I use workspaces heavily, and I have another visual indicator in the top bar to tell me what workspace I am in. By default Gnome has a number like in the screenshot below to show current workspace

The 2 is the element I want to remove top bar

I do not need the default workspace indicator, however there does not seem to be a setting in Gnome Tweak Tool to disable it.

This question pointed me towards an extension to disable the overlay effect, which was pretty annoying. However I haven't found an extension that disables the workspace number, or settings anywhere.

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    That workspace indicator is not a default feature of Gnome 3. It's likely from an extension. Check your extensions in the Gnome Tweak Tool.
    – Mio Rin
    Commented Apr 2, 2018 at 15:07
  • Yes, it was an extension "Workspace Indicator" (preinstalled with Debian-Gnome as far as I can tell). Let this post stand as a testament to my own ignorance, and to aid anyone else in the future. Commented Apr 2, 2018 at 16:19

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The workspace indicator is not a built-in feature of the Gnome desktop. It is provided by the "Workspace Indicator" Gnome extension, which is pre-installed on some Linux distributions.

You can edit its settings or disable it entirely from the Gnome Tweak Tool's extensions section.

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