How to Change the Dock Position and Move it to the Bottom in Ubuntu

Ubuntu’s default GNOME desktop comes with a sidebar launcher (or dock). This launcher’s default position is on the left side. Most people leave it as it is, but a few like to change the dock position to the bottom.

Yes! You can change the Ubuntu launcher settings and change the dock position to the bottom or even to the right side.

Change Launcher Position Ubuntu
Changing Launcher Position in Ubuntu

Let me show you how to do it.

Move the launcher in Ubuntu

Press the Windows button and bring up the activity area. Type ‘settings’ and click on the Settings application.

settings application ubuntu
Go to Settings application in Ubuntu

To change the dock position, go to Settings->Appearance. You should see some options under Dock section. You need to change the “Position on screen” settings here.

As you can see, you can change the launcher position to the left, bottom or right. The changes take place immediately. No need to log out or restart the system.

Change Dock Position in Ubuntu
Go to Settings->Appearance->Dock

That was easy, right? It is one of the simplest ways to customize the dock in Ubuntu.

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Bonus Tip: Position of dock on a multiple monitor setup

If you have a multi-monitor setup, you can choose whether to display the dock on all screens or only one of the screens.

Ubuntu Dock Settings Multimonitor
Ubuntu Dock settings for Multi-monitor setup
Change Unity Launcher position in Ubuntu 16.04 (for older versions)

You can change Unity Launcher position in following two ways:

Method 1: Command line way

Open a terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and use the following commands accordingly:

Move the Unity Launcher to bottom:

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

Move the Unity Launcher to left:

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

Method 2: GUI way (using Unity Tweak Tool)

Good news is that customization tool Unity Tweak Tool has made it easier to change the position of Unity Launcher in Ubuntu 16.04.

If you don’t have it installed already, use the commands below to install Unity Tweak Tool:

sudo apt-get install unity-tweak-tool

Once installed, open Unity Tweak Tool and click on Launcher:

Move Unity Launcher in bottom using Unity Tweak Tool

In here, you can see the option to change Position here under the Appearance section.

Moving Unity Launcher using Unity Tweak Tool

Do you like it on the left or on the bottom or on the right?

I hope this post helped you to change the launcher position in Ubuntu. Do you like it on the bottom or on the left or maybe on the right side?

You can also check out other Ubuntu customization tips. If you want more options, check out the other docks available for Ubuntu.

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  • Didn’t work on Ubuntu 20.04, gnome-control-center 1:3.36.5-0ubuntu3.

    The settings navbar on the left doesn’t have an “Appearance” entry.

    • That is weird, Dennis. The settings should be there. I hope you are using the default Ubuntu 20.04.

      Anyway, you may change the settings from the command line:

      gsettings set dock-position BOTTOM

      If you want to put it back in the left, use this:

      gsettings set dock-position LEFT

      Hope this helps.