Let's say I want to have plank run on the side of the screen as well as the bottom at the same time, as can be done with some other docks - is this possible?

If yes, how?

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Yes this is possible

Most of the elementary project has settings hard coded to a gsettings XMl file. Gsettings is a gnome daemon to handle settings and manage them.

Luckily, plank uses a separate file for storing preferences.

  1. First change the settings of the plank which is currently running with plank --preferences. Change the position to the left or the right, because otherwise both planks will overlap.

  2. Then create the new dock with plank -n one --preferences. The one is just a name - you can choose a different one if you wish.

  3. Open system settings, go to applications then open the startup tab. Click on the + icon below and add the command plank -n one.

  4. Then log out and back in, and you have set up two docks.

  • Will that technique work for other distros as well? I am using Arch and love Plank, so I don't want to screw anything up. Many thanks!
    – Ev-
    Nov 20, 2015 at 1:13
  • i didn't test it on arch. but i think it will. the only thing you have to find out by yourself is how to add a command to the start up of the system. like my step 3 in the explain above. as long as the command is the same it should work.
    – kay
    Jan 19, 2017 at 13:15
  • It should be noted that though recent versions of plank lack a schema, Plank still uses gsettings. You can edit the settings for plank using dconf-tool or gsettings.
    – RolandiXor
    Sep 30, 2017 at 1:50

yes this is possible and for a full discription check this video:


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