How to troubleshoot pop-up menus with no shadow in Nautilus

Maybe you have noticed, maybe not, but this is a bug that affects the latest version of Ubuntu. In any case, To see if this error affects you, simply open Nautilus and see if right clicking on any file the popup menu appears with the same shadow shadow that the rest of the menus are applied to it (for example, when selecting the File menu or any other). This error is quite easy to fix. Let's see how ...


1.- In case you haven't installed it yet, you need to install the Compiz manager (compiz-manager). On Ubuntu, this would be like this:

sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager

2.- Then open it. You can find it in System> Preferences> CompizConfig Options Manager.

3.- Where it says Filter, I wrote window decoration and click on the button that remains whose name will obviously be Windows Decoration.

4.- Once there, in the option Shadow windows, replace Any by:

(type = Tooltip | Menu | PopupMenu | DropdownMenu | Unknown) | name = gnome-panel | name = gkrellm | name = VCLSalFrame

5.- Close CompizConfig and verify that everything works fine in Nautilus. 🙂


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  1.   Hterw said

    It works, now, the display of notifications is loaded (which comes out with a super curious effect) and leaves a weird shadow on the awn. Let's see if modifying any parameter will solve it. It is true that when changing to the new version I noticed something strange in the menus, but I did not realize that the shadows were missing!

  2.   Roberto said

    In my Ubuntu 10.10 64 bits that solution makes shadows appear around the Avant Window Navigator or GLX-Dock… any other ideas?

    Best regards 🙂

  3.   Let's use Linux said

    Hello! Thanks for the feedback. Look at the post that I already found a way to solve the error! 🙂
    Hug! Paul.

  4.   Let's use Linux said

    Hello! Thanks for the feedback. Look at the post that I already found a way to solve the error! 🙂
    Hug! Paul.

  5.   Hterw said

    Thanks for the answer, it definitely works perfect now!

  6.   Roberto said

    Yes now! Perfect! Hug!