Just moved from Unity to GNOME Shell with the update to Ubuntu 17.10. In Unity I could maximize apps by placing my cursor on the app in the taskbar and scrolling.

In GNOME this doesn't work. Is there a way to enable it?


With Ubuntu 17.10 release, Ubuntu has moved away from Unity to GNOME. There's no going back to Unity, unfortunately.

There are a lot of differences between the new Ubuntu dock and the older Unity dock. However, with a GNOME shell extension called Dash to Dock, you can get very close to the Unity experience.

Go to the Dash to Dock GNOME Shell Extensions installer page.

From the installer page:

To control GNOME Shell extensions using this site you must install GNOME Shell integration that consists of two parts: browser extension and native host messaging application.

Instructions for both of them are mentioned there. In a nutshell,

  1. One click Chrome extension install
  2. Native app using sudo apt-get install chrome-gnome-shell

After both are installed, Dash To Dock extension can then be directly installed, enabled, and opened from the same browser window.

Using this, I was able to make my dock look like this: Customized Ubuntu GNOME dock

Here's a screenshot of the setting that will enable the "scrolling" feature: Dash to Dock scroll action behaviour

Pretty cool.

Additionally, download Ubuntu GNOME Tweak Tool for an array of customisation.



There is no need to install another dock extension, the cycle windows feature can be enabled for the Ubuntu dock from command line:

gsettings set org.gnome.shell.extensions.dash-to-dock scroll-action 'cycle-windows'
  • You are my hero of the day! I've been looking for a way to get this functionality back for weeks, but for some reason I haven't been able to find any mention of this anywhere until today. The scroll-to-cycle-windows function was one I used heavily in Unity for things like a bunch of maximized terminals or two or three IDE instances for different projects. – JeroenHoek Mar 20 '18 at 10:33
  • worked perfectly on ubuntu 18.10. Thanks for this gem – Nicolas Marshall Nov 19 '18 at 19:28

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