How to Rearrange Top Bar Items in Fedora 34 Gnome 40

Wanna rearrange top panel items, e.g., Activities, date & time, and system tray menu? It’s easy in Gnome 40 via Extension.

Top Bar Organizer is the Gnome Shell Extension for organizing your Gnome Desktop top bar.

With it, users can drag and drop to reorder panel items including:

  • The activities overview button.
  • Focused app menu.
  • Date and time menu.
  • App indicators.
  • The keyboard icon.
  • And the aggregate sound, network, & power off menu.

However, this extension does not work so far on Manjaro and Ubuntu 21.10 daily build due to known issue. Which is caused by Manjaro giving extension settings GTK 3 instead of GTK 4. And we need to wait for upstream to update this.

How to Install Top Bar Organizer:

For Ubuntu 21.10, you need to first make sure Gnome integration to browser installed, by running command in terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T):

sudo apt install chrome-gnome-shell

As it so far only works on Fedora Gnome 40, you can go directly to the extension web page via the button below:

Don’t see the toggle icon? Install browser extension by clicking “Click here to install browser extension” and refresh the web page.

Finally turn on the toggle icon and then click on “Install” button in pop-up dialog.

Where to open the configure dialog & reorder panel items:

Once you installed the extension, you need ‘Gnome Extensions‘ app to manage its settings.

For Fedora users, install the tool by opening terminal and running command:

sudo dnf install gnome-extensions-app

For Ubuntu, install Gnome Extensions app via command:

sudo apt install gnome-shell-extension-prefs

Next, open the tool and click on the ‘gear’ icon to open the settings (see the top picture). And start ordering your top panel.

That’s it. Enjoy!

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.