Hide Top Bar in Workspaces

It would be nice to setup Gnome so applications opened in any additional workspace (any other than the main/first one) wouldn’t have a bar on top. So they behave pretty much like when you plug a secondary monitor in most OS.

Is there a way to do this? To disable the top bar in all workspaces instead of the first one.

I doubt that it’s behavior we’ll want out of the box, but an extension can implement it along those lines:

function _updateTopBar() {
    Main.panel.visible =
        global.workspace_manager.get_active_workspace_index() === 0;

global.workspace_manager.connect('active-workspace-changed', _updateTopBar);

Thanks a lot for writing a script in reply @fmuellner !

I never designed an extension, but I suppose it is not trivial. Is there a simple way to introduce the modification only in my system? Adding the script somehow or editing any Gnome file?

i pressed alt+f2, typed lg, and pasted the code above there, and it worked!
now i only need to log out to get my top bar back on workspaces…

Modifying gnome-shell’s javascript code requires jumping through some hoops or rebuilding the package.

That is, an extension is probably the easiest option. (You can use gnome-extensions create --interactive to generate the boilerplate, so you only have to fill in the enable() and disable() methods)

@two you are right! using your method actually works :slight_smile:

I tried creating an extension with gnome-extensions create --interactive. The extension is created, then I paste @fmuellner script at the end of the extension.js file. It appears on the extensions’ GUI list, but after enabling it it shows the error “Main is not defined”.

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You have to import Main. Also you shouldn’t just append a random script at the end, an extension should do its modifications on “enable” and undo them on “disable”.

The following should be a complete example (bar errors, as I didn’t test that it actually works):

const Main = imports.ui.main;

class Extension {
    _updateTopBar() {
        Main.panel.visible =
            global.workspace_manager.get_active_workspace_index () === 0;
    enable() {
            'active-workspace-changed', () => this._updateTopBar(),

    disable() {

function init() {
    return new Extension();

you also need this: const Main = imports.ui.main;

It works wonderfully @fmuellner.

Many thanks for your time and this code belongs to you, so feel free to publish it as an extension on your name if it is on your interest.
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Many thanks also @two, for pumping up this topic.

–There is a known extension around called Hide Top Bar, but it currently flickers with non-native fullscreen applications. This extension here serves me as a workaround to it. Combined with narrow titlebars it creates very neat workspaces to concentrate in one app, or a combination of windows you want to focus on (video editing, proofreading, etc.)

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