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How to Remove Window Decorations


This article will explain how to go about disabling window decorations for all applications in Openbox.

Removing Decorations

Window decorations are also known as the top border around all application windows. To create a more minimalistic workspace, I prefer to turn these borders off.

There is a key binding that will allow these decorations to be turned on and off at will, but this article will focus on a more permanent approach. For reference, the key binding is Alt + D.

In order to remove window decorations in a more permanent fashion, the rc.xml file will need some syntax added to it.

The rc.xml file is located in ~/.config/openbox/rc.xml.

Open a Terminal and use Nano to open the file:

nano ~/.config/openbox/rc.xml

Scroll down to the bottom of the file and insert the following above the last line:

<applications> <application class="*"> <decor>no</decor> </application> </applications>

Make sure the above snippet is inserted after the previous </applications> line, but before the </openbox_config> line.

Reload Openbox by using the Alt + Shift + R key binding.

Alternative Method

There is a slight alternative to the above method that forces all new windows to open maximized. The syntax is as follows:

<applications> <application class="*"> <maximized>true</maximized> <decor>no</decor> </application> </applications>

Note the addition of the third line that says <maximized>true</maximized>

This has a negative affect on Conky-Manager, as it forces the Conky widget to only display in the top-left corner. Adjusting the X and Y axis values does not have any affect when this line is in place. Removing the line and reloading Openbox will prevent this from happening. If Conky-Manager is not running, this will likely not be an issue.