In this article, we’ll be discussing how to remove the title bar in Google Chrome when operating on Kubuntu. This can be a useful customization for those who want to maximize screen real estate or prefer a cleaner, more streamlined look.
To remove the title bar in Google Chrome on Kubuntu, you can either use the Chrome settings by unmarking the "Use system title bar and borders" option, or use the system settings by adding a window-specific override to hide the title bar. Additionally, you can also remove the window buttons (minimize, maximize, close) by configuring special application settings in KDE.
Understanding the Title Bar
Before we dive into the steps, it’s important to understand what the title bar is. The title bar is the topmost part of any window in a graphical user interface, including your web browser. It typically displays the name of the application or the webpage title, and it houses the minimize, maximize, and close buttons.
Removing the Title Bar in Google Chrome
There are several methods to remove the title bar in Google Chrome on Kubuntu, and we’ll be discussing them in detail below.
Method 1: Using Chrome Settings
- Open Google Chrome: Start by launching Google Chrome. You can do this by clicking on the Google Chrome icon in your application menu or dock.
- Access Chrome Settings: Click on the three vertical dots in the top-right corner of the Chrome window to open the Chrome menu. From the drop-down list, select ‘Settings’.
- Navigate to Appearance Section: In the Settings tab, scroll down to the ‘Appearance’ section.
- Unmark ‘Use system title bar and borders’: Here, you’ll find an option that says ‘Use system title bar and borders’. If this option is marked, unmark it. This will remove the title bar from your Google Chrome window.
Note: This option may not be available or work in some desktop environments.
Method 2: Using System Settings
If the above method doesn’t work or the option is not available in your Chrome settings, you can try this alternative method using system settings.
- Open System Settings: Launch the
systemsettingsapp from your application menu.
- Navigate to Window Decorations: In the system settings window, navigate to WorkSpace Appearance â†’ Window Decorations â†’ Configure Decoration.
- Add a New Override: Switch to the Window-Specific Overrides tab and add a new override. To do this, press the ‘Add’ button, click on the Google Chrome window, choose the ‘window class’ checkbox, and check the ‘Hide window title bar’ checkbox.
This method is specific to KDE Plasma, the default desktop environment in Kubuntu.
Method 3: Removing Window Buttons
If you also want to remove window buttons (minimize, maximize, close), follow these steps:
- Right-click the Title Bar: Right-click the title bar of Google Chrome and go to More Actions â‡’ Configure Special Application Settings…
- Navigate to Appearance & Fixes Tab: In the new window that opens, navigate to the ‘Appearance & Fixes’ tab.
- Mark ‘No titlebar and frame’: Here, mark the ‘No titlebar and frame’ option and select ‘Force’ and ‘Yes’ in the following menu.
- Save Settings: Click ‘OK’ to save the new settings.
Note that in KDE, you can access the window manager’s menu by using the Alt+F3 shortcut.
Removing the title bar in Google Chrome on Kubuntu can help create a more immersive browsing experience by providing additional screen space. Whether you choose to use Chrome settings or system settings, the process is straightforward and can be easily reversed if you change your mind later. Happy browsing!
Yes, you can remove the title bar in Google Chrome on other Linux distributions as well. The steps may vary slightly depending on the desktop environment you are using, but the general process should be similar.
Removing the title bar in Google Chrome will not affect the functionality of the browser. It is purely a cosmetic change and does not impact the browsing experience or any of the features within Chrome.
Yes, you can easily revert back to the default title bar in Google Chrome. Simply follow the same steps mentioned in the methods above and re-enable the "Use system title bar and borders" option in Chrome settings or remove the window-specific override in system settings.
No, removing the title bar in Google Chrome will only affect the appearance of the Chrome window itself. It will not impact the title bars of other applications or windows on your system.
Removing the title bar in Google Chrome is a personal preference and may not be suitable for everyone. Some users may find it more difficult to move or resize the Chrome window without the title bar. Additionally, removing the title bar may also remove the minimize, maximize, and close buttons, making it harder to manage the window.