I know questions that sound like this one have been asked before, but none of the "solutions" are working for me. I am using Gnome Classic option.

  • I could not find any extension that does what I want.
  • I could not find any entry for gnome-panel in my dconfEditor

Will you please help me.

I installed Gnome 3 using sudo apt-get install ubuntu-gnome-desktop. I am talking of the panel visible in the following picture:

gnome3 classic - bottom panel

These are the list of extensions I have installed:

List of installed gnome shell extensions - part1 List of installed gnome shell extensions - part2

  • Now that you have added the bit about "GNOME Classic", I'm pretty sure Sneetsher's answer is the right one.
    – muru
    Jan 12, 2015 at 23:44

6 Answers 6

  • It is the Window List plugin the same one used in Gnome Shell standard session which comes within gnome-shell-extensions package. It's full name:


    Installed in: /usr/share/gnome-shell/extensions/

  • What it seems happening is .. the Gnome Classic session use it as a required plugin. So it does ignore disabling it. (Using gnome-tweak-tool)

  • To get rid of it, move it somewhere else or delete it

    sudo rm -r /usr/share/gnome-shell/extensions/window-list@gnome-shell-extensions.gcampax.github.com
  • To re-enable it, copy it back or reinstall gnome-shell-extensions.

    sudo apt-get install --reinstall gnome-shell-extensions
  • 1
    Disabling it didn't work. I deleted the extension and worked. Jan 13, 2015 at 6:45
  • As of Ubuntu 16.04, Gnome desktop (no Unity), simply start the Tweak Tool and disable and/or remove the extension, "Window List".
    – Codex24
    May 10, 2017 at 14:52

To check the current panels:

$ gsettings get org.gnome.gnome-panel.layout toplevel-id-list
['top-panel-0', 'bottom-panel-0']

Set the panel which you want to stay visible with Tried in Ubuntu 12.04:

$ gsettings set org.gnome.gnome-panel.layout toplevel-id-list "['top-panel-0']"

which will leave you with only the top-panel like you see in the snapshot below.


(With that done I wasn't able to Super + W or Alt + tab the minimized windows. But I haven't checked with other dock apps.. I suppose they'll work.)

To use both the panels again just run:

$ gsettings set org.gnome.gnome-panel.layout toplevel-id-list "['top-panel-0', 'bottom-panel-0']"
  • 1
    Doesn't work on Ubuntu 14.04. error: No such schema 'org.gnome.gnome-panel.layout' Jan 13, 2015 at 6:37
  • I installed gconf-editor but could not locate the entry to hide the buttom panel. This trick works perfectly. Thanks Jul 13, 2015 at 11:15

Apparently GNOME shows an option to delete panels on Alt + right click. On some machines it can be Alt + Super (the "windows" key) + right click. A menu should appear with the option to delete. If not, then I'm sorry.

EDIT: Didn't see the comment chain where you said that. weird stuff.

  • naah, thats not working
    – Chani
    Jan 12, 2015 at 19:53

onwards ubuntu 17.xx

just rename the metadata.json file in


and restart the system it will be disabled.


You can get a JavaScript extension such as this one which removes the bottom bar: https://sourceforge.net/projects/removebottombar/files/gnome-shell-extension-remove-bottom-bar-3.2-1.src.tar.gz/download

  • Can you tell me how to install it ?
    – Chani
    Jan 12, 2015 at 19:38

Install gksu if it isn't already, then press Alt+F2 which opens a small window. Type 'gksu nautilus' (without the quotes) and navigate to usr/share/gnome-shell/extensions/ , right-click window list and rename it. I named it window-lizt which disabled the extension.

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