Ubuntu: How to hide Firefox titlebar in Gnome Shell?


I am running Gnome-shell 3.2 in Ubuntu 11.10. Is there a way to hide the firefox title bar and make it like Chrome's ? I would need the min/max buttons in tab-bar. There was a tutorial in webupd8, but that was with compiz.


You could use HTitle Firefox extension to hide title bar. This can be used only with Gnome 3.


I wondered how to do this as well and found that I do not need the title bar in any window if it is full screen in order to safe some pixels, so I did some changes to my metacity-theme-3.xml


<frame_geometry name="max" has_title="false" title_scale="medium" parent="normal" rounded_top_left="false" rounded_top_right="false">      <distance name="left_width" value="0" />      <distance name="right_width" value="0" />      <distance name="left_titlebar_edge" value="0"/>      <distance name="right_titlebar_edge" value="0"/>      <distance name="title_vertical_pad" value="0"/> <!--                               This needs to be 1 less then the                              title_vertical_pad on normal state                              or you'll have bigger buttons                               -->      <border name="title_border" left="0" right="0" top="0" bottom="0"/>      <border name="button_border" left="0" right="0" top="0" bottom="0"/>      <distance name="bottom_height" value="0" />  </frame_geometry>  

With the "Menu bar" unticked, it just looks like Chrome. :)

There is also a Gnome 3 extension for this: Pixel Saver.

PS: I can also recommend the GNOME 3 theme for a consistent look and feel (scroll bars etc).


I found a solution: Install this extension: https://addons.mozilla.org/en/firefox/addon/hide-caption-titlebar-plus-sma/

  • It'll show that is not compatible with our version, still click Add to Firefox and install.

All credits to WebUpd8: http://www.webupd8.org/2011/03/firefox-4-get-tabs-in-title-bar-like.html

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As the global menu extension in gnome-shell doesn't work with firefox, you have to make do with the firefox extensions.

There is an extension called "Mozilla Labs: Prospector - LessChrome HD 7" which shows the navigation bar only on mouse-over. It works quite well (works also very well with unity).

You can get it here: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/prospector-lessChrome-HD/?src=userprofile

Additionally, in View -> Toolbars, unmark "Menu Bar" and mark "Tabs on top"

Your Firefox window should now look like this:

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There is a good workaround here. It provides a keyboard shortcut for a fullscreen mode in which the Firefox bars are preserved.


  1. Open 'System Settings' (under the user menu top-right on the screen)
  2. Select 'Keyboard'
  3. Click on the 'shortcuts' tab
  4. Select 'Windows' group of shortcuts
  5. Click twice on 'Toggle fullscreen mode'
  6. Type a shortcut (I use Shift+F11)

It's not perfect, but it does 90% of the job.


Settings -> Window Manager Tweaks -> Accessibility -> Check "Hide title of windows when maximized"

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