Launcher / dock significantly reduces usability of system

Bug #900995 reported by andre on 2011-12-06
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Bug Description

To start - I love the unity launcher. It is simple and does everything I need. But, and this is a big but, it gets in the way all the time.

I have a small screen laptop and typically run apps like firefox full-screen (maximised). This places the back button on the firefox toolbar very close to the hot zone for un-hiding the unity dock. Forever I am waiting for it to hide again then carefully edging my mouse to the back button.

Yes there is a keyboard shortcut for back but no that is not a solution. The current design / implementation of dock: the combination of its position and its auto-hide behaviour, is BAD. It is annoying to use.

I see three solutions though I expect there are more:
1. don't auto-hide - just sacrifice the little bit of screen real estate for usability. As you say, screens are wide
2. move it to the bottom of the screen as there are few app controls that are placed down there so it should get in the way less (this has *nothing* to do with making it more like windows)
3. make un-hiding of the dock harder to accidentally invoke. For example, use the windows key to show/hide and ignore mouse position completely, or ignore the mouse for the top 1/3 of the display (this seems like a very bad and confusing option to me but just thought I'd cover it)

Please seriously consider this issue as I'm ready to change distros!

Omer Akram (om26er) wrote :

Thanks for the bug report. This particular bug has already been reported and is a duplicate of bug 765819, so is being marked as such. Any further discussion regarding the bug should occur in the other report. Feel free to report any other bugs you may find.

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