How to Install Docky in Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick)

What Is Docky?

Docky is an advanced shortcut bar that sits at the bottom, top, and/or sides of your screen. It provides easy access to some of the files, folders, and applications on your computer, displays which applications are currently running, holds windows in their minimized state, and more.

To install Docky from a terminal, use the commands below

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:docky-core/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install docky

Docky will be added under Accessories in the Applications menu.

When you first launch Docky you will get a pretty simple dock on the bottom of your screen. You can drag and drop your application icons to rearrange them, and drag applications from the applications menu to Docky to add them. Pull an icon from Docky out and it will disappear in a puff of smoke.

Click on the blue Docky logo to open the configuration window. While this window is open, you can click and drag to reposition the dock. You can manage multiple docks with the “New Dock” and “Delete Dock” buttons. Click a dock to select and configure it, the current dock will glow blue.

You can choose between themes and hiding modes, as well as change the icon and zoom sizes. Be sure to check out the 3D background mode, which can also be combined with any theme for a different look. Also, the intellihide hiding mode only hides the dock when the current window would be obscured by the dock.

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1 Response

  1. Stephan Huebner says:

    I really don’t get why so many people seem to be so excited about Docky. Imho, compared with other Dock-like utilities it is neither advanced nor better-looking, let alone the (non-)availability of a great variety of extensions. Development during the last few months seems to have been slow as molasses. I would choose alternatives like Awn or Cairo-Dock any day over Docky and I think that everybody who’s interested in such utilities should at least consider these other, in most respects more capable alternatives.

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