Is there a way to clear the pop up notifications I get from changing the volume, brightness, dropbox updates, etc...?

Sometimes I have to sit and wait for them to go away so that I can continue to work, as they are blocking something I want to click or look at.

I know this question might seem a little naggy but it does indeed lower my productivity sometimes. I don't mind getting the notifications, but I do mind not having a option to clear them.

Any idea how I can do that?

I am using Ubuntu 11.10 (Gnome)

4 Answers 4


Kill the notify-osd program. That'll stop it from notifying until you reboot.


The package responsible for displaying the notifications is notify-osd Install notify-osd. You can remove it by opening up a terminal and running the following command:

sudo apt-get remove notify-osd

Fair warning: this will permanently disable all notifications.

If you later decide you want the notifications back, you can run the following command:

sudo apt-get install notify-osd
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    Also, don't panic if you get a warning that the package ubuntu-desktop is going to be removed - it is a meta-package. Commented Nov 5, 2011 at 18:24
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    thanks for your response, but I don't want to permanentely remove them.
    – nunos
    Commented Nov 5, 2011 at 19:22

In Ubuntu 12.04, you can use NotifyOSDconfig as explained here:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:leolik/leolik
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:amandeepgrewal/notifyosdconfig
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install notifyosdconfig

Then you can run the program "NotifyOSD Configuration" from Dash Home. Select the option "Close Bubble on Click" and you are done :)

  • @Raja Does not properly set Timeout or Close on Click. Position changes do work, but not the props of interest. v14.04 Commented Feb 27, 2015 at 16:49
  • @TwistedPear To be frank I didnt understand even a bit.
    – Raja G
    Commented Feb 28, 2015 at 22:46
  • @Raja. Changing those properties with notifyosdconfig and applying them has no effect. Commented Mar 1, 2015 at 2:26
  • @TwistedPear Then post a question with your problem we will try to do our best and this answer is a 2 years old and so many things might have changed these days.
    – Raja G
    Commented Mar 1, 2015 at 18:29
  • @Raja. This answer is wrong. It does not work. No new question needed. Commented Mar 1, 2015 at 22:58

First of all, the notifications are click-through, and should fade when you mouse over them, so they should not make you wait for clicking/seeing something below.

There is also the possibility to temporarily get no notifications except some specific ones like changing the audio volume. Applications like Totem use this while you are viewing a movie full-screen, for example.

But there is no way to "dismiss" them AFAIK.

(This all asumes you are using GNOME with Unity.)

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    I know they are click through but it is still a little hard to read through them, since they don't fade that much, they just blur a little.
    – nunos
    Commented Nov 5, 2011 at 19:24
  • It guess it also depends on what is beneath it, but you are right that it might not always be very readable... (I also think they faded more in past versions?)
    – JanC
    Commented Nov 5, 2011 at 20:07
  • It might help your productivity to remove some notifications at least: askubuntu.com/questions/67500/… (also you can set them to have a lower timeout, so they go away in 4 secs instead of 10, e.g., in system settings->notifications)
    – unhammer
    Commented Jan 26, 2012 at 19:54
  • Also occasionally a program (e.g. qBittorrent) will spam hundreds load of notifications. Then they don't go away for ages. Partly a bug in qBittorrent, but I'd say the problem is more with osd-notify.
    – Timmmm
    Commented Jun 7, 2013 at 17:46

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