15 August 2011

create transparent menus with compiz

  1. Install CompizConfig Settings Manager (I usually install the Compiz extra plugins as well). In a terminal:
  2. sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager compiz-plugins-extra
  3. Open CompizConfig Settings Manager from the "System" > "Preferences" menu.

  4. Open the Accessibility" section. Find the "Opacity Brightness and Saturation adjustments" selection.
  5. Under "Window specific settings", click new.
  6. In the "Windows" field enter:
  7. type=Tooltip | Menu | PopupMenu | DropdownMenu
  8. Set "Window values" slider to the desired transparency level. I use "89".

Make sure not to set the transparency level too low to begin with. If you make any error in the "Windows" field it is possible to make all of your desktop elements invisible (I speak from experience!) If this does happen you can undo your changes after killing compiz either with the run dialog (Alt+F2) or via another login console (Ctrl+Alt+F2).

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