Monday, May 2, 2016

3 Ways Move Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Unity Launcher to Bottom of Screen

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 launcher panel is movable. Now you can easily change position the vertical Ubuntu launcher bar from left to the bottom of desktop.

Change, Move Ubuntu Unity Launcher

Move Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Menu Panel to Bottom

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 : 

To view the current status of the launcher, type and run the command below :

gsettings get com.canonical.Unity.Launcher launcher-position

The command "get" will print current position. By default is set to left. Then next how to make it move? You just need to change from "get" to "set". So it will be like this :

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

Cheers! Now you've the Ubuntu Launcher placed in bottom of your screen :

Move Menu Panel to bottom on Ubuntu 16.04

To change the position back to left-side / vertical, just need to change "Bottom" to "Left" :

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

2. GUI Based- Unity Tweak Tool

The second ways is GUI based approach. We'll use Unity Tweak Tool to set and change the launcher position. So ensure Unity Tweak Tool is installed on your Ubuntu system. How to install? Run the following :

sudo apt-get install unity-tweak-tool

Once installed, now open the installed tools. You can go from the dashboard :

Install Unity Tweak Tool in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Click Launcher menu. We can costumize the Behaviour, Appearance, and Icons. Change Position from Left to Bottom. See the following screenshot :

Change position unity launcher from left to bottom

3. GUI Based- Dconf Editor

We'll use dconf-editor that GUI-based approach for the last choice. DConf is a low-level key/value database designed for storing desktop environment settings.

We need to install the package first. How to install dconf-editor on Ubuntu Linux? Run the command below :

sudo apt-get install dconf-editor

Once installed, launch dconf-editor. Click com -> canonical -> unity -> launcher in the left sidebar. Then at the right panel, change the value of "launcher-position" to "Bottom".

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That's all I can write about 3 Ways how to move Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Xenia Xerus Unity Launcher panel menu from left to bottom of the screen. Hope you've enjoyed reading this tutorial as much I’ve enjoyed writing it and thanks for visiting us.

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