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Is there a way to make the background to an editor e.g. gedit transparent without affecting text's transparency? Is there any other program that supports this?

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@akira Then I guess those who thought making terminal transparent are idiots according to you? I'm sure What I'm asking is that transparency but with the text solid to be more readable and all that in a text editor. – user64886 Jan 26 '11 at 20:49
@user64886: correct, it is just bad contrast and it irritates the eye, no matter how clear the text is. – akira Jan 26 '11 at 21:13
This is most likely entirely dependent on the software you're using. I don't think there's a generally applicable solution. – Daniel Beck Jan 26 '11 at 22:06

It is kind of easy to do if you use a command line editor like vim inside a gnome-terminal. Go to "Edit -> Profile Preferences -> Background" and select a transparent background.

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I think he's looking for a general-purpose solution, something that could affect all GTK text-area's, etc. – Thomas Hunter May 25 '11 at 20:32

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