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When windows are not maximized, the top panel is basically wasted space for me in Unity.

Is there a way to make it autohide? i.e. make it appear on mouse over.

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You can't currently autohide the panel in Unity. It is also not a planned feature.

There are ways you could possibly make the panel autohide:

  • Post an idea on Ubuntu Brainstorm to add this option and hope a developer sees it and implements it or creates a for with this feature.
  • Report a bug on Launchpad stating that this option should be available and hope a developer sees it and implements it or creates a for with this feature. This will probably get marked as opinion or invalid or at best a wishlist bug.
  • Get the code and add this option then merge with trunk or create your own fork.

None of these are immediate or even likely.

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With the global menu gone, this is a giant waste of space, in particular on modern 21:9 screens. –  Stefan Haustein Oct 15 at 21:55

You can make it transparent. With ComprizConfig Settings Manager installed and the Unity plugin enabled you can change the panel's opacity to zero under the Experimental tab. With a light background and light coloured text or a dark background and dark coloured the panel will almost disappear but the icons and menu links will still be there.

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and it will still waste space - this doesn't really change anything. Unless the op's question was of a purely aesthetical nature –  Chriskin Jul 19 '11 at 1:31

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