Enable Top Panel Auto-Hide in Ubuntu 20.04 Gnome Desktop

Last updated: August 1, 2020 — 5 Comments

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Gnome’s top bar can auto-hide itself like the left dock panel does via a Gnome Shell extension.

In Ubuntu 18.04, you can enable the feature by installing the gnome shell extension easily from Ubuntu Software.

In Ubuntu 20.04, it’s still easy to install the hide top bar extension, though the Software utility does not longer handle the extension packages.

1.) Press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal. Then run the apt command to install the extension:

sudo apt install gnome-shell-extension-autohidetopbar

Type user password (no asterisk feedback) for sudo prompt and hit Enter.

2.) Once installed, restart Gnome Shell by pressing Alt+F2 and type r in the pop-up “Run a Command” box and hit Enter.

3.) Finally open either Extensions or Gnome Tweaks (both available to install in Software), and enable “Hide Top Bar” extension.

That’s it. Enjoy!


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5 responses to Enable Top Panel Auto-Hide in Ubuntu 20.04 Gnome Desktop

  1. thank you so much

  2. I’ve done all of the above but the slider to enable Hide top bar is grayed out. I can even open the gear icon for the settings options but I can not turn on the feature. Any ideas of why that might be?

    • Try installing chrome-gnome-shell package by running command in terminal (press Ctrl+Alt+T to open it):

      sudo apt install chrome-gnome-shell

      Then go to the extension web page, and install browser extension if prompted. Finally refresh the page, try install or upgrade (turn on the toggle icon) the extension.

      If it still not working report at https://github.com/mlutfy/hidetopbar

      • This let me turn it on in the browser but had no function. Still grayed out and unavailable if I checked under extensions.

        Thanks for trying I’m going to poke at it a bit more than if I don’t get anywhere I will post a report.

  3. Thanks alot, this solves a big problem for me,

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