at the bottom.

To do that, open your terminal or command prompt in Ubuntu… you can access it by going to Unity Dash and searching for Terminal..

When the app opens, copy and...

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Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

, due to be released on

21 April 2016

, is expected to include Unity 8 running natively on Mir. It will use systemd instead of Upstart as its init system. This release will replace the Ubuntu Software Center with the GNOME Software and eliminate Empathy and Brasero, from the ISO file. It is also planned that Ubuntu 16.04 LTS will move entirely from Python 2 to Python 3, which will require dropping or porting Python 2 packages.The desktop will be Unity 7 with Unity 8 optional. Snappy packages will be supported

n May 2015 Shuttleworth indicated that Ubuntu 16.04 LTS will likely include Unity 8 and Mir, but that users will have a choice of that or Unity 7 and He said, "Unity 8 will be an option for 16.04 and we'll let the community decide the default for 16.04.

Read more Release schedule

If your ubuntu version is 15.10 and 15.04, please upgrade to ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus (LTS)

Before you Move the Unity Launcher to...

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Mar 17, 2011

I was just wondering how I could reorder/drag n drop/move the unity-2d (qt version) icons in ubuntu 10.10, like you would in the mutter version unity. I can move the launcher up and down, I just can't pull them off the launcher and drag them around. Is this a bug or has it just not been implemented yet? Other than this, I love unity 2d and can't wait for the compiz-based unity 3D to use in 11.04

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One of the biggest complaints about Ubuntu Unity is the lack of configuration. Yes, there is the Unity Tweak Tool (which can be installed from the standard repositories), but even with the amount of tweaks that app allows, it's been missing one highly sought after option. That option...moving the Launcher to the bottom of the window.

Up until recently, it seemed the call out for this particular customization had been ignored. When the ball drops on Ubuntu 16.04, those cries will have officially been heard.

Or so the rumor goes.

Fear not, intrepid Ubuntu fans, if you're using a daily build of Xenial Xerus (16.04), you can take that Launcher and move it to the bottom of your screen. All it takes is a few .deb files and the dconf-editor.

Let me walk you through the process.

Installing the necessary pieces

The first thing you are going to want to do is open a terminal window and create a new directory to house a few downloaded files. So open...

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karatekai01: How can i move dash buton on top??? pleeeeaseeeee

Larry Moriarty: That was really useful - thanks. It seems so easy when you know how, but can be frustrating when you don't.

Joe Steiger: you're welcome

Joe Steiger: Right click, and select "unlock from launcher"

felicity4711: 1:28 It didn’t work. The icon is still in the launcher. :-(

Joe Steiger: You're welcome

Joe Steiger: hmm, i don't know then

MrMiraalc: When I right click it doesn't do anything. I can move stuff though. I've not installed any drivers besides installing ubuntu.

Joe Steiger: If you didn't install your video card drivers, you are running 2d unity. Right click an icon and select "Unlock from Launcher". To move an icon, hold down the left mouse button on a specific icon, for about 2 seconds, then the icon will detach from the dock, then you can freely move it. To add an icon, open the specific application (It will then show up in the launcher), then...

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12.04 - 15.10

As of 12.04 you can not move the launcher, and there’s no official support for that.

This is by design, and so far, there are no Canonical plans to change that. Here’s a quote from Mark on the bug report for Ubuntu 11.04:

I think the report actually meant that the launcher should be movable to other edges of the screen. I’m afraid that won’t work with our broader design goals, so we won’t implement that. We want the launcher always close to the Ubuntu button.

I interpret that as a stand that a consistent design must be experienced as a Unity (pun intended), or it won't work at all.

While I personally disagree with Mark’s/Canonical’s decision not to provide a way to move the launcher (please read my final note on this), I do understand the design choice: it truly makes sense for it to be on the side and not at the bottom. Most users today have a widescreen monitor, and virtually all monitors for sale, specially for end-user...

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For those who like having a GUI: In 12.04 you also have the option of using Arronax which is a Nautilus plugin to create your launcher (.desktop files to be more accurate), heres an explanation of how it works.

If you already have the application launcher you can simply right click and click on the "Create starter for this file" option as shown below.

If you have desktop icons enabled you can create your own launcher with specific commands by simply right clicking on your desktop, this will give you the following option to create a blank starter:

Once you have clicked on "Create Starter" you will have the following dialogue box open where you can easily customize your starter with whatever command you'd like:

Once you've saved your launcher to your desktop you will see a file as shown here:

You then simply pick it up and drag it onto your dock in whatever place you like:

A couple of nice...

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By design Unity launcher is placed at the left side of Ubuntu desktop and has remained immovable ever since it was introduced to the public in 2010. Ubuntu users who wanted to have Mac OS X-style launcher have had to either replace Unity launcher with an alternative dock such as CairoDock or Docky, or even switch to a more customizable desktop environment such GNOME.

Fast forward to Ubuntu 16.04, and the community request for a "movable" launcher is finally answered. Starting from Ubuntu 16.04, you can move the vertical Ubuntu launcher bar to the bottom of the desktop. In this post, let me show how you can change the position of the Unity launcher on Ubuntu 16.04 or later.

Move the Unity Launcher for the Current User

Method One: Command Line Approach

You can change the position of the Unity launcher from the command line using gsettings.

