Questions tagged [plank]

Plank is elementary OS's default dock. It shows active applications and is usually found at the bottom of the screen.

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One of my apps has a second, fuzzy icon in Plank. How can I workaround this?

I have a Google Chrome icon in Plank. After an update to Google Chrome, a second fuzzy icon appears every time the browser is opened: How can I fix this?
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Can I add folders to the dock?

I know that some docks support folders. Does Plank? If so, how can I add them? Example image here: Design from here.
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How can I add an executable file to the dock?

I downloaded Aptana Studio which is not "installed" but can be launched directly from the downloaded executable. I'd like to add a shortcut to the applications menu or in the dock. Drag & Drop to ...
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How can I customise plank?

The Desktop plug in settings only lets you choose between two icon sizes and the hide behavior. I would like to be able to change the settings with more control than that. Is there a simple way to do ...
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Why isn't Files pinned to the dock by default?

It is usually one of the most important system applications (if not the most important one) in an operating system, so it seems logical to me to have it pinned to the dock (plank) every time. I was ...
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How can I make the dock's icons smaller?

The default options for the dock's icon size in System Settings are "normal" and "large". Is it possible to set the icon size to "small"?
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Why are Plank's preferences hidden away?

From this answer I learned that Plank has a Preferences panel hidden away that can be summoned via: $ plank --preferences and looks like this: Why is this not part of the desktop preferences plug?
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Plank magnifying effect

I swear there is a way to make the icons magnify like on a mac osx when you mouse hovers over them (I don't know what I did but i had this effect until recently I updated plank and it's gone). I am ...
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How can I get Plank and Wingpanel on both monitors without Mirroring Screens

I would like to get Plank and Wingpanel on both screens of my dual monitor set up without mirroring my screens. How can I do this?
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Certain application icons does not show up in dock when opened

When I open qBittorrent or calibre they show for a moment in the dock and then go away. I am using qBittorrent v3.3.1 which is in the official repository and calibre v2.70 which I downloaded from ...
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How to change or replace the dock?

Is it possible to change the appearance of the dock or to replace it with a different one like Docky? Thanks!
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Can I switch between windows of the same app using plank?

I have to work on multiple code branches that requires me to launch multiple instances of IntelliJ IDE. But when navigating between these instances I find it very difficult to switch to specific ...
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How do I make pinned items on the Plank respect current workspace only?

Currently, the implementation of current workspace only for Plank does not extend to any application that is pinned to your dock. This means that Plank will switch your workspace instead of opening a ...
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How do I move the dock to the right of screen on loki?

By default, the dock (plank) sits at the bottom of the screen. I'd like it to be on the right, since my monitor is quite wide, and I want to use as much vertical space as possible for windows. In ...
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How can I change the “stack” (folder) icon in the dock?

I'm trying to change the icon of the "stack" (folders) in the dock (Plank). I made a folder in Home and put on the links that I wanted on. Then, I dragged that folder to Plank. This makes a shortcut ...
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How can I open an application without showing it in dock?

I try my best to be more clear. When we open an application, it will be shown in dock. Is it possible to open an application without make it appear in dock. For example: I should be able to open ...
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What is “Pressure Reveal” in dock preferences?

I run plank --preferences and found this slider. What is it?
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Can I run multiple instances of plank with separate settings?

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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How can I access hidden plank settings?

i don't see any way to change settings for Plank, icon size... Before it was possible by .config, or Elementary Tweaks.
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Something strange going on with plank

So I have a few apps docked on my plank, but I notice some apps not showing up on plank anymore when I have it opened. For example, if I load scratch-text-editor from the slingshot launcher, it will ...
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Multiple Instances of Geary, Files, etc. for different workspaces?

I am just getting started with workspaces, and I can easily have two different instances of Chrome running in two different workspaces, but for other apps (Files, Geary, Keepass, etc.) when I click on ...
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Desktop takes forever to load after restart

When I restart my OS, I log in. The desktop does not load for a full 2 minutes after typing my password. I can move my mouse and see my desktop background. No apps. Happens pretty much every time I ...
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What command is executed when I click “open as Administrator” in Files from the Dock?

When I right click on Files in the Dock, I can chose to open "New Windows As Administrator": What command does this execute? Is it sudo -i pantheon-files?
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Disable icon bounce in Plank

I am trying to figure out how to disable the launcher icon bounce in Plank. Please help.
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Is it possible to get website shortcuts in the dock?

Is it possible to include web shortcuts in the dock? LauncherFolders does that in Unity for Ubuntu. I like this possibility very much.
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Adding an executable to Plank

Using Elementary OS 0.3.1 Freya 64-bit. I use an app called Isoplex. It's run directly from an executable which I have stored in the Downloads directory. Runs just fine by double clicking on the ...
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Is is possible to show removable drives on Plank?

