Ubuntu – How to change the color of the marker on the dash that indicates an application is “up”


Is is possible to change the dot on the Dash (or Dock) icon to yellow or green so I can see it?

I am very colour blind. In particular, I simply can barely detect red light. There is a small dot (I finally realised) on the Dash that indicates that an application has a window open or that the application is running. I just need to be able to see it without spending ten or fifteen seconds trying different angles and staring to determine whether an application is already running.

Ubuntu 18.04; up-to-date.

Best Answer

  • in normal GNOME environment

    gsettings get org.gnome.shell.extensions.dash-to-dock custom-theme-running-dots-color

    will give the present color


    maduri@i7-4770U:~$ gsettings get org.gnome.shell.extensions.dash-to-dock custom-theme-running-dots-color

    to set the required color..

    gsettings set org.gnome.shell.extensions.dash-to-dock custom-theme-running-dots-color "#0000FF"

    for yellow or green color your can replace "#0000FF" with "yellow" or "green".

    Alternatively you can use the GUI tool dconf-editor like below

    changing the color of "running-dot"

    Note: dconf-editor isn't present by default. You can install it from the Software Center.

    You can also make the dot bigger:

    For example, to do so run

    gsettings list-recursively | grep running-dot

    You'll get output like this:

    dkb@dkb:~$ gsettings list-recursively | grep running-dot
    ca.desrt.dconf-editor.Settings saved-view '/org/gnome/shell/extensions/dash-to-dock/custom-theme-running-dots-border-width'
    org.gnome.shell.extensions.dash-to-dock custom-theme-customize-running-dots true
    org.gnome.shell.extensions.dash-to-dock custom-theme-running-dots-border-color '#e95420'
    org.gnome.shell.extensions.dash-to-dock custom-theme-running-dots-border-width 2
    org.gnome.shell.extensions.dash-to-dock custom-theme-running-dots-color '#e95420'

    Then, open dconf-editor as in the image below and make the desired change:

    Changing the sise of "running-dot"

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