How to customize dock panel on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver Linux - LinuxConfig.org


#1
The objective of this article is to provide the reader with a basic instructions on how to customize the dock panel on the default Gnome Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver desktop.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://linuxconfig.org/how-to-customize-dock-panel-on-ubuntu-18-04-bionic-beaver-linux

#2

Yothin

I have an error after setting following this article. I can not run Setting. And cannot use 'gsettings reset .It show as

~$ gsettings reset org.gnome.shell.extension.dash-to-dock

Usage:

gsettings [–schemadir SCHEMADIR] reset SCHEMA[:PATH] KEY

Reset KEY to its default value

Arguments:
SCHEMADIR A directory to search for additional schemas
SCHEMA The name of the schema
PATH The path, for relocatable schemas
KEY The key within the schema


#3

Tom Henry

Hello
Thanks for this great article.
Would appreciate it if I could know from someone just how you got the bottom dock icons “centered” ?
Thanks


#4

Paul H -> Tom Henry

That was the extend-height false parameter, I think it is defined as height because the default display for the dock is on the left


#5

Claudius Raphael Paeth

For those wondering why dconf-tools can’t be installed in ubuntu-live-mode ( e.g.: when one is installing ubuntu | trying editing via dconf-editor | set gsettings manually );

You have to enable the universe repository first:

$ sudo apt-add-repository universe

or likewise the other way around:

$ sudo add-apt-repository universe

After the ’ universe '-repo is enabled type:

$ sudo apt update

to refresh the catalogue of applications, so that dconf-tools become available.

For those that are not experienced with the shell and assume it is nerve-wracking to use the gsettings, you should know that you can use the tab-key for auto-completion;
E.g.: Start the terminal, either via the applications-dash (the 3x3 dotted icon) and type terminal or select it directly, or just use the keys-combination-shortcut [Ctrl] + [Alt] + [t], which is available in any ubuntu independent of version and launches a new terminal-instance.
now type

$ gse

and hit the [Tab]-key, you will see autocompletion will expand to

$ gsettings

now hit the [Tab]-key, twice to list available commands, or type ’ s ’ and hit [Tab] to expand to

$ gsettings set

just add ‘o’, then [Tab] to expand to

$ gsettings set org.

type ’ gn ’ and hit [Tab] to expand to

$ gsettings set org.gnome.

type ’ sh ’ and hit [Tab] again to expand to

$ gsettings set.org.gnome.shell

and so on, and so on, and so on …

You got the gist of it?

Auto-Completion via the [Tab]-key is pre-set to enabled for users inside the ubuntu bash terminal. Have no fear, try it; it is a great way to learn about the possibilities of the command-line-interface (CLI).
Don’t be scared, when you eventually typed not enough to expand to a distinct set, Ubuntu will ask you if you want to list all possibilities, e.g.;

$ gsettings set org. [Tab]

Display all 272 possibilities? (y or n)

Just hit ’ y ’ for yes or ’ n ’ for no. All possibilities will be listed pagewise, with a note of ’ --More-- ’ at the end of any page; hit the [space]-key to go on. If you wish to scroll up/down the output, hold the [Shift]-key and hit [Pg-Up] or [PgDn].

Hopefully, the one or the other feels encouraged to try it; Have fun!


#6

Curtis

dcong-editor mentioned above should be dconf-editor.


#7

Lubos Rendek Mod -> Curtis

typo. its fixed…thank you


#8

Curtis -> Lubos Rendek

Hi Lubos, by the way nice article. Please note spelling is dconf-editor, not deconf-editor as mentioned three times above.


#9

Lubos Rendek Mod -> Curtis

Hi Curtis,

I rather do not go into details about what just happened:-) In any case thank you for you persistence and patience !