Is there a way to move the top panel to the bottom in Gnome 3? It is very annoying to have this panel at the top, because then I have to aim for the close button when I want to close a window. When the panel is at the bottom, I can simply throw the mouse pointer to the corner. Big usability issue.

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    are you referring to gnome-shell or gnome-classic?
    – fossfreedom
    May 6, 2012 at 19:20
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    looks like the same or similar question here: Chris - if you can confirm this then I'll merge both questions: askubuntu.com/questions/632090/…
    – fossfreedom
    Nov 8, 2015 at 12:01
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    tipsonubuntu.com/2020/04/17/… GNOME Tweaks gives you a single bottom panel that combines both Dock and the top panel (i.e. not what the OP asks, but related). You can install GNOME Tweaks from Ubuntu Software (the shopping bag with "A" icon), but still have to run sudo apt install gnome-shell-extension-dash-to-panel for the single bottom panel.
    – user1341722
    Jul 25, 2021 at 7:30
  • @Catomic That's exactly what I wanted. Thanks!
    – Ryan
    Aug 5, 2021 at 1:22

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An easy way to move the panel to the bottom of the screen is MMOD Panel by rik.

Open the link in Firefox and activate the extension with the switch in the left area.

The extension also works in GNOME 3.18 (tested on my system).

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  • possible to get this panel look on mate of xfce? Feb 21, 2017 at 18:53
  • If you're running in a virtual machine, this extensions doesn't cope with resizing the screen - the bar jumps back to the top as soon as the screen is resized.
    – devklick
    Jun 6, 2019 at 7:26
  • Looks like there is some error when installing on GNOME Shell 3.36.9
    – Plamen
    Jul 16, 2023 at 5:37

Install this extension https://extensions.gnome.org/extension/208/panel-settings/
Than just change to Bottom
menu that has been added by extension

Note: As of Y13M09D16, this extension is not compatible with Ubuntu 13.04 using the Gnome3 desktop. In order to use this extension you will need to revert back to Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. (Please update this note if the extension is updated for 13.04)

The last update of this extension was in 2012, which means the extension might be in the process of being abandoned as a project. To help contribute towards developing the extension please contact the developers at the projects development home page: https://github.com/eddiefullmetal/gnome-shell-extensions


You may use a GNOME shell extension called BottomPanel by abstract (not to be confused with the one from this answer).

This extension moves the GNOME top bar to the bottom of the screen:
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(screenshot source: extension's homepage at extensions.gnome.org)

It may not officially support the recent GNOME shell versions, but in practice it works well with even version 3.36.x (Ubuntu 20.04 LTS).

You may visit its GitHub page for more info.

  • All I had to do in Ubuntu 18.04 was: Show Application (nine dots at the bottom of Dock) > Ubuntu Software (the shopping bag with "A" on it) > search "Bottompanel" > install. Works immediately. No funny business about a browser extension.
    – user1341722
    Jul 25, 2021 at 6:35

In Gnome Classic:

Hold down the SUPER key (the key in between Ctrl and Alt at the bottom left, usually, the key has the Windows logo on it) and Alt. Then, take your mouse and hold down the LEFT click on the top panel then you should see a hand gesture as if it grabbed something. Drag this hand to the bottom and it should make the panel be at the bottom.

In Gnome3:

For Ubuntu 13.04, there is currently no way to move the top panel. The extension below is not compatible with Ubuntu 13.04 and it is not clear if it will ever be updated for compatibility.

In Ubuntu 12.04 you can try going to the previously mentioned website: https://extensions.gnome.org/extension/208/panel-settings/

...then click the on/off switch which will ask you to install the extension. After this simply click on the user icon (top panel, farthest right hand icon by default) and select "Panel Settings" --> "Edge" --> "Bottom".


With pressing SuperKey+LeftAlt+RightMouse you will get options so you can customize your panel as you wish. Hope you can fix it how you want.

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    That short-cut only works in GNOME classic session.
    – Kushal
    May 28, 2012 at 8:02
  • Great! This works like a charm! You have to press Windows key + Left Alt + Right mouse on panel you want to edit.
    – smartmouse
    Mar 1, 2018 at 16:03

I recently released an extension that does exactly this. Only supported on v3.10 though.

Get it at https://extensions.gnome.org/extension/828/bottom-panel/

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