How to Enable Windows 7+ Style Single Bottom Panel in Ubuntu 20.10

This is a beginner’s guide shows how to merge the left dock and top bar into single bottom panel, similar to that found in KDE Plasma, Linux Mint Cinnamon, and Windows 7+.

This will also work in Debian, Fedora, and other Linux with Gnome desktop.

1. First open terminal by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard, or by searching for ‘terminal’ from app launcher.

2. Then run command to install the Dash to Panel extension. Other Linux can get it from this page.

sudo apt install gnome-shell-extension-dash-to-panel

3. Once installed, restart Gnome Shell by pressing Alt+F2 to bring up ‘Run a command’ box, type r, and hit Enter.

4. Finally enable the extension either via Gnome Tweaks (install it from Ubuntu Software) or Extensions (install it via sudo apt install gnome-shell-extension-prefs)

And now you should get the new system panel as the picture shows:

To change the panel position, transparency, icon size, etc, right-click on it and select ‘Dash to Panel Settings’.

Merilyn Ne
Hi, I'm Merilyn Ne, a computer geek working on Ubuntu Linux for many years and would like to write useful tips for beginners. Forgive me for language mistakes. I'm not a native speaker of English.