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

Edit Oct 14th, 2015 Apparently this issue is fixed in Google Chrome v46. If you are still experiencing it, try upgrading Chrome. To fix this issue, you can follow the steps outlined in this post: ...
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Can I add folders to the dock?

Yes, Plank support folders for both apps and filesystem locations. For Filesystem Locations Find the path/folder you want to create a shortcut to in Files. Drag the folder to Plank. For Apps Create ...
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How can I customise plank?

Plank has a hidden settings window for developers/OEMs. Hold down Control and right click anywhere on the dock Select "Preferences" Go nuts Please be aware that some of these options will lead to ...
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How can I make the dock's icons smaller?

You can hold Ctrl and scroll over the dock to change the icon size. There is also a hidden preferences window for Plank. Hold Ctrl and right click on the dock to open a context menu, then select "...
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How do I move the dock to the right of screen on loki?

You can get the plank preferences by doing either Ctrl+right-click on the plank, or from a command line plank --preferences.
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How can I add an executable file to the dock?

You can create an application shortcut for Slingshot (the applications menu) manually. It should be placed in /usr/share/applications/<APPNAME>.desktop. Below is the way Skype's .desktop file ...
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Plank magnifying effect

elementary is unable to ship a version of Plank with this code because of the Apple software patents. The version we ship has the feature patched out to avoid litigation. You can get the upstream ...
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One of my apps has a second, fuzzy icon in Plank. How can I workaround this?

This is an issue with Google Chrome that affects multiple OSes and has been confirmed in Google's issue tracker. That said, you can work around it in elementary OS. Workaround: 1. Copy the app ...
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What is "Pressure Reveal" in dock preferences?

Pressure reveal is a feature designed to make it harder to accidentally un-hide the dock. Instead of revealing any time the cursor hits the bottom row of pixels on your display, it reveals when you ...
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Why are Plank's preferences hidden away?

It kind of comes from a place of what Plank is from a historical perspective. Back in the GNOME 2 days, there were quite a few docks around. Docky, AWN, Cairo Dock, Kiba, probably a couple of others ...
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What command is executed when I click "open as Administrator" in Files from the Dock?

It is pantheon-files-pkexec You can find it in /usr/share/applications/pantheon-files.desktop. It looks like this: [Root Shortcut Group] Name=New Window As _Administrator Exec=pantheon-files-pkexec ...
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Disable icon bounce in Plank

You can create a custom theme that disables the bounce animation by following these steps: You will first need to create a new directory for the custom theme. It is important that you give it a ...
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Desktop takes forever to load after restart

A solution (or at least temporary workaround) proposed in the bug discussion - https://bugs.launchpad.net/elementaryos/+bug/1596377 - is to rename the file: /etc/xdg/autostart/at-spi-dbus-bus....
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Can I run multiple instances of plank with separate settings?

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 ...
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How can I get Plank and Wingpanel on both monitors without Mirroring Screens

Plank (Buttom Dockbar): It's really easy to mirror plank to more than one screen. Make sure that dconf Editor is installed:sudo apt-get install dconf-tools. Convert existing dock into dock1 and add ...
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Can I switch between windows of the same app using plank?

You can either scroll over the icon in plank, or right-click it for a context menu which includes open windows of the application.
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How can I add an executable file to the dock?

Create an application desktop-entry at /usr/share/applications/ with the name app-name.desktop with the following basic details: [Desktop Entry] Version=1.0 Name=App Name Exec=/dir/path/app/binary ...
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A command to properly restart Plank?

The dock should restart itself automatically. However, if you need to manually run it from the Terminal and want it to continue running in the background, use the command plank &. The & tells ...
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One of my apps has a second, fuzzy icon in Plank. How can I workaround this?

Here's a one-liner to fix the issue as described in Gabriel's answer: cp /usr/share/applications/google-chrome.desktop ~/.local/share/applications && sed --in-place --regexp-extended 's/^(\[[...
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How can I open an application without showing it in dock?

It is possible not to show the task list in the dock. Hold Control and right-click anywhere on the dock Select "Preferences" Select the "Behavior" tab Under the heading "Item Management", disable "...
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How to get a transparent background for plank?

Ctrl + right click on a plank icon In this menu you can now click on preferences (of plank) There you can choose between some themes...choose 'transparent'
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A command to properly restart Plank?

I don't know why, but plank & does not work for me. What I find effective is nohup plank & Documentation on nohup
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How can I make the dock's icons smaller?

A better method to configure very quickly is to Hover your mouse over plank and press Ctrl and then scroll the mouse. Up increases the size and vice-versa. This method does have a setback that you ...
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How can I add an executable file to the dock?

As the previous posts mentioned you can very well create own shortcut for Slingshot manually but it is worth to mention that there is good, working software to do it with gui, as well as manage your ...
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Adding an executable to Plank

Create .desktop extension file in ~/.local/share/applications. For example: scratch-text-editor ~/.local/share/applications/isoplex.desktop And write this in there: [Desktop Entry] Version=1.0 Type=...
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How can I customise plank?

It is quite easy to fine-tune the settings of Plank. Navigate to ~/.config/plank/dock and open the settings file in your preferred text editor. You can view hidden folders by pressing Ctrl+H. ...
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How can I open an application without showing it in dock?

The dock of elementary OS is plank. So I analyzed the plank source and found the reason why it could not process skip taskbar option of windows. So I modified two parts of the plank to do it. First, ...
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How do I remove build-in docklets from Plank?

drag 'Desktop' icon from dock to somewhere else.
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How can I change the "stack" (folder) icon in the dock?

It's not possible to change. This is currently drawn by cairo code in Plank. It is not an external asset and it can't be styled with Gtk.CSS
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