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Is there a keyboard shortcut to access the gnome-shell messaging tray? E.g. For responding to incoming IM, etc.

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Gnome 3.6 and up

This extension has not yet been updated for Gnome 3.6 But the functionality it provided for the message tray is now a built in feature of Gnome 3.6.

Gnome 3.4 and earlier

A GNOME extension has been developed to enable keyboard access to messaging tray.

You can, by default, use Super + M to display the messaging tray and Super + Space to activate the messaging tray. You can also configure the keyboard shortcut to your wish.

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This is good for showing the messaging tray, but I wish there were a way to access it interactively by keyboard. i.e. to emulate clicking on a notification. –  Sparhawk Sep 24 '12 at 1:53
    
I'll try to check if there are any similar extensions that does it for you. –  jokerdino Sep 24 '12 at 2:02
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Ah, I've played around with it a bit more, and it seems that you can access the notifications if you catch them immediately (e.g. with super+space), but once they disappear back down into the tray, you can only see them (e.g. with super+m), but not activate them. –  Sparhawk Sep 24 '12 at 2:03
    
So, if you can elongate the duration of the message appearing, you have your problem solved. Good luck :D –  jokerdino Sep 24 '12 at 2:05
    
But that's not ideal either, as having the pop-up persistent obscures the bottom of my window. Oh well... I guess I'll spend the extra half second moving my hand to the mouse. Sigh. ;) –  Sparhawk Sep 24 '12 at 2:13
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This is a built in feature of Gnome 3.6's Message Tray.

You can customise the shortcut to open the tray, and then use arrow keys to navigate the various notifications.

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