How to Auto-Hide the Dock (Sidebar) in Ubuntu 20.04



Most of you, myself included, have installed Ubuntu on your laptops. And from what I’ve noticed, most of you have small-screen laptops that are around 13″.

When you use those kinds of laptops, you’ll need all the screen space that you can get, especially if you’re using them for web development.

Ubuntu, by default, comes with a fixed sidebar on the left, called Dock. This eats up quite a bit of screen. So, you might want to hide it.

Fortunately, you can easily do it, and I’ll show you how.

Auto-Hide the Dock in Ubuntu 20.04

Here’s how to quickly and easily auto-hide the Dock in Ubuntu 20.04.

Step 1

From the top bar, in the right corner, click on the down-arrow. Then, click on Settings.

ubuntu 20.04 settings

Step 2

After the Settings panel has opened up, go to Appearance. In the Dock section, toggle on the Auto-hide the Dock feature. And that’s it!

Auto-Hide the Dock in Ubuntu 20.04

Note that the Dock will only hide when a window overlaps with it. For example, when you’re on desktop, without any windows opened, the Dock will not hide.

To bring up the Dock after it hides, move your mouse cursor all the way to the left side of the screen.

That’s a Wrap

I hope that you found this guide helpful.

If you have questions or thoughts, feel free to leave a comment below.

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  1. I have Ubuntu Studio 21.04. I have my panels set to autohide. EVERY TIME I open a new application, the obnoxious panels un-autohide themselves. I have to hunt all over the obnoxious panels to find which new application window to click on. I click on it, and the panel autohides again. (It doesn’t have an action waiting or anything. It’s just freshly opened, stays in the background, and immediately highlights itself in the panel.) Is there any way to get a panel to ALWAYS stay auto-hidden? I think it might stay autohidden if the computer would open new apps in the foreground instead of the background.

    1. By panels, are you referring to the Dock? The sidebar that appears on the left side? If so, I don’t have a problem with it on 20.04. Maybe it’s something different on 21.04?

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