(Running Lubuntu 16.04.3 LTS)

For the last few months I've been getting annoying popups from certain activities. For example, Yakuake runs from autostart whenever I boot my PC. Now I get this popup to say it's started:

If I change a Dropbox file on another computer, I get this popup:

When I get an email, I get something like this popup:

These messages only last 3-4 seconds, but they overlay whatever you're doing, making them a nuisance.

I've used Lubuntu for years and I think they started with the 16.04.3 LTS update -- but I'm not certain. The point is, I never used to get them but I can't seem to switch them off!

  • You can click the Lubuntu ones to dismiss them as well. – Organic Marble Mar 17 '18 at 23:11
  • Thanks, I took a look at that link but notification-daemon isn't installed. DK Bose's answer (below) solved my problems. – Kwilk Mar 18 '18 at 23:40

It's possible that each application may provide means to control the notifications you see.

When you right-click on the Dropbox icon, choose Preferences, Notifications. Adjust the settings there.

Dropbox notifications

In the case of Yakuake, click on the downward pointing arrow in the lower right corner, see this illustration to open Main Menu and then on Configure Notifications and adjust what you want.

Yakuake notifications

For Thunderbird, click on near the top-right corner, then on Preferences and choose Account Settings. In the left column of the window that appears, click on Server Settings and turn off Allow immediate server notifications ....

Thunderbird notifications

You can also tweak certain aspects of the on-screen notifications by running xfce4-notifyd-config because Lubuntu uses xfce4-notifyd. A window will appear that allows you to

  • choose from available themes
  • set the default position
  • the on-screen duration
  • set the transparency (if you have a compositing manager such as Compton installed)

Configure on-screen notification


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