Not happy with the size of Compiz drop shadows under windows? Here’s how to make them larger.
By default CCSM’s (CompizConfig Settings Manager) ‘Shadow Radius’ setting for Window Decorations the fixed at a maximum of 18; you’re unable to go higher using the slider or by adjusting the value box.
However, you are able to enter a value much greater than CCSM offer via gconf-editor:
- Open up gconf-editor (ALT+F2 > gconf-editor)
- Navigate to /apps/compiz/plugins/decoration/allscreens/options/
- Change ‘shadow_radius‘ to a higher value; the effect will apply immediately for you to gauge reaction
I played around, setting mine to 25 and then 48. The result was a very deep shadow that gives the appearance of ‘lifting’ windows off the page. Your tastes will likely vary, so have a play around with different values to find a setting that suits you.
Thanks to Tillux