Ubuntu – How to always show (or autohide) menu items in Unity


Is there any way to have the menu items on window menus always visible? I hate the whole hide and seek thing and have searched Google and here but I'm unable to find anything on how to make them stay visible all the time.


Best Answer

16.04 and later (Unity 7)

In addition to the gsettings option introduced in 15.04 (below), this same capability has been added to the Settings - Appearances window (click the gear icon top-right of the screen)

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14.04, 15.04, 15.10

15.04 now has the ability to toggle the global menu as well as the local integrated menus (Via System Settings - Appearance - Behaviour tab) to be permanently on or off.

If you are running a fully up-to-date version of 14.04, this same ability has been backported.

To switch on permanently:

gsettings set com.canonical.Unity always-show-menus true

To switch off i.e. to autohide:

gsettings set com.canonical.Unity always-show-menus false
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