Is is possible to combine top panel bar and dock? My best option would be that combined bar to show on the top, always visible.

  • Could you elaborate a little more on exactly what you mean by combining them? Do you just want them to both be in the same region of the screen? Commented Aug 24, 2015 at 13:13
  • Im looking for the same thing, this is pretty much my idea: ![enter image description here](i.sstatic.net/VMn0u.jpg) But when i'm going to click one of the icons the top panel get in my way and put himself over the icons
    – user1158
    Commented Aug 27, 2015 at 8:13
  • As the plank panel is easy to move (right click on it to access preferences) this question amounts to the problem of editing the panel so that it leaves place for the dock.
    – user170
    Commented Dec 6, 2017 at 15:26

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As far I know, no. You can change the position of this dock using elementary-tweaks, but if you move it on the top, it will go under the top panel which is not really convenient, because you barely can click items.

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    Thanks for elementary-tweaks: this is the first step into the solution!
    – paulus
    Commented Aug 24, 2015 at 16:37
  • Thanks for elementary-tweaks: this is the first step of the solution! Continuing on that: I discovered that is possible to move the dock to the left, so there it isn't in the way anymore. But the top bar panel is not so configurable: how could I customize it the way I could customize the xfce-panel bar, or the lxde=panel bar?
    – paulus
    Commented Aug 24, 2015 at 17:15
  • It probably is not possible due to its nature.
    – asu
    Commented Aug 28, 2015 at 16:42

The fact that Plank comes with the option to be shown at the top acts as a bug in the context of the elementary desktop, as it interferes with the panel (Wingpanel) no matter what. The question amounts to how to reduce the panel length (left-right size) in order to leave some space for the dock at the top. They cannot be combined.

I don't think that reducing the panel length is possible, but I have posted a specific question on that in order to have a clear answer.

On the other hand, for what it's worth, as this is a matter of gaining display space: the elementary desktop has its own way of taking advantage of display space through the use of shortcuts that may remove the need for what we ask here. Super-A and Super-S, along with Alt-Tab and Super-Tab allow access to windows and workspaces.

Adding a shortcut like Super-F to "Toggle Fullscreen" may also be a good idea. The fullscreen mode assigns to each window its own workspace, which can be cycled with Super-Tab.

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That might also reduce the need for the dock to be always visible, hence more display space.

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