Window title bar not showing if window is active

Steps to reproduce

Start Obsidian. Switch away to another window while keeping Obsidian visible. (this is tested on Windows)

Expected result

The title bar should give some visual indication whether the Obsidian window is active (i.e., receiving keystrokes) or not, e.g., by changing color.

Actual result

This is not the case, it always has the same color, such as dark gray with the default light theme. The only way to tell if the window is active is to look for a blinking cursor.


  • Operating system: Windows
  • Theme: Default light or default dark
  • Debug info:
	Obsidian version: v0.13.23
	Installer version: v0.13.23
	Operating system: Windows 10 Pro 10.0.19044
	Login status: not logged in
	Insider build toggle: off
	Live preview: on
	Legacy editor: off
	Base theme: light
	Community theme: none
	Snippets enabled: 0
	Safe mode: on


Additional information

It has been discussed a few times on the forum that there should be an option to disable the “frameless” feature and use the OS’s native title bar, e.g., here and here.

While this would also solve this issue here, what I describe is more narrow and could also be solved with only the frameless design. Right now, it’s just impossible to see if Obsidian is active or not. When one is using Obsidian side-by-side with apps like Chrome or Firefox, it becomes very hard to tell what app is active. That’s why I believe it should be considered a bug.