Get a Taskbar in GNOME 3/Gnome Shell

Disappointed in the lack of taskbar in GNOME 3? Well, it’s back!

Some people I talked to were disappointed in the lack of a taskbar in GNOME 3. While I’ve gotten used to it, it’s easy enough to get a taskbar back.

Tint2 is  a project that I was using for a taskbar when I was strictly using OpenBox.

I was surprised to find that it works perfectly with GNOME3 – it even respects the bar on snapping windows to the sides and maximizing.

There’s no autostart applications icon, but the Arch Wiki has a workaround so you can start tint2 automatically.

Posted in Linux | 6 Comments

6 Responses to Get a Taskbar in GNOME 3/Gnome Shell

  1. Ian Scott says:

    This is useful. I really didn’t like the lack of a taskbar, and this fixed it. Thank you.

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  3. NK says:

    This an excellent tip. I was just thinking about dropping gnome-shell (unity already binned) when I tried tint2 – works very well and looks good to boot. Nice one!

  4. Daniel says:

    Thank you! Having moved yester-day from Fedora 14 to Fedora 15, and hence from Gnome 2 to Gnome 3, I am now unfooing things as best as I may. The absence of a taskbar was a significant sore point.

  5. Daniel says:

    gnome-shell-frippery offers a taskbar, as well as other Gnome-2-like features.

  6. Micah says:

    In addition to Tint2 and Frippery, the Linux Mint GNOME Shell extensions have a good bottom panel taskbar and an applications menu. I’ve got screenshots of all three taskbar options at:

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