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There was a tool to configure notifications in earlier versions of Ubuntu as described here. I tried to install it in Ubuntu 12.04 too but I failed.

I want to have the notifications dynamically located (e.g. notifications for music player and volume control will be shown at the same place) and to reduce the notification duration.

How do I change settings of notifications?

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There is no official way of modifying the notifications, but many changes can be made to the notifications bubbles by installing a 3rd party patch which allows various changes to be made. More details are available here: http://www.webupd8.org/2012/06/closable-movable-notifyosd.html

To install:

Open a terminal window and enter these commands one by one:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:leolik/leolik 
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get install libnotify-bin
pkill notify-osd

This installs a patched version of the notify-osd package. Then you will need to install the GUI configuration tool, to do this enter these commands one by one into a terminal window:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install notifyosdconfig

To use the congfiguration tool type "notify" into the dash and launch the NotifyOSD Configuration application.

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Modifying the Notifications

  • From this application you can change the colour of the notifications by clicking on the Background Colour box (in the picture below I've turned it a horrible green!).
  • To change the length of time the notifications appear on screen adjust the value in the Timeout box

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The tool also includes other customisations including:

  • Change font, opacity, size, corner radius
  • Disable fade out
  • Close the notifications on click
  • Enable/disable "use Dash background colour for the notification bubbles"

Changing the position

To change the location that the notification appears you need to open a terminal and enter the following:

gsettings set com.canonical.notify-osd gravity #

the # in the above code should be replaced by a number between 1-6 depending on where you want the notification to appear (3 doesn't seem to work for me though):

1 - top-right corner
2 - middle-right
3 - bottom-right corner
4 - bottom-left corner
5 - middle-left
6 - top-left corner

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  • In the Position drop down box you can choose from Fixed and Dynamic, dynamic gets rid of the gap between the notification bubble and the top dash
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Bravo for this answer!! –  jathanism Jun 16 '13 at 18:43
    
Thanks for this answer. The timeout box is enabled both on my machine and in your screenshot. Do you know how I can enable it? –  Vitaly Mijiritsky Sep 14 '13 at 8:28
    
It's important to note that the webupd8 PPA has many other packages in it, so it might be overwriting other packages... –  Syzygy Feb 23 at 2:03
    
A bit ridiculous that in 2014 you need to install a bunch of unofficial patches just to configure notifications, something that's a right click away on other OSes/desktop managers. –  Dan Dascalescu Nov 12 at 18:53

In case anyone might come to this question sometime with a Lubuntu distro (or any other of the 'Buntu flavors), please note that things might be quite different there. On Lubuntu, the best and quickest way is to use xfce4-notifyd-config; however, there is no way to have the notification dialog appear anywhere in the top center; merely the four corners are supported. But for those that don't need more, this will be sufficient by far to get the notification dialog out of the way when something else has been placed there and would constantly interfere resp. overlap.

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In my tool there are 3 Checkbox options at the end of Bubble tab which is not shown in previous answer's image, these options worked for me, I'll suggest U recheck the procedure of installation of this tool.

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That was a year ago - 3/4 years ago Unity did not even exist - it probably just been updated. –  Wilf Feb 19 at 1:26

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