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Prefer Plank dock launcher? Dash-to-Plank is the GNOME Shell extension to integrate it in Ubuntu.

Besides Dash-to-Dock and Dash-to-Panel, this is the third ‘Dash-to’ extension I’ve heard about. It’s Gnome Shell integration for Plank, the simplest dock on the planet.

Why Plank?

For me, the only reason to use Plank instead of Ubuntu Dock (Dash-to-Dock) is that there are tons of Plank themes available in the web, so I can change its look and feel at will.

Install Dash-to-Plank:

1.) Firstly, you have to install plank by running command in terminal (press Ctrl+Alt+T to open terminal):

sudo apt install plank

Though I’m not sure, before installing the extension system restart is required.

2.) Install the chrome-gnome-shell package if you’re first time to install a Gnome Shell extension.

sudo apt install chrome-gnome-shell

3.) Finally go to the extension web page and turn on the toggle icon to install it.

Don’t see the toggle icon? Click the link ‘Click here to install browser extension’ to install browser extension and refresh the web page.

That’s it!

In addition, the extension does not remove the default Ubuntu Dock. To get rid of it, disable ‘Dash’ via another extension.

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This quick tutorial is for those who want to remove the top and left panel, instead use Microsoft Windows style a single bottom panel in Ubuntu 18.04 Gnome desktop.

Without installing other desktop environments, e.g., Cinnamon and KDE, this can be done easily via Gnome shell extensions called dash to panel.

Dash to panel combines the top panel and left dock launcher into one single panel. So your Ubuntu deskop will look like:

1. To install the extension, search for and install Dash to Panel extension in Ubuntu Software utility:

Once installed, restart your machine to apply changes.

2. To configure the panel appearance, either use Gnome Tweaks or right-click on application menu and select “Dash to Panel Settings”.

That’s it. Enjoy!

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For those who want to change the look and feel of the left panel “Ubuntu Dock” in Ubuntu 18.04, Dash to Dock is a Gnome extension that replaces left panel with Mac OS style Dock application launcher.

Dash to Dock is a popular Gnome extension that Ubuntu Dock (the default left panel) is forked from. With it, you can get Ubuntu 18.04 desktop looks like:

You can now install the extension from Ubuntu Software:

1. First time to install a Gnome extension? Then you need to install an add-on for your web browser:

click install add-on for Google Chrome, Chromium, Vivaldi

click install add-on for Firefox

click install add-on for Opera

Then open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command to install native connector get the add-ons to work.

sudo apt-get install chrome-gnome-shell

2. Then go to Dash to Dock extension page in your browser, and turn on the toggle to install it.

The left panel changes to dock launcher once you installed the extension.

To change its appearance, right-click on Show Applications icon or use Gnome Tweak Tool to go to the settings.