Transparent Terminal Windows

I saw an Ubuntu desktop recently with semi-transparent terminal windows. I’m not a great one for UI tweaks and themes but this looked good to me, and I was intrigued about how it was achieved. My Unity UI is more or less standard. I’ve changed the wallpaper, reduced the size of the icons within the launcher and have Conky running. Apart from that it is basically your standard Unity.

I didn’t want to have to install new themes or UI tweaking applications just to achieve transparent terminal windows which, let’s face it, are nothing more than eye-candy, so it was a pleasant surprise to find out it is controlled by a setting that is built right into the standard terminal window.

Open a terminal window and from the main menu select:
Edit, Profile Preferences, Background Tab and then select the Transparent background option. You can use the slider to set the degree of transparency.

Desktop with transparent terminal windows
Desktop with transparent terminal windows
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2 thoughts on “Transparent Terminal Windows”

  1. Hi there just wanted to give you a quick heads up and let you know a few of the pictures aren’t loading correctly.
    I’m not sure why but I think its a linking issue.
    I’ve tried it in two different browsers and both show the same outcome.

  2. Thanks, but that’s strange, I can’t make it fail! It’s all handled by WordPress and seems to work for me on various machines on Windows and Linux on Chrome, FF and IE.

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