I would like to have removable drives show up on the dock every time one is plugged in. Is this possible? Maybe a udev rule could do this if it is not a feature of Plank?
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A command to properly restart Plank?

What is the command to restart Plank dock in case that is needed? I have killed it with killall plank but now I cannot start it without logging out. Doing plank in Terminal keeps it open only until ...
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How can I turn on “show open windows” dock element?

How can I turn on "show open windows" dock element? I deleted this probably accidentally.
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How can I have the same applications in the Dock for the Guest session as I have in the Administrator account?

I'm trying to set up elementaryOS on a computer for use in a classroom. I want to have a specific set of applications appear in the Dock for the Guest session by default. Ideally these would be the ...
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Change specified app's icon

How can I change the icon for an specified app? I have installed Dota 2 but it shows Steam icon instead of Dota 2 icon, the right Doat 2 icons is shown when the game is running but not in plank. How ...
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Add divider to plank(dock)

I would like to have a divider line in my dock for separation. Is this possible? I have checked dconf and have not found anything there. I have checked the preferences of the dock and I do not see ...
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Two Icons showing in Dock for Minecraft using Custom .desktop file

I've created a Minecraft desktop entry, which works fine, but when I launch Minecraft it creates a new icon in my dock. I know that this isn't really an issue but I switched to elementary OS because ...
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Keep Plank unhidden and maximize windows to plank like in OS X?

Plank can be set unhidden by setting ~/.config/plank/dock/settings -> HideMode=X -> HideMode=0, but how to set the maximize action to the upper edge of plank like in OS X? Screenshot of my plank: ...
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keyboard shortcut to force dock to appear

Loki 0.4 64-bit. Is it possible to assign a keyboard shortcut to force the dock to appear even when a focused window overlaps it?
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How to get badge notifications on the dock icon for third-party apps?

In my case it's Caprine (Facebook messenger app). In caprine.desktop I added X-GNOME-UsesNotifications=true and Categories=GNOME;GTK;Network;Chat;, but I only get notifications in the notification ...
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How can I have one plank on each of my monitors

In my freya setup, I had 2 planks, one for each of my monitors. I accomplished this by using the settings file in ~/.config/plank/dock[n]. This file is now missing. Is there any way to create another ...
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App icon is not merged in the dock [duplicate]

When I open WebStorm app from app icon in the Dock, the app icon is not merged with existing app icon, it becomes a new icon (with grey color - please see in the picture). How can I merge these app ...
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Can't open minimized windows [closed]

When I minimize application and than I want to unminimize, I can't. I click on the app on plank, the app is activated but it's not showing. Video expample: https://vid.me/GwnW How to fix this ...
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How to get a transparent background for plank?

Plank comes with a white background that the icons seem to hover over. Since I'm using plank on the left side of the screen, the background is not really necessary and kind of bugs me. I remember ...
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Is there any way to lock the dock?

You can drag the icons on the dock and put them in and out, but is there any way of locking them so you can't do this?
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How to Disable Plank

In Elementary OS Luna, I was able to disable Plank by going into the dconf settings and removing Plank from the monitored-processes in org.pantheon.cerbere. I installed the newer Freya and now this ...
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Why is there a low-res icon on the dock when Spotify is running?

I installed Spotify client using the method from their official site. When I run it, however, a low-res icon pop out on the dock and is used to maximise/minimise the app instead of the original hi-res ...
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How to reinstall plank and wingpanel from terminal?

I was impatiently changing docks from plank to cairo-dock to docky. Eventually plank kept turning up so I purged it; the impatience bit meant that I didn't scan what else would be uninstalled or ...
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How can I change the default order of Dock icons for new users?

I plan to deploy elementary OS in a medium sized network environment, and wish to change the default config of the elementary desktop for newly created users, specifically the dock items. I've figured ...
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When I switch to a different work-space, why does the dock indicate apps opened in the other work-space(s)?

For example, I open Chrome, Terminal in work-space 1 and I switch to workspace 2, the dock still shows that chrome and terminal are opened. This is a complete different behavior from Windows, where if ...
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What is“ automatic pinning”, and how does it work?

In plank preferences there is an option: Automatic Pinning How does it work? I enabled and disabled the option but failed to identify any difference.
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How can I remove a folder from the dock?

Folders containing files can be dragged and pinned to the dock. The problem is there's no going back from there, that is you can't remove folders neither by dragging them off nor from a context menu. ...
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Intellij IDEA Blurry Second Icon on Plank

I am having an issue with keeping the Intellij IDEA app on my dock. It's the same with google-chrome but I haven't found any easy way to get rid of it. Whenever I open up the application, a blurry ...
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Prevent applications from overlapping plank

Is there a way to prevent applications from overlapping the plank in normal mode, but also hide the plank if the application goes into full screen mode?