My gVim has this annoying bottom border:

fat border gvim

I wish it didn't and looked more like gnome-terminal for example:

pretty gnome-terminal

Is there any way for gVim to look like that?

UPDATE: There is! Here's a screenshot after adding settings from Jeremy Cantrell's and my own answers:


3 Answers 3


Ok so setting this in my .gtkrc-2.0 alleviates the problem:

style "vimfix" {
  bg[NORMAL] = "#242424" # this matches my gvim theme 'Normal' bg color.
widget "vim-main-window.*GtkForm" style "vimfix"


Border is the same color as vim's Normal bg

This still doesn't fix the resize triangle in the lower right.

  • This worked for me too in 13.04, but I had to create .gtkrc-2.0 since it didn't exist yet.
    – Cory Klein
    Sep 30, 2013 at 22:36
  • This worked for me in 14.04, while the marked answer didn't (make sure you use vim-gtk and not vim-gnome).
    – mpj
    May 18, 2014 at 19:57
  • Could you use the same technique to edit the top border (the title bar)? May 28, 2014 at 2:04

This is what I use to get rid of the resize handle in the corner. Just put this in ~/.gtkrc-2.0

style "no-resize-handle"
    GtkWindow::resize-grip-height = 0
    GtkWindow::resize-grip-width = 0

class "GtkWidget" style "no-resize-handle"

It looks like you have a blank line in your statusline format codes. Can you tell us what ":set statusline" shows? Maybe we can help you format another one, or you can set to something simple yourself, or turn it off altogether.

  • 1
    I don't think that's the issue. Even if I change the statusline, the light grey border on the bottom still remains along with the grey resize thingy.
    – mhmhmhmh
    Jun 9, 2011 at 13:08

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