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In 12.04 Ubuntu when I change wallpaper only left bar changes. If I set white wallpaper it gets pretty ugly: enter image description here

While for other colors it's okay: enter image description here

In Ubuntu 12.10 I remember that top panel colors changes aswell. How do I make it change in Ubuntu 12.04 aswell? (I had to go from 12.10 to 12.04 ubuntu since it didnt have drivers for my video adapter, and I was too dumb to install them properly since it's Nvidia).


  1. Is top panel color changing only in 12.10?
  2. Why is left panel grey and not-matching at all?


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The top panel doesn't automatically change color, and it's never been "chameleonic" by default. What you can do however is adjust the transparency of the panel to let some of the wallpaper come through and have it match the launcher:

You can also tweak the Launcher's transparency:

The reason it looks "ugly" is because it's a white background and it matches the best it can given an all white background, which ends up being a gray color. There's no real fix to that other than adjusting the transparency or using another background.

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Thank you! However I am 100% sure that top panel changes color in 12.10 by default – Chelios Nov 22 '12 at 8:44
or not...damn, I need to sleep more >< Tell me please, does top panel change color in Ubuntu 12.10? – Chelios Nov 22 '12 at 9:36
Nope, it doesn't. – Jorge Castro Nov 22 '12 at 15:56

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