Ubuntu – How to move launcher to bottom of screen

By default the launcher in Ubuntu is displayed on the left hand side of the screen.

Since Ubuntu 16.04 you can move the Launcher to the bottom of the screen – however an option isn’t provided in the System Settings (not yet at least). Instead you need to either run a terminal command or use a third party configuration tool like Unity  Tweak  Tool or  Gnome  Tweak  Tool.

The steps below show how to run a terminal command to move the launcher to the bottom of the screen.

  1. Click on the Ubuntu icon in the launcher to open the search dialog
  2. Type “terminal” and click on the icon when it appears 
  3. In the terminal – run the following command
  4. gsettings set com.canonical.Unity.Launcher launcher-position Bottom
  5. The screen will refresh – setting the launcher in the bottom of the screen.

To restore the launcher to the left of the screen run the following terminal command

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


Note – at this point in time you cannot position the launcher at the right or top of the screen.

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