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I want to disable the notification area in gnome-shell because it causes alot of graphical glitches for my computer. I use tint2 for my system tray. Is there a way to do this?

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I'm not sure what side effects, if any, this will have, but here's one way to do it:

sudo gedit /usr/share/gnome-shell/js/ui/main.js

Find the following line (217 for me):

notificationDaemon = new NotificationDaemon.NotificationDaemon();

Comment it out:

//notificationDaemon = new NotificationDaemon.NotificationDaemon();

Save the file, press Alt-F2 and enter r to reload GNOME Shell. The tray should now be gone

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If you're using Gnome 3.2 then you might find something useful at

such as

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