When I install Linux Mint (Mate, Qiana) I like to make Mate panel more wide (or may be "higher"). Default it is near 20 pixels. I make it, for example, 45 pixels. I can easy set it by right button click mouse on the panel.

Now I want to make file with all my preferences that I use to install in Linux. There will be commands for Terminal (command line). And I need help with mate-panel settings.

I found that I can set size of mate-panel in dconf editor:
org - mate - panel - toplevels - bottom
size 45

Question: How to make the same in command line?

NB! This "size" is not simple value. Perhaps it is part of list of values. I can see in dconf in "org - mate - panel - general" value toplevel-id-list is equal 'bottom'. Its description is:

"A list of panel IDs. Each ID identifies an individual toplevel panel. The settings for each of these panels are stored in /apps/panel/toplevels/$(id)".

So must I to edit this list?

1 Answer 1


I don't have a MATE environment to test on but in general, this type of thing can be set using gsettings. Try this:

gsettings set org.mate.panel.toplevel:/org/mate/panel/toplevels/bottom/ size 45

That should set the value you want. For more details, see http://wiki.mate-desktop.org/docs:gsettings.

  • Thank you very much! This is right idea. And... eureka!! :-) I have red the manual. Right command is exactly: gsettings set org.mate.panel.toplevel:/org/mate/panel/toplevels/bottom/ size 45
    – Andrey
    Oct 22, 2014 at 15:17
  • Sorry, I can not press here "This answer is useful" (something like "Like" :-)), because I must have reputation > 15 for this.
    – Andrey
    Oct 22, 2014 at 15:51
  • @Andrey don't worry about it, you already did the most important thing which is accepting. That is the equivalent of marking a question as "SOLVED".
    – terdon
    Oct 22, 2014 at 16:12
  • gsettings indeed seems to be the most current, most correct choice as of 2020, even if other answers suggest a working alternative. In case you get some confusing answers regarding dconf vs gsettings while researching this (as I did): people.gnome.org/~pmkovar/system-admin-guide/…
    – Justin
    Mar 11, 2020 at 20:31

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