To obtain the current position of the launcher, run the following command:

$ gsettings get...

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Thanks to an unofficial Compiz plugin, you can now move the Unity (only works with Unity 3D!) launcher to the bottom of the screen. Sooner or later, this just had to happen since this was probably the most requested Unity feature.

The custom bottom Unity launcher can be configured just like the default launcher and supports all the built-in customizations such as autohide, blacklight modes, etc., though there are no new options. You can't move it back to the left using regular settings though, but this can easily be done by simply removing the plugin (don't worry, you just have to remove a file if you want to go back to the regular Unity launcher).

With this "tweak", the lens icons will be moved to the top. Here's a screenshot:

In my test, I did encounter a few of bugs though:

Dash looks broken if it's not maximized while using the bottom Unity launcher. Click for a screenshot. This can be avoided by using Dash in a maximized state (simply click...
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Ubuntu 16.04 LTS includes a long-awaited feature: You can now move the Unity desktop’s launcher to the bottom of your screen. It isn’t locked to the left side of your screen anymore. However, this option requires a terminal command or tweaking tool, as it isn’t offered in Ubuntu’s normal System Settings window.

Despite this new option, the Unity 7 desktop environment is still a bit restrictive. You can only have your launcher bar on the left side of the screen or on the bottom–not at the right side or top of your screen. But at least it’s a step in the right direction.

Option One: Run a Terminal Command

This just takes a single terminal command. Don’t worry–even if you’re never used the terminal before, you can do this in a few seconds with a quick copy and paste.

First, open a terminal window. To do this, click the Ubuntu icon at the top-left corner of your screen to open the Dash, search for “Terminal”, and press Enter.


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Third-party app Unity Tweak Tool is a must-have app for Unity desktop users.

The utility makes it to adjust almost every part of the Unity experience easy, from switching GTK theme to enabling “hidden” features like ‘Minimise on Click’ on the Unity Launcher.

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, due April, comes with a few new hidden settings and the latest Unity Tweak Tool update surfaces these features through its easy-to-use GUI.

Moving Unity Launcher

Yup, after six long years of asking Ubuntu 16.04 finally lets you move the Unity Launcher to the bottom of the screen.

But it doesn’t make it easy.

Although supported by Ubuntu developers, the feature us less than accessible, You can’t move the launcher without modifying a hidden system configuration key, either through the dconf-editor utility or by typing an arcane command in the Terminal, the latter of which we demo in the video above.

Thankfully Unity Tweak 0.7 on Ubuntu 16.04 makes it...

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The default configuration option installed as standard is User Interface.

There are three further unity configuration options used in this answer that can be installed:

Note 1: In previous answers, the utility CCSM was extensively used as the primary configuration tool. The use of this tool is strongly not recommended and can break your desktop. In this answer, CCSM is only used where the other tools do not offer the configuration options discussed.

Note 2: Whilst Ubuntu Tweak is not in the official repositories, this answer makes extensive use of this GUI tool since the favoured tool - MyUnity was dropped from the 12.10 repositories due to stability issues.

Note that some changes only appear after logging out and in again (i.e. restarting X).

User Interface

Hit the Dash and search for appearance

From the Appearance tab you can configure the:

wallpaper theme size of the launcher icons

From the...

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Ubuntu 16.04 will ship with an option to move the Unity Launcher (dock) to the bottom of the screen.

The feature that allows moving the Unity Launcher / Dash to the bottom of the screen,


in Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus (to be released on April 21st) on Friday.

At this point in the Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus development, the option to move the Unity Launcher to the bottom can only be accessed via gsettings / Dconf Editor (com > canonical > unity > launcher > launcher-position):

I should also mention that since there's still a month until the final Ubuntu 16.04 LTS release, this feature can change!

Below you'll find more screenshots as well as a video demoing the new Unity feature which allows moving the Launcher to the bottom:

(direct video...
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Short answer:

It seems that Canonical went the totalitarian way and ordered that users should not be allowed to change the buttons position (you can find more technical details of this change on the bottom of this post).

As for now the only way to have windows buttons on the right side in 14.04 is to switch from Unity to the Gnome Flashback session (what I personally recommend). More details on how to do that are presented below.

Switching to Gnome Flashback:

Open terminal and run the following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository universe sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install gnome-session-flashback

Next logout and select Gnome Flashback session in login manager.

You can select between Metacity and Compiz managers. Metacity is more lightweight, however it lacks some effects. With Compiz you will get more similar experience to Unity. You can speed up Compiz by turning off animations plugin (use...

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In the file /usr/share/unity-2d/shell/Shell.qml, and can be edited with the command

gksudo gedit /usr/share/unity-2d/shell/Shell.qml

The way to remove the remnant bar that was floating there was to set:

LauncherLoader { id: launcherLoader anchors.bottom: parent.bottom width: 0

^Change the width to either 0 or 1, 1 will show 1 pixel, but will not produce graphic artifacts.

Is there a less hack-y way to do this?

The other file can be edited using

gksudo gedit /usr/share/unity-2d/shell/launcher/Launcher.qml

I am aware of the autohide feature in CCSM, however that is not what I am looking for. I wanted to place a separate launcher OVER unity, and the sensitivity of autohide would make it difficult to use...

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