I wanted to move the launcher to the bottom and have it aligned in the center, so I downloaded Plank. I didn't like it so I uninstalled it but the dock still appears when I move the cursor to the bottom of the screen.

Already tried to remove:

sudo apt-get remove plank

purged it

sudo apt-get purge plank

removed dependencies

sudo apt-get remove --auto-remove plank

removed all files from /usr/share/app-install/desktop and /var/cache/archives/, and the dock still shows. So how do I remove it totally?


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    You may need to restart / logout of the session and login again (or just quit plank), if apt-get didn't kill Plank's process during unistall. Did you install plank thought the package manager /software center in the first place ? – JonasCz Dec 29 '17 at 7:23
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    The correct answer is in the comment. – blueray May 14 '19 at 12:05

Uninstall plank
To remove just plank package itself from Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus) execute on terminal:
sudo apt-get remove plank

Uninstall plank and it's dependent packages
To remove the plank package and any other dependant package which are no longer needed from Ubuntu Xenial.
sudo apt-get remove --auto-remove plank

Purging plank
If you also want to delete configuration and/or data files of plank from Ubuntu Xenial then this will work:

sudo apt-get purge plank

To delete configuration and/or data files of plank and it's dependencies from Ubuntu Xenial then execute:

sudo apt-get purge --auto-remove plank

Source: Here


Try to reset its settings in dconf (installable with sudo apt-get install dconf-cli):

dconf reset -f /net/launchpad/plank/

Try to locate Plank in the current user XDG Autostart:

ls .config/autostart/
# then remove plank from here
rm .config/autostart/plank*.desktop

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