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I have been having to use the Xfce 4 Terminal because I want to have a see through background, and I couldn't get it working in the Gnome Terminal, but as there are some disadvantages of using the Xfce 4 Terminal over the Gnome one, I was wondering if there is in fact a way to make the Gnome Terminal transparent?

People have previously told me to go to the preferences section, then to the background tab, and change the transparency settings there, but I am unable to find the background section.

OS Information:

Description:    Ubuntu 15.04
Release:    15.04

Package Information:

  Installed: 3.14.2-0ubuntu3
  Candidate: 3.14.2-0ubuntu3
  Version table:
 *** 3.14.2-0ubuntu3 0
        500 http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ vivid/main amd64 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status

marked as duplicate by s3lph, muru, Community Jul 5 '15 at 15:14

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To activate and change transparency settings in gnome-terminal go Edit > Profile preferences, and then go to the Colours tab. You can tick the Use transparent background box to activate transparency and slide the slider in order to change the level of transparency:

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    To clarify: The upstream version does not support transparency. This is a feature patched in. – muru Jul 5 '15 at 15:19