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How do you disable the automatic activation of Gnome Shell activities button

Instead of hovering mouse hover 'Activities' (top-left corner) I want only mouse click on it to open the 'Activities' Menu .


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marked as duplicate by Jorge Castro, jokerdino, James, Marco Ceppi Jan 24 '12 at 15:53

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The gnome-shell Activities corner hot-spot can disabled by installing an extesnion called "No Topleft Hot Corner." Go to To install it, you just click "on" at the top of the page next to the name of the extension.

An earlier answer states that this can be accomplished "by editing some code - fortunately this doesnt need recompilation...

To do this:

gksudo gedit /usr/share/gnome-shell/js/ui/panel.js

Scroll down to this section in the file and comment out the line highlighted i.e. put //your_initials in fron t of this._hotCorner...:

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Save, logout and login."

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should I comment this._hotCorner = new Layout.HotCorner(); line and the line below it i.e container.add_actor(; – Mr Coder Dec 12 '11 at 7:07
In my testing, commenting out just this line in the screen shot disabled the hotcorner activation. The reason why I didnt want to comment out " Layout" because you will have an unallocated variable - this may/probably will cause issues/crashes for any related code in that file that attempts to use that variable. – fossfreedom Dec 12 '11 at 9:41

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