Hide Gnome Panelby Arnold Daniels on 06/18/2009
Since a few months I’ve done away with using the Gnome main menu. Instead I use Gnome Do. I removed the bottom toolbar long ago, because always use alt-tab.
I’m not using the top toolbar much either. It was just taking up valuable screen space. I contains only the notification area and a logout button. I was looking at a way to remove it completely. The answer came in the Compiz widget layer. By placing it on the widget layer, fullsize windows actually fill the full screen, but the notification area is still available for applications who need it.
To move Gnome panel to the Widget layer, open ‘CompizConfig Settings Manager’ and enable ‘Widget Layer’. Go to tab ‘Behaviour’ and add the following text for the ‘Widget Windows’ field:
(class=Gnome-panel & type=Dock)
PS. The widgets you see on the widget layer are screenlets. Ubuntu has the screenlets package in the universe repository.