Customize the look of Ubuntu with the Dash to Panel extension


Many users are unable to adapt the operating logic of Ubuntu or Gnome-Shell, with its sidebar and other details. The years of using graphics environments that have a “Windows / KDE Plasma style” make something “out of that standard” even more difficult.

Gnome-Shell is not known to have a function that resembles a Windows of life, 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 want to use Gnome-Shell anyway, today’s tip is extremely valuable.

Dash to Panel, modificando o comportamento padrão do Ubuntu/Gnome-Shell

The famous taskbar can be present in Ubuntu, just add this extension. With a more traditional look, the system becomes extremely familiar. Combining with other elements, the environment practically changes into another. For example, when combining with Arc-Menu extension, a Windows 7-style start menu, GNOME undergoes a real metamorphosis.


To install extensions in Gnome-Shell (Ubuntu interface) is very simple, we have this tutorial demonstrating the entire 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.


The extension can be configured directly in the Store, in the button “Extension settings”, As shown in the image above. Another possibility is to go to the “Add-ons” category on the store’s homepage, then on the “Shell extensions”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.


There is another software, which I even use, called GNOME Tweaks. If interested, this post covers this great tool. The management of the extensions can be done through it too.

When opening the settings of the Dash to Panel extension, several options can be customized, such as: panel color, transparency, size of elements, indicators, behavior, visualization modes and much more.


Something interesting is being able to export and import configurations, saving a lot of time with each new formatting. This option is found in the “On”, In fact, if you want to use my configuration, download the file through this link and import.


Remembering that when you activate Dash to Panel, the Ubuntu Dock will automatically be disabled. But don’t worry, if you disable the Ubuntu Dock extension it is reactivated again. See more features directly from the project Github.

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

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