I am coming from Windows 8 and want to test new Ubuntu 12.xx.

How can i change the position of the panel from top to bottom?


8 Answers 8


(Assuming you're using the Classic desktop) you can just Super-Alt-Drag the panels.

If you're using Unity, you can't customise this. If it's something you need, I'd strongly suggest trying the classic desktop.


Simple answer: You can't. At least not with Unity.

More complicated answer: Unity Desktop(and Gnome Shell) is made to be simple and look the same on every computer. If you want something that is more customisable, try for example KDE or XFCE, which you can install through the software centre. Then you can set the desktop environment you want to use from the login screen.

  • 1
    lubuntu is at the bottom of the screen by default
    – mchid
    Commented Nov 27, 2014 at 1:55
  • In XFCE (example: Xubuntu) you can customize the position of that panel. In Lubuntu you cant. Pick that mouse!
    – msangel
    Commented Aug 5, 2019 at 12:24
  • Yes you can move the panel in Lubuntu: lubuntuhowto.blogspot.com/2017/03/…
    – alchemy
    Commented Apr 5, 2020 at 4:21

Regarding moving the panel in Unity: comment #2 in Movement of Unity launcher has this:

I think the report actually meant that the launcher should be movable to other edges of the screen. I'm afraid that won't work with our broader design goals, so we won't implement that. We want the launcher always close to the Ubuntu button.

status wontfix


AFAIK, that's how it still is.


"Super+Alt+Right-click" on the top panel and select "properties".

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Choose "Orientation" from it.

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  • Are you sure that is a unity panel? I can't get mine to popup any menus?
    – HRJ
    Commented Aug 21, 2012 at 12:04
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    I'm sorry. This is for Gnome classic. The question hadn't specified unity. Commented Aug 22, 2012 at 0:50

You cannot move the panel from the top to the bottom using the default Unity desktop.

If you install gnome-shell from Ubuntu Software Centre and use gnome classic desktop (by selecting it from the login menu) then you can move the panel as described in the other answers.


Here it is:

  • Install CCSM,
  • Install Fbpanel,
  • Go intoto Startup applications and add Fbpanel to startup,
  • Go into CCSM (Compiz Config Settings Manager) and disable the Unity plugin,
  • Power off your device. Upon restart you should have the Fbpanel as bottom panel

    and no Unity panels.

  • Customize Fbpanel, all you need to edit is in this file:


That's is it!

Later edit: initially the shutdown restart and lock may not work but i uploaded my config file on google drive with repaired commands:




Execute this in a terminal (Unity):

gsettings set com.canonical.Unity.Launcher launcher-position Bottom

Due to long-term design goals for the default Ubuntu desktop, you can't arrange desktop components like that. However, we have lots of different desktops in Ubuntu that have many different features like that. We have lots of alternative panels, start menus, etc. But the default desktop is not that customizable.

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