Is it possible to click away those fancy notifications? Often I have to wait until those bubbles vanish and that's quite unproductive.

PS: Using currently 12.10


Short answer: no. By design you are unable to close them (with a click, at least).

But if that really annoys you I have read sometime ago an article on WebUpd8 showing how to install a patched NotifyOSD version and a configuration tool to make them clickable. Those packages are provided through a PPA, so the usual pitfalls on using them apply(1).

Those PPA's have packages to Quantal, so if using a PPA is ok to you give it a try. I personally have never used them, so I cannot tell how stable they are or not. If something goes wrong you can use ppa-purge to revert the changes.

Configurable NotifyOSD Bubbles For Ubuntu: Move, Close On Click, Change Colors And More ~ Web Upd8

(1) Are “PPA's” safe to add to my system, and what are some “red flags” to watch out for?


notify-osd is locked down because developers know best, right?

However you can still install notification-daemon (which was replaced by notify-osd) and after logging out and in again, you should see functional (albeit clunkier in design) notifications.

  • See the section on 12.10 here. xfce4-notifyd comes with little close buttons visible when one hovers over the bubble. – user25656 Mar 20 '13 at 17:45

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