There's no way to reveal wingpanel in fullscreen apps

Bug #1046722 reported by Sergio Spinatelli
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Bug Description

When using an application in fullscreen mode (not maximized,actual fullscreen),there's no way to reveal wingpanel except exiting fullscreen mode, as far as i know at least.

David Gomes (davidgomes)
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assignee: nobody → elementary UX Team (elementary-design)
Changed in wingpanel:
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
David Gomes (davidgomes)
Changed in wingpanel:
status: New → Incomplete
status: Incomplete → Confirmed
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Cassidy James Blaede (cassidyjames) wrote :
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Stefan T (stefantomesen) wrote :

This could potentially become a problem in games if hovering the mouse to the top region of the game window would bring down the wingpanel on top of the game. Some games rely on scrolling this way.

Besides, if we're talking about "true" fullscreen, doesn't that essentially give the application full control over the rendering and disable everything that has to do with the desktop? If so, then "borderless fullscreen" ( would likely be the only way to achieve this.

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Victor Martinez (victored) wrote :

I strongly agree with Stefan. This could create more problems than it solves.

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Danielle Foré (danrabbit) wrote :

Yeah I'm going to mark this as "invalid". I don't think we want wingpanel to intrude on true fullscreen apps.

Changed in wingpanel:
status: Confirmed → Opinion
assignee: elementary UX (elementary-design) → nobody
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quequotion (quequotion) wrote :

I use wingpanel with alternative window managers and autohide:

Not sure if this applies to Gala, but in Compiz and Openbox I explicitly set wingpanel to always be stacked above other windows. With any autohide mode enabled, wingpanel can be revealed by touching the top of the screen with the mouse--even over fullscreen applications such as movie players and games.

Float and Dodge-Float do this best, as they overlay window content (without disturbing the position or shape of any window).

Autohide and Dodge, however, push windows out of the way as long as the panel is visible.

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