contador web Skip to content

Customize the look of Ubuntu with Dash to Panel extension

Change Ubuntu by modifying Gnome-Shell, leaving it behaving similarly to KDE Plasma, Cinnamon and Windows.

Many users are unable to adapt to the working logic of Ubuntu or Gnome-Shell, with its sidebar and other details. Years of using Windows / KDE Plasma-style graphics environments make it even more difficult to go beyond this standard.


Gnome-Shell is not known for its Windows-like functioning, on the contrary, there is a disparity of concepts. Obviously, there is no harm in that. However, some users prefer something they are used to, and most of the time this custom comes from using Windows. Interestingly, some people prefer a Linux distribution that looks completely different, while others want the convenience of using something similar. If you are among this group and still want to use Gnome-Shell, today's valuable tip.

Dash to Panel by modifying the default behavior of Ubuntu / Gnome-Shell

The famous taskbar may be present in Ubuntu, just add this extensive. With a more traditional look, the system becomes extremely familiar. Combining with other elements, the environment becomes virtually another. For example, by combining with extensive Arc-Menu, a Windows 7 style start menu, GNOME undergoes a real metamorphosis. extension-extension-gnome-shell-taskbar-windows-kde-cinnamon-dash-to-panel-ubuntu-fedora To install extensions on the very simple Gnome-Shell (Ubuntu interface), we have this tutorial demonstrating the whole step by step. You can search the Ubuntu Store directly for Dash to Panel, or even on Fedora or another operating system that uses Gnome-Shell, and has Gnome Software installed. extension-extension-gnome-shell-taskbar-windows-kde-cinnamon-dash-to-panel-ubuntu-fedora-install-gnome-software-store

The extension can be configured directly in the store, in the button Extension Settings, as the image above. Another possibility to go to the Add-ons category on the store's homepage, then on the tab Shell Extenses and click on Extension Settings.


When identifying the extension you want to configure, click on the gear symbol and a dialog box with many options will appear.

extension-extension-gnome-shell-taskbar-windows-kde-cinnamon-dash-to-panel-ubuntu-fedora-install-gnome-software-store There is another software, which I even use, called GNOME Tweaks (Settings). If you are interested, this post addresses this great tool. Extensions management can be done through it as well.

By opening the Dash to Panel extension settings, various options can be customized, such as panel color, transparency, element size, indicators, behavior, viewing modes, and more.

extension-extension-gnome-shell-taskbar-windows-kde-cinnamon-dash-to-panel-ubuntu-fedora-install-gnome-software-store Interestingly, you can export and import settings, saving you a lot of time with each new format. This option is in the tab About, by the way, if you want to use my setup, download this file by this link and import. extension-extension-gnome-shell-taskbar-windows-kde-cinnamon-dash-to-panel-ubuntu-fedora-install-gnome-software-store

I hope the tip is useful for you, I really like this extension and always mix between its behavior and the Ubuntu standard.

Be part of our Diolinux Plus forum, people love to customize the system, maybe you find out new things.

Until the next post, SYSTEMATICALLY!

_____________________________________________________________________________ See any errors or would you like to add any suggestions to this article? Collaborate, click here.