I just installed Lubuntu 20.04LTS and am overall super liking it. One annoying feature is that if a window or application has an alert it will cause whatever virtual desktop I'm working in to be dropped and switch immediately to that desktop -- which is annoying at best, but could be quite catastrophic if I'm sharing my screen on a Zoom call and suddenly it switches to a private email message that others shouldn't see. It is mainly doing this with Thunderbird, when an email fails to send. But if that behavior is system-wide, I'd like to choose a different way of being alerted.

How can I have it just wait until I happen to go to that desktop and see the alert? (As every other version of Linux I've ever tried has done?)

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    "Please edit the question to limit it to a specific problem with enough detail to identify an adequate answer. Avoid asking multiple distinct questions at once." from here in the section titled Needs more focus.
    – DK Bose
    May 24, 2020 at 4:02
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    If you go into Configure Panel then Task Manager Settings, you'll find a checkbox that lets you select if windows are shown for Current or defined desktops. Thus you'll can limit Task Manager to show only active window's tasks (my preference). I've not noticed any notifications switch my desktop (though I've specific applications do it) so I suspect that issue is the application... Which application are you talking about (I've noted tor-browser switch desktops at times, but it's the only example I can think of currently)
    – guiverc
    May 24, 2020 at 4:02
  • You do appreciate that you get to accept just one answer. So if someone posts an "accept-worthy" answer to one of your questions and someone else posts an "accept-worthy" answer to the other question, which one will you accept?
    – DK Bose
    May 24, 2020 at 4:04
  • @guiverc I've split this question. Your comment answered it, so please check this question: I'll mark your response correct. askubuntu.com/questions/1243017/… May 24, 2020 at 4:45
  • Apologies for not focusing the question properly...I've since split it into two. Thank you! May 24, 2020 at 4:46


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