Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Now Officially Lets Users Move Unity 7 Launcher to The Bottom

Before now you could use geek skills to move Unity launcher to the bottom of the screen like the taskbar is in Windows and we reported on that here, but that proved tedious to some Ubuntu users who are never really interested in getting into their system.

The good news is that the packages required to enable you move Unity Launcher to the bottom of the screen have finally been set up in the Ubuntu’s main repositories.

This should come as no surprise because the feature is undoubtedly one of the most asked for features for Ubuntu, especially from Windows users who migrate to Ubuntu.

On his Google+ page, one of the top Ubuntu Unity developers, Marco Trevisan, announced that Canonical has decided to adopt the tremendous work done by the Ubuntu Kylin team and allow users to place their Unity 7 Launcher on the bottom edge of their screen.

Move the Unity Taskbar

Marco Trevisan did mention in his announcement that you will still need to run a command to effect the feature. Curious to see if it works, we have executed the respective command, but nothing happened, and it looks like there’s no button or check box in the system settings to allow you to do that.

Upon monitoring the repository for an update to the Unity package, then updating and rebooting our PC, here’s our Ubuntu 16.04 LTS with the Launcher has been moved to the bottom edge. It works seamlessly and the Unity Dash is correctly displayed at the bottom.

As of now, Canonical has not implemented a visual setting in the Appearance -> Behaviour panel to enable users switch between Unity Launcher positions even more easily. Perhaps that will be functional in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS’s final release but anyway, you can run the commands below to test the feature yourself.

 

To move the Unity Launcher to bottom

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

To move the Unity Launcher to left

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

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