I am using Ubuntu 18.04 (with Linux kernel 4.15.0-33-generic) on a setup with laptop and an external monitor. Is there a way to make the dock in Ubuntu 18.04 only display the windows from the current screen. There was a similar feature in Ubuntu 16.04.

In short if an app is only opened on one of the screens it was still displayed in the launcher but with a different indicator. When there are two windows of an app (e.g. I have two gedits or two chromes opened) one for each screen, clicking on the icon in the dock opened the window for the corresponding screen (instead of displaying a picker with the two windows).

Is there a way to have similar configuration for Ubuntu 18.04?


Launch Terminal and run

gsettings set org.gnome.shell.extensions.dash-to-dock isolate-monitors true
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    where is this documented? – math2001 Dec 24 '19 at 0:23
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    umm... right here? – pomsky Dec 24 '19 at 5:22
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    Amazing this is not available in the settings .... works perfectly combined with gsettings set org.gnome.shell.extensions.dash-to-dock multi-monitor true (Ubuntu 20.04 LTS / Gnome 3.36.x) – MisterZ Sep 29 '20 at 9:39
  • @math2001 According to this comment, the gnome dock is a fork of Dash To Dock, which also does not really document this other than here – lucidbrot Nov 1 '20 at 14:50

You could also achieve the same by using the dconf Editor application (that can be found in Ubuntu store). Just go to /org/gnome/shell/extensions/dash-to-dock and search for isolate-monitors and toggle its value to make the change.


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