How to remove statusbar and menubar from VirtualBox windows (Linux)

Friday, August 17, 2012 posted by CSch

VirtualBox machines usually have two bars in their window to make working with them easier.

These however are a great disturbance if you want to take screenshots of your machines - even if you select to leave the window border, the menu bars will still be on them.

To remove the bars, it only needs a simple terminal command. Open one and enter following (make sure that no virtual machines are running):

/usr/bin/VBoxManage setextradata global GUI/Customizations noMenuBar,noStatusBar

Next time you start a VirtualBox vm, there won't be any menu bars. To restore them again, enter following into a terminal:

/usr/bin/VBoxManage setextradata global GUI/Customizations MenuBar,StatusBar

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2 Responses to “How to remove statusbar and menubar from VirtualBox windows (Linux)”

  1. hexagram says:


    You are not the first to say that, but when i’m trying to do it on my own virtualbox (reactivate status bar and menu bar) it has no effect.
    Do you have any idea to resolve my problem ?

    Kind regards,

  2. jules says:


    i’m new to virtual box and i have a litle question, where do i have to put that command?

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