How to make the title bars in Gnome Shell much thinner than the default.

Posted: June 8, 2017. At: 10:44 AM. This was 8 months ago. Post ID: 10818
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The title bars in the Gnome Shell desktop environment by default are much too thick. This simple code sample will make them thinner. Just create this file.

~/.config/gtk-3.0/gtk.css.

Then put this code into it.

headerbar {
    min-height: 0px;
    padding-top: 2px;
    padding-bottom: 2px;
    padding-right: 2px;
    padding-left: 2px;
}
 
headerbar entry,
headerbar spinbutton,
headerbar button,
headerbar separator {
    margin-top: 0px;
    margin-bottom: 0px;
}
 
.titlebar {
    min-height: 0px;
}

Log out of Gnome Shell and back in again. I could not use the restart command on Wayland. Then the titlebars will be much thinner than default. This is a great way to improve the desktop environment on a smaller screen.

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