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I would like to have as much vertical screen space as possible, but I like having the status icons and time visible. Is there an extension to move the "top bar" to the left or right side, perhaps as part of a dock or side panel?

I'm aware of the Hide Top Bar extension as a fallback.

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Since its October update, the Dash to Panel GNOME Shell Extension supports vertical panel orientation.

  • To install it: first make sure that you have chrome-gnome-shell installed:

      sudo apt install chrome-gnome-shell
    

You also need the GNOME Shell integration browser extension installed. You can install it for Firefox or for Chrome, depending on your choice of web browser.

Additionally, install Tweaks to access the extension's options (and a bunch of other useful GNOME settings):

    sudo apt install gnome-tweaks

Now, you can visit the Dash to Panel GNOME Shell Extension webpage, toggle the switch on the right-hand side of the page to ON and click Install on the pop-up.

Then, press Alt+F2, input r and press Enter to restart GNOME Shell to make the extension take effect.

  • To enable the vertical panel: open Tweaks → Extensionsclick the cog icon next to Dash to Panel → set Panel screen position to Left or Right.
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