Ask Ubuntu is a question and answer site for Ubuntu users and developers. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

Ubuntu displays a variety of pop-up windows (including keyring manager, update manager, upgrading windows, etc.). I would like to not have any pop-ups on my screen. Is there a general way to disable all of them?

share|improve this question

Well I think this should disable the annoying update pop-up:

gsettings set com.ubuntu.update-notifier auto-launch 'false'

Regarding the previous answer (and in particular the "Updates are important." comment), there are many MANY reasons for wanting to disable intrusive applications. I hardly think it is necessary to lecture the Op. As an example: I for one find this update pop-up very annoying on my mythtv set-up as it not only blocks the screen but is modal.

share|improve this answer

"popups" is not a general class of application, so no, there is no general way to prohibit applications from displaying windows when necessary.

Updates are important. That is why they are being shown. There is no configuration option to neglect security. However, you can configure it to automatically install updates if you want to. You do that in Software Center. You'll find it in Edit > Software Sources > Updates.

Similarly, the keyring must be unlocked for you to use passwords stored in the keyring. The primary keyring should be unlocked automatically on login, and won't be displayed. If you have other keyrings, then you'll need to unlock them before you can use them.

I don't know what you mean by "upgrading windows".

share|improve this answer
Thanks, by "upgrading windows" I meant requests to upgrade. My situation is that for a certain chunk of time I want only a particular application to be visible, and then to handle the updating and whatever else outside of that chunk of time. – Mark S Mar 21 '12 at 23:14
Aha. Then set that application to be always on top. You can do that by right-clicking the window decorator. (Titlebar) – Jo-Erlend Schinstad Mar 22 '12 at 0:45

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.