Transparent panel

Ever wonder how you get your panel, tooltips, pop-up and drop down windows transparent?

You’ll be enlightened by this thread.

I know you can get your panel transparent an easier way, but this doesn’t keep the panel from the theme you are using, and this doesn’t give transparent menu’s, tooltips, …

(note: click on picture to see in real size)

Now, if you haven’t already download the compiz fusion settings manager do it first.

I’ll give the  CLI (command line interface) command, it’s faster.

Open up a terminal (applications -> accessories) and copy/paste this command

sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager

You will need to enter your administrator password.

Go to “system -> preferences -> advanced destkop effects settings”.


Click on the first button you see called “general options”.

Go to the “opacity settings” tab.

Under “windows opacities” press the “add” button.

Copy paste this under “opacity windows”

name=gnome-panel | Tooltip | Menu | PopupMenu | DropdownMenu

And give this value under “opacity windows values” –> “90”


Press OK and your done.



To undo the opacity delete it.

    • A
    • July 3rd, 2008

    Very good guide. I enjoy reading your Ubuntu how-tos. I’m Redrazor39 on the ubuntu forums, btw.

    Thanks for writing these!

    • Bavarian
    • July 4th, 2008

    Thanks perfect guide 😉

    • linuxowns
    • July 4th, 2008

    Thank you guys.

    • Sealbhach
    • July 25th, 2008

    Thanks dude, sorted out my gnome panel opacity issues. Very nice guide.

    • kadappa
    • July 28th, 2008


  1. Excellent resource. This is the most concise and straightforward guide I’ve seen for opacity issues. Many thanks!

    • Lambda
    • December 31st, 2008

    Anyone know what theme he’s using in those screenshots?

  2. In intrepid these settings are available in the ‘Opacity, Brightness and Saturation’ plugin in the ccsm (system -> preferences -> advanced destkop effects settings). The rest of the procedure is same but I’ll outline it for the convenience of others:
    Start ccsm (system -> preferences -> advanced destkop effects settings). Click “Opacity, Brightness and Saturation” button in the ‘Accessibility’ Category. Switch to the Opacity tab. Under “Window specific settings” press the “add” button. Add the following in the ‘Windows’ field:
    name=gnome-panel | Tooltip | Menu | PopupMenu | DropdownMenu

    And set opacity value to your liking

    • Karl
    • February 25th, 2009

    Running UBUNTU Intrepid (8.10) with Compiz Config Mgr… There is no “Opacity Settings” tab anywhere!! Am I using an older version (0.7.8), or has that setting been done away with in a newer version?? I’ve got everything I wanted to work, except the panel and drop-down menu transparency.

    Wonderful guide, otherwise!!

    • Karl
    • February 25th, 2009

    Duuuhhhhhh… just read the posting immediately above mine.

    • Richard
    • April 2nd, 2009

    Great tips on Intrepid menu settings.

  3. nice…
    i try in ubuntu 10.10..
    good job..

    • hyunjungsoh
    • January 21st, 2011

    Cool man! But why does the text appear transparent? Is there a way to retain it’s opacity?

    • ted
    • April 21st, 2012

    nice !!! a little different on natty though
    instead opacity setting on general option it’s opacity,brightness,and saturation in accessibility ..

    • Owen
    • November 14th, 2012

    Excuse me, sir. I don’t know if you’re still maintaining this blog/page. I have a question about Ubutnu 12.04, the border size of general windows. I’ve done some search but have no answer. Most of them are focusing on head-chopped-off, but I’d like to know about changing the border width like your screenshot.

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