How to Auto-Hide the Top Panel in Ubuntu 18.04/19.10

December 20, 2019 — 6 Comments

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This simple tutorial shows how to auto-hide the top bar in Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 19.10 with the default Gnome desktop.

It’s easy to enable auto-hide the dock (left panel) feature as Ubuntu offers an option in the system settings utility. To run any maximized application window in full-screen like a video player does, you can also make the Gnome top bar auto-hide.

This can be done by a Gnome Shell extension called ‘Hide Top Bar’.

Open Ubuntu Software, search for and install hide top bar gnome shell extension.

UPDATE: For Ubuntu 20.04, install the extension by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T to open terminal and run command:

sudo apt install gnome-shell-extension-autohidetopbar

Once installed, launch the extension settings either from Ubuntu Software in the install page, or by going to Gnome Tweaks -> Extensions.


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6 responses to How to Auto-Hide the Top Panel in Ubuntu 18.04/19.10

  1. Hello.
    I tried install this extention but didn’t work.
    Secondly i installed “Hide Top Panel” shell extension and it was work.
    I think the two are working together.

  2. Thank you very much! It works! have a nice day!!!! :-)

  3. so good!

  4. Saad Alluhaidan April 23, 2020 at 9:49 pm

    Thank you.

  5. Useless for Ubuntu 20

  6. the extension is not available in store. [ ubuntu 20.04 ]

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