I realize with Gnome, or its extensions, I can do things like hide the title bar. However, I want to hide the title bar and still see the windows management icons like on Mac OS and Windows.

Is this possible?

Mac OS Example


Firefox version 60 comes with an inbuilt client-side decoration (CSD) option which gets rid of the title bar but keeps the window control buttons (minimise, maximise, close).

If you have Firefox 60, go to "Customise" screen and disable "Title Bar" option at the bottom.

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Then you should see something like this:

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  • i though no one will notice that firefox now have CSD support – Egon Stetmann. May 23 '18 at 13:22
  • Wonderful, I now have no wasteful title bar for Firefox in an elegant manner, and no wasteful panel :) i.imgur.com/TnNkedE.png – Geesh_SO May 23 '18 at 14:48
  • This is fantastic!!! +1. Can I do the same in Thunderbird? – user000001 May 23 '18 at 16:51
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    @user000001 I don't think it's been implemented in Thunderbird yet :( – pomsky May 23 '18 at 17:28
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    The white corners on the top bar are annoying, is there no way to make them transparent? – JAB May 23 '18 at 21:42

Try this, it solved my problem. This is how Firefox looks after I installed it:

enter image description here The close/minimize/maximize buttons are near (on the right of) the power icon (top right of the screen, they only show when you move the cursor there But you can modify that on Tweak Tools >Extensions >No Title Bar after you install it).

  • That's a big improvement, thank you. I have another extension which combines the dock and top panel into one (I really hate that wasted space), and it's working somewhat in conjunction with that. It's not ideal but I think your suggestion is the best possible for the moment. i.imgur.com/5owYCDv.png P.S. Thank you for taking the time to answer questions here, people like you improve the community and Ubuntu :) – Geesh_SO May 23 '18 at 10:32
  • You can modify the position of the close/minimize/maximize buttons as you want via Tweak Tools >Extensions >No Title Bar after you install it – singrium May 23 '18 at 10:35
  • Yeah, I tried that but I every other position got glitchy presumably due to conflicts with my other fairly fundamentally changing behaviour extension. – Geesh_SO May 23 '18 at 10:36

I use the GNOME Shell extension Pixel Saver for this.

When a window is maximized, this extension removes its title bar and places the minimize, maximize and close buttons in the top bar.

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    Ghostery gathers data now, there are good alternatives like uMatrix – Dmitry Kudriavtsev May 24 '18 at 2:30

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