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I'm running Xubuntu 13.10 and have set inactive windows to be transparent. However, is there a way to prevent one window/program (i.e. tvtime) from becoming transparent.

See this screenshot

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You'll need to play a little with compiz to get this. Install compizconfig:

sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager

Run it:


And under the Windows Rules section you'll find this rule: "No ARGB visuals". You need there a way to identify your window, either the title, class, etc:

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That didn't work. I followed your instructions. I entered the following in the "No ARGB visuals" field: (tvtime) & title=tvtime. I did this by using the + button, choosing Window Title, and entering "tvtime". See screenshot (…). – mc3mcintyre Feb 1 '14 at 19:43
I think it didn't work because tvtime changes the window title each time you change the channel. So, how do I identify the Window ID or the Window Class. Something else that might identify this program only. – mc3mcintyre Feb 1 '14 at 19:44
I also tried using the following: class=tvtime -and- name=TVWindow Neither option worked. – mc3mcintyre Feb 1 '14 at 19:59
I can't help you with that, you'll have to find something that exactly identifies that only window. The command xwininfo may help you a little. – darent Feb 1 '14 at 20:03

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