Ubuntu – How to hide the Dock in GNOME


I want to completely hide the dock in 17.10. Not just when overlapped but always. I have tried many extensions but nothing works and the most promising looking extension didn't even exist.

My UI is only application windows and wallpaper. Nothing else shall be allowed to consume my precious pixels

Best Answer

You can use the following extension to completely hide the Dock: https://extensions.gnome.org/extension/307/dash-to-dock/

With this extension, you will be able to hide the dock but keep the dock-specific shortcuts available. To do that, enable the extension, go into its settings and do the following:

  • Enable the Intelligent autohide option under the Position and size tab.
  • Click on the "Gear" (⚙) icon next to the On/Off switch of the Intelligent autohide option for more settings.
  • In the new dialog window, disable both options, Autohide and Dodge Windows.
    Disabled Dock
    • Disabling autohide will keep the dock hidden even if you try to move your mouse to where the dock is.
    • Disabling Dodge windows will keep the dock hidden even when it is not obstructed by any window.

As mentioned previously, this will not uninstall or disable the dock. But it will completely hide it. So it will not show on screen again unless at least one of the two previous options is enabled again.