I'm using XFCE on 10.10 and this is just one of those "is this even possible" type questions.

When I have the terminal maximized, is it possible to remove the titlebar, including the close, minimize and maximize buttons?

In essence, it'd be nice to have a fully maximized, transparent terminal overlay. I tend to use terminal text editors alot, and this would be an interesting effect.


This should do what you want:

Copy and paste this into your favourite text editor:

#! /usr/bin/python
from gtk.gdk import *

state = w.property_get("_NET_WM_STATE")[2]
maximized='_NET_WM_STATE_MAXIMIZED_HORZ' in state and '_NET_WM_STATE_MAXIMIZED_VERT' in state
if maximized: w.unmaximize()
if w.get_decorations() == 0 :

if maximized: w.maximize()

save in your home folder with the name decoration.py

Add execute permissions:

chmod +x ~/decoration.py

Create a keyboard shortcut:

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For the shortcut in the picture - maximize your terminal and type ALT+y to remove the window decoration in the terminal.

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  • Just what I was looking for! Thanks! Only issue it takes two ALT-Y keypresses to get it working, but other than that... – Jason Nov 3 '11 at 23:59
  • A nice script, thanks. It worked intermittently with foobar+wine, fixed it by commenting out all the refs to "maximixed". – user86926 Sep 1 '12 at 17:13
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    How could I apply this to all applications on startup? – jaorizabal Aug 31 '13 at 19:17
  • me too. all windows at startup – Joshua Robison Mar 21 '14 at 13:04

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