Remove global menu in Ubuntu’s Unity desktop environment (Linux)

Last Updated on April 18, 2021 by admin

The default settings in the Unity desktop environment move a window's control panel away from the actual window up to the top panel of the screen - this is called 'global menu'.

Since that is a major change of paradigm and might hinder your workflow if you decided to switch, here is how to reverse the settings:

Open a terminal and enter following command:

sudo apt-get autoremove appmenu-gtk appmenu-gtk3 appmenu-qt

Afterwards you need to log out or reboot your machine. To enable it again if you should change your mind, just reinstall the packages:

sudo apt-get install appmenu-gtk appmenu-gtk3 appmenu-qt

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