When applying themes that have transparency set on the top bar (gnome shell/gnome 3), there is a unity or nautilus bar behind it that makes everything look like a mess. That bar contains menu items like : file edit, about, help Once i did the help button, when gnome 3 didn't start properly (so i was able to access this menu), and it said "Nautilus". I've seen that ppl around the net have this problem but does anyone here have a solution?

closed as too localized by Marco Ceppi Nov 13 '11 at 6:50

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  • What kind of graphic card do you have ? And whether do you use proprietary driver or not ? For me, it works great if I use radeon free driver (ATI card M86), but looks like a mess with the proprietary one. More especially, the symptoms are : I've the bar bug but a lot of graphic artefact too. For the moment I'm waiting for the new ATI fglrx driver to see if it will fix the problem. – user27288 Oct 14 '11 at 19:52
  • possible duplicate of Problem with gnome3-shell (top taskbar) – fossfreedom Oct 31 '11 at 21:00
  • Why is this closed? It is very valid, loads of people are having this issue.. – pst007x Mar 24 '12 at 0:15

This is because nautilus is handling the desktop You can disable it using gnome tweak tool if you dont have it it's

sudo apt-get install gnome-tweak-tool

to install it

Then just turn "have file manager handle desktop" off as shown here

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    this solution isn't really handy is it... cuz i won't have my desktop anymore – vanjadjurdjevic Oct 14 '11 at 21:02

I had the same problem myself, and after looking around I solved it. Fire up Synaptic and remove "appmenu-gtk" and "appmenu-gtk3" Log out or reboot and the menu should be gone. You aren't using Unity so you don't need them anyways.


It's definitely a nautilus bar. If you kill nautilus processes, it goes away, but it comes back as soon as you start a "Files" activity. I have the same thing on my machine, but it's on my secondary monitor rather than behind my Gnome 3 bar. I've no idea how to get rid of it, unfortunately. I'm guessing it's related to the unified menu deal from Unity...

  • I even tried downgrading nautilus to the previous version (lucid lynx) but it has too many dependencies ... I like this gnome 3 and it could be powerful, if just it had no bugs... – vanjadjurdjevic Oct 14 '11 at 21:04

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