How to Get Windows 10/11 style Bottom Taskbar in Ubuntu 22.04 / Fedora 36

For Ubuntu, Fedora & other GNOME based Linux user switching from Windows 10/11, it’s easy to get your familiar taskbar back!

GNOME is highly customizable via extensions. There’s ‘dash-to-panel’ to merge the top-bar and dock into single bottom bar. And ‘ArcMenu’ is available to choose between various start menu styles. By installing the 2 extensions as well as a few tweaks, you can make Ubuntu/Fedora just look like Windows 10 or Windows 11.

NOTE: this tutorial is tested and works on Ubuntu 22.04 and Fedora 36, though it should also work on Debian 11 and Arch Linux.

1. Install Dash to Panel

(For Debian/Ubuntu only) Firstly, press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, run the command below to install the chrome-gnome-shell agent package.

sudo apt install chrome-gnome-shell

Type user password when it asks (no visual feedback) and hit enter.

Next, install the Gnome extension by turning on the on/off switch in the link below:

NOTE: Firefox in Ubuntu 22.04 does NOT support installing Gnome extension. Use another browser or install Firefox as classic deb.

Don't see the on/off switch? Install the browser extension via the prompted link and refresh the page.

Once installed the extension, you desktop taskbar should go immediately into a single bottom panel. Right-click on blank area of the bar, and select “Dash to Panel settings”. You can then configure the icons size/margin/padding, background opacity, auto-hide, and so forth as prefer.

Open taskbar settings to configure its appearance

2. Install Arc Menu

If you don’t like the system default “Start Menu”, disable it in Dash-to-panel settings by toggling visible of “Show Applications” button in first tab.

Then install Arc Menu via the on/off switch in the link below:

The menu also appears immediately on panel after installation. And, right-click on it allows to choose configure the menu button, layout, and other settings.

3. Blur my shell

If you prefer, it’s possible to make the panel blur via ‘Blur my shell’ extension:

It by default blur the panels, overview, and lock screen. Though it has beta support for blurring your application windows.

Restore (uninstall extensions)

If you want to revert back the original desktop appearance, just disable or remove these plugins via “Gnome Extensions” app.

Manage extensions via Gnome Extensions app

To get the app, either install GNOME Tweaks from Ubuntu Software/Gnome Software and then the app will be installed as dependency. Or, run the command below in terminal:

  • For Ubuntu/Debian, use command:
    sudo apt install gnome-shell-extension-prefs
  • Fedora can install it via:
    sudo dnf install gnome-extensions-app

Once installed, search for and open it from Activities overview, then enjoy managing your extensions!

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