After installing LXDE to my Ubuntu 13.10 system, the notifications tooltip theme changed and it remains after uninstalling LXDE.

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Also before that, pressing Fn + Arrow Keys in my laptop I could change the volume and brightness settings and a tooltip would show up indicating the current levels, but now that doesn't show anymore.

  • Can you try changing the theme in System Settings -> Appearance? Nov 29, 2013 at 23:28
  • @Dash_plus_Java, yes I've done that but it doesn't work (the theme changes but no tooltip / wrong theme on tooltip). However, I have Ubuntu Tweak installed which also modifies the theme. I have tried changing the theme there but no luck
    – Prastt
    Nov 29, 2013 at 23:31
  • Try installing dconf-tools (sudo apt-get install dconf-tools) and then running dconf reset -f /org/compiz/ in terminal. Nov 29, 2013 at 23:35
  • For the second problem you should be able to use the Keyboard Settings
    – Wilf
    Nov 29, 2013 at 23:38
  • @Dash_plus_Java, that only reseted my desktop settings (# of desktops, auto-hide sidebar etc) but doesn't solve the problem.
    – Prastt
    Nov 29, 2013 at 23:41

2 Answers 2


Just remove xfce4-notifyd package and reinstall notify-osd if is not installed. Restart your desktop session.

sudo apt-get remove xfce4-notifyd && sudo apt-get install notify-osd

Use this software to change the notifications. It seems a little heavy handed, but reseting doesn't seem to be working for you.

How to customize on screen notifications?

  • Weird. This didn't work either. When I change the configutation and hit apply, it still shows the same tooltip (and no tooltip on volume controls)
    – Prastt
    Nov 29, 2013 at 23:59
  • Another thing that seems to fix this problem for others is purging the desktop that caused the issue. I'm not sure if it's possible, but try purging LXDE and see if that fixes it. Nov 30, 2013 at 0:02
  • I always uninstall with purge. In fact I even reinstalled ubuntu-desktop
    – Prastt
    Nov 30, 2013 at 0:05
  • I would check out this post and see if you missed anything. It looks like removing the meta-package will leave behind a lot. http://askubuntu.com/questions/86602/completely-remove-lxde-lubuntu-desktop-environment Nov 30, 2013 at 0:10
  • I got The following packages have unmet dependencies: libm17n-0 : Depends: libgd3 (>= 2.1.0~alpha~) but it is not going to be installed
    – Prastt
    Nov 30, 2013 at 0:20

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