I changed the position of the dock to the left of the screen. I don't like it. I would like it back at the bottom as default. To do so we right-click on the dock to access its preferences but it is just not possible.

The dock does not have any space around or between icons where I may right-click. It is a great miscalculation on the part of elementary-design-team that they did not provision for some space around the dock where one could right click.

Is there any way I could get around to this problem?


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Open a terminal and execute :

plank --preferences 
  • Thank you. That was very helpful. I also checked the box Show Item for Dock found in the Behaviour tab. That way I wouldn't have to suffer so much if I could not remember the command. Commented May 11, 2016 at 5:13
  • The checkbox for Show Item for Dock is not available in Plank preferences any more. However, there is still a convenient way to access Plank preferences - do a CTRL + Click anywhere on the plank. A menu will open with an entry for Preferences. Click on that. Commented Dec 6, 2017 at 7:33
  • It's CTRL + RightClick @HarshVardhan . But thanks
    – Anwar
    Commented Feb 22, 2018 at 14:25

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