hide toolbar option

Asked by walter lynsdale

it would be nice to add view menu option to hide the toolbar / pathbar; this gives a minimalist window with all the screenspace filled with information (and all functions still accesible with hotkeys & menubar).

The mac used to have a window titlebar icon for this (grey)

great program; i like the miller-bars mode.

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ammonkey (am-monkeyd) said :


Most UI elements can already be hidded sidebar, contextpane, menubar by right clicking on them or using their keyboard shortcuts. Only the toolbar can't be hidded. The problem is if i allow u to hide it how do we restore our UI elements? And no a shortcut is not enough.

A button in the window titlebar like in mac can't be used or will be extremely complicated to implement. It would require a custom implementation in a window manager. Window titlebar UI elements are managed by the window manager, there's nothing we can do directly from an application. Maybe that would change when we ll get rid of X Windows with Wayland. Untill then this is not a possible solution.

Thanks for your support.

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walter lynsdale (walter-bz) said :

hi thanks for the reply. I guess I could always write my own fork, this being opensource.

Ok: I can see your issue is that you need either Toolbar or Menubar visible.

Would it be enough to use a Menu option to hide/re-enable the toolbar ?
I can see 2 workarounds :-
[1] only allow tool or menubar disabled, both options are present, but if you disable the second, the other re-appears
[2] keep the menubar, and just have an option for disabling the toolbar. This gives 'unity globalmenu' users the ability for the un-cluttered Mac look.

The beauty of the mac setup - with the menubar - is that the screen is uncluttered by toolbars of inactive windows, but you can still see all their content for reference... I'm a big fan of Ubuntu Unity for having gone with this setup generally.

wasted screenspace might not sound like much but its makes programs way better on laptops and netbooks where both pixels and physical screen space are scarce

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