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Bug 643217 - Active Window Title its hard to identify
Active Window Title its hard to identify
Product: gnome-themes-standard
Classification: Core
Component: WM theme
Other Linux
: Normal normal
: 3.4
Assigned To: gnome-themes-standard-maint
: 646524 651912 652728 (view as bug list)
Depends on: 661428
Reported: 2011-02-24 19:22 UTC by Daniel Espinosa
Modified: 2012-01-18 20:58 UTC
See Also:
GNOME target: ---
GNOME version: Unversioned Enhancement

The windows' title are very close (33.46 KB, image/png)
2011-02-24 23:18 UTC, Daniel Espinosa

Description Daniel Espinosa 2011-02-24 19:22:58 UTC
If you have two applications where its window's title are neer one to each other, is difficult (and really easy) to miss click the one you want.

This problems rises when you want to move one window a little down the title of other application. The user could click on the window's title behind the one you want to move, making it to get on the front hiding the other.

May be if the active window's title is a little dark than the one behind it, you can identify the correct window you want to move, or the one will receives the keyboard inputs.
Comment 1 André Klapper 2011-02-24 21:19:41 UTC
A screenshot (not displaying any private data) attached here would be welcome.
Comment 2 Daniel Espinosa 2011-02-24 23:15:27 UTC
See at:

The title between LibreOffice and the FireFox, are just little different. If you have lot of windows behind, you can miss-click over the title you want if they are too close.

Sorry, I've tried to get a screenshot from the image downloaded from, but that functionality is disable. Then I have created one editing from productivity-big.png file, attached.
Comment 3 Daniel Espinosa 2011-02-24 23:18:04 UTC
Created attachment 181878 [details]
The windows' title are very close

Is possible to miss-click over FireFox, while trying to click the LibreOffice window title bar.
Comment 4 Cosimo Cecchi 2011-03-01 14:26:25 UTC
Not a blocker.
Comment 5 Jakub Steiner 2011-04-11 18:41:30 UTC
The ideal design target — — makes the unfocused windows appear flat, while the focused window has more depth.
Comment 6 Evandro Giovanini 2011-05-19 23:06:09 UTC
I assume this is waiting on a GTK+ feature before it can be implemented. If that's the case, is there a GTK+ bug about it? I couldn't find one. 

Thanks. :)
Comment 7 Florian Müllner 2011-06-05 11:41:21 UTC
*** Bug 651912 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 8 Anders Kaseorg 2011-07-27 21:42:52 UTC
We can’t completely solve this just by making GTK changes.  What about non-GTK apps?

The title bar itself really ought to have a much clearer indication of focus that’s noticeable in peripheral vision.  There’s a reason every other window system uses colors that are more distinct than “very light grey” and “slightly lighter light grey” for this purpose.
Comment 9 Anders Kaseorg 2011-07-27 22:06:01 UTC
Right now a focused titlebar looks similar to an UNfocused tab (flat light color), while an unfocused titlebar looks similar to a focused tab (marginally darker gradient).  This reversal contributes to the visual confusion, and suggests two ideas:

• Can we solve both problems by making unfocused titlebars be darker instead of marginally lighter?

• Maybe also copying the thin blue highlight from focused tabs would help make focused titlebars stand out more?
Comment 10 Cosimo Cecchi 2011-10-24 21:39:19 UTC
*** Bug 652728 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 11 Cosimo Cecchi 2011-10-24 21:40:35 UTC
*** Bug 646524 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 12 Cosimo Cecchi 2012-01-18 20:58:10 UTC
This is mostly implemented in the theme now, so we can safely close this bug.