How to Move Unity Launcher to the Bottom of Screen in Ubuntu 16.04

Ubuntu 16.04 is coming with a lot of improvements when compared to the older versions. One of the most noticeable feature change is that the Unity Launcher now can be moved to other positions than the default left side. This made it little more wider to customize the OS which was cursed for the limitations in look and feel. So, directly coming to the matter, we can look into the methods to move Unity Launcher to the bottom of the screen in Ubuntu 16.04. This may be also applicable to the coming versions of the Ubuntu if they keep this change.

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Using Command Line

This is the easiest method to move the Unity launcher to the bottom of the desktop. As it doesn’t even require an installation, the steps are very easy to follow. To do this, just open the Terminal and paste the below code into the Terminal.

gsettings set com.canonical.Unity.Launcher launcher-position Bottom

This code will put the Unity launcher to the bottom position of the screen. If you want to revert it to the original position, use the following command.

gsettings set com.canonical.Unity.Launcher launcher-position Left

This will revert the position to the left side.

Using Unity Tweak Tool

Unity Tweak Tool is an application that let you change the position of the Unity launcher to other locations than the default. To do this, follow the simple steps given below.

  1. Open Ubuntu Software (new software center application).
  2. Search for “Unity Tweak Tool.”
  3. Install it on your Ubuntu.
  4. After installation, Open the tool.
  5. Click the icon named “Launcher” (the very first icon on the unity window).
  6. Now,  select “Bottom” radio button under the “Appearance” section.
  7. Now, the unity launcher will suddenly change its position to the bottom of the screen.

This is what you have to do to change the location of the Unity launcher in Ubuntu 16.04. You could use any of the above-mentioned methods as both of them are very easy to follow with minimal steps. So, enjoy the new location of the Ubuntu Unity Launcher.


Muhammed Swalih is a Blogger by profession who also has a great taste in Web Development, SEO, Graphic Designing, etc.

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