I am trying to figure out how to disable the launcher icon bounce in Plank. Please help.

  • I'm not sure this is Freya-specific. Someone more knowledgeable should edit the question to remove that if it indeed is not the case.
    – waldyrious
    Commented Aug 20, 2015 at 16:29

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You can create a custom theme that disables the bounce animation by following these steps:

  1. You will first need to create a new directory for the custom theme. It is important that you give it a unique name that does not conflict with any existing theme names.

    mkdir -p ~/.local/share/plank/themes/no-bounce
  2. Assuming that you are using the default theme (elementary), make a copy of the theme to your user directory. Other default themes are located in /usr/share/plank/themes.

    cp /usr/share/themes/elementary/plank/dock.theme ~/.local/share/plank/themes/no-bounce/
  3. Edit the theme file.

    scratch-text-editor ~/.local/share/plank/themes/no-bounce/dock.theme
  4. Look for the line that starts with LaunchBounceTime. Modify it to LaunchBounceTime=0. Save the file and exit the editor.

  5. Open your dock settings to change it to the custom theme.

    scratch-text-editor ~/.config/plank/dock1/settings
  6. Look for the line that starts with Theme. Modify it to Theme=no-bounce. Save the file and exit the editor.

Your dock icons should no longer bounce when you launch them.

  • Nice job! Excellent answer!
    – r3bl
    Commented Aug 20, 2015 at 16:53
  • Excellent Thank You. I got impatient and installed Dockbarx which I wanted to see work with elementary or not. After the next install I do I will follow these directions and work with Plank. Thanks again. Commented Aug 21, 2015 at 18:39

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