There is a large blank space between the top of the buffer and the bottom of the menu-bar in my Emacs 24 on Ubunutu 16.10 that doesn't want to go away. I've tried Googling but can't really find anything to help, would appreciate some ideas! Screenshot included:
For marking this question as done I cite my comment below the question as an answer here:
What you mean with toolbar is actually the menu-bar. I think the large blank space is the real tool-bar but maybe your emacs is missing the icons for the tool-bar. You can test whether the large blank space is the tool-bar by switching off Options -> Show/Hide -> Tool-bar
The original poster added that the assumption from the comment is right and that he switches the tool-bar off by adding
(tool-bar-mode -1) to his init file.
The remaining question would be why the tool-bar remains empty. This is an error. There should be at least buttons for
kill-buffer, and some more buttons for editing text.
Update: Note, that this is a known problem with emacs24 under Ubuntu 16.10. There already exists a bug report with a workaround for it at launchpad.