Move “Show Applications” button to top of the Dock in Ubuntu 18.04 and 18.10

With 17.10 release, Ubuntu has switched to Gnome 3 in its flagship Ubuntu Proper distribution.

The default Ubuntu session is remarkably close to Unity in its appearance and is a charm to use. But one of the biggest complain I have about it is the position of “Show Applications” button in the dock.

At the bottom of the screen apps button looks very lonely and I am not sure who would go all the way to the bottom left corner of the screen to click to show all applications, when all the activities are happening at the top left and a simple click of super key button serves the purpose well.

A lonely Show Applications button at bottom left

I definitely prefer this button to be at the top of the dock, similar to Unity session. For some weird reason, there is no GUI setting available to change the default position of this button. But luckily it could be done very easily using command line.

Type the commands given below in your favourite terminal emulator to change the position of show application button:

To change the position of button to top:

gsettings set org.gnome.shell.extensions.dash-to-dock show-apps-at-top true

To change the position of button back to bottom:

gsettings set org.gnome.shell.extensions.dash-to-dock show-apps-at-top false
Show applications button back to where it belongs