How to Auto Hide Top Panel in Debian / Ubuntu / Fedora

This simple tutorial shows how to enable the top panel auto-hide function in Gnome desktop of Debian, Ubuntu, Fedora, and other Linux.

Like the left dock launcher, the top bar in Gnome desktop can auto-hide itself when an app window is maximized or takes the place.

It’s useful for Linux laptop or netbook with small screen size. And this can be done via a Gnome Shell extension.

1. Install Auto Hide Top Bar extension.

For Debian and Ubuntu based system, simply open terminal from app launcher and run command:

sudo apt install gnome-shell-extension-autohidetopbar

apt install auto hide top bar

For Fedora and other Linux, go to the link below:

Then turn on the toggle icon and install the extension. Don’t see the toggle icon? Click the “Click here to install browser extension” link to install browser add-on, and refresh the page.

2. Enable Auto Hide Top Bar function.

Once you installed the extension, press Alt+F2 on keyboard, type r in pop-up ‘Run a Command’ box, and hit Enter to restart gnome shell.

Then launch Gnome Tweaks, install it from system package manager if you don’t have it, and navigate to Extensions in left pane.

There toggle on ‘Hide Top Bar’ and click the gear button to change animation, sensitivity, intellihide settings.

auto hide top bar settings

That’s it. Enjoy!

Merilyn Ne
Hi, I'm Merilyn Ne, a computer geek working on Ubuntu Linux for many years and would like to write useful tips for beginners. Forgive me for language mistakes. I'm not a native speaker of English.