Ubuntu: Is there any way to stop a window's title bar merging with the panel when maximised?


I'm working on a desktop machine with plenty of screen real-estate, so I don't need my windows' title bars to merge with the global menu bar when the windows are maximised. Moreover, I'm working on a dual-screen set-up, so the fact that a window is maximised doesn't mean that it's the only window visible.

Before Unity I'd switch to a maximised window by clicking on its title bar, or close the window, even though it isn't focused, by clicking on its close button; I can no longer do this because the title bar is missing and the global menu bar is empty on that screen. This isn't a huge problem - I can click on some of the window's chrome to focus it - but it's unintuitive and it's forcing me to relearn my mousing behaviour.

I'd like to turn-off the merging of title and global menu bars, but how?


I simply want the title bar of the window NOT to merge with the top panel whenever I maximize a Window. The global menu should stay in the top panel as far as I am concerned. Current it maximizes like this

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I want it to maximize like this (In that screeny the unmaximized Window has been resized to take rest of the space)

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ctrl + alt 5 seems to be your best bet as of right now. Sorry. Perhaps to remove temptation you could remove the maximize button in Ubuntu-Tweak but as of right now if you maximize the window, it simply will merge the titlebar with the menubar


You can disable window maximize to title bar when a titlebar is dragged near to the Unity Top/Superior bar.

Visit: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1743309 ( Note post #6 by stevecomrie )

  • Open CompizConfig Settings Manager
  • Click on the "Grid" in the "Window Management" category
  • Click on the "Edges" tab
  • Open the "Resize Actions" drop down
  • Change the "Top Edge" drop down to "None"
  • Close CompizConfig and you're all done.

This is only a partial solution. Some applications will still launch themselves into the merged state when you run them. And, you can still inadvertantly cause a merge by double-clicking on the title bar of an an unmerged application. Anybody with a clue as to how to completely disable any and all variations of unity panel merging with an application's title bar would be appreciated!


For Unity 3D, you can try this script.

Basically it will check for maximized windows and will demaximize them and resize them to the max width height possible (that after you make tests you find it to be working well on your machine); play also with nXpos and nYpos if you feel something is not working fine.

demaximize.sh 1005 710 #for 1024x768 that works here at least...

#!/bin/bash    # make tests to your system, this works 'here' at 1024x768  nWidth=$1 #1005  nHeight=$2 #710  nXpos=1  nYpos=22    while true; do       windowId=`xdotool getactivewindow`;      if xwininfo -wm -id $windowId |tr -d '\n' |grep -q "Maximized Vert.*Horz";then          wmctrl -i -r $windowId -b toggle,maximized_vert,maximized_horz;          xdotool windowsize $windowId $nWidth $nHeight;          xdotool windowmove $windowId $nXpos $nYpos;          xdotool getwindowname $windowId      fi;       sleep 0.5;  done  

PS.: for chrome/chromium work better, enable "use system title and borders" option


Source: http://ubuntuguide.net/unity-2d-how-to-removeenable-maximized-window-titlebar

This can be handled by gconftool. If you have the GUI frontend "gconf-edtor" installed, just launch it and navigate to /apps/metacity/general, then un-check “show_maximized_titlebars” to remove the maximized window titlebar.

Or, you can execute this command in terminal to remove it:

gconftool --type bool --set /apps/metacity/general/show_maximized_titlebars false  

Run this to re-enable it:

gconftool --type bool --set /apps/metacity/general/show_maximized_titlebars true  


As far as I understand, this is not yet possible (there is some talk of bringing it to Ubuntu 12.04 or 12.10, but we will have to wait and see). A possible solution in the here and now is using Emerald as the window decorator, but I don't know if that will work 100%.


I nearly started crying trying to get rid of the global menu on Ubuntu 13.10. You see my main apps, e.g. Eclipse and Android Studio, sometimes "fail" when merging. You end up having a merged menu that only expands partially meaning you can't use the program any more. So I found this reference:


$ sudo apt-get remove indicator-appmenu

I had to reboot as well and now life is much better.

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