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I want to disable the default status bar on tmux. I prefer to treat screen/tmux as persistant session managers, and deprecate the menu/window stuff in favor of my system window manager. I suspect Tmux could be better for this role than screen.

And if that's possible, can I do it at runtime with a chord?

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set -g status off

You can enter it with Prefix (Ctrl+b by default) :set ..., or from shell with tmux set ..., or bind a key with bind-key x set ....

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I would only add to you answer the detail that to enter a command you don't have to press "Ctrl + Prefix", but only "Prefix". Prefix is the whole key combination that has to be followed by ":". By the way, to some "prefix" doesn't even include the CTRL key at all (for instance, my prefix is Alt-e). – Dakatine Jun 25 '12 at 8:43
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+1. @grawity is there a way to enable the status bar automatically when there are multiple tabs? – Yang Jul 23 '13 at 15:36
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Is it possible to set this in the ~/.tmux.conf file? If yes, how? – Andrei Mar 5 '15 at 23:45
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@Andrei: Yes, uh, you add it exactly like written in the post? – grawity Mar 6 '15 at 11:59
    
Found the problem. I was using powerline and loading the powerline specific settings for tmux after setting the status to off. This overrode the settings (stupid mistake on my part) – Andrei Mar 6 '15 at 14:35

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