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

Posted: June 8, 2017. At: 10:44 AM. This was 4 months ago. Post ID: 10818

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.


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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