When I send a file to the Trash using the delete keyboard button, a popup appears at the top of the nautilus window, saying that the file has been removed, and showing a button to undo the operation.

I find this extremely annoying, because I can't click anything below that popup, and I have to wait until it disappears. Besides, I can undo the deletion with just a ctrl+Z, so I don't find it at all useful.

How can I get rid of this notification? I've looked in the preferences but there's nothing about this.

I have Ubuntu 18.04 and my GNOME version is 3.28.2.

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    This is a really annoying problem. I just couldn't understand why someone would put this "feature" in.
    – horaceT
    Commented Nov 22, 2021 at 4:14

2 Answers 2


I "removed" GTK notifications altogether, hoping there aren't any useful or important notifications.

  1. Go to ~/.themes/THEME-IN-USE/gtk-3.0

  2. Open gtk.css and add this at the end:

    .app-notification { padding: 0; margin: -80px 0 0 0; opacity: 0;}

    and save.

  3. Refresh theme in GNOME Tweaks (change to another one, and again change to your theme in use).

Now you can't see the popup.

Tested on Nautilus 3.26.4, GNOME 3.30.1.

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    Just a pointer, ~/.themes/ is one of the possible directories where your theme are. The theme currently in use can be in other locations, e.g. /usr/share/themes/ (default location for pre-installed and system-wide installed themes), ~/.local/share/themes/.
    – pomsky
    Commented May 25, 2020 at 8:31
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    Worked for me in Ubuntu 20.4 (directory gtk-3.20). Commented Jan 18, 2021 at 21:02
  • On ubuntu 20.04. I don't see ~/.themes/. In /usr/share/themes, there are many subdir, eg. Ambiance, Yaru-light, etc. So which one should I change?
    – horaceT
    Commented Nov 22, 2021 at 4:03
  • On 20.04, the popup no longer showed, but it still blocked the mouse from clicking whatever would be underneath the popup. One time I actually clicked the invisible "undo" button and undeleted my file.
    – bwroga
    Commented Aug 6, 2023 at 18:32

Gnome 43 has the notification at the bottom instead of the top, which is an improvement for folders that have no content at the bottom.



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