Reduced spacing between top bar indicator icons in Ubuntu 20.04

In the Ubuntu 20.04 Gnome Shell, there is more space between the icons of the application indicators on the top panel. You can use an extension called Unite to reduce the spacing between icons.

Unite is a Gnome Shell extension that makes some layout tweaks to the top panel and removes window decorations to make it look like the Ubuntu Unity Shell. With extensions, the system tray area looks like this:

Reduced spacing between top bar indicator icons in Ubuntu 20.04

To install the extension, do the following steps one at a time:

1.) Open Terminal (Ctrl + Alt + T) and run the command:

sudo apt install chrome-gnome-shell

Reduced spacing between top bar indicator icons in Ubuntu 20.04

2.) Run the command to install the required extensions x11-utils library:

sudo apt install x11-utils

3.) go to extensions.gnome.org/…/unite/Switch on, install extension.

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Reduced spacing between top bar indicator icons in Ubuntu 20.04

The extension narrows the spacing between items in the top bar by default. To tweak the appearance of other panels, open Gnome Tweaks (or an extension tool) and go to Unified Settings.

Reduced spacing between top bar indicator icons in Ubuntu 20.04

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