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Menus in the file manager and desktop, both controlled by Nautilus, don't have shadows behind them when other GTK menus do? I'm running the proprietary nVidia drivers with Compiz, by the way.

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Are you using nautilus elementary? – Alvin Row Aug 15 '11 at 22:40
@DoR: Yes, I didn't think about that. I just checked on a computer that doesn't use nautilus-elementary and it didn't have this problem. – Thomas Boxley Aug 15 '11 at 22:50
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This is a known issue with the RGBA window transparency support in Nautilus Elementary.
The solution is to disable it:

  1. Edit ➜ Preferences ➜ Tweaks ➜ Uncheck 'Enable rgba transparency'

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  2. Restart Nautilus:

    killall nautilus
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Thank you for this. – Thomas Boxley Aug 16 '11 at 2:38

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