I don't like to waste screen space, so usually I have the menu bar hidden. Sometimes, I'd like to show it nevertheless, so I have bound the "menu" key to menu-bar-mode. Works perfectly:

(global-set-key '[(apps)]                  'menu-bar-mode)

My emacs window is always maximised. That's no problem when showing the menu bar. But when I hide it again, the window is not maximised any more. It is resized and the height of the menu bar is missing :( Is there a way to prevent this?

To make it more complicated: I'm talking about native windows Emacs (GNU Emacs 24.5.1 (x86_64-w64-mingw32) of 2015-05-16 on KAEL)

  • There were some issues with the frame size and menu bar on OSX a couple of months ago -- Martin and Anders made several improvements when working on feature request 21415. If you can get a hold of a master branch build for Windows (and yes they do exist), see if that fixes the issue. If not submit a bug report and Martin will no doubt take a look at it.
    – lawlist
    Commented Feb 10, 2016 at 15:36
  • Thank you, I'll try - could you give me a hint where to find a build?
    – Markus
    Commented Feb 11, 2016 at 10:02
  • Based on my sporadic review of the Emacs mail archives, I am confident that Dani has received at least some input from Eli regarding how to properly build Emacs for Windows: sourceforge.net/projects/emacs-bin and if you want to build your own, I wrote a cheat-sheet: emacs.stackexchange.com/questions/16971/… Dani's build will need the dll files if you want to view images out-of-the-box. You don't need the dll for Emacs to work, but to view pdf and jpg and png and so forth, you will.
    – lawlist
    Commented Feb 11, 2016 at 10:13

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The problem went away after I have updated to GNU Emacs 25.1.1 (x86_64-w64-mingw32)

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