Move Unity launcher to the bottom in Ubuntu 16.04

By default, Unity launcher is placed on the left side in Ubuntu ever since it was introduced. We can’t change the position of Unity in Ubuntu 15.10 and older versions. Not anymore. From Ubuntu 16.04 LTS on, we can now move the Unity launcher along with the Dash search bar to the bottom of the screen. It is one of the major changes in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.

In this brief tutorial, let us see how to move Unity launcher to the bottom in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS desktop. Please note that you can only move the launcher to bottom and left position. There is no way to move Unity to the top or right side of the desktop. Hope this feature will be added in future.

There is no built-in option in System Settings to move Unity, however, we can move it by simply following any one of the two methods described below.

Method 1:

Open the Terminal, and run the following command to move Unity launcher to the bottom.

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

To move back Unity launcher to the left again, run:

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

Method 2:

Install dconf-editor using command:

sudo apt-get install dconf-editor

After installing it, search for dconf editor in Unity Dash.

dconf editor

From the Dconf-editor’s left sidebar, go to com -> canonical -> unity -> launcher.

dconf editor1

To move Unity launcher, just click launcher-position option and change its value from ‘left’ to ‘bottom’ and vice versa to move Unity launcher to the bottom or the left position.

dconf editor2

Now, you’ll see the Unity is moved to the bottom.

Ubuntu 1604 unity bottom

To move it back to left position, click on the launcher-position option and select Left, or simply click Set to Default in the bottom.

Unity launcher on the left side:

Unity 16-04 left

That’s it. Have fun.

Hope you like this guide. I will keep you updated with more Ubuntu 16.04 LTS related news. Stay tuned, and please share this article on your social networks and support OSTechNix.


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