I wonder if may be possible to create a launcher in plank, with the program icon itself, to run the setting manager. Might it be possible?

Right now, only way to access settings in typing in a terminal plank --preferences

Or, once hovering the mouse cursor over that dock, pressing ctrl + right mouse click. A launcher would simplyfy this.

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There is no need. Just do Ctrl + Right Click over the dock and select preferences.

If you still want to add the icon to launch preferences, then copy the plank launcher (located in /usr/share/applications) into your personal app folder (~/.local/share/applications) and edit the desktop file. Modify the line that says execute = plank by execute = plank --preferences and you will have the launcher you are looking for. Change the permissions (chmod +x ~/.local/share/applications/plank.desktop) and drag it into the dock. Cheers!


It's a little hard to find a spot but if you can right click on an empty spot on plank and select preferences. The easiest spot I found is like right on the border of the right side.

Alternatively you could create a bash script and simply drag it onto plank I guess but how often do you really need to edit it?

  • just do ctrl + right click
    – Djax
    Sep 21, 2016 at 8:02

Thanks I know, another way may be to open the settings file in the current dock config:


and editing the following line:

#Whether to show the item for the dock itself. ShowDockItem=false

changing the parameter false to true, but it do not work! Maybe it's that particular version of plank used by eOS,but I don't see wht it's so hard to implement it :/

PS: i've read somewhere that the official name is Pantheon Dock, is that true?

  • Ok, so creating a launcher, written in first post, and dragging it to the dock is indeed the best solution, but please i'd like to ask developers: why eOS users cannot have it already by default? Sep 24, 2016 at 12:33
  • The official software is called Plank, not Pantheon Dock.
    – Lewis Goddard
    Oct 12, 2016 at 2:11

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