In this question I do not want to customize the launcher for each workspace, or change the animations or behaviors of the icons. I only want to change how the background of the Launcher looks. Let me show you what I mean:

If I do not open the Dash, the launcher looks like the following:

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It looks like this because I have a background that has gray, black and white colors. So Unity tries to accommodate the launcher to contrast with it.

Now when I open the Dash, the launcher looks like this:

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What I want is to make the launcher look the same as if my Dash were open (Darker, richer background). I thought maybe to invert the colors of an opened Dash with a closed one, but that the end I do not care if the colors do change when I open the Dash, so long as the darker richer version stays.

Is it possible to do this, to make the background stay with a darker color like shown in the pictures above?

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I have not tried this out, but from the explanation given in this post, it seems you can use MyUnity tweak tool to change the Launcher Background colour and transparency.

By setting the Background to a dark colour and transparency to nil, you should be able to get the desired effect.

As given in the post


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  1. color - Launcher background color
  2. size - Launcher icon size
  3. Transparency - Background transparency of the launcher
  4. Show devices - Show removable USB drives as an icon
  5. Behavior - How the launcher interacts with windows

    • Fixed - The launcher will never hide.
    • Hidden - The launcher will hide when a window would overlay it.
  6. Display - What effect the launcher should use when hiding i.e. to fade away or to slide (or both)

  7. Backlights - Style of icon background
  • Wow yes it worked. Oddly I tried MyUnity and it did not work, I did it with CCSM using the first part you mentioned. Looks awesome. Dec 11, 2012 at 3:19
  • That's odd. I tried CCSM and didn't work for me. That's why I posted MYUnity.
    – Hashken
    Dec 11, 2012 at 3:46

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