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In Kubuntu, I would like to make windows transparent/translucent when they are inactive.

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Here's a partial answer, For Kubuntu 12.04:

  • Go to "System Settings" > Desktop Effects > All effects (tab) >
  • Search for "Translucency"
  • Turn this plugin on, and configure it
  • Set the "inactive windows" setting somewhere in the middle (to your liking)
  • click OK
  • click Apply

This does not seem to work when an application has multiple windows :(

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what if I want to make active window transparent – Anwar Jul 16 '15 at 9:42
    
@Anwar, I am not currently using Kubuntu. It sounds like a separate question, though--I suggest you post your own question. Hope that helps! – K Robinson Jul 16 '15 at 18:45

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