Ubuntu 16.04LTS brought along a lot of changes. Among them is the ability to change the position of Unity Launcher, something which Ubuntu users have been asking for years. Although the feature only allows you to change the position of the launcher from left (default) to bottom, it's still a welcome change.


In this tutorial, we will discuss ways through which you can access this feature - yes, there's more than one way in which you can change the position of Unity launcher, and we'll discuss them one by one here. Needless to say, the commands and instructions mentioned here have been tested on Ubuntu 16.04.

Change position of Unity Launcher - Way 1

Let's start with the simplest way - it just requires you to execute a couple of commands. Following are the commands in question:

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

The first command mentioned above will move the launcher to bottom, and using the second command you can bring the launcher back to its default (left) position. That's it.

Change position of Unity Launcher - Way 2

The second way is to install the Ubuntu Tweak tool, something which you can do using Ubuntu Software application. Once installed, launch it from Unity Dash. In the Window that appears, click the first icon - dubbed Launcher - in the Unity row:


Once you do that, a window tab containing Launcher-related options will appear:


Here, under the Appearance-related options, you can choose Left or Bottom options for the launcher position.

Change position of Unity Launcher - Way 3

The third and the last way is to use the dconf-editor tool. More likely that not, you won't be having this tool on your Ubuntu box, so first install it using the following command:

sudo apt-get install dconf-editor

Once the tool is installed, launch it by running the following command:


The following UI should appear:


Now, go the schema com.canonical.Unity.Launcher


And change the value of launcher-position variable to Bottom (by clicking the entry) in order to bring the Unity Launcher at the bottom of your screen.

So these are the available ways using which you can change the position of Unity Launcher in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.

How to change the position of Unity launcher in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

3 thoughts on “How to change the position of Unity launcher in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

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    December 16, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    Since most displays are wide, why would one want the unity launcher on the bottom taking up screen real estate. On the side is better and I would like to put the top panel on the right side to expant the vertical screen space for my work..

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    June 1, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    I agree. If you have a widescreen monitor on the center and a 4:3 one on the left, the best possible position for the launcher would be on the right. Having it on the left of the center monitor leaves it on the middle of your workspace. Having it on the left of the left monitor takes up valuable space considering it is not a widescreen monitor. Having it on the bottom of any monitor takes up valuable vertical space.

    I makes no design sense whatsoever and is a terrible UX decision not to allow the launcher to be put at the right side position. Canonical should definitely reconsider and change this.

    Give us the option to put the launcher on the right side, please!

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    May 20, 2019 at 8:35 pm

    None of this options are working for me on Ubuntu 16.04. What can I do?


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