Ubuntu: Hide title bar in Gnome 3.12


I have Ubuntu 14.04 and Gnome 3.12 (using a dark theme) and in some applications I have now a big, white title bar.

How can I remove title bar of an application? In gnome 3.10 I used gnome-shell-extension pixel saver but now this extensions is outdated.

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I solved this by using Maximus.

For newer versions of gnome (> 3.8) you may need to edit metadata.json to match this pull request and manually install the extension. Instructions lifted from maximus homepage with a few edits:

hg clone ssh://hg@bitbucket.org/mathematicalcoffee/maximus-gnome-shell-extension  hg up gnome3.4 # or `stable` if on GNOME 3.2  cd maximus-gnome-shell-extension  # NOW OPEN AND EDIT THE OUTDATED metadata.json FILE. See link above.  make # <-- VERY IMPORTANT  cp -r maximus@mathematical.coffee.gmail.com ~/.local/share/gnome-shell/extensions  # enable maximus if you haven't already:  gnome-shell-extension-tool -e maximus@mathematical.coffee.gmail.com  Restart gnome-shell.  


Welcome to the wonderful world of Gnome 3.12's forced client side decorations. CSD are hardcoded in GTK 3.12, the only way to get rid of them is to downgrade GTK to V 3.10.


You have to use the Tweak Tool and change the Window Theme from there.


Like alb3rtano0012 suggested, you should download Tweak Tool aka. 'Advanced Settings' [Tweak advanced GNOME 3 settings], that enables you to choose a different window theme, matching your overall dark GTK+theme.

Since it is not included yet in the 14.04 repos you can install it like this:

  1. Open a terminal window.
  2. Type in the following command then hit Enter.

sudo apt-get install unity-tweak-tool gnome-tweak-tool

Source: Install tweak tools in Ubuntu 14.04 | Guide 01

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GNOME Tweak Tool allows the adjustment of several advanced GNOME options that can't be configured in gnome-control-center. This includes things like:

  • fonts used in user interface elements and titlebar
  • font hinting and aliasing
  • alternative user interface themes
  • changes in window management behaviour
  • behaviour on laptop lid close
  • file manager desktop icons
  • icons in menus and buttons


If you read this tutorial from WebUpd8 you will be able to manually make these changes. - http://www.webupd8.org/2011/05/how-to-remove-maximized-windows.html

Follow the steps for Method #2.

Note- Method #1 is no longer maintained so it is not relevant anymore but Method #2 does still work.

This is if you want to remove the titlebar completely, if you want to blend the titlebar with the theme then @v2r's solution is more applicable.


Gnome Shell Extension Pixel Saver just works.


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