Is there any way to have the menu items on window menus always visible? I hate the whole hide and seek thing and have searched Google and here but I'm unable to find anything on how to make them stay visible all the time.



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16.04 and later (Unity 7)

In addition to the gsettings option introduced in 15.04 (below), this same capability has been added to the Settings - Appearances window (click the gear icon top-right of the screen)

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14.04, 15.04, 15.10

15.04 now has the ability to toggle the global menu as well as the local integrated menus (Via System Settings - Appearance - Behaviour tab) to be permanently on or off.

If you are running a fully up-to-date version of 14.04, this same ability has been backported.

To switch on permanently:

gsettings set com.canonical.Unity always-show-menus true

To switch off i.e. to autohide:

gsettings set com.canonical.Unity always-show-menus false
  • Thats the one buddy :) 'gsettings set com.canonical.Unity always-show-menus true' I'd already done the appearance setting change. Is it possible to still have it display the windows name though? Mar 21, 2016 at 11:41

Go to Ubuntu software centre and download a tool named Unity tweak tool

If it's downloaded, launch it and choose Window controls menu from there. Unity tweak tool In there, click on show menu button, and close the tweak program. enter image description here Reopen all windows and it should be working.

Also, please let me know if it did not work!

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    Ubuntu 14.04 here and it didn't work =|
    – MaikoID
    Feb 10, 2015 at 13:18
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    Not sure maybe something has been changed with the feature. If I turned it on my self, then the menu is shown only when you open a new application and it is shown only for a couple of seconds. After that it dissapears. Without the option, the menu will not show at start, you have to mouse over. You could make a bug report about it I guess.
    – inimene
    Feb 10, 2015 at 15:10
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    Hmm, interestingly the combination of two answers worked for me on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. Besides doing what this answer suggests I also did what @fossfreedom says below, i.e. : gsettings set com.canonical.Unity always-show-menus true (which worked without complaining that 'No such key '). I tried two apps after doing this, Pidgin and Thundebird, and both of them had the Locally integrated menus permanently visible after restarting them. Before doing the gsettings bit from command line I had the same behaviour as described by @Kaspar in the comment above. Jun 15, 2015 at 14:37
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    gsettings and this one doesnt work in 14.04.
    – xamiro
    Nov 8, 2015 at 17:41
  • Hi Kaspar, I did what you explained here but it didn't work for me - After checking "Right" and "Show menu button" no change is seen (Ubuntu 15.10).
    – user423047
    Mar 8, 2016 at 4:16

In Ubuntu 20.04 go to Settings
Settings -> Appearance, then disable the feature, Auto-hide the Dock as shown in below image.

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