Adding a task bar to Gnome 3 on Ubuntu 11.10

To install Gnome 3 on Ubuntu 11.10 start up a terminal and type:

sudo apt-get install gnome-shell

To use Gnome 3 instead of Unity: when you log in, click the “gear” above your password. Select “Gnome”, log in.

After you get tired of “click Activities, find the window you want, click the window” every time you want to switch from one window to another, and you decide you really need a taskbar again to maintain your sanity, start up a terminal and type:

sudo apt-get install tint2
tint2 &

You now have a taskbar again. To get it to appear every time you start Gnome 3 go to Activities > Applications > Other > Startup Applications, then click “Add”, Name: “tint2 task bar”, Command: “tint2″, click “Save”.


Hope you find this useful.


  1. Scott H Said,

    October 21, 2011 @ 2:49 pm

    Thanks Earl,

    Very simple and very effective.

  2. Hammad Said,

    January 27, 2012 @ 1:47 am

    i do but nothing happend, i am using ubuntu 11.10, it doesn’t apear when i restart ubuntu.

  3. Earl Ruby Said,

    January 27, 2012 @ 6:14 pm

    No Gnome or no task bar?

    Does the task bar appear if you start it from the command line?

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