Maximize Your Screen Real Estate in Fedora 15

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By default, Gnome 3 in Fedora 15 doesn't leave you with much screen real estate with its huge title bar and persistent menu bar. These settings certainly don't like the tiny 10 inch screen of my netbook. But with a little tweaking, you can remove the title bar and auto hide the menu bar, maximizing your screen real estate like my screenshot below (yes, that is my WHOLE screen):


[caption id="attachment_1794" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="When you remove the title bar and auto hide the menu bar in Fedora 15 you really maximize your screen real estate"]Screenshot: Removed Title Bar and Autohiding Menu Bar in Fedora 15[/caption]


Now, I could tell you how to edit the configuration file and what extension you need to do this, but I decided to make it even easier. :) So I wrote a shell script to do all the work for you. Mind you this is my first script and it's only been tested on one machine... so proceed with caution and backup the metacity-theme-3.xml file in /usr/share/themes/Adawaita/metacity-1 before proceeding (although the script is designed to do this for you, it's better to be safe than sorry).


Ok, now that the warning is out of the way, click here to download max_screen.tar.gz.


Untar the file to your home directory. Then open up terminal and issue the following commands:


cd ./max_screen/



Type in your user password when prompted.


The script is designed to automatically download and install the auto hide top bar extension from Gnome Shell Extensions, backup the metacity-theme-3.xml file at /backup/, and replace the existing metacity-theme-3.xml file with the newly tweaked version.


When it's finished, restart Gnome Shell by pressing Alt+F2, typing r, and pressing enter. Now when you maximize windows the title bar should disappear. To hide the menu bar just click on it. :)


***UPDATE*** This script has been updated. Click here to go to its new page.


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