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Is it easily possible in GNOME 3's gnome-shell to achieve similar appearance of windows' title and menu bars as with Unity's Globalmenu?

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See also:… – ulidtko Mar 12 '14 at 18:49
up vote 8 down vote accepted

To answer you directly - no its not "easy" for gnome-shell to have unity's global menu.

However, there is an alpha quality gnome-shell global unity patch available (patch below).

As to redisplaying the minimize-maximize and close decoration back-into gnome-shell - just use gconf-editor and change the key shown - note the position of the close - minimize - maximize buttons

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Compile Gnome-Shell global menu

sudo apt-get install git-core valac-0.12 libvala-0.12-dev libgtk-3-dev gobject-introspection libgirepository1.0-dev libgtk2.0-dev autotools-dev automake autoconf intltool libtool

mkdir -p globalmenu
cd globalmenu
tar -xvf gnome-globalmenu-0.9.alpha5.tar.bz2

git clone git://

cd gnome-globalmenu
git checkout gnome-3
cp ../gnome-globalmenu-0.9.alpha5/src/{module.c,header.h,header-gtk2.h} ./src

autoreconf --force --install --verbose
./ --prefix=/usr
sudo make GTK2_MODULES_DIR=/usr/lib/gtk-2.0/modules GTK3_MODULES_DIR=/usr/lib/gtk-3.0/modules GLIB_COMPILE_SCHEMAS=/bin/true install
sudo glib-compile-schemas /usr/share/glib-2.0/schemas

sudo rm /usr/share/gnome-shell/extensions/{metadata.json,extension.js,stylesheet.css}
tar -xvf
sudo cp{metadata.json,extension.js,stylesheet.css} /usr/share/gnome-shell/extensions/
sudo ln -sfv /usr/lib/gtk-2.0/modules/ /usr/lib/gtk-2.0/modules/

open GNOME Tweak Tool (install it in Ubuntu: sudo apt-get install gnome-tweak-tool) and enable the Global Menu extension

Now open Dash and search for Startup Applications

Add an entry gnome-globalmenu-manager

Complete the installation:

sudo cp ~/globalmenu/gnome-globalmenu/ /etc/profile.d/
sudo chmod +x /etc/profile.d/

not tested by myself - original source and updated instructions

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thanks! this seems also interesting: "Moving to GNOME 3" – type Sep 24 '11 at 21:44
instructions were updated as per – type Oct 3 '11 at 19:13
thanks @type - have updated the answer :) – fossfreedom Oct 3 '11 at 19:34

You can also look at this post: It's about the same extension, but it provides instructions for different distros and Shell versions.

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To hide the window title use maximus:

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