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I've started using Conky with 11.04 and want to remove it's drop shadow. I've tried setting any & !(class=Conky) in the Shadow Windows text box of the Window Decoration section. This works. However, every time I try and use either the global menu or an app indicator menu, compiz crashes. Not all the time, it seems quite random on which menu it chooses to crash on, but it happens enough to not use this method.

So I was just wondering if there was any other way of removing the shadow from the Conky window.


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up vote 5 down vote accepted

To solve these problems, don't paste the settings for opening in a new window, just delete the code.

What to delete (usually if you copied the code, it has this):

#Create own window instead of using desktop (required in nautilus)
own_window yes
own_window_hints undecorated,below,skip_taskbar
background no
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I think what you need is to replace own_window_type normal with own_window_type override .

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This one is useful for me, thanks! – Reorx Nov 26 '13 at 8:11

I'm not sure how you're editing settings (the Window Decoration section of what?) but I have draw_shades no in my .conkyrc and no drop shadows. Lifehacker has a whole thread of Conky configs, too. Might be worth digging around there if you're trying to fine tune things.

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Thanks for the response. I was using the Compiz Config Settings Manager. I already have draw_shades no in my .conkyrc file, but it doesn't do anything. Can't see anything straight away in the lifehacker page, but I'll continue searching. – Josh Apr 28 '11 at 13:05
@Josh, I'm still on 10.04, but my settings for Window Decoration > Shadow Windows and Window Decoration > Decoration Windows are both "any." – Amanda Apr 28 '11 at 18:54

this worked better for me:

own_window          yes
own_window_type     desktop
own_window_hints    undecorated,below,sticky,skip_taskbar,skip_pager
double_buffer       yes
no_buffers          yes

The accepted answer caused Tint2 to flicker/occasionally restart

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The following setting in .conkyrc solves the shadow problem.

own_window_type     override

But causes distorted fonts and plots over time.

The following options in .conkyrc solved the problem for me:

own_window_type desktop
own_window_argb_visual yes
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