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I am using gnome-shell with 12.04 and find the notification system very disruptive and cumbersome. A suggestion from a previous post was to turn off notifications in the User menu, which appears to work, but this mysteriously gets turned back on with no input from me.

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Is there a way to better control the tray and keep these popups from happening?

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BTW, just noticed that if I turn notifications off in the user menu, it makes me "busy" by default. – Kendor Aug 24 '12 at 18:06

Yes when you turn it off it will make your status busy. if you dont want to have any notification then try removing it try Alt + F2



then go to shell extensions and turn it Message Notification Extension off

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I don't appear to have a Message Notification Extension – Kendor Aug 24 '12 at 23:33

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