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 and enable the extension:

  1. Make sure that you have chrome-gnome-shell installed:

    sudo apt install chrome-gnome-shell
  2. You also need the GNOME Shell integration browser extension installed. You can install it for Firefox or for Chrome-based browsers, depending on your choice of web browser.

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

    sudo apt install gnome-tweaks
  4. 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.

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

To enable the vertical panel:

  1. Open Tweaks
  2. Go to Extensions.
  3. Click the cog icon next to Dash to Panel.
  4. Set Panel screen position to Left or Right.

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