Move Trash Icon to Left Dock Panel in Ubuntu 20.04

Want to remove the trash icon from your Ubuntu 20.04 Gnome desktop, and put it onto the left dock launcher?

This quick tutorial is going to show you how to do the job by either running 2 commands or using a graphical configuration tool.

In Ubuntu 20.04 Gnome Shell 3.36, both desktop icons and left dock launcher handled by extensions. You can configure the extension settings via either gsettings command or dconf editor tool.

Run command to move trash icon to dock panel:

Open terminal either by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard or by searching for ‘terminal’ from application menu. When it opens, run command:

1. Remove trash can desktop icon via command:

gsettings set show-trash false

2. Show trash icon on dock panel via command:

gsettings set show-trash true

Configure Trash icon via Dconf Editor:

First install dconf-editor either from Ubuntu Software or by running command “sudo apt install dconf-editor” (without quotes).

1. Launch dconf editor and navigate to ‘org/gnome/shell/extensions/desktop-icons’, then turn off ‘show-trash’

2. Then navigate to ‘org/gnome/shell/extensions/dash-to-dock’, there scroll down and turn on ‘show-trash’

That’s it. Enjoy!

About ml

ml is a part time stay-at-home dad who've been using Ubuntu Desktop for a few years. He writes in the free time and wishes to share some useful tips with Ubuntu beginners and lovers.


  1. This does not remove either Home or Trash. I followed your directions through, but the icons remain. Ubuntu 20.04.

  2. Thank You! If one does NOT know THIS, it’s MUCH easier to find a needle from the haystack. There are millions of other things to do than spend frustrating time in VAIN to try to get the simple trash-can back as Icon.

  3. It worked a treat. Thank you

  4. Hans-Jörg Bücking

    Phantastic. Thank you from Germany. Copy and paste. That’s it.