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More often than not, when I boot into Ubuntu, the menu bars are completely white and non-transparent. Many of the icons are different too. All my folders and jar files are also just white sheets of paper. Is there any way to fix this from happening?
It looks like you might have selected the Radiance theme:
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Try going to System Settings -> Appearance -> Look -> Theme and changing it to Ambiance (the default theme).
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