I recently moved from 14.04 LTS to 16.04 LTS with all the resulting software upgrades. There have been a number of UI changes, but this one is most annoying.

Windows that are not maximized do not show the window name/title anywhere. The menu bar does not evens display the application name; it's just "Text Editor" for gedit or "Files" for nautilus. The title bar just sits empty.

This is very inconvenient for many reasons; for instance, if you have multiple (untabbed) instances of gedit open it's hard to tell which file is open where. Titles are shown for the currently selected window in the application switcher, but that's little consolation.

How can I get window titles back to title bars?

I run Ubuntu 16.04 LTS with Unity 7.4.0.

I posted this on Ask Ubuntu but got no helpful reply.

  • Huh, the behaviour is funny for gedit: the title does show after saving the current file and vanishes again when I make changes. – Raphael Jul 19 '16 at 20:14

You might have to enable the Text plugin through CompizConfig Settings Manager. I had the same trouble in Unity 14.04, and enabling that plugin fixed it. See https://bugs.launchpad.net/compiz/+bug/1384843

  • Sorry for the late reply, I just now got around to checking back. Where do I find this Text plugin? – Raphael Apr 12 '17 at 12:58
  • You can see here wiki.compiz.org/Plugins/Switcher#Text for info on other Application Switcher/Ring Switcher/Shift Switcher parameters. – WillC May 5 '17 at 2:11
  • CompizConfig -> Image Loading -> Text – WillC May 5 '17 at 2:18
  • There's only PNG. Do I have to install some package? – Raphael May 5 '17 at 7:54
  • I haven't installed anything to change my options in that dialog (that I know of). So that you know, the options I see are JPEG, PNG, SVG, Text , in that order. – WillC May 25 '17 at 0:49

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.