How do I make the top bar on the screen semi-transparent, like the launcher on the left?

Screenshot of top bar


You could install CompizConfig Settings Manager (CCSM) to accomplish that.

Open a terminal by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T and type

sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager

After installation, open your dash and type ccsm.

Use the search filter to find the Ubuntu Unity Plugin. Under Experimental tab, go to Panel Opacity and reduce the value until transparency is to your liking.

That's it, you're done!

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If you don't use Compiz, for example if you use Metacity, perhaps it would be simpler just to use Unity-Tweak-Tool, go to Unity>Panel, and turn down the opacity there.

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install unity-tweak-tool

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