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Window Customization

The BrowserWindow module is the foundation of your Electron application, and it exposes many APIs that can change the look and behavior of your browser windows. In this tutorial, we will be going over the various use-cases for window customization on macOS, Windows, and Linux.

Create frameless windows

A frameless window is a window that has no chrome. Not to be confused with the Google Chrome browser, window chrome refers to the parts of the window (e.g. toolbars, controls) that are not a part of the web page.

To create a frameless window, you need to set frame to false in the BrowserWindow constructor.

main.js
const { BrowserWindow } = require('electron')
const win = new BrowserWindow({ frame: false })

Apply custom title bar styles macOS Windows

Title bar styles allow you to hide most of a BrowserWindow's chrome while keeping the system's native window controls intact and can be configured with the titleBarStyle option in the BrowserWindow constructor.

Applying the hidden title bar style results in a hidden title bar and a full-size content window.

main.js
const { BrowserWindow } = require('electron')
const win = new BrowserWindow({ titleBarStyle: 'hidden' })

Control the traffic lights macOS

On macOS, applying the hidden title bar style will still expose the standard window controls (“traffic lights”) in the top left.

Customize the look of your traffic lights macOS

The customButtonsOnHover title bar style will hide the traffic lights until you hover over them. This is useful if you want to create custom traffic lights in your HTML but still use the native UI to control the window.

const { BrowserWindow } = require('electron')
const win = new BrowserWindow({ titleBarStyle: 'customButtonsOnHover' })

Customize the traffic light position macOS

To modify the position of the traffic light window controls, there are two configuration options available.

Applying hiddenInset title bar style will shift the vertical inset of the traffic lights by a fixed amount.

main.js
const { BrowserWindow } = require('electron')
const win = new BrowserWindow({ titleBarStyle: 'hiddenInset' })

If you need more granular control over the positioning of the traffic lights, you can pass a set of coordinates to the trafficLightPosition option in the BrowserWindow constructor.

main.js
const { BrowserWindow } = require('electron')
const win = new BrowserWindow({
titleBarStyle: 'hidden',
trafficLightPosition: { x: 10, y: 10 }
})

Show and hide the traffic lights programmatically macOS

You can also show and hide the traffic lights programmatically from the main process. The win.setWindowButtonVisibility forces traffic lights to be show or hidden depending on the value of its boolean parameter.

main.js
const { BrowserWindow } = require('electron')
const win = new BrowserWindow()
// hides the traffic lights
win.setWindowButtonVisibility(false)

Note: Given the number of APIs available, there are many ways of achieving this. For instance, combining frame: false with win.setWindowButtonVisibility(true) will yield the same layout outcome as setting titleBarStyle: 'hidden'.

Window Controls Overlay macOS Windows

The Window Controls Overlay API is a web standard that gives web apps the ability to customize their title bar region when installed on desktop. Electron exposes this API through the BrowserWindow constructor option titleBarOverlay.

This option only works whenever a custom titlebarStyle is applied on macOS or Windows. When titleBarOverlay is enabled, the window controls become exposed in their default position, and DOM elements cannot use the area underneath this region.

The titleBarOverlay option accepts two different value formats.

Specifying true on either platform will result in an overlay region with default system colors:

main.js
// on macOS or Windows
const { BrowserWindow } = require('electron')
const win = new BrowserWindow({
titleBarStyle: 'hidden',
titleBarOverlay: true
})

On Windows, you can also specify the color of the overlay and its symbols by setting titleBarOverlay to an object with the color and symbolColor properties. If an option is not specified, the color will default to its system color for the window control buttons:

main.js
// on Windows
const { BrowserWindow } = require('electron')
const win = new BrowserWindow({
titleBarStyle: 'hidden',
titleBarOverlay: {
color: '#2f3241',
symbolColor: '#74b1be'
}
})

Note: Once your title bar overlay is enabled from the main process, you can access the overlay's color and dimension values from a renderer using a set of readonly JavaScript APIs and CSS Environment Variables.

Create transparent windows

By setting the transparent option to true, you can make a fully transparent window.

main.js
const { BrowserWindow } = require('electron')
const win = new BrowserWindow({ transparent: true })

Ограничения

  • You cannot click through the transparent area. See #1335 for details.
  • Transparent windows are not resizable. Setting resizable to true may make a transparent window stop working on some platforms.
  • The CSS blur() filter only applies to the window's web contents, so there is no way to apply blur effect to the content below the window (i.e. other applications open on the user's system).
  • The window will not be transparent when DevTools is opened.
  • On Windows:
    • Transparent windows will not work when DWM is disabled.
    • Transparent windows can not be maximized using the Windows system menu or by double clicking the title bar. The reasoning behind this can be seen on PR #28207.
  • On macOS:
    • The native window shadow will not be shown on a transparent window.

Create click-through windows

Чтобы создать окно клика, т.е. сделать так, чтобы окно игнорировало все события мыши, можно вызвать win.setIgnoreMouseEvents(ignore) API:

main.js
const { BrowserWindow } = require('electron')
const win = new BrowserWindow()
win.setIgnoreMouseEvents(true)

Forward mouse events macOS Windows

Ignoring mouse messages makes the web contents oblivious to mouse movement, meaning that mouse movement events will not be emitted. On Windows and macOS, an optional parameter can be used to forward mouse move messages to the web page, allowing events such as mouseleave to be emitted:

main.js
const { BrowserWindow, ipcMain } = require('electron')
const path = require('path')

const win = new BrowserWindow({
webPreferences: {
preload: path.join(__dirname, 'preload.js')
}
})

ipcMain.on('set-ignore-mouse-events', (event, ...args) => {
const win = BrowserWindow.fromWebContents(event.sender)
win.setIgnoreMouseEvents(...args)
})
preload.js
window.addEventListener('DOMContentLoaded', () => {
const el = document.getElementById('clickThroughElement')
el.addEventListener('mouseenter', () => {
ipcRenderer.send('set-ignore-mouse-events', true, { forward: true })
})
el.addEventListener('mouseleave', () => {
ipcRenderer.send('set-ignore-mouse-events', false)
})
})

This makes the web page click-through when over the #clickThroughElement element, and returns to normal outside it.

Set custom draggable region

По-умолчанию, безрамное окно невозможно перетаскивать. В коде приложения необходимо указать в стилях CSS -webkit-app-region: drag, чтобы за выделенную область было возможно переносить окно (как за заголовок стандартного окна), также можно использовать -webkit-app-region: no-drag для исключения непереносимой области внутри переносимой. Обратите внимание, что в настоящий момент поддерживается прямоугольная форма области.

Чтобы сделать все окно перетаскиваемым, вы можете добавить -webkit-app-region: drag как стиль body:

styles.css
body {
-webkit-app-region: drag;
}

И обратите внимание, что если вы перетащили окно целиком, вы также должны отметить кнопки как не перетаскиваемые, иначе пользователям было бы невозможно на них нажать:

styles.css
button {
-webkit-app-region: no-drag;
}

Если вы устанавливаете перетаскиваемым только пользовательский заголовок, вам нужно все кнопки в заголовке сделать без возможности перетаскивания.

Tip: disable text selection

When creating a draggable region, the dragging behavior may conflict with text selection. For example, when you drag the titlebar, you may accidentally select its text contents. To prevent this, you need to disable text selection within a draggable area like this:

.titlebar {
-webkit-user-select: none;
-webkit-app-region: drag;
}

Tip: disable context menus

On some platforms, the draggable area will be treated as a non-client frame, so when you right click on it, a system menu will pop up. To make the context menu behave correctly on all platforms, you should never use a custom context menu on draggable areas.