If you want to add a taskbar under Ubuntu 11.10/11.04 to display open windows like in the MS Windows taskbar or classic Gnome desktop, then you need to install tint2, which is available in the official repository of Ubuntu and can run side by side with Unity.

Open the terminal and run this command to install tint2:

sudo apt-get install tint2

Press now ALT + F2 and run this command to display the taskbar:


The tint2 taskbar will be displayed at the bottom of the screen showing all opened program windows:

To start tint2 automatically at Ubuntu startup, then follow these instructions:

1. Use the Unity dash to open Startup Applications:

2. Click Add:

3. Insert now the following details, then click Add:

  • Name: Taskbar
  • Command: tint2
  • Comment: Optional

4. The taskbar will now start automatically at Ubuntu startup.

If you want to configure and customize the taskbar, you can use TintWizard, which is a GUI for tint2. You can install and run it with these commands:

wget http://tintwizard.googlecode.com/files/tintwizard-0.3.4.tar.gz
tar -zxvf tintwizard-0.3.4.tar.gz

That's it!

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