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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3 thoughts on “How to remove statusbar and menubar from VirtualBox windows (Linux)

  • September 14, 2012 at 2:52 pm


    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,

  • January 24, 2015 at 11:31 am


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

  • May 24, 2017 at 9:56 am

    I wanna know about using the virtualbox.


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