After the last update of the wingpanel yesterday the locale became a white colored text over a white background, and I don't find it "super sexy" like this. Is it possible to style it somehow, for example to keep the white text but to completely remove (make it transparent) the background?

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    Plus one. This white-on-white nonsense can't possibly be a conscious decision made by the design team. It's clearly a bug! Would you please report this to the devs?
    – a-tokarev
    Nov 2, 2019 at 8:11
  • Yes, probably you are right. I did that - github.com/elementary/wingpanel/issues/265
    – Bo rislav
    Nov 2, 2019 at 8:49

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Found the solution :)

  1. As admin, open /usr/share/themes/elementary/gtk-3.0/apps.css file.
  2. Find the lines:

.composited-indicator .keyboard { background-color: #fff;

  1. Change the background-color parameter to whatever you want (and then save and reboot). Blue, for example, is #0099ff:

keyboard indicator

  • it is not necessary to reboot, if you have elementary-tweaks just change the theme to another one, and return to elementary ) . What I recommend is to make background-color:transparent also box-shadow:none or just comment /* box-shadow.... */ the box-shadow block. Thanks a lot!
    – Bo rislav
    Nov 3, 2019 at 8:48
  • Probably it is no longer valid, because after the last update it is again white background, with black text.. It is ok for now no matter that I prefer only text without background, but I want to know how do you found the css class used in the app.css? Some documentation somewhere?
    – Bo rislav
    Nov 5, 2019 at 7:29
  • On my PC (with all stock updates) keyboard indicator stays blue until now. Concerning its css property: I found it by myself accidentally, when searching for the way to shorten the distance between wingpanel icons. Here's the thread: github.com/mdh34/elementary-indicators/issues/…
    – a-tokarev
    Nov 5, 2019 at 16:11
  • Hmm.. I have changed in all the themes I use (including the default elementary theme you mention in your answer) the same property and it was fine until today, after a System Settings update. Now all the themes has a white background with black color, also changing the padding you mention above does not work... I believe that after this update the classes are changed.
    – Bo rislav
    Nov 5, 2019 at 17:38
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    As mentioned in the quoted tread, icon padding property has ceased to work in wingpanel v2.2.6. (It doesn't work on my system either.)
    – a-tokarev
    Nov 5, 2019 at 18:04

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