Ubuntu 17.10 introduces the GNOME Shell with the Ubuntu Dock (based on Dash to Dock GNOME Shell extension) and it allows you to put the Dock on the bottom of the desktop:

Ubuntu 17.10 Dock on the bottom of the desktop

However, there is no easy way to move the Show Applications icon (shown on the right) to the left of the Dock. There is no such setting in GNOME Control Center. There is already a bug filed, but does anybody know any workaround until it gets fixed by Ubuntu Dock developers?

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If you don't like to run command then open dconf-editor (by simply click show applications icon and search dconf) then go to

org > gnome > shell > extensions > dash-to-dock

Then search for the show-apps-at-top and make it on

See screenshot for your reference:

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    Nice! But I think dconf-Editor is not being shipped with Ubuntu 17.10 by default. You might want to add the installation process i.e. sudo apt install dconf-editor to make your answer more complete.
    – pomsky
    Oct 23, 2017 at 11:21
  • @pomsky When I updated my System from Ubuntu 17.04 to 17.10 it is installed by default. May be it doesn't comes with the latest version i.e. with 17.10. Oct 23, 2017 at 12:18
  • Is Dash to Dock still the Ubuntu Dock if I installed Dash to Dock over it? Dec 8, 2017 at 16:55
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    Works on Ubuntu 19.04 May 4, 2019 at 4:53
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    Thank you, worked for me too with Ubuntu 20.04 LTS! May 9, 2021 at 17:24

The following command will work for the current user:

gsettings set org.gnome.shell.extensions.dash-to-dock show-apps-at-top true

Is the command-line equivalent to dconf-editor GUI.

To make it persistent system-wide, run these commands as root:

echo "show-apps-at-top=true" >> /usr/share/glib-2.0/schemas/10_ubuntu-dock.gschema.override
glib-compile-schemas /usr/share/glib-2.0/schemas/
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    It seems only the first command is enough if you want to make the change for your user-account instead of changing it system-wide.
    – pomsky
    Oct 4, 2018 at 6:17
  • Agreed. I ran only the first command and it was persistent across reboots.
    – Jason L.
    Dec 9, 2021 at 14:50

You can also remove it with:

gsettings set org.gnome.shell.extensions.dash-to-dock show-show-apps-button false

There is a way but the dock will be like in middle.

  • Download and install gnome-tweaks.
  • Go to any browser and go to extensions.gnome.org
  • Click on click here to install browser extension.
  • Go ahead and install it.
  • After it's done again go to extensions.gnome.org
  • Search for dash to dock.
  • Click it and toggle its ON position.
  • Go to tweaks app (search for it in app menu)
  • Go to extensions tab.
  • Go to dash to dock.
  • Toggle it on (if not already on).
  • Click the Gear icon on the right side dash to dock option. Then there will be option for changing the place of launcher in LAUNCHERS tab
  • Tick mark the Move the application button at the beginning of dock option

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