If you think you don’t need the Top Panel (System Tray) and Application launchers as two different panels, and rather prefer a single dash panel like in KDE Plasma or Microsoft Windows OS, then you should be installing “Dash to Panel” extension.
“Dash to Panel” is a free GNOME extension that will combine the system tray and favorites panel into one taskbar located at the bottom of the screen. The taskbar looks elegant, clean with icons, and also saves some screen space by having an integrated panel. It also gives you several other options to make the taskbar look like Windows 7+.
In this article, I will show you how to enable GNOME extensions in Ubuntu running GNOME shell, and then install “Dash to Panel” extension.
Installing Dash to Panel extension
To install Dash to Panel extension, you must first install GNOME extensions on your Ubuntu PC.
The below guide is tested to work in Ubuntu 17.10, but it should work on Ubuntu 16.04 and 16.10 with GNOME shell as well.
Step 1) Refer to our detailed guide on how to install GNOME extensions and continue to next step.
Step 2) Click on the below link using same browser that you used to enable GNOME extensions in Step #1.
Step 3) Enable the feature.
Step 4) You should instantly see the brand new taskbar appear at the bottom.
Step 5) Not happy with the bottom taskbar and instead want it on the top? No problem, there are plenty of tweaks that you can do! Right-click on the “Show Applications” button and click “Dash-to-panel” settings.
Step 6) In the “Position and Style” settings, you can set the Taskbar position either to top or bottom, adjust panel size, and even space between the icons. You can set the clock location and indicator style.
Step 7) In the “Behavior” tab, you can enable “Show Desktop button” that adds a bar in the right corner of the taskbar, just like in Windows 10, which upon clicking minimizes all the windows and shows desktop.
There are plenty of other things you can do with Dash-to-Panel. I will live it up to you to play around and adjust your desktop the way you want. Enjoy!