How to remove the “anchor” icon in Ubuntu Docky dock application

Docky is a full fledged dock application add-on for Debian Ubuntu Linux that makes opening common applications easier and neat. Docky is fully integrated into the GNOME Desktop and provides the user a pleasant interface for the management of open applications as well as pinned items and folders.

Recently Docky added an option to remove the Anchor icon from the dock.

Via the desktop, you can do this by:

1. Press ALT + F2.

2. Type command gconf-editor.

3. Navigate to apps/docky-2/docky/items/DockyItem in the gconf-editor.

4. Uncheck ShowDockyItem.

5. Restart Docky.

On the terminal, you can also do this by using the simple command:

To turn off the icon:

gconftool-2 –type Boolean –set /apps/docky-2/Docky/Items/DockyItem/ShowDockyItem False

To turn on the icon:

gconftool-2 –type Boolean –set /apps/docky-2/Docky/Items/DockyItem/ShowDockyItem True

You will need to restart Docky to see the changes. If you don’t use Docky, have it a try! Its available in the Ubuntu Software Center. Its better than the default Ubuntu task bar.

Update: Docky 2.0.7-1 seems not to support this anymore.

Update (May 23 2011): The anchor tag can be removed on Docky version 2.2 again by:

adding the latest Docky PPA

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:docky-core/ppa

run a repository update, and upgrade of the system

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

you can also use Synaptic manager to force-upgrade docky to the latest version (2.2). After the upgrade, use the same steps as above (Desktop or Terminal steps).

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