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I want to use gnome dock only as a launching panel, I don't want it to show currently opened windows. That is it should be just bookmark bar for favorite applications. How do I do this?

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Try these two extensions:

https://extensions.gnome.org/extension/307/dash-to-dock/

https://extensions.gnome.org/extension/17/dock/

I had tried the latter for some time and it worked ok.

  • how do I configure it to disable showing running applications? – Yrogirg Jun 2 '12 at 8:25
  • I don't know. Try asking in the extension page. – aroque Jun 2 '12 at 9:21
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From 17.10 onwards ubuntu ships with a dock enabled by default, you can tweak a lot of it's settings with dconf-editor. First install the package:

sudo apt install dconf-editor

Now open it, then use the search icon on the titlebar to search for "dock" and click on the first result, now search again for "show-running" and turn off the switch in first result.

If you are using the default gnome session instead, you have to first install the dash-to-dock extension, then apply the procedure above (you can set the dock to be permanently hidden as it is by default too).

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