• Any idea how to remove the top bar saying

    "Wolfram Mathematica .... Demonstrations MathWorld Studenforum Help"

    from the Mathematica main window (see screenshot). It has no use to me and it steals real estate from my laptop sreen.

  • Also: How do I remove the bottom bar with the zoom button?

Appreciate any help!


keywords: student's edition dockedcells toolbar

  • $\begingroup$ You can upload images to an upload server. Post the link here and we'll include the image in the question. $\endgroup$
    – stevenvh
    Commented Aug 15, 2012 at 18:20
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    $\begingroup$ I think that's part of the student version. When I upgraded to the full license, it disappeared. There was a very brief discussion about this over at the Student Support Forum, and the official line is that you can't remove it. $\endgroup$ Commented Aug 15, 2012 at 18:20

3 Answers 3


In Mathematica catalog, in subfolder TextResources you'll find a file called MiscExpressions.tr.

Simply replace "StudentBar"-> Cell[BoxData[...]] with "StudentBar"-> Cell[]

There are two things to remember though:

  1. This might not be a legal thing to do.
  2. It's best not to modify the original file, instead save the modified file in your Mathematica $UserBaseDirectory under the same directory structure as the original file. This will make Mathematica use your new file, leaving the old one untouched.
  • $\begingroup$ This works for Ubuntu 16.04 also $\endgroup$
    – L.K.
    Commented Feb 15, 2017 at 17:37
  • $\begingroup$ It still works in Mathematica 12.1 $\endgroup$
    – Qbyte
    Commented Feb 2, 2021 at 0:22
SetOptions[InputNotebook[], "DockedCells" -> None]
  • $\begingroup$ The structure of notebooks in the student version is the same as the full version, but I'm not sure how to automatically remove them for all new notebooks, shouldn't be too hard $\endgroup$
    – M.R.
    Commented Aug 15, 2012 at 18:45
  • $\begingroup$ Nice...if that could be automatically... $\endgroup$
    – n3rd
    Commented Aug 15, 2012 at 19:01
  • $\begingroup$ try to put in an init.m file, but careful this may interfere with slide mode that has docked cells. $\endgroup$
    – user21
    Commented Aug 15, 2012 at 21:14
  • $\begingroup$ Looks like this method doesn't work for Mathematica 9 for Students, any ideas on a fix? $\endgroup$ Commented Jan 6, 2014 at 2:20

Top bar case solved so about the bottom bar, you can drop some things from:

Options[EvaluationNotebook[], WindowElements]
{WindowElements -> {"StatusArea", "MemoryMonitor", "MagnificationPopUp", 
    "HorizontalScrollBar", "VerticalScrollBar", "MenuBar"}}

Like "StatusArea","MagnificationPopUp", "HorizontalScrollBar":

SetOptions[EvaluationNotebook[], WindowElements -> {
   "MemoryMonitor", "VerticalScrollBar", "MenuBar"}

There is also WindowFrame option for a notebook and some of them have less elements included. Edge example is "Frameless" but it behaves strangely according to my experience.

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    $\begingroup$ You can also drop "MemoryMonitor". "It is obsolete, ...". $\endgroup$
    – Karsten7
    Commented Dec 4, 2015 at 12:02
  • $\begingroup$ Nice, SetOptions[$FrontEnd, WindowElements -> {"VerticalScrollBar"}] is very minimalistic. SetOptions[$FrontEnd, WindowElements -> (WindowElements /. Options[$DefaultFrontEnd, WindowElements])] brings back the defaults. $\endgroup$
    – masterxilo
    Commented Mar 4, 2017 at 21:01

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