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There seems to be a problem with the last update of xserver-xorg-core-hwe-18.04 or xserver-xorg-legacy-hwe-18.04 with Radeon graphics cards, which break the rendering of boxes and tooltips. They just uploaded a fix in launchpad. Just update the packages to their newer versions xserver-xorg-video-amdgpu-hwe-18.04:amd64 from 19.0.1-1~18.04.1 to 19.0.1-...


UPDATE I might have an actual answer / workaround: booting with kernel 5.0 (instead of 5.3) makes these issues disappear. During boot, select "Advanced options for elementary", then "elementary, with Linux 5.0.0-37-generic" (instead of the default 5.3.0-26-generic option). With this older kernel, the screen update issues do not occur for me. Original post:...


You can create a custom shortcut in settings under keyboard. You can use 'wingpanel --open-indicator={indicator}' to open a specific indicator. For sound it would be 'wingpanel --open-indicator=sound'


There is a setting for this - open System Settings > Desktop > Appearence > Panel Translucency. It must be enabled in order to have a transparent top bar. There is no information in your question, but if you are using some custom theme, some of them do not support translucency, also if you have a maximized window the top bar defaults to a black background ...


Ok, I figured out that sudo apt install --reinstall elementary-desktop resolved my problem


There is an option only to disable transparency at all (System settings > Desktop > Appearance > Pannel translucensy) but not to make it transparent when there is a maximized application.

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