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

accessibilitygnome-shellubuntu-dock

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.

• in normal GNOME environment

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


will give the present color

Example:

maduri@i7-4770U:~$gsettings get org.gnome.shell.extensions.dash-to-dock custom-theme-running-dots-color '#0000FF' maduri@i7-4770U:~  to set the required color.. gsettings set org.gnome.shell.extensions.dash-to-dock custom-theme-running-dots-color "#0000FF"  for yellow or green color your can replace "#0000FF" with "yellow" or "green". Alternatively you can use the GUI tool dconf-editor like below Note: dconf-editor isn't present by default. You can install it from the Software Center. You can also make the dot bigger: For example, to do so run gsettings list-recursively | grep running-dot  You'll get output like this: dkb@dkb:~$ 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'
dkb@dkb:~\$


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