If you’re looking to trick your GNOME Shell desktop out with a classy new taskbar extension that’s low on system resources check out DashBar.

Admittedly GNOME Shell is not short of taskbar, panel, and dock extensions. A wide range of alternatives are available, from household names1 like Dash to Panel and Dash to Dock through to niche, nuanced offerings like BaBar Lite, and now DashBar.

DashBar has no preferences at all. That’s its USP; it works how the way it works, and if that way isn’t for you, use something else!

Small, streamlined, and scrollable

Lots of options are exciting but they add overhead. For some, that overhead (for features they won’t use and flexibility they won’t exercise) is too much. And it’s for those folks whom the delightfully deft DashBar is aimed.

It’s effectively an all-in-one task bar. It merges the Dash and a workspace switcher with GNOME Shell’s Top Bar. It’s thin, and some functionality is accessed through clicks rather than buttons.

For instance, left-click on the workspace number icon to open the GNOME Shell overview, and right-click on the same icon to open the applications grid. Additionally, you can click to toggle or cycle dash icons, right click anthem to access their app menu, and middle click on them to open new window.

  • Scroll on taskbar to change workspace
  • Dock items appear in top bar
  • Drag and drop to reorder pinned shortcuts
  • Removes ‘Activities’ button
  • Makes ‘Places’ extension label an icon (if installed)

And that’s it.

Is DashBar for everyone? No, but it will be for someone — maybe you!

If the idea of an all-in-one panel in GNOME Shell that’s less in-your-face than something like Dash to Panel, appeals go check it out! The extension supports GNOME 42 and above meaning it works with Ubuntu 22.04 LTS and later.

• Get DashBar on GNOME Extensions

1 In this house, anyway

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