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Pretty much every application I use in fullscreen, including Firefox, MacVim and the Terminal, has tabs on the top of the screen. The problem is, when I move my mouse to reach the tabs I acidentally touch the top of the screen, bringing in the OS menu OVER the tabs, often clicking a link there.

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Is there any way to change this behavior?

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Yeah, this is really annoying. I wish there where a defaults write variable one could edit. But so far I've not heard about anything like that. It is especially annoying when using a VM in full screen. Ubuntu has the menubar at the top and I like it that way. But I'm constantly triggering the OSX menu bar to appear. :( –  gentmatt Nov 8 '12 at 15:25
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Looks like this article has the answer to what you're looking for.

From the above article:

Click on System Preferences > Mission Control > Un-tick “Displays have separate Spaces”. Once your restart your Mac, you will have just a single menu bar. Done.

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