GNOME 3 Shell Customizations

• Updated May 13, 2017

A majority of the GNOME 3 Shell can be customized using Javascript. Some of these changes can be done through the default GNOME 3 GUI, but others require using a command line.

This post will be an ever growing list of GNOME 3 Shell customizations that require using a command line.

Any of the following changes will probably be overwritten when the GNOME 3 Shell packages are updated.

Each customization will require the GNOME Panel to be restarted by typing Alt + F2, then r, and then the Enter key.

Transparent Activities Bar/Top Bar

Open /usr/share/gnome-shell/theme/gnome-shell.css and edit the #panel stanza like so:

#panel {
    /*background-color: black;*/
    background-color: rgba(0,0,0,0.6);
    font-weight: bold;
    height: 1.86em;

Save the file and reload the GNOME Panel.

Remove Accessibility Icon from Activities Bar in Fedora 18 and Older

Fedora 19 only displays the Accessibility Icon in the Activities Bar if there is an Accessibility option turned on, but for Fedora 18 and older it can be turned off by opening /usr/share/gnome-shell/js/ui/panel.js and commenting out line 900 like so:

//'ally': imports.ui.status.accessibility.ATIndicator,

Save the file and reload the GNOME Panel.