Better Ubuntu : Dock and statusbar

Dell Studio 15 my latest possession.

Here are my tips on configuring it for usability enhancement in Linux based on following points

  • Show Status of Num and  Caps Locks
  • Dell Dock Replacement in Linux
  • Windows 7 Style Docking Taskbar

Dell Studio Lacks in Key(Caps,Num,Scroll) Status so on windows we have dell quickset compensating the same.

On Linux : Show Status of Lock keys status

Using your favorite method, install lock-keys-applet.

This is a gnome panel applet that shows the stats of the caps, num, and scroll lock keys of your keyboard.

Dell Dock Simplest Replacement

Use gnome panel and add your favorite entries in it.


size = 50

Expand – unchecked

autohide – checked

solid color – half transparent

instead of spending resources on various docks this is the cheapest and quickest method.

To get Windows 7 Style Taskbar with Pinned Icons

Install dockbarx

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:dockbar-main/ppa

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install dockbarx

hide desktop icons by ubuntu tweek section DESKTOP-> DESKTOP ICONS-> check_box show desktop icons.

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