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How to fix panel applet background issues in Ubuntu

Chances are if you’ve tried out a custom panel background before you’ve encountered the annoyingly artefact-y look that of the panel atop this screenshot: –

There’s a quick hack to fix it, giving you the beauty of the panel.

We’ll need to get our hands a little bit dirty for this but providing you’re careful it’s of no great effort.

This guide will assume you’re using Ambiance as your GTK theme. If you’re using a different theme substitute the path in the commands below for the correct one of your theme.

You can fix this by commenting out or removing the include


  • gksu gedit /usr/share/themes/Ambiance/gtk-2.0/gtkrc
  • Gedit will open
  • Press ALT+F to open the ‘find’ bar
  • Enter “apps/gnome-panel.rc” (sans quote marks)
  • Enter a hash (#) at the beginning of the line to ‘comment it out’.
  • Hit Save.

Note that in order for the panel background to adhere to the ‘system theme’ you will need to remove the ‘#’ from the beginning of the same line in the same file.

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