Users Can Now Move The Unity Task Bar to The Left/Bottom of The Display on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Despite tirelessly working on their upcoming version of the Ubuntu (Xenial Xerus), Canonical devs continue to bring package updates to the current version of the Operating system.

The rumor section was full to the brim regarding Canonical possibly adding a feature that will give users the ability to move the Unity Launcher to the bottom of the screen giving them easier access to pin items which were rather difficult to reach while the taskbar was featured at the top of the display.

The news came via Marco Trevisan, who is the lead Unity developer and said in a post on his Google+ page “Thanks a lot to the Ubuntu Kylin team for their hard work to bring the Launcher on the bottom edge of unity7”. The process requires users to run a command to move the unity from the top to the bottom of the screen.

Move the Unity Taskbar

It is still unclear whether Canonical will make it easier for users to the perform this task without the use of the command line.

At the moment, the new feature is only tested on the preview version of Ubuntu 16.04 Daily Build with the impending release of the final build in April.


Users who wish to try it out need to check the repository for an update to the Unity package, if the update has arrived, you need to restart your system first before running the command.

For the early birds wishing to check the new feature, you can follow these commands:

gsettings set com.canonical.Unity.Launcher launcher-position Bottom
The Unity taskbar ca also be moved to the left with this command:
gsettings set com.canonical.Unity.Launcher launcher-position Left

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