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On Ubuntu, I can change the terminal background to be semi-transparent. I've seen other people do this in OSX, but I don't see the setting anywhere. Is there some way to make this happen?

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up vote 18 down vote accepted

When you select the color picker for the Window - there's an opacity slider there:

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Aha! Thanks! Now I feel like an idiot. :) – jerhinesmith May 5 '11 at 19:15
+1 - Thanks very much. I've been searching too and it never occurred to me to look there. – boehj Jul 14 '11 at 0:38
Only setting Opacity (Deckkraft) and Cmd-N to open a new termnial made no difference. I do get to choose a background color and it applies directly to the TotalTerminal window, but no effect on new non-TotalTerminal windows. – Simon B. Apr 4 '14 at 10:13
  1. open Terminal

  2. in menu bar: Terminal > preferences > profiles > text > Background > color & effects

  3. you will get something like this:

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  4. play with different blur values

  5. Enjoy